holiday Archive

It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like… Trans Siberian Orchestra

Every year when the holidays roll around, pop culture watchers can count on a few things: decorations appear seemingly overnight, Santa Claus sets up shop at at the local mall, […]

Christmas with the Celts: Modern Meets Traditional

There’s a strong cultural connection between Appalachian folk music and the traditional music of the Celts. That helps account for the enormous appeal in and around the mountains for musical […]

Album Review: The Alligator Records Christmas Collection

By late 1992, the first vinyl era was drawing to a close. At its peak in 1977-78, vinyl LP sales in the U.S. approached 350 million units per year. With […]

30 Days Out, November 2023 #2: Mannheim Steamroller, Shake ‘em on Down Fest, Sunn O))), Amanda Anne Platt

Blues, blues-rock, doomstonersludge and a heapin’ helpin’ of holiday cheer are on the slate for the coming 30 days in Asheville. Off we go! Artist: Mannheim Steamroller Venue: Harrah’s Cherokee […]

30 Days Out, November 2023 #1: Della Mae, The Trouble Notes, Kingston Trio, Postmodern Jukebox

Lots of American musical forms this go-round: Americana, folk and jazz-pop. Add to that mix some internationally-flavored world-folk, and you’ve got a recipe for a great month of music. Artist: […]

Album Review: Stax Christmas

‘Tis the season – well, almost – for holiday music. While holiday-themed tunes have a comparatively short shelf life, there is indeed something special about them. And that’s even more […]

Merry Christmas!

Hey now: however or whatever you celebrate, this time of year is right for spending time with friends and loved ones, and/or showing them how much they mean to you. […]

30 Days Out, Dec. 2022 #2: Russ Wilson, Datrian Johnson, Asheville Jazz Orchestra, Moon Hooch

The end of the year and the cold of winter represent something of a return to form for Asheville; most of the tourists are gone, and locally-based artists who tour […]

Hendersonville Symphony’s Appalachian Christmas

For many decades now, the Hendersonville Symphony Orchestra has staged annual concerts around a Holiday theme. The pandemic caused the cancellation of last year’s event, but this December HSO proudly […]

Merry Merry, Everybody

Happy Holidays! Whether you celebrate the religious or secular version of this holiday, or celebrate at all, please accept my best wishes for health, happiness and wonderful New Year. It’s […]