Dance Asheville

Sat, Aug 19 · blues · festival · funk · guitar · local · r&b · rock · roots · singer-songwriter · soul · vocal

2017 River Valley Blues Festival – Day 1
12:00pm at Salvage Station
($25 day / $40 weekend)

TWO days of music, food, brews, vendors and more. Artists scheduled to appear include local favorites The Dirty Badgers, The Zuzu Welsh Band, The Paper Crowns, Ashley Heath, Roots & Dore, Virginia and The Slims, and Moses Jones, and two very special national headlining acts - Saturday night, Grammy-nominated Janiva Magness (pictured), and Sunday evening, the 2010 International Blues Challenge winner Grady Champion. Tickets will be $25 for either day individually, or $40 for the weekend. Our emcee again this year will be AshevilleFM's own Blueshound, host of the weekly blues show Soul Of The Blues (Fridays 7-9pm). Saturday Schedule: Ashley Heath 1pm ; Paper Crowns 2:30pm ; Moses Jones 4pm ; Dirty Badgers 5:30pm ; Janiva Magness 7:30pm. Sunday: Roots & Dore 1pm ; Virginia & The Slims 2:30pm ; Zuzu Welsh Band 4pm ; Grady Champion 6:30pm.


Sat, Aug 19 · blues · improvisation · jam · progressive · psychedelic · retro · rock · roots · tribute

Dark Star Orchestra – Night 2
Outdoor Show
7:00pm at Pisgah Brewing
($27 adv / $30 DOS / $48 Both Nights / $55 Hopster VIP)

By recreating set lists from the past, and by developing their own sets of Grateful Dead songs, Dark Star Orchestra offers a continually evolving artistic outlet within this musical canon.


Sat, Aug 19 · harmony · progressive · reggae · roots · vocal · world

Culture featuring Kenyatta Hill
40th Anniversary Tour w/ Chalwa
9:00pm at The Grey Eagle
($17 adv / $20 DOS)

Culture is reggae’s preeminent harmony group. Born in the '70s golden age of reggae, the ever viable Culture garnered continual US and international acclaim for its long series of classic “roots” albums. Culture’s legendary “Two Sevens Clash” (Shanachie) was Reggae Album of the Year in 1977 and is acknowledged today by Rolling Stone Magazine (April 11, 2002) as #25 of the 50 all time coolest records (the only reggae album to make the list).


Sat, Aug 19 · alternative · blues · dance · funk · hip hop · indie · rock

Trae Pierce & The T-Stones
7:00pm at Sierra Nevada Brewery
(Free Outdoor Show)

Grammy Award-winning bassist Trae Pierce is leading a wild new musical experience known as Trae Pierce & the T-Stones (TPTS). Defined by hard-edged funk and hip-hop mixed with rock and blues, TPTS has developed a high-energy live show with a modern feel that also recalls the unstoppable grooves of Bootsy Collins: they “wants to funk you up!” Trae is a world-class bassist and four-time Grammy Award-winner (with the legendary Blind Boys of Alabama) who cut his bass chops as a member of The Ohio Players.


Sat, Aug 19 · alternative · guitar · indie · pop · rock · singer-songwriter · vocal

Lucy Dacus
w/ Molly Burch
9:30pm at The Mothlight
($10 adv / $12 DOS)

Dacus started playing around Richmond while in college, opening for local acts and eventually meeting Jacob Blizard, a guitarist who invited her to make a record for a college project of his. No Burden, which originally came out in February on the Richmond label EggHunt Records, opens with the forthright, almost brutally honest "I Don't Wanna Be Funny Anymore," the last song Dacus wrote before the album's day-long recording session at Starstruck Studios in Nashville. Dacus delivers scalpel-sharp observations about resisting pigeonholing over chunky guitars, ticking off ideals of femininity and youth until the track's not-quite-resolution.


Sat, Aug 19 · alternative · funk · fusion · indie · jazz · local · progressive · soul

The Berlyn Trio
2:00pm at Sierra Nevada Brewery
(Free Outdoor Show)

Berlyn Trio is a jazz, funk, groove, and soul band based in Asheville, NC. The group features Jamie Berlyn on sax, Dan Clare on 8-string guitar, and drums. You can expect jazz and funk standards with nods to fusion greats like Scofield and MMW.


Sat, Aug 19 · acoustic · ambient · cello · chamber · classical · folk · indie · instrumental · orchestral

Takenobu
7:00pm at Isis Music Hall
($12 adv / $15 DOS)
SOLD OUT

The lush and ethereal cello and violin live looping duo combine with vocal harmonies to make cinematic folk songs about love and longing. The modern take on classical instruments will spirit listeners away to another realm.


Sat, Aug 19 · acoustic · americana · bluegrass · country · folk · local · roots · singer-songwriter

Letters to Abigail
Outdoor Show in The Meadow
7:00pm at Highland Brewing
(Free)

Letters To Abigail is an acoustic Americana band based in Flat Rock, fronted by songwriters James Harrell and Kelli Redmond. Inspired and influenced from the songs and sounds of classic country, bluegrass, folk, and singer songwriters they have created a unique and refreshing sound.


Sat, Aug 19 · cajun · dance · local · roots · traditional · zydeco

Zydeco Ya Ya
8:30pm at Cork & Keg
($8)

Dance your boots off to the hot rhythms of Asheville's own Zydeco Ya Ya.


Sat, Aug 19 · alternative · improvisation · indie · jam · local · rock

Franklin’s Kite
8:30pm at Upcountry Brewing
(Free)

Franklin's Kite is an eclectic five piece band, hailing from western North Carolina, comprised of two guitars, violin, bass, drums, and lots of vocals. With rock being too general a term, the band's sound encompasses a variety of styles. Relying mostly on original work, the band also adds its flavor to a variety of tasty covers. The Kite flies high and when lightning strikes, inspired improvisational wanderings take hold. Creatively unpredictable but always an electrifying experience!


Sat, Aug 19 · alternative · blues · garage · indie · psychedelic · retro · rock

Shake It Like a Caveman
9:00pm at 5 Walnut

"Shake It Like A Caveman is a one man band who lives on the highways, heartbreaks, beaches and backroads ... Exuberant and gritty garage stomp, instantly this music spoke to me." - Nashville Scene. Local goodtime rock band Pleasure Chest plays 6-9pm; Shake It Like a Caveman plays 10pm-1am.


Sat, Aug 19 · acoustic · art rock · comedy · eclectic · experimental · folk · funk · gypsy · harmony · humor · indie · local · punk · rock · roots · world

Sirius.B
9:00pm at Crow & Quill
($5-10 Suggested Donation)

Sirius.B brings to you the finest Absurdist Gypsy Folk Funk Punk that the world has to offer, created with an eclectic mix of vocal harmonies and instruments including cello, accordion, violin, marching band & African percussion, charango, flamenco and acoustic guitar, banjo, and melodica.


Sat, Aug 19 · blues · country · jazz · rock · roots · soul

The Wobblers
9:00pm at Jack of the Wood
($5)

This South Carolina band plays Roots Music, Blues, Hard Bop, Soul and Country.


