Lots of choices for live music in the next 30 days in and around Asheville. Go see some. Here’s a quick look at four solid choices: Two local bands, two touring acts. Support live music!
Venue: The One Stop
Date: Saturday, July 17, 8 p.m.
Door: tip jar
The name suggest a jam band, and there are hints of that style here. But there’s a funky, soulful vibe at work as well, one that places an emphasis on listener-friendly tune designed to make you move. The band’s music is nicely expressive, and holds up to close listening as well.
Artist: Amanda Anne Platt and the Honeycutters
Venue: Salvage Station
Date: Saturday, July 24, 7 p.m.
Time have changed for print publications, thanks in part to the pandemic. Two years ago, a story about The Honeycutters’ rollout of its new album – one track a month – would have been a shoe-in for local print coverage. In this semi-post-pandemic era, I’ve found that’s no longer the case. That’s a shame for the band, other local/regional acts and the region as a whole. This superb country/Americana band always turns out heartfelt, compelling music. And here’s an opportunity to see them live. (I have interviewed and written about them many times; here’s a link.)
Artist: Carly Taich
Venue: The Grey Eagle
Date: Sunday, August 8, 5 p.m.
Folk-flavored music that’s more sophisticated than much of what the genre offers. Imagine a cross between Carole King and Lisa Loeb, with hints of Van Dyke Parks. Taich’s vocals are supple, expressive and adventurous without being showy.
Venue: Isis Music Hall (lawn concert)
Date: Thursday, August 12, 7 p.m.
Jazz-rock fusion had its heyday in the early ‘70s. Since then the form has generally been watered down, transmogrified into “smooth jazz,” which is a travesty. The original stuff was exciting, drawing from both musical traditions in a way that was challenging yet accessible. The good news is that select acts like Marbin are still out there, creating new music with all the thrill of prime-era fusion. They’re a popular draw here in Asheville, and with good reason. Here’s an interview with the band, from nearly four years ago.