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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

30 Days Out, October 2020 #1: Tom Paxton, Del McCoury Band, Papadosio, Frisson Ensemble

Since this pandemic seems to be hanging on (blame our inept current federal “leadership”), it’s up to performing artists, booking agents and music venues to find ways the at least approximate “normal.” They’re rising to that challenge in some positive ways. For this edition of 30 Days Out, I take a quick look at four

30 Days Out, September 2020 #2: Jeff Daniels, Craggy Blues, Black Sea Beat Society, Tin Roof Echo

The infernal pandemic is still with us, but artists and venues are finding ways to present live music in a setting that’s safe for audiences. In some cases that means live streaming; in others, socially-distanced, limited-seating engagements are increasingly popping up on the calendar. This roundup of live music in Asheville over the next 30

30 Days Out, September 2020 #1: Alien Music Club, Hard Rocket, Firecracker Jazz Band, Modern Strangers

For this edition of “30 Days Out,” it’s all local acts from here in Asheville. And two of the four shows are (socially-distanced) in-person shows. As in, live in real time without the use of a computer or smartphone. What a concept! There’s an admission fee for those, which is only fair. For the other

30 Days Out, May 2020 #2: Andrew Scotchie, April B. & the Cool, V-LEAF Festival, Brushfire Stankgrass

Day by day, we’re all adjusting (to the extent that we’re able) to the new normal. That means that music artists are figuring out that livestream events need to be scheduled and announced with some advance notice. And with the cancellation (as opposed to postponement) of all major and minor festivals across the globe, organizers

30 Days Out, March 2020 #2: Sister Ivy, Graham Nash, Wham Bam Bowie Band, Eilen Jewell

UPDATE March 17: It looks as if all live shows are canceled for the foreseeable future. Please support these and other artists by buying their music online, viewing (and paying for) livestreams .. .whatever they may have on offer. We’re all in this together. Because of the worldwide challenge posed by the spread of the

30 Days Out: March 2020 #1: The Yawpers, The Fritz, Southern Culture on the Skids, Eric Johnson

Punk/Americana hybrid. Funky soul that’s equal parts Donny Hathaway and funk/fusion. Unbridled rock ‘n’ roll with a sassy Southern flavor. And some of the most appealing electric guitar tone you’re ever likely to hear. Those are just some of what’s on offer on concert stages in Asheville in the coming thirty days. Artist: The Yawpers

30 Days Out: January 2020 #2: Jake Shimabukuro, Tinsley Ellis, The Seratones, Ashley Heath & Her Heathens

Artist: Jake Shimabukuro Venue: The Orange Peel Date: Friday, Jan 24, 8 p.m. Door: $30 Ukulele probably isn’t the first instrument that comes to mind when one thinks of powerfully rocking music. But Jake Shimabukuro is the sort of artist who can make that comparatively humble instrument work in a surprising variety of contexts. His

30 Days Out: January 2020 #1: Interstellar Echoes, Cracker, Camper Van Beethoven, 3rd Annual Women in Music Series, Beach Fossils

For five and half years, I wrote a twice-monthly column for Asheville, N.C.’s superb altweekly Mountain Xpress. That column, “30 Days Out,” previewed upcoming live shows of note, focusing on both local/regional and nationally/internationally touring artists, across a (if I do say so myself) wide cross-section of musical styles. The column ended after more than