Sat, Aug 19 · alternative · dance · guitar · indie · local · pop · psychedelic · rock

Aunt Sis
w/ Wizardskin, Heatwarmer & Cyboman
9:30pm at The Mothlight
(Free)

Asheville-based Aunt Sis is not your average post-Americana indie rock band. If you listen to to Aunt Sis’ 2016 album These People on Sorry Records, you’ll hear entrancing, revolving riffs built on kind of that circular neo-American Primitive finger-picking style, which is the core that drives many of their songs. It’s not something they hit you over the head with as it’s sublimated within the context of an indie pop quartet, but it’s there and it’s what differentiates Aunt Sis from others, giving them a swell flow. Neither do they attempt to dose you with capital P psychedelia, but there’s a definite undefined element of transcendence floating about Aunt Sis songs.


Sat, Aug 19 · activist · dance · funk · indie · new orleans · progressive · soul

Sexual Thunder!
10:00pm at The One Stop
(21+, by donation)

Sexual Thunder! is an American funk music act, based in New Orleans, Louisiana. This eight (nine?ten?) piece funktastrophy brings together elements of deep funk and contemporary dance music to create grooves to keep your body moving. Spreading a message of peace, love and understanding, Sexual Thunder! expresses a fresh and unique voice to the musical world.


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Sun, Aug 20 · blues · festival · funk · guitar · local · r&b · rock · roots · singer-songwriter · soul · vocal

2017 River Valley Blues Festival – Day 2
12:00pm at Salvage Station
($25 day / $40 weekend)

TWO days of music, food, brews, vendors and more. Artists scheduled to appear include local favorites The Dirty Badgers, The Zuzu Welsh Band, The Paper Crowns, Ashley Heath, Roots & Dore, Virginia and The Slims, and Moses Jones, and two very special national headlining acts - Saturday night, Grammy-nominated Janiva Magness, and Sunday evening, the 2010 International Blues Challenge winner Grady Champion (pictured). Tickets will be $25 for either day individually, or $40 for the weekend. Our emcee again this year will be AshevilleFM's own Blueshound, host of the weekly blues show Soul Of The Blues (Fridays 7-9pm). Saturday Schedule: Ashley Heath 1pm ; Paper Crowns 2:30pm ; Moses Jones 4pm ; Dirty Badgers 5:30pm ; Janiva Magness 7:30pm. Sunday: Roots & Dore 1pm ; Virginia & The Slims 2:30pm ; Zuzu Welsh Band 4pm ; Grady Champion 6:30pm.


Sun, Aug 20 · americana · folk · indie · roots · singer-songwriter

Martha Scanlan
8:00pm at The Grey Eagle
($15 adv / $18 DOS)

The gift of a great storyteller is the bringing of the listener into the story, and the story into the listener. It’s not just the words of the songs that provide that rare lasting transformative alchemy that has become so characteristic of Martha Scanlan’s work, and earned her the small loyal cult following that seems to be steadily growing. It’s the space between the words, the current of things, the sound of the place itself.


Sun, Aug 20 · alternative · art rock · avant garde · cello · experimental · folk · indie · pop · rock · singer-songwriter · vocal

Sarah Clanton
An Evening of Music & Laughs w/ Danielle Ate The Sandwich
5:30pm at Isis Music Hall
($10)

Taking her background as a classically trained cellist and flipping the script a bit, Sarah brings an infectious energy rarely seen by typical singer-songwriters. Wielding a cello and a sultry voice, Clanton delivers Americana-tinged songs touching on pop, jazz, rock, and folk influences that draw comparisons to Rickie Lee Jones, Norah Jones, Regina Spektor, Frank Zappa and Lady Gaga.


Sun, Aug 20 · alternative · blues · country · garage · grunge · indie · local · psychedelic · punk · rock · rockabilly

Lara Hope & The Ark-Tones
2:00pm at Sierra Nevada Brewery
(Free Outdoor Show)

Lara Hope & The Ark-Tones is a Punkabilly band from Kingston, NY. White Oak Splits is a Rock/Country band from Madison/Buncombe, and Survival Crimes is a Garage/Grunge/Blues band from Asheville.


Sun, Aug 20 · dixieland · jazz · local · new orleans · swing

Firecracker Jazz Band
4:00pm at Wicked Weed Brewing

In paying homage to the pioneers of early 20th Century Jazz, including that of Dixieland and New Orleans, the Firecracker Jazz Band carries the torch that was once lit by such greats as Jelly Roll Morton, Louis Armstrong & Bix Beiderbecke.


Sun, Aug 20 · alternative · art rock · chamber · classical · electronic · fusion · indie · local · rock · singer-songwriter

Alex Travers
w/ Bless Your Heart
7:00pm at PULP
(21+, $7 members / $9 non-members)

Alex Travers is a musician living, teaching and working in the city of Asheville. Born 1991 in upstate NY, he was raised in the Raleigh area. While growing as a musician and individual he acquired his bachelors degree in violin performance from Appalachian State University. Throughout his upbringing and education, his work as a collaborative artist, arranger, performer, teacher, violinist and songwriter permeated into a variety of musical styles and genres. From Baroque to electronic, from studios to concert halls, his involvement is anything but bland. Absorbing every experience like a sponge, he is likely to squeeze the most out of any piece, performance or project he comes across. Musical influences include Phillip Glass, Elliott Smith, the Pixies, Andrew Bird, J.S. Bach, Buckethead, and many others.


Sun, Aug 20 · bluegrass · guitar · gypsy · jazz · local · roots · stringband · swing · western swing

Wilson’s Hot String Band
7:30pm at Isis Music Hall
($15)

Wilson’s Hot String Band plays Western Swing, Texas Swing and Hillbilly Jazz, eveything from Monroe to Django. The band includes Russ Wilson – Tenor Banjo, Tenor Guitar & Vocal ; Marc Brookshire – 6 String Guitar & Vocal ; Hank Bones – Dobro, Steel Guitar & Vocals ; Gary Mackey – Violin, Mandolin & Vocals & Calvin Johnson – String Bass & Vocals.


Sun, Aug 20 · african · alternative · dance · indie · jazz · latin · local · progressive · psychedelic · rock

Coconut Cake
8:00pm at MG Road

Coconut Cake is an Asheville-based Congolese rumba band with Michael Libramento on guitar, playing a very groovy variation of Cuban dance music that originated in the Congo. The style sprung up in the '40s, then regained popularity in Africa in the '60s and '70s.


Sun, Aug 20 · blues · guitar · indie · roots · singer-songwriter

Grady Champion
9:00pm at Salvage Station

Grammy Award winning blues singer, song-writer, producer, and harmonica/guitar player with incredible talent, a big heart, and a phenomenal stage presence!


Mon, Aug 21 · alternative · art rock · avant garde · electronic · indie · singer-songwriter · synth

Dina Maccabee
w/ Janel Leppin & Alec Sturgis
9:00pm at The Mothlight
(Free)

Inside Dina Maccabee's music for viola and voice can be heard years of individual travels and universal heartache. A member of noted songwriter Julia Holter's touring band during 2015 and 2016, in that time she also created the World Is In The Work, her brand new solo album for viola, voice, and electronics. Developed between tour stops around the world, her looped and delayed sounds transform the viola from into a richly layered accompaniment and driving rhythmic engine for her tuneful, vulnerable songs. "With one of the most intriguing singles of the year, Dina Maccabee proves to be a skillful solo artist on the rise." - Paste Magazine


Mon, Aug 21 · improvisation · indie · jazz · local · r&b · soul · vocal

Siamese Sound Club
8:00pm at 5 Walnut

Siamese Sound Club (formerly Siamese Jazz Club) has a sound born from a highly diverse and infectious melting pot of influences. SJC is just as deep into the world of R&B & Soul as it’s improvisational jazzy undertones. The love child of prolific Asheville music scenesters, Simon Thomas George & CaroMia Tiller, SJC was formed in the summer of 2015. Always teasing the line of technical musicality and emotional depth, SJC embraces the affection of music aficionados and the casual listener alike.


