30 Days Out, Dec. 2022 #1: Blanke, Bill Kirchen, Neighbor, Toubab Krewe

There’s something for nearly all tastes in this roundup of live music in and around Asheville over the next 30 days. Get out there and support live music of both the local-based and touring varieties.

Artist: Blanke
Venue: Asheville Music Hall
Date: Saturday, Dec. 10, 9 p.m.
Door: $15 advance / $18 day of show
This deejay/producer from Australia worksi n the drum-n-bass and related subgenres. A regular fixture at like-minded festivals, he has released a half dozen EPs and a long list of singles and remixes.

Artist: Bill Kirchen
Venue: The Grey Eagle
Date: Monday, Dec. 12, 8 p.m.
Door: $17
Though it’s been applied to others, Bill Kirchen has certainly earned the sobriquet “master of the Telecaster.” He works primarily in the country/Americana idiom, but his style transcends genre. I reviewed a best-of colleciton in 2020.

Artist: Neighbor
Venue: Salvage Station
Date: Friday, Dec. 16, 8 p.m.
Door: $12 advance / $15 day of show
The group’s website steers clear of the “jamgrass” epithet, but combining improvisational skills with a rootsy approach is the stock in trade of this quartet. That they tour in support of Umphrey’s McGee should tell you a lot about what to expect. Sicard Hollow opens.

Artist: Toubab Krewe
Venue: The Orange Peel
Date: Saturday, Dec. 17, 8 p.m.
Door: $30
This beloved Asheville-based group has carved out its own musical niche, combining West African traditional instruments and rock ‘n’ roll. The band got going in 2004, toured widely and was even picked to play at a memorial event for favorite son Dr. Robert A. Moog. A hiatus ensued as members took time to focus on family, but they returned in 2018 and their musical journey continues. I interviewed the band a few years back.

See you at the show!