30 Days Out, May 2023 #1: Vieux Farka Touré, Voivod, Gov’t Mule, Floating Action

Two acts from beyond our borders, two artists we Western North Carolinians claim as our own. Local performances featuring those are some of the musical highlights coming in the next 30 days.

Artist: Vieux Farka Touré
Venue: The Grey Eagle
Date: Saturday, May 6, 9 p.m.
Door: $22
Ali Farka Touré was one of the most important modern-day musical artists to come out of the African continent. His approach found the connections between indigenous/traditional styles and American blues. His son Vieux does something stylistically different but aesthetically similar. I spoke with him way back in 2017. Asheville’s own Life Like Water opens. I interviewed them in 2020.

Artist: Voivod
Venue: The Orange Peel
Date: Tuesday, May 9, 8 p.m.
Door: $28
French Canadian technical metal: it’s a thing. Voivod has been releasing albums since 1984, and their inimitable brand of metal finds favor with critics who appreciate the form. In recent years the band has incorporated elements of doom/stoner rock into their thrashy approach. The band’s latest, 2022’s Synchro Anarchy continues the band’s strong succession of albums.

Artist: Gov’t Mule
Venue: Salvage Station
Date: Friday, May 19, 6:30 p.m. and Saturday, May 20, 6:30 p.m.
Door: $40 ($75 for both nights)
These guys are an institution, and Asheville is mighty proud of favorite son Warren Haynes. The band is a regular fixture locally, appearing at the Christmas Jam. But this pair of standalone shows promises to be a more up-close-and-personal affair. Their latest, Peace… Like a River is excellent, building on what has come before but stretching the band in some important ways. I’ve interviewed Haynes many times.

Artist: Floating Action
Venue: Pisgah Brewing
Date: Tuesday, May 27, 7 p.m.
Door: $free
Asheville is home to all manner of endlessly creative artists. Sometimes we locals are unaware that we’re rubbing elbows with them. Case in point is Seth Kauffman; he’s quite low-profile around town, but he has led Floating Action for more than 15 years. His style is unclassifiable, but you’ll hear hints of garage rock, blues and more. 2022’s Jinx Protection is the band’s latest.

See you at the show!