30 Days Out, December 2023 #1: Toubab Krewe, Bask, Chloe and Leah, Blue Rags

Here at 30 Days Out, I spotlight some of the best live music coming through Asheville. This time of year is extra-special in many ways, not least because local-based touring acts often wind down their tours for some home-for-the-holidays. And sometimes the schedule hometown gigs. Here are four such events happening in the next thirty days.

Artist: Toubab Krewe
Venue: Salvage Station
Date: Saturday, Dec. 16, 8 p.m.
Door: $20 advance / $25 day of show.
Toubab Krewe combine world music sensibilities with jazz-level musicianship. I first saw them at a memorial for Dr. Robert A. Moog; their music is fascinating, entrancing and energetic, often all at once. Remarkably, I’ve only interviewed them once, in 2018. Shira Ellis opens.

Artist: Bask
Venue: Eulogy
Date: Saturday, Dec. 16, 7 p.m.
Door: $free
Bask are super-cool. They combine the best of heavy/stoner rock, Appalachian textures and solid songwriting. Finding two of those things in a band is special indeed; three is all but unheard of. Tell ‘em I sent ya. The show happens at Burial Beer’s cool new music venue in Asheville’s South Slope.

Artist: Chloe and Leah
Venue: Ayurprana Listening Room
Date: Wednesday, Dec. 20, 7 p.m.
Chloe Smith and Leah Song are sisters, and they co-lead American-meets-world group Rising Appalachia. This show is an intimate, candlelit affair in a yoga-centric venue. Sounds cool, yes? Sadly for you, it’s sold out. But a Master Class with the duo happens earlier in the day, if you have the inclination and the dough. Read my interviews with them from 2015, 2016 and 2019.

Artist: The Blue Rags
Venue: The Grey Eagle
Date: Sunday, Dec. 31, 9 p.m.
Door: $25
The Americana-meets-boogie of The Blue Rags was in many ways the spark that lit the musical fires of Asheville. The group was signed to trendsetting Sub Pop Records in the ‘90s, and while the end of the century seemed to herald the end of the band, well, here they are again for a New Year’s show.

See you at the show!