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Tue, Aug 22 · alternative · indie · pop · psychedelic · rock · singer-songwriter

Portugal. The Man – Night 1
w/ The Dig
8:00pm at The Orange Peel
(18+, $27 adv / $30 DOS)
SOLD OUT

Portugal. The Man plays breezy, psychedelia-tinged alt-pop.


Tue, Aug 22 · country · dance · fiddle · honky tonk · local · roots · swing · vocal · western swing

Texas T and the Tumbleweeds
7:00pm at Jack of the Wood
(Free, donations welcome)

If you have been eager to get out and do some Texas Swing, this is your night. The Tumbleweeds are rounding up a herd of early Texas swing favorites for your dancing pleasure. The band is Trent (Texas T) on fiddle, Andy (Too Slim) Hunter on guitar, Ruthie (The Wrangler) Hunter on percussion, Karen (The Cowgirl Queen) Koenig on piano, and Annie (Got Your Gun) Griffey on bass. Rustle up your friends and come out for a hot night of swing dancing.


Tue, Aug 22 · americana · bluegrass · country · folk · indie · roots · singer-songwriter

Tyler Hilton
w/ Christina Holmes
8:00pm at The Grey Eagle
($15 / $65 VIP)

Tyler Hilton was singing and playing in coffee houses as a 15 year old, when a chance encounter with Los Angeles radio personalities Mark and Brian from KLOS led to multiple appearances on their radio show, live concert dates with the duo, and national exposure. Tyler moved to Nashville where he began exploring his family's country roots and made several records with big producers including Dan Huff, Nathan Chapman, Matt Serletic, and John Alagia. Sadly, non of these records saw the light of day as staff and roster upheaval plagued Warner Brother Records, and eventually led to Tyler's departure. One of these unreleased songs made their way to Joe Cocker who recorded it on his final album. Tyler then started his own label, Hooptie Tune Records, and released "Forget the Storm" the following year. It became the first record of Tyler's to gain international success and led to several European tours and a new fervent fan base. His follow up, the mellow folky country album “Indian Summer,” was recorded live in studio with a bluegrass band including his uncle, Tommy Hilton, on guitar.


Tue, Aug 22 · dance · instrumental · jazz · local · new orleans · swing

The House Hoppers
Swing Asheville Dance
9:00pm at THE BLOCK off biltmore
($5)

Mick Glasgow leads a stellar swarm of musical friends in the Old New-Orleans-style jazz band tradition. Dance ($5) runs from 9-11pm, followed by late night blues dancing til the venue closes ($2) Intermediate class at 7pm and beginner class at 8pm. Class: $10/$8 Swing Asheville members.


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Wed, Aug 23 · pop · r&b · singer-songwriter · soul · vocal

Durand Jones & The Indications
w/ Sister Ivy
9:30pm at The Mothlight
($10 adv / $12 DOS)

Bayou-born soul sensation, Durand Jones got his start in the church, after being forced to sing in the choir of his rural hometown Hillaryville, Louisiana because his Grandmother thought he sang too much at home. When his music career took him to Bloomington, Indiana, he was selected to join the legendary Indiana University Soul Revue, and it was through his involvement that he met writer/producer duo Aaron Frazer and Blake Rhein. The three began writing original soul music, recording themselves straight to tape in the basements of Bloomington - and their debut album is now available on our record label, Colemine Records.


Wed, Aug 23 · alternative · americana · country · dance · folk · honky tonk · indie · local · roots

Jessie and the Jacksons
Western Wednesday
8:00pm at The Double Crown

Jessie and the Jacksons is a fantastic alt-country honky tonk band featuring folks from Common Visions and Carolina Catskins. Stick around after the band for DJ Dave spinning classic Honky Tonk Country hits.


Wed, Aug 23 · americana · folk · old time · roots · stringband · traditional · vocal

The Tim Grimm Band
7:00pm at Isis Music Hall
($12)

Tim Grimm comes to Asheville with The Family Band - sons Connor (bass) and Jackson (guitar/banjo/vocals), and wife, Jan (harmonica/vocals). Grimm lives on 80 acres in southern Indiana, and has been called “The Poet Laureate of the rural Midwest.”


Wed, Aug 23 · alternative · indie · pop · psychedelic · rock · singer-songwriter

Portugal. The Man – Night 2
w/ The Dig
8:00pm at The Orange Peel
(18+, $27 adv / $30 DOS)
SOLD OUT

Portugal. The Man plays breezy, psychedelia-tinged alt-pop.


Wed, Aug 23 · alternative · guitar · indie · rock · singer-songwriter · vocal

The Brook & The Bluff
w/ Armadilla
8:00pm at The Altamont Theatre
(21+, Free)

Birmingham natives Alec Bolton and Joseph Settine formed The Brook & The Bluff while attending Auburn University. The group's name stems from each member’s distinct home suburb in Birmingham, Mountain Brook and Bluff Park. Originally an acoustic duo, the pair quickly became a staple at local venues, turning heads with clean vocals and expert guitar work. Now fully equipped, The Brook & The Bluff is passionate about sharing their original music with Birmingham and beyond.


Wed, Aug 23 · african · afropop · jam · local · rock · roots · world

Les Amis
8:00pm at 5 Walnut

Asheville-based Les Amis features members of Toubab Krewe and Zansa playing African style street music.


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Thu, Aug 24 · alternative · americana · bluegrass · blues · country · funk · harmony · indie · old time · roots · soul

The Danberrys
7:00pm at Isis Music Hall
($10 adv / $15 DOS)

At the heart of The Danberrys is the Tennessee-born couple of Ben DeBerry and Dorothy Daniel – a truly unique pair of artists hailing from East Nashville, Tennessee. Drawing deep from the traditions of bluegrass, old-time country, blues, and funk/soul, the Danberrys offer inspired songwriting delivered with raw emotion, distinct vocal harmonies, and dynamic, top-notch musicianship.


Thu, Aug 24 · alternative · art rock · avant garde · electronic · funk · indie · jazz · soul · synth

Triptych Soul
w/ Brother Oliver
9:00pm at Isis Music Hall
($10)

With a variety of musical background, members of Triptych Soul utilize intertwining harmonic liveliness and polyrhythmic structure. Equipped with synthesizers, guitars, and drums, Triptych's jazzy crunch of classical and electronic fusion paves a path for the propulsion of original music.


Thu, Aug 24 · eclectic · funk · indie · jazz · local · pop · rock · soul

Purple
9:00pm at Foggy Mountain Brewpub

One word. Purple. Duane Simpson, Jesse Gentry, and Jian-Claude Mears, make up the Asheville power trio that is known as Purple. This trio takes an eclectic range of popular music from the jazz, funk, soul, and pop idioms and blends it into a unique style and sound that is all their own. Their show will soothe you, rock you, challenge you, and make you wanna move.


