30 Days Out, April 2024 #1: Alejandro Escovedo, Disco Biscuits, Pretty Little Goat, Flight Attendant

A critically acclaimed artist whose body of work spans punk, Americana and more; a heavy-gigging jam band; a great local group that’s bubbling under; an up-and-coming band outta Nashville about which you’ll likely be hearing more: these are the highest of the musical highlights in and around Asheville over the coming 30 days. Here we go! No foolin’.

Artist: Alejandro Escovedo
Venue: Salvage Station
Date: Friday, April 5, 8 p.m.
Door: $30 advance / $35 day of show
Today Alejandro Escovedo is renowned as a passionate, evocative singer-songwriter and engaging performer. His rock and even punk bona fides are without question: he was part of the Nuns, heroes of San Francisco’s punk scene. His music today doesn’t bear that sort of sound, but the commitment and fire of his punk days remains. I’ve interviewed him for my book about 415 Records, and on three occasions about his own more recent solo work. James Mastro of The Bongos opens.

Artist: The Disco Biscuits
Venue: Orange Peel
Date: Thursday, April 11, 8 p.m.
Door: $39.50
Readers of this blog will likely be familiar with my attitude toward jam bands. In case you missed it, the style gives me no joy, and that’s an understatement. Still, lots of noodle-dancing people dig the genre, and who am I to spoil their fun? For such individuals, Disco Biscuits are considered among the “best.” I think I’ve written enough about this. I’ll stop now.

Artist: Pretty Little Goat
Venue: 185 King St.
Date: Thursday, April 11, 7 p.m.
Door: $15+
Great local Americana band. I’ll save time and merely quote from the opening graf of my 2021 interview feature: “Pretty Little Goat bridges the gap between old time and contemporary music. Loosely defined as a string band, the Brevard-based quartet draws much of its inspiration from the music of the mountains, says mandolinist Josh Carter. ‘The hills are always calling,’ he says. But although Pretty Little Goat has its roots in tradition, the group isn’t stuck in the past.”

Artist: Flight Attendant
Venue: Grey Eagle
Date: Monday, April 29, 8 p.m.
Door: $15 advance / $19 day of show
I know better than most that genre/subgenre labels don’t always count for much. This Nashville group describes itself as “avant pop,” and truth be told, that’s pretty accurate. The band’s music is adventurous yet rooted in timeless pop values. Listen to the stomping, T. Rexified swagger of “Man of Chaos” and you’ll get a sense of their sound and attitude. An act to watch, for sure. The opening act is ¿WATCHES? (it really is).

See you at the show!