30 Days Out, July 2024 #1: Ska City, Banned From Utopia, Brushfire Stankgrass, Steel Pulse

This time around, 30 Days Out features two touring acts — a legendary reggae outfit and a kind of alumni-tribute band – plus two wildly popular Asheville-based acts. Go see and hear some live music!

Artist: Ska City
Venue: 185 King St.
Date: Saturday, July 13, 8 p.m.
Door: $7 advance / $10 day of show
The exuberant music of ska has never really gone away; listeners and dancers are drawn in by its positive and kinetic appeal. So it’s no surprise that key musicians in the Western North Carolina music scene put together a ska group, Ska City. Their horn section is so tight that it’s often lent out to other acts who want the extra firepower. I interviewed some of the band members just last year.

Artist: Banned From Utopia
Venue: Grey Eagle
Date: Wednesday, July 17, 7:30 p.m.
Door: $22
It’s widely known that the music of Frank Zappa is among the most demanding. It’s complicated and intimidating. So who better to play it that alumni of his groups? This outfit features three from that esteemed list of players. Not to be missed. Paul Green Rock Academy opens.

Artist: Brushfire Stankgrass
Venue: Pisgah Brewing
Date: Thursday, July 18, 6:30 p.m.
Door: $free!
Combining bluegrass and a sort of jam band aesthetic isn’t a novel approach in 2024, but if that’s your thing, you can’t do much better than check out this group; they’ve been doing it longer than most, and they get what’s special about the style.

Artist: Steel Pulse
Venue: Salvage Station
Date: Saturday, July 27, 6:30 p.m.
Door: $35 advance / $40 day of show
Jesse Royal opens.
Reggae has as much of a tradition in the UK as it does in Jamaica. And among British reggae outfits, Steel Pulse is among the most legendary and revered. They were key in bringing the genre to punk fans in the ‘70s, and they carry on the proud work to this day.

See you at the show!