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It’s a Nice Day for a Weird Wedding: Fleetwood’s

Fifth in a five-part series The genesis of Fleetwood’s came from a simple, practical goal. “I have a lot of friends in the music industry,” says co-owner Mary Kelley. “And I wanted to have a place for them to come and play.” She teamed up with the owners of Eldorado Antiques, the architectural salvage business

Everybody Knows Your Name: Archetype Brewing

Fourth in a five-part series In a city filled with breweries and brewpubs – more than 30 at last count – it takes some effort to stand out. Located in the “East West Asheville” area known as Beacham’s Curve, Archetype Brewing opened in 2017 with an express goal of being a neighborhood bar. The brewery

Deep Strangeness, With Boundaries: the Odditorium

Third in a five-part series Seven years ago, an online discussion on the subject of “dangerous dive bars” in Asheville elicited a number of comments. One of the posters on the reddit discussion group r/asheville wrote, “Y’all have missed the Granddaddy of them all: Cowboys Nightlife. Have and know how to use your knife.” Today

The Irresistible Attraction of Local Talent: The Magnetic Theatre

Second in a five-part series A creative nexus in Asheville’s revitalized River Arts District, the Magnetic Theatre was launched in 2009. Founded by a team that included local poet and playwright John Crutchfield, Lucia Del Vecchio, Jonathan Frappier, Chall Gray and Steven Samuels, the theatre was designed from its start to draw upon local talent.

No Cheeseburger, No Pepsi: The Burger Bar

First in a five-part series Asheville, North Carolina is undeniably a major tourist destination. The local economy is built on tourism. And while there’s endless discussion among locals as to whether more visitors are a blessing, a curse or a mix of the two, people just keep coming. They come for the culture, the fall

Ben Phan Follows His Creative Path

Singer, songwriter and guitarist Ben Phan has been making music for most of his life. Through formal and informal study, he has immersed himself in classical, jazz, funk, African dance music, folk and bluegrass. His debut EP featured songs he wrote on a five-month hike along the Pacific Coast Trail. Phan recently released his second

Elle Swan: One Bold Move After Another

There is no shortage of self-help gurus, motivational speakers and life coaches. Paths toward enlightenment include everything from mainstream religion to yoga to 12-step programs to meditation. A newcomer to Western North Carolina has combined bits of all of those to create something unique. And Elle Swan – professionally known as Bold Mama Elle –

Rhapsodizing with Rick Wakeman

Legendary keyboardist Rick Wakeman is perhaps best known for his work with Yes, a group he has joined and quit at least five times since the early ’90s. But the classically-trained musician also has a staggeringly large catalog of solo albums. Beginning with his debut release (1973’s The Six Wives of Henry VIII) and continuing

La Santa Cecilia: Honesty Transcends Language

Grammy-winning La Santa Cecilia bridges the gap between traditional and modern music. The group of Mexican-American musicians was among the headlining acts at this year’s LEAF Fall Festival. Part of a bill that included Angelique Kidjo, the Wood Brothers, Cory Henry & the Funk Apostles and more than 30 other acts, La Santa Cecilia is

The Marcus King Band: All in the Family

Though he’s a mere 23 years old, Greenville, S.C.-born guitarist and songwriter Marcus King already has three albums and an EP to his credit. In the space of just a few years, the southern rock/blues artist has progressed from relative anonymity to best-selling artist. All three of his albums have reached the Top Ten on