We’re back to actual live shows, with restrictions. Livestream fatigue set in rather quickly, didn’t it? Turns out humans need to be together. But hey: we’ve gotta do it safely until a vaccine is ready. With that in mind, here are some highly worthwhile shows coming to Asheville in the next 30 days. Two locally-based artists, two touring acts. Bring a coat, hat, gloves and whatnot: two of these are in the great outdoors.
Artist: Samara Jade
Venue: The Grey Eagle (patio)
Date: Monday, November 16, 6 p.m.
I interviewed Samara for a story that’s running soon in Mountain Xpress. She’s a fascinating artist, and her latest album, Zero, is informed by a fast, a vision quest and self-imposed (pandemic-related) isolation. All those influences come together to make a deeply meditative album that’s acoustic-feeling, even though there are subtle electric elements in the mix.
Artist: G. Love
Venue: Salvage Station (outdoor stage)
Date: Wednesday, Nov. 18, 7 p.m.
If the last decade or so has been about one ting musically, its been about being about more than one thing. Combining – or at least drawing from – multiple genres with the goal of creating something new has been the approach of countless artists. And one of the more successful one has and continues to be G. Love (born Garrett Dutton). With his band Special Sauce, he makes a laid-back, bluesy and r&b-flavored kind of hip-hop. Sound confusing? When you hear it, it’ll make sense. Oh, and hold the Sauce: this is a solo show.
Artist: Amanda Anne Platt
Venue: Highland Brewing (taproom)
Date: Thursday, Nov. 19, 6 p.m.
Asheville and all of Western North Carolina boasts more than its fair share of supremely talented musicians. But Amanda Anne Platt is in a class of her own. As leader (singer, songwriter) of the Honeycutters, he has fashioned a body of work that displays her innate understanding or (and talent for creating) music in a classic country mold. No artifice; she’s the real deal. And while she’s deserved grown quite a following, I believe that still bigger thins are on the horizon for her in the post-pandemic music world. Meanwhile, local fans can see and hear her for free. Be generous when you see the tip bucket, though. Read lots more about Amanda here.
Artist: The Krüger Brothers
Venue: Isis Music Hall (main stage)
Date: Friday, Nov. 27, 7 p.m.
Door: $45 advance / $45 door
Brothers Jens and Uwe may be from Switzerland, but their understanding of traditional American music is wider and deeper than that of most natives. They chose to relocate to Western N.C. specifically because of the region’s musical culture. And since arriving here, they’ve created a massive body of work as well as an ardent fan base. Do check ‘em out. I interviewed them back in the spring, but the story (previewing a scheduled live performance) didn’t run because of the pandemic.
More soon. Because – believe it or not – it’s beginning to look a lot like … well, you know.