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North Carolina Musicians Standing Against HB2

Taking full advantage of their first majority in North Carolina government in decades, the state Republican party has pushed through their conservative legislative agenda. Among the most high-profile – and contentious – of their initiatives has been the passage of House Bill #2, officially known as the Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act, widely known

Brevard Music Center: Celebrating 80 Years with 80+ Shows

There’s something for most every musical taste during Brevard Music Center‘s 2016 season. Less than an hour’s drive southwest from Asheville, the center not only mounts an impressive array of performances, but centers all its activities around the teaching of more than 425 students in classical symphony, opera, chamber music and other disciplines. “We’re both

Concert Review: Dungen — 9 June 2016, Asheville NC

It had been nearly five years since Swedish “folkrockpsych” band (their description) Dungen last played in Asheville. On that September 2010 date, the four-piece was touring in support of their seventh album, Skit I allt. In the ensuing years, Dungen went quiet, fueling speculation that they had disbanded. Guitarist Reine Fiske had already started another

Martin Barre: Clever and Complicated

“The thing that pleases me is melody,” says Martin Barre, lead guitarist for British folk-progressive rockers Jethro Tull from their 1969 Stand Up LP through the group’s dissolution. “If I can come up with some nice chords and a really melodic top line, that gives me great satisfaction.” Since that band ceased operations, Barre has

Bill Maher: Keeping it Real

“I’ve certainly never been shy about giving my opinion,” says the stand-up comic and host of HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher. “Sometimes people ask me, ‘Are you just trying to get a rise out of people, or play Devil’s advocate?’ And I’ve told them for twenty-three years – since I started on television –

Vanessa Carlton Knows She’s Part of Something Bigger

Vanessa Carlton released her debut album, Be Not Nobody, in 2002. She was marketed (and pegged) as a precious pop star. That guise didn’t fit her well, though; she’s a much more serious artist than your run-of-the-mill pop tart. And though it took a few years (plus a few albums and a few record labels)

Russ Wilson: (Jazz) History Repeats Itself

On February 12, 1924, jazz bandleader Paul Whiteman staged a concert at New York City’s famed Aeolian Hall. That event, billed as An Experiment in Modern Music, featured George Gershwin‘s premiere performance of “Rhapsody in Blue.” Whiteman (sometimes called the King of Jazz) would go on to stage many more concerts in the Experiment series,

Best Asheville Concerts of 2015

I’m always amazed and grateful that despite being a comparatively small market, Asheville draws high-end touring talent. 2015 was no exception. Among a long list of local shows, these are my Top 5 for this year: Jessica Hernandez & The Deltas – The Grey Eagle, March 12 Hernandez got her big break when she wowed

Mountain Soul Party: The Soul of Collaboration

Author’s Note: This feature appeared previously in edited form in the pages of Mountain Xpress, and is a preview of a show that took place earlier this month. Happy Holidays! — bk Look deeper than the surface of Asheville’s music scene and you’ll discover a fertile and vibrant community of musicians playing soul music. A

Concert Review: Martin Barre — Asheville NC, 3 December 2015

Maybe you’ve had this experience yourself: you have tickets to a show. You’re really looking forward to it. You know it’s going to be really good. Then you get there, the band comes on, and…it’s better than you expected. Way better. This happened to me last night. I am friends with the publicist who handles