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Facing the Music, Part Five (conclusion)

Continued from Part Four … Live Music in WNC Before, During, and After COVID-19 This feature appeared previously in Capital at Play Magazine. Beyond the outdoor shows, Keith and the Grey Eagle staff have pursued a few other forward-looking efforts. “We’re actively promoting the nationwide #SaveOurStages initiative spearheaded by NIVA,” he says. “We’ve also been

Facing the Music, Part Four

Continued from Part Three … Live Music in WNC Before, During, and After COVID-19 This feature appeared previously in Capital at Play Magazine. Among the musicians interviewed for this story, André Cholmondeley has seen perhaps the most significant change since the pandemic began. While he’s active on the local music scene (playing guitar in Wham

Facing the Music, Part Three

Continued from Part Two … Live Music in WNC Before, During, and After COVID-19 This feature appeared previously in Capital at Play Magazine. WNC Music Community Faces the New Challenges in a Variety of Ways There’s no escaping the fact that musicians have been hit hard by the global pandemic. While many musicians turn to

Facing the Music, Part Two

Continued from Part One … Live Music in WNC Before, During, and After COVID-19 This feature appeared previously in Capital at Play Magazine. The Coalition’s study found that in Asheville and Buncombe County, more than 3,300 jobs were created or supported by music industry fields, and that “for every one job related to the music

Facing the Music, Part One

Live Music in WNC Before, During, and After COVID-19 This feature appeared previously in Capital at Play Magazine. Music-making is inextricably entwined with the culture of Western North Carolina. In fact, the path of live performance of music in all its myriad forms provides a handy set of guideposts to chart the history of the

The Spirit of Christmas Lives in Hendersonville, N.C.

In between his jam-packed musical schedule, Hendersonville-born-and-raised Blake Ellege found the time to attend and graduate from the International University of Santa Claus. Fulfilling a lifelong ambition – a dream, really – Ellege says that he’s preparing to make his first annual “complete formal transformation” into the jolly St. Nicholas for the 2018 holiday season.