Thu, Aug 24 · alternative · art rock · avant garde · eclectic · hard rock · hardcore · indie · jazz · metal · psychedelic · rock

JEFF The Brotherhood
w/ Daddy Issues & The Cannonball Jars
9:00pm at The Odditorium
($10 adv / $12 DOS)

JEFF The Brotherhood is an art project started by brothers Jake and Jamin Orrall in 2002 in a basement in Nashville, TN. Their work is influenced by many types of music including jazz, black metal, motorick rhythm and hard rock, as well as many artists and environments including the film work of Werner Herzog, the choreography of Kate Bush, and the rivers of Tennessee.


Fri, Aug 25 · ambient · dub · electronic · indie · local · pop · psychedelic · r&b · soul · synth

RBTS WIN (LP Release Show)
w/ Marley Carroll, Erick Lottary & DJ Kutzu
9:00pm at The Grey Eagle
($10 adv / $12 DOS)

Asheville-based band RBTS WIN weaves sample-based psych-pop production under the specter of soul and R&B. RBTS WIN has gained a reputation for cathartic live performances awash in voices, guitars, analog synthesizers, and drum machines. The band’s music is sometimes labeled dark wave or chill-hop.


Fri, Aug 25 · alternative · folk · indie · local · pop · psychedelic · rock

Alarm Clock Conspiracy
6:00pm at French Broad Brewing Co
(Free, donations encouraged)

Alarm Clock Conspiracy is an Indie Rock / Power Pop band from Asheville, NC. The "conspiracy" which we speak of, is the fallacy that all humans must awake to a bellowing alarm clock each morning, only to rush off to work at a job that they truly hate. ACC's influences are drawn from '60s & '70s acoustic folk, and rock music, as well as more current indie rock sounds of today.


Fri, Aug 25 - Sat, Aug 26 · acoustic · americana · appalachian · blues · festival · folk · guitar · indie · old time · roots · singer-songwriter · traditional · vocal

Jam In the Trees
7:00pm at Pisgah Brewing
($25 Friday / $50 Saturday / $60 Two Day Pass)

Jam in the Trees’ Friday schedule starts with Zoe & Cloyd, followed by Underhill Rose, then Larry Keel. Doors at 7, show starts at 8pm, all on the Indoor Stage. Gates open Saturday at 12pm, with music starting at 1pm throughout the day until 11pm on the beautiful Pisgah Brewing Outdoor Stage, music inside all day, followed by an After Hours Jam at 11pm on the Indoor Stage with special guest artists from the day! Performers include The Infamous Stringdusters (pictured), Acoustic Syndicate, Peter Rowan, Larry Keel, Tim O’Brien & Jan Fabricius, Jim Lauderdale, Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen, Jeffrey Foucault, Front Country, Eilen Jewell, Cicada Rhythm & more.


Fri, Aug 25 · improvisation · indie · jam · rock · tribute

Runaway Gin: A Tribute to Phish
9:00pm at Salvage Station
(21+, $10 adv / $12 DOS)

The members of Runaway Gin are long time Phish fans who have united with the goal of creating musical moments inspired by Phish. The band’s song list is constantly growing and their improvisational and communication skills are constantly developing independently and together. Like Phish, Runaway Gin will never play the same show or jam the same way twice making every show a unique experience and every moment pure artistic creation.


Fri, Aug 25 · blues · gypsy · jazz · latin · local · swing

The Gypsy Swingers
9:00pm at 5 Walnut

The Gypsy Swingers, based in Asheville, perform jazz and blues standards ('30s and '40s) in the style of Django Reinhardt, of the Manouche people (French Romanis). It's a toe-tapping rhythym, perfect for swing dancing, throwing in Latin standards for a little sashaying sweetness.


Fri, Aug 25 · dance · dixieland · jazz · local · new orleans · ragtime · swing

The Low-Down Sires
9:00pm at Crow & Quill
($5-$10 suggested donation)

The Low-Down Sires are dedicated to the lost sounds of early jazz, inspired by the compositions and arrangements of Joe "King" Oliver, Edward "Kid" Ory, Jelly Roll Morton, and other giants from the storied origins of the art form. Their raucous style predates the smoother sounds of big band swing and the intellectualism of modern jazz and transports you to the streets of New Orleans and the barrelhouses of early 20th century Mississippi river towns.


Fri, Aug 25 · alternative · art rock · avant garde · dance · humor · indie · local · psychedelic · punk · rock

Plankeye Peggy
w/ Fable Cry
9:30pm at The Mothlight
($5)

Plankeye Peggy designs their shows to get their crowds involved, whether through themed costumes, on-stage antics, or dancing. High strung and spasmatic, their performance reveals musical adventures that are desperate and preening, flirtatious and dangerous, yet always aimed at getting the crowd moving.


Fri, Aug 25 · funk · jazz · pop · r&b · soul · vocal

The Broomestix
10:00pm at Asheville Music Hall
(21+, by donation)

Nine young men and a girl, The Broomestix is an R&B/Soul/Funk/Pop group out of the Nashville area; an exceptional group of musicians with a stand-out vocalist, taking inspiration from funk, soul and jazz icons way before their time.


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Sat, Aug 26 · alternative · americana · funk · indie · local · pop · rock · roots · singer-songwriter · southern rock

RiverLink’s RiverFest
w/ The Get Right Band, Ben Phan & The Soul Symphony & The Greenliners
2:30pm at Salvage Station
(Free, $5 Donation For Wristband)

The Get Right Band (pictured) is “hip-shaking, earthquaking pure funk fun” (The Alternate Root). They are one of Relix Magazine’s “On The Verge” picks, Home Grown Music Network’s 2015 “Best New Band of the Year,” and were voted “Best Progressive Band” in Western North Carolina by Mountain Xpress readers. Opener Ben Phan is a prolific poet, songwriter, and guitarist, with the soul of an improviser. The Greenliners are a high energy acoustic ensemble, hailing from Asheville, built around a solid foundation of guitar, mandolin, and upright bass.


Sat, Aug 26 · acoustic · americana · folk · guitar · roots · singer-songwriter

Michael Reno Harrell
7:00pm at Isis Music Hall
($15 adv / $18 DOS)

Michael Reno Harrell is an award winning songwriter, storyteller, published author and all around great entertainer. One could compare Michael’s performances to his granddaddy’s pocketknife, well worn and familiar, but razor sharp and with a point.


Sat, Aug 26 · alternative · indie · pop · punk · rock · singer-songwriter

Goo Goo Dolls
w/ Phillip Phillips
7:30pm at Biltmore House

A Boy Named Goo had a catchy rock sound, and became one of the most successful alternative rock albums of the mid-1990s. It sold modestly in this time; however, it was not until the release of the single "Name" that the band experienced any viable commercial success. A Boy Named Goo became the first album in Metal Blade history to achieve double-platinum status.


