30 Days Out, October 2023 #2: Tennis, Nation of Language, Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band, Graham Nash

Modern-day intelligent pop, homegrown funk, and rock royalty are just some of the highlights of live music in Asheville over the coming 30 days.

Artist: Tennis
Venue: The Orange Peel
Date: Wednesday, Nov. 1, 8 p.m.
Door: $25
They don’t look or sound like The Captain and Tennille, but Tennis nonetheless reminds me of that duo and its high quality pop. This should be a fun and lively show. I last interviewed them in 2018.

Artist: Nation of Language
Venue: The Grey Eagle
Date: Wednesday, Nov. 8, 8 p.m.
Door: $22 advance / $25 day of show
Classified as indie pop, Nation of Language reminds me of early ‘80s synth bands like Depeche Mode, New Order, Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark and… you get the idea. Robotic drum machines are juxtaposed against lush synthesizers and heartfelt, dreamy vocals. Unlike those bands, though, this outfit is based in Brooklyn (though you wouldn’t know it from their sound). Good stuff. Miss Grit opens.

Artist: Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band
Venue: Salvage Station
Date: Saturday, Nov. 11, 8 p.m.
Door: $20 advance / $25 day of show
This Asheville-based band has seen its share of changes during its two decades-plus. But one thing that hasn’t changed is the band’s consistent delivering on its promise of a goooood time. I last spoke with them in 2022. Also, albeit with one of the worst band names since Fudge Tunnel, Sexbruise? opens the evening’s music.

Artist: Graham Nash
Venue: Wortham Center
Date: Sunday, Nov. 12, 7:30 p.m.
Door: $85+
I don’t need to explain who Graham Nash is. What you should know, though, is that his voice hasn’t diminished, even now at age 81. his live shows are superb. I interviewed Nash this time last year and wrote two stories based on our conversation. Here’s one, and here’s the other.

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