30 Days Out, March 2024 #2: Scott Stapp, Western Carolina Writers Showcase, Consider the Source, Los Straitjackets

Rock, regional singer-songwriters, popular prog and the best surf-style music you’ll ever hear: those are the highlights of Asheville live music in the coming 30 days. Here we go…

Artist: Scott Stapp
Venue: The Orange Peel
Date: Friday, March 15, 8 p.m.
Door: $35
This is billed as a solo show, but dates with Creed commence in April.

Artist: Western Carolina Writers Showcase
Venue: The Grey Eagle
Date: Sunday, April 10, 6 p.m.
Door: $15
This popular series curated by Nick McMahon continues with the fifth installment in the popular concert event. This time around the nine artists performing sets (individually and sometimes with each other) includes Whitney Mongé, Melissa McKinney, Ben Balmer, my friend Jeff Santiago, Tina Collins of Tina & Her Pony, Siena Christie, Steve Taton, Hunter Andrus, and Jim Swayzee. I interviewed McMahon this time last year about the series.

Artist: Consider the Source
Venue: Asheville Music Hall
Date: Friday, April 12, 10 p.m.
Door: $15 advance / $20 day of show
This NYC-based trio combines fusion, progressive rock and world music textures to create something breathtakingly powerful. Not for nothing does their catalog of nearly a dozen albums feature at least five that were recorded live onstage. They’re quite popular here in Asheville, and return often. But that doesn’t mean you should take ‘em for granted. Beekeepers open.

Artist: Los Straitjackets
Venue: Salvage Station
Date: Saturday, April 13, 8 p.m.
Door: $20 advance / $25 day of show
Live shows don’t get much better than this. Spend an evening with the kings of instro-surf’n’twang music and you’ll never forget it. I’ve interviewed the group many times and count them among my favorite-ever live performers. Big Sandy and His Fly-rite Band John Howie Band opens.

See you at the shows!