Sat, Aug 26 · americana · benefit · classic rock · country · dance · harmony · local · pop · roots

Deep River
10th Anniversary / Benefit concert for the Asheville Humane Society
8:00pm at The Grey Eagle
($10)

Deep River features soaring lead and harmony vocals from its three female singers coupled with top-notch musicianship from its instrumentalists to create a unique recipe for Southern country music ‘stew’ including covers and originals flavored with rock, blues, Cajun, folk and bluegrass so our audiences can swing, two-step, shag or clog the night away. As a bonus we'll be joined that night by guest artists Bob Bencze, keyboardist with The Bill Mattocks Band, and Joe Trimbach, fiddler-mandolinist with Bobby & Blue Ridge Tradition, so we'll be an 8-piece band! Tonight's show benefits the Asheville Humane Society.


Sat, Aug 26 · classic rock · pop · rock · tribute

Rumours
A Fleetwood Mac Tribute
9:00pm at The Orange Peel
(18+, $12 adv / $15 DOS)

Rumours has meticulously put together a Fleetwood Mac Tribute experience that spares no detail. From period accurate equipment and costumes to spot on characterizations and musical performances, Rumours takes you back to a time when music was still an unbridled cultural experience and bands weren't afraid to put on a show.


Sat, Aug 26 · alternative · eclectic · funk · indie · jazz · local · piano · pop · r&b · rock · soul

The Chuck Lichtenberger Collective
9:00pm at 5 Walnut

The Chuck Lichtenberger Collective is the brainchild of one of the areas most sought after pianists. His previous bands have been Stephaniesid, The Goodies, and The Archrivals. The Collective's biggest influences are The Bad Plus, Van Halen, Ahmad Jamal, and Al Green. The band also includes Jonathan Pearlman (Alien Music Club, Stephaniesid) on guitar, Zack Page (One Leg Up) on bass and Nik Hope (Hope Massive) on drums.


Sat, Aug 26 · acoustic · alternative · americana · blues · country · folk · honky tonk · indie · local · roots · singer-songwriter

Momma Molasses
9:00pm at Crow & Quill

Momma Molasses is a musical project created by N.C. based songwriter Ella Patrick. Originally from the Piedmont/Sandhills North Carolina, Ella grew up singing gospel songs in church and was inspired by her ballader uncle to pick up the guitar. After high school she ventured to western North Carolina, and studied old time music, and art at Warren Wilson College. Heavily influenced by Roots music, she played fiddle for Asheville based band, The New Olde Fashioneds. However, after a bout of heartbreak, homesickness, and empty pockets she returned home to Carthage N.C. and began to write songs, and define her unique "fingerpicking" guitar style. Self proclaimed "weird kid" and "general questioner of reality" her music naturally draws on a wide range of ideas, combining Alt-Country, blues, honky-folksy whatever into a sweet dripping, slow moving sound.


Sat, Aug 26 · blues · gospel · guitar · rock · soul · southern rock · vocal

Shane Pruitt Band
9:00pm at Jack of the Wood
($5)

Living and breathing the blues and gospel, Spartanburg-based Shane Pruitt Band embodies a regional tradition while bringing its original tone and flare to every performance.


Sat, Aug 26 · alternative · dub · indie · jam · local · reggae · rock · roots

Station Underground
10:00pm at The One Stop
(21+, Free)

Station Underground is an Asheville-based Reggae / Rock / Jam / Dub band.


Sat, Aug 26 · alternative · indie · rock

Jack Oblivian & The Sheiks
10:00pm at The Lazy Diamond

Depending on whom you ask, Jack "Oblivian" Yarber is either a rock legend or an absolute unknown. This dichotomy is well-understood by Memphis musicians, as underground "fame," for all its rewards, has, with a few exceptions, been the ceiling for local acts for decades. And no one knows this dichotomy better than Yarber, who may be Memphis' most influential active rock musician.


Sun, Aug 27 · alternative · folk · funk · guitar · indie · rock · singer-songwriter

John Butler Trio
w/ J.S. Ondara at The Meadow (Highland Brewing) OUTDOOR SHOW
6:30pm at The Orange Peel
($30 adv / $35 DOS)

There are dirty Stevie Wonder-style boogies, ghostly refrains that could come from Simon and Garfunkel, sonic poltergeists which seem, at times, to resemble lost rock classics. In the hands of a lesser man this would be mere thievery dressed up as ‘eclecticism’. But Butler is a maestro – he takes his influences and transcends them. He creates a sound that is as ancient as aboriginal bone-art and yet as modern as your Twitter feed. He has been hailed as one of the world’s greatest guitarists, a musician’s musician, one whose sound offers not three chords and the truth but a thousand.


Sun, Aug 27 · blues · classic rock · local · rock · roots

The Zuzu Welsh Band
7:00pm at The Grey Eagle
($5)

The Zuzu Welsh Band is comprised of Dana Koone on drums, percussion and vocals; Abbot Grivich on electric and acoustic guitars, cowbell and vocals; Johnny Haisman on bass; Bobby Hicks on vocals, guitar and other supporting instruments; occasionally the wonderful Jen Wo on vocals, guitar and whatever else; and Zuzu Welsh on electric and acoustic guitars and vocals.


Sun, Aug 27 · eclectic · funk · indie · jazz · local · pop · rock · soul

Purple
7:00pm at 5 Walnut

One word. Purple. Duane Simpson, Jesse Gentry, and Jian-Claude Mears, make up the Asheville power trio that is known as Purple. This trio takes an eclectic range of popular music from the jazz, funk, soul, and pop idioms and blends it into a unique style and sound that is all their own. Their show will soothe you, rock you, challenge you, and make you wanna move.


Mon, Aug 28 · alternative · indie · local · punk · rock

The Spiral
w/ Social Circle & Armadilla
9:00pm at The Mothlight
(Free)

The Spiral took off shortly from a bedroom project to an energetic live performance after their first EP released in 2014. Two years later they are ready to take the next steps as a full on high energy rock and punk influenced indie band. This year they reached a benchmark with the release of their first full length album, a single released with another dynamic indie rock group Shadow Show, and becoming part of a DIY Asheville based group/label Pave, who recently released a compilation album featuring 15 local indie artists from the Asheville and Atlanta area, The Spiral being included on this work.


Wed, Aug 30 · alternative · americana · eclectic · gypsy · hardcore · honky tonk · indie · outlaw country · psychedelic · punk · rock · roots · stringband

The Goddamn Gallows
w/ Skunk Ruckus
9:00pm at The Grey Eagle
($12 adv / $15 DOS)

The Goddamn Gallows came from the heart of America's Rust Belt, arising from a night of flophouse violence. Drifting across the states, they cemented their sound in Portland and later in Los Angeles, where they lived in abandoned buildings, squatter camps, storage units and shoebox apartments. In 2007, they left everything behind and spent the next 4 years living out of whatever vehicle would get them to the next town. Building upon their original sound of "twanged-out, punk rock gutterbilly", they began picking up stray musicians along the way - washboard, accordion, mandolin and banjo - creating a sound referred to as "hobocore", "gypsy-punk" or "americana-punk", while never being stuck in any one sound.


Thu, Aug 31 · alternative · americana · benefit · blues · country · folk · local · rock · roots · singer-songwriter · soul · traditional

Laura Blackley
Free Show on the Patio
6:00pm at The Grey Eagle

Laura Blackley is a singer, songwriter and purveyor of high lonesome Appalachian blues and soul. She plays ‘folk tunes with a rock n roll soundtrack’ with her band the Wildflowers. Their new CD is titled “Tell It To the Darkness”.


