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 upcoming live shows in and around the Asheville area. Two are live streamed shows, and two are drive-in performances.

Artist: Tom Paxton & the Don Juans
Venue: Crowdcast
Date: Friday, Oct. 2, 7 p.m.
Door: $15
This ticketed live stream event is presented by Isis Music Hall. Paxton is, of course, a Grammy-winning folk singer/songwriter, and for this virtual tour he’s teaming up with fellow Grammy winner The Don Juans (Don Henry and Jon Vezner).

Artist: Del McCoury Band
Venue: Maggie Valley Festival Grounds
Date: Saturday, Oct. 3, 7:30 p.m.
Door: $100 per vehicle
A drive-in live performance presented by The Grey Eagle. Del McCoury is a bluegrass legend; it’s that simple. Hi current band is a red-hot aggregation of players who display a deep and thorough understanding of the style. I interviewed Del McCoury in 2017.

Artist: Papadosio
Venue: Smoky Mountain Event Center
Date: Friday, Oct. 9, 6:45 p.m.
Door: $150 per vehicle
Another drive-in concert, this time presented by Asheville Music Hall. Papadosio plays a sort of jam/progressive space rock with a distinctly EDM sensibility. The Asheville-based group often features three keyboardists at once onstage. I will tell you that when I saw them live a few years back, they were just about the loudest band I had ever experienced. And I saw the Who in ‘80!

Artist: Frisson Ensemble
Venue: YouTube
Date: Friday, Oct. 23, 7:30 p.m.
Door: donation
This is a live streamed performance sponsored and presented as part of the Asheville Chamber Music Series. This nine-piece chamber ensemble will perform works from Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, George Gershwin and Antonín Dvořák.