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30 Days Out, October 2021 #2: Scott Miller, JackTown Ramblers, Land of the Sky Symphonic Band, GWAR

The eclectic nature that was a defining characteristic of Asheville’s live music scene is returning in these safer-than-recent-months times. Over the next 30 day, you have opportunities to enjoy music that combines things you might not expect: country rock (okay, that one’s a bit obvious but this guy is special), scum rock (stay with me

Virtuosity on display: Violinist Anne Akiko Meyers

In the classic music idiom, concert violinist Anne Akiko Meyers is the equivalent of a rock star. Debuting onstage when she was only 7 years old, she has gone onto international acclaim, crossing into other genres while maintaining the rigor and finesse of her classical training. Meyers has been featured on more than 30 albums;

The Voice of Michelle Lang

Vocalist and teacher Michelle Lang is the latest addition to the faculty at Hendersonville-based WNC Music Academy. Even during this pandemic, the Academy has found responsible ways – online lesson formats, privately archived videos of recitals, socially-distanced private instruction – to allow its students to continue their musical education and creative expression. Ms. Lang comes

Hendersonville Symphony, Up Close and Personal

This feature appeared previously in Bold Life Magazine. Just over a year ago, the Hendersonville Symphony Orchestra launched a new program aimed at expanding its audience. The orchestra’s Director of Marketing and Special Events, Paul Conroy, explained at the time that the goal of its “HSO Presents” concert series was to “broaden our musical footprint.”

Get Bach: Secret Agent 23 Skidoo’s ‘Bach Beat Symphonies’

Grammy-winning “kid-hop” musician Secret Agent 23 Skidoo is both prolific and adventurous. Since debuting with the 2008 album Easy, the Asheville- and New York City-based artist has carved out a unique niche on the musical landscape. SA23S combines pop and hip-hop into a youth-oriented mix, and does so in a way that broadens listeners’ cultural

Spartanburg Philharmonic Percussion Ensemble: ‘We Don’t Just Hit Things’

This feature appeared previously in Bold Life Magazine. Matt and Adena McDaniel lead an unconventional musical outfit, the six-member Spartanburg Philharmonic Percussion Ensemble. The group began in 2016 as an offshoot of the SPO. Along with Patrick Lowery, the McDaniels were already playing with the Philharmonic. For their premiere performance – a sold-out show as

The Chris Brubeck Interview, Part Four

Continued from Part Three. In this final part of my lively conversation with Chris Brubeck, he relates a funny story about an album he made many, many years ago with Larry Coryell. Again another tangent: I was just listening to a vinyl LP that I bought years ago called Better Than Live by Larry Coryell

The Chris Brubeck Interview, Part Three

Continued from Part Two. In Part Three of my conversation with Chris Brubeck, we talk about the idea of instrumental works still having subject matter, and the mystical communication that can exist between drummers and bassists. And somehow, something happened that I didn’t expect in a jazz interview: the conversation wandered into talking about King

The Chris Brubeck Interview, Part Two

Continued from Part One. In this segment of my conversation with Chris Brubeck, he reflects on what he learned from his famous father, and his rather unusual choice of instrument. What would you say are some of the most important musical values that you learned from your father? I think, like for me, it’s kind

The Chris Brubeck Interview, Part One

I spoke with Chris Brubeck in mid-February 2020; the primary reason for the interview was in connection with then-upcoming concert dates featuring the Brubeck Brothers Quartet. You can guess where this is going. We had a lengthy and lively conversation, one that moved into areas well beyond what the bassist and his drummer/brother Dan –