Thu, Aug 31 · acoustic · alternative · americana · blues · folk · harmony · improvisation · jam · local · roots · singer-songwriter · soul · tribute · vocal

The Paper Crowns w/ Phuncle Sam
Tribute to Robert Hunter
8:30pm at The Altamont Theatre
(21+, Free)

The Paper Crowns improvise heavily on acoustic and electric guitar, banjo, and drums ... often while singing harmonies - with a sound somewhere between Shovels and Rope and an acoustic Jerry Garcia jam.


Thu, Aug 31 · alternative · funk · fusion · indie · jazz · local · progressive · soul

The Berlyn Trio
10:00pm at Foggy Mountain Brewpub

Berlyn Trio is a jazz, funk, groove, and soul band based in Asheville, NC. The group features Jamie Berlyn on sax, Dan Clare on 8-string guitar, and drums. You can expect jazz and funk standards with nods to fusion greats like Scofield and MMW.


Thu, Aug 31 · country · gospel · harmony · roots · spiritual · vocal

The Swanee Quintet
w/ Voices Harmony
10:00pm at The Double Crown
($10)

The Swanee Quintet are gospel music survivors - an old style vocal group who over the decades have travelled the Gospel Highway playing everything from humble storefront churches to Carnegie Hall and Madison Square Garden. They are also a group who were called gospel's "countriest" act by gospel authority Anthony Heilbut (meaning the Swanee's sound was raw and rural rather than veering towards the white sounds of Nashville) yet a group sophisticated enough to record and tour with Soul Brother No 1, James Brown.


Fri, Sep 1 · dance · funk · jazz · r&b · soul · tribute

The James Brown Dance Party
w/ The Chase Brothers & Special Guests
9:00pm at New Mountain AVL
(21+, $15)

The James Brown Dance Party is a rotating All Star Tribute to James Brown featuring members of Yo Mama's Big Fat Booty Band, Tedeschi Trucks, Snarky Puppy & More!


Fri, Sep 1 · alternative · ambient · art rock · electronic · funk · indie · local · rock · synth

The Volt per Octaves
Farewell Show” w/ The Volt Per Octaves, Cyboman & Jason Daniello
7:00pm at The Mothlight
($5)

Consisting of husband and wife team Nick and Anna Montoya, along with their daughter Eva, the trio set out to bring Moog synthesizers back into the spotlight. In a day and age where multi-gigabyte samplers and laptop computers were ruling the electronic music scene, The VPOs have always been adamant about performing their original electronic music sans laptop. Bob Moogs vision was for his his instruments to be used in live performance to create sounds that were like no other sounds that came before! The name they chose The Volt per Octaves (or The Volt/Octs) is a direct reference to the genius of Dr. Robert A. Moog, inventor of the Moog synthesizer.


Fri, Sep 1 · alternative · grunge · hard rock · indie · local · rock

The Stump Mutts (Album Release Show)
w/ MIKE LIVE & Hard Rocket
8:00pm at The Grey Eagle
($8 adv / $10 DOS)

Listenasheville.com described the band’s sound as, "crankshaft rock that houses a fair deal of aggression, though its edges are rounded off. It’s logically structured, so the brightest light shines in the portrayal of the feeling." The Stump Mutts’ songs evoke relatable stories of toxic relationships, love and loss, obsession, rebellion, deceit and desire.


Fri, Sep 1 · classic rock · pop · rock · roots · tribute

Satisfaction – The International Rolling Stones Show
9:00pm at The Orange Peel
(18+, $10 adv / $12 DOS)

“Satisfaction/The International Rolling Stones Show” is the international touring tribute show to the World’s Greatest Rock & Roll Band. This Billboard & Pollstar listed show is now celebrating their 15th Anniversary in production with over 2500 performances listed to its credit. This highly acclaimed production showcases the most authentic cast & costuming of its kind.


Fri, Sep 1 · acoustic · bluegrass · country · local · roots · traditional

Bull Moose Party
9:00pm at Jack of the Wood
($5)

Swannanoa, North Carolina's premier Bluegrass, Partygrass and Country band!


Sat, Sep 2 · acoustic · americana · appalachian · bluegrass · fiddle · folk · local · old time · roots · stringband

The Midnight Plowboys
7:00pm at Isis Music Hall
($15)

The Midnight Plowboys are a traditional roots music string band comprised of talented pickers and singers who are also fun-loving stage entertainers. The Asheville-based band is well-known for its diverse musical style, which includes elements of southern fiddle music, bluegrass, Americana, old-time, folk and classic early country songs. Solo and harmony vocals are featured with acoustic instrumental support from fiddle, banjo, mandolin, guitar and bass.


Sat, Sep 2 · alternative · indie · rock · singer-songwriter

Mike Farris
w/ The Roseland Rhythm Revue
8:00pm at The Grey Eagle
($25 / $40 VIP)

Whether rearranging songs of centuries past or infusing new lyrical life to half-songs, it becomes clear that Mike’s vocal gift is simply the surface of a very deep well. Presented by The Altamont Theatre at The Grey Eagle.


Sun, Sep 3 · alternative · americana · art rock · avant garde · eclectic · experimental · festival · folk · indie · jazz · local · pop · psychedelic · rock · roots · singer-songwriter

LAAF (Living Asheville Arts Festival)
12:00pm at Lexington Avenue
(Free)

15th Annual: LAAF, Living Asheville Arts Festival (name changed "to embrace all of Asheville's artistic culture, past, present, and future) will be held on Lexington Avenue from the corner of College St. down to the intersection at I-240 / Walnut St., from Broadway to Rankin Ave. / Hiawassee, from Broadway to Rankin Ave.) Performances from Asheville dance, theatre, buskers and more! Three stages packed with music from Asheville bands!


Sun, Sep 3 · dance · disco · funk · pop · soul · tribute

Who’s Bad – The Ultimate Michael Jackson Tribute Band
Outdoor Show
8:00pm at New Mountain AVL
($18 adv / $23 DOS)

Who's Bad's powerpacked performance of Michael Jackson's expansive catalog has ignited crowds on every continent and can only be described as a jaw-dropping, musical must-see.


Sun, Sep 3 · blues · classic rock · folk · psychedelic · rock · roots · singer-songwriter

Roky Erickson
w/ Death Valley Girls
9:00pm at The Grey Eagle
($22 adv / $25 DOS)
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Legendary rock n roll pioneer Roger Kynard "Roky" Erickson hails from Austin, Texas. He is, in the words of music writer Richie Unterberger, one of "the unknown heroes of rock and roll." As singer, songwriter, and guitar player for the legendary Austin, TX band The 13th Floor Elevators, the first rock and roll band to describe their music as "psychedelic", Roky had a profound impact on the San Francisco scene when the group traveled there in 1966. While bands such as The Grateful Dead and The Jefferson Airplane had the their roots in traditional acoustic folk music, the Elevators unique brand of heavy, hard-rocking electric blues pointed to a new direction for the music of the hippie generation.


Sun, Sep 3 · metal · psychedelic · punk · rock

Inter Arma
w/ Brain Tentacles & Uninhabitable
9:30pm at The Mothlight
($10 adv / $12 DOS)

Combining a punk rock ethos with an esoteric blend of psychedelia, black metal, and doom/sludge, the Richmond VA-based quintet quickly developed a name for themselves in the underground through relentless touring and mesmerizing live performances.


Wed, Sep 6 · alternative · americana · bluegrass · indie · jam · progressive · roots · stringband

The Sweet Lillies
7:00pm at Isis Music Hall
($10)

The Sweet Lillies play high energy, progressive, original Americana / Jamgrass / Bluegrass music, Colorado style.


Wed, Sep 6 · alternative · folk · indie · pop · rock · singer-songwriter · vocal

The Mountain Goats
8:00pm at The Orange Peel
(18+, $26)

The Mountain Goats are an American indie folk band formed in Claremont, California by singer-songwriter John Darnielle. The band is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.


Thu, Sep 7 · americana · country · rockabilly · roots · western swing

Big Sandy and His Fly-Rite Boys
8:00pm at The Grey Eagle
($15 adv / $18 DOS)

Big Sandy and His Fly-Rite Boys bring with them a brand of American music that has earned them an induction into the Rockabilly Hall of Fame, several national television appearances, guest spots on The Grand Ole Opry, and a slew of adoring fans.


Fri, Sep 8 · alternative · americana · indie · pop · rock · roots · singer-songwriter · southern rock

RiverLink’s RiverMusic: Drivin N Cryin
w/ Darrin Bradbury & Ouroboros Boys
5:00pm at Salvage Station
(Free, $5 Donation For Wristband)

Drivin N Cryin is led by acclaimed rock/ alt-country /folk singer and songwriter Kevn Kinney.


Fri, Sep 8 · activist · alternative · blues · folk · funk · indie · new orleans · pop · progressive · rock · roots · singer-songwriter · soul · vocal · world

Hurray For The Riff Raff
w/ Xenia Rubinos
9:00pm at The Orange Peel
(18+, $18 adv / $20 DOS)

For her band's latest recording, Alynda Segarra drew early inspiration from cult favorite Rodriguez, a Mexican-American who translated working-class stories from Detroit into powerful rock ballads, and the Ghetto Brothers, an underground band from the 1970s South Bronx who stitched Puerto Rican nationalist messages into a rough-hewn fabric of Santana and Sly and the Family Stone Afro-Caribbean funk. She reached back to her cultural ancestors in the form of the radical political group the Young Lords and the salsa singer Héctor Lavoe.


Fri, Sep 8 · americana · blues · folk · indie · roots · singer-songwriter · vocal

The Whiskey Charmers
6:00pm at The Grey Eagle
(Free)

The Whiskey Charmers is a Detroit-based Americana band led by Carrie Shepard and Lawrence Daversa. Fans have often compared their sound to riding through the desert with the top down. Mike McGonigal of the Detroit Metro Times says “There might be a plethora of Americana/ roots-infused acts in the greater Detroit area, but the Whiskey Charmers are a real cut above. This bunch are not poseurs. They do not strum ukuleles. They do not write songs about cowpoke bullshit. Their music is charming, original, and always a delight.”


Fri, Sep 8 · alternative · indie · local · rock · singer-songwriter

Floating Action
9:30pm at The Mothlight
($10 adv / $12 DOS)

Floating Action is a band from Black Mountain, North Carolina. The touring version of Floating Action is Seth Kauffman (lead vocals, guitar), Michael Libramento (bass), Drew Heller (guitar), and Evan Martin (drums). The studio version of Floating Action is solely Seth Kauffman, who writes, records, and produces all Floating Action material himself. Kauffman's unique songwriting, musicianship, and production style are praised by such notable acts as Dr. Dog, My Morning Jacket, Dan Auerbach and Band Of Horses.


Sat, Sep 9 · americana · bluegrass · folk · rock · roots · tribute

Grateful Ball w/ Travelin’ McCourys
+ Jeff Austin Band
7:00pm at New Mountain AVL
($22 adv / $27 DOS)

The Grateful Ball is a truly unique concert event with a set from Jeff Austin Band followed by a set from The Travelin' McCourys and ending with a combined set from both bands performing all Grateful Dead songs.


Sat, Sep 9 · alternative · americana · bluegrass · eclectic · electronic · funk · indie · jam · progressive · rock · roots

The Magic Beans
Amphitheater After Hours - Travelin' McCourys After Party
11:00pm at New Mountain AVL
(21+, Free)

The Magic Beans are a band sprouted from the cultural island of Colorado that are set out to bring their unique, genre-blending music to the masses and inspire good times. In the modern age, where things are no longer quite as black and white; the Beans strive to be as inclusive as possible by skirting the lines between many genres within their unique sound. Music can encompass so many different feels and emotions and it is the band’s goal to incorporate as much of it as they can into their sound and sometimes even one composition. Listeners are left with a danceable ode to funk, rock, bluegrass, americana, livetronica, world, prog, and more. Fans have effectively dubbed the genres they hear as spacefunk, ameritronica, and groovegrass.


Sun, Sep 10 · alternative · indie · roots · singer-songwriter · vocal

Kevin Morby
w/ Shannon Lay
9:00pm at The Mothlight
($15)

City Music is also the new album by Kevin Morby. Full of listless wanderlust, it's a collection inspired by and devoted to the metropolitan experience across America and beyond by a songwriter cast from his own mould. As he puts it: "It is a mix-tape, a fever dream, a love letter dedicated to those cities that I cannot get rid of, to those cities that are all inside of me."


Mon, Sep 11 · acoustic · chamber · classical · guitar · instrumental · jazz · latin · local

Pan Harmonia – The Gallant Guitar
18th Season Opener - Music of JS Bach, Manuel de Falla & Astor Piazzolla
7:15pm at Haen Gallery
($20 adv / $25 DOS / $5 military & student)

Venture on a sonic journey, as the dynamicity of the guitar brings to life the vast ranges of JS Bach, Manuel de Falla, and Astor Piazzolla. These composers’ diverse styles awaken through the complex nature of the guitar, while interplayed with the resonant tones of the flute. Guitarists Amy Brucksch and Andy Jurik and flutist Kate Steinbeck will captivate with their intimate and energetic performances. Doors open at 6:45pm. Also Sunday, September 10, 3 PM at the Greenville Center for Creative Arts in Greenville, SC. Seating for The Gallant Guitar is limited at both venues!


Tue, Sep 12 · alternative · indie · pop · singer-songwriter

Bleachers
w/ Tove Stryke
8:00pm at The Orange Peel
(18+, $25 adv / $28 DOS)

In addition to being a multi-talented musician, Bleachers (Jack Antonoff) is a critically acclaimed songwriter and producer. Antonoff collaborated with Taylor Swift co-writing and producing her chart-topping hit “Out of the Woods” along with two other tracks from her No. 1 album 1989. He also received a 2014 Golden Globe® nomination for his collaboration with Swift on her hit song “Sweeter Than Fiction.” Jack has worked with Sara Bareilles, co-writing her Grammy®-nominated hit “Brave,” as well as Canadian indie icons Tegan and Sara and more. Jack recently curated and founded the Shadow of the City music festival in Asbury Park, New Jersey.


Wed, Sep 13 · americana · blues · country · guitar · instrumental · jazz · pop · rock

Bill Frisell Harmony : Two Shows one Night
Shows at 7pm and 9pm
7:00pm at Isis Music Hall
($30 Advance / $35 Day of Show)

"It’s hard to find a more fruitful meditation on American music than in the compositions of guitarist Bill Frisell. Mixing rock and country with jazz and blues, he’s found what connects them: improvisation and a sense of play. Unlike other pastichists, who tend to duck passion, Mr. Frisell plays up the pleasure in the music and also takes on another often-avoided subject, tenderness." – The New York Times


Thu, Sep 14 · alternative · country · honky tonk · indie · rock

American Aquarium
9:00pm at The Grey Eagle
($15 adv / $18 DOS)

Raleigh-based American Aquarium's latest work blends the twang of the pedal steel with the dark, dirty swirl of two electric guitars, creating a sound that's fit for the roadhouse, the honky tonk and the dive bar.


Thu, Sep 14 · alternative · blues · indie · rock · roots · singer-songwriter · vocal

Michelle Malone
8:00pm at The Altamont Theatre
($15 adv / $20 DOS / $25 VIP)

Atlanta native Michelle Malone is “equal parts rowdy guitar slinger and sweet songstress” (Guitar World). Her mastery of guitar, along with her trademark voice and songwriting skills, have earned her 3x Best Female vocalist, Best Acoustic Guitarist, Album of the year, and 2 grammy ballot appearances (Best Contemporary Blues 2006, Best Americana 2009), and the 2015 Georgia Music Award for Best Female in Rock. Malone’s performances are “raucous and jubilant” (Rolling Stone) and can make the biggest venue feel cozy as a campfire and an intimate venue feel like the center of the universe.


Thu, Sep 14 · alternative · americana · country · folk · indie · roots · singer-songwriter · vocal

Andrew Duhon
w/ Nikki Talley & Jason Sharp
8:30pm at Isis Music Hall

New Orleans based songwriter, Andrew Duhon plays songs from his Grammy Nominated album, “The Moorings” and plenty more with his favorite two musicians in the world, Myles Weeks (upright bass) and Maxwell Zemanovic (drums). Joining them, their friend and fellow road warrior, Nikki Talley. Nikki Talley & Jason Sharp are a full time vandwelling hubby wifey duo based out of WNC. Nikki sings her boots off, plays acoustic guitar as well as her mountain clawhammer banjo while hubby, Jason plays leads on mama’s ole ’57 Gibson & sings harmony.


Fri, Sep 15 · alternative · folk · indie · pop · rock

Delta Rae
w/ Liz Longley
8:00pm at The Grey Eagle
($20)

Rolling Stone proclaimed that "if Fleetwood Mac came up in North Carolina, they might resemble Delta Rae."


Fri, Sep 15 · acoustic · americana · bluegrass · eclectic · folk · guitar · indie · instrumental · old time · punk · rock · roots · singer-songwriter · traditional · vocal

Billy Strings – Downtown After 5
w/ Whiskey Shivers
5:00pm at Downtown After 5
(Free)

Whether sharing stages with acoustic music royalty, crisscrossing the nation playing as a solo artist or performing high-energy, jaw-dropping sets, Billy Strings’ songs, his articulation, his entire approach, sounds so authentic and steeped in tradition. Hailing from Austin, Whiskey Shivers’ bluegrass-fueled Americana infused with punk rock energy, is infectious and joyful.


Fri, Sep 15 · alternative · appalachian · indie · local · pop · rock · singer-songwriter

Modern Strangers
8:00pm at Jack of the Wood
($5)

Modern Strangers is an Asheville-based "Mountain Janglepop" band. Fresh off their win at the Race to the Stage band competition and their prime spot at this years Mountain Sports Festival, Modern Strangers are consistently putting on High Energy, Toe Tapping, Dance Floor filling, Hook-filled Parties.


Fri, Sep 15 · alternative · contra · humor · indie · outlaw country · rap · rock · roots · singer-songwriter · southern rock

The Lacs
9:00pm at Salvage Station
(21+, $18 adv / $20 DOS)

The Lacs, from South Georgia, blend together every genre from traditional country and southern rock to rap and spoken word.


Sat, Sep 16 · alternative · eclectic · electronic · funk · indie · pop · psychedelic · rock

of Montreal
w/ Showtime Goma & Nancy Feast
9:00pm at The Grey Eagle
($15 adv / $18 DOS)

The band's 14th LP follows two full decades of mercurial creative mania: swallowing up '60s psych-pop, Prince-ly funk, and glammy prog in turn; morphing freely between full-band affair and cloistered confessional booth; comprising lyrics both painfully personal and absurdly fantastical; and recently drawing site-specific inspiration from culture capitals like San Francisco or New York City. The thread that runs through it all is Athens, GA's Kevin Barnes, and Innocence Reaches finds him at his most light-hearted in years, working a Parisian stint, Top 40 sounds, and his newfound single status into the kaleidoscopic swirl.


Sat, Sep 16 · acoustic · folk · guitar · roots · singer-songwriter · vocal

Tret Fure
7:00pm at Isis Music Hall
($15)

Tret Fure’s award winning career spans 47 years, releasing 15 albums. Her latest CD, Rembrandt Afternoons was chosen by the acclaimed folk show “Midnight Special” as their album of the week. Tret has often been called "a songwriter’s songwriter".


Sun, Sep 17 · activist · alternative · americana · celtic · classical · fiddle · folk · indie · singer-songwriter

Gaelynn Lea
8:00pm at The Grey Eagle
($12 adv / $15 DOS)

Gaelynn Lea is a musician from Duluth, MN. She has been playing violin for over twenty years. First classically trained, she began learning traditional Celtic and American fiddle tunes at the age of 18. During her college years Gaelynn started sitting in with various folk/rock musicians and developed an improvisational style all her own. Eventually she also began singing and dabbling in songwriting. Gaelynn has a congenital disability called Osteogenesis Imperfecta, or Brittle Bones Disease. In recent years, she has used her music as a platform to advocate for people with disabilities and to promote positive social change.


Tue, Sep 19 · alternative · art rock · avant garde · fusion · hip hop · improvisation · indie · instrumental · jazz · rock

BADBADNOTGOOD
8:30pm at The Orange Peel
(18+, $20 adv / $25 DOS)

BADBADBADNOTGOOD is the talented young quartet of Matthew Tavares on keys, Chester Hansen on bass, Alex Sowinski on drums & Leland Whitty on saxophone. They formed and became inseparable friends at Humber College’s Music Performance program in 2011 and have been on a critically acclaimed, rule bending musical journey ever since. BBNG took the music world by storm with their 2014 LP, III, a brash yet refined record of angular jazz improvisations, lush ballads, kraut rock, & futuristic hip-hop tinged rhythms which led to a couple years of touring the world & collaborating with some of the best and brightest artists around the globe.


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The Jerry Douglas Band
Fri, Oct 13
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Hiss Golden Messenger
Fri, Oct 20
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The Devil Makes Three
Tue, Oct 24
Tickets on sale at noon Friday, Aug 18

North Mississippi Allstars
w/ Danielle Nicole
Sat, Nov 4
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Slowdive
Fri, Nov 17
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Kamasi Washington
Sun, Dec 3
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Angel Olsen
w/ White Magic
Sat, Dec 16
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