UPCOMING MUSIC
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Thu, Jul 20 · blues · funk · jam · jazz · new orleans · percussion · roots · soul

Wild Mohicans Mardis Gras Indians
10:00pm at The Double Crown
($10)

Wild Mohicans Mardi Gras Indians are from New Orleans, of course.


Thu, Jul 20 · americana · bluegrass · blues · country · folk · gospel · indie · metal · outlaw country · r&b · rock · roots · soul · southern rock

The Steel Woods
w/ The Dirty Soul Revival
9:00pm at The Grey Eagle
($12)

Like their name, The Steel Woods are a hybrid musical force, part hard-edged, part Americana roots country folk, man-made, yet organic, rock but also bluegrass, R&B, blues, gospel, soul and heavy metal, “the materials which America is built on” according to co-founder Wes Bayliss. The Nashville-based band is also steeped in the ethos of Southern rock.


Thu, Jul 20 · blues · folk · roots · singer-songwriter · vocal

Suzie Brown & Scot Sax
7:00pm at Isis Music Hall
($10)

“Bluesy, folky, achy, sweet-voiced Suzie Brown. A practicing cardiologist pursuing a career in singing (her own songs) and playing the guitar, she’s part Emmylou Harris, part Allison Krauss, and totally worth seeing.” - Philadelphia Magazine


Thu, Jul 20 · alternative · folk · indie · rock · roots

Kid Trails
(ft. members of Toro y Moi) & Those Lavender Whales w/ Justin Blackburn & Lo Wolf
8:00pm at The Altamont Theatre
(21+, Free)

Kid Trails is the brainchild of South Carolina born musician Patrick Jeffords. Along with drummer Andy Woodward, the duo has spent the last 7 years touring the world as members of renowned musical act Toro Y Moi. Since 2014, they have self released 3 EPs and 2016’s “Kid Trails Rising,” mostly playing shows in and around California. June 2 sees the release of a cassette tape with Silk, out on the notoriously weird San Francisco label Death Records.


Thu, Jul 20 · americana · blues · jazz · local · old time · ragtime · roots

Lazybirds
8:00pm at THE BLOCK off biltmore

Lazybirds, a classic American roots band from the mountains of North Carolina, specializes in good time music that is just about impossible not to move to. According to the legendary Doc Watson, "Lazybirds play a good variety of blues, jazz, and that good old ragtime sound, and you will hear the flavor of that in anything they play."


Thu, Jul 20 · appalachian · folk · guitar · jazz · local · old time · rock · roots · singer-songwriter · vocal

Sarah Tucker
8:00pm at Aloft Asheville

Sarah is a singer and songwriter with great talent in many genres including rock, folk, jazz, and old time – the music of her mountain home. Her love of literature, poetry and theatre enables her to write songs with great depth and passion. She was voted 2013 Best Young Musician in Western North Carolina by the readers of the Mountain Xpress. Sarah was also voted #3 Best Musician in the XPress for her home town of Marshall and Hot Springs for 2013. At the age of 16, she won the Asheville Music Hall's Brown Bag Singer Songwriter Competition in December of 2011 and has released her first CD, The Windowsill Girl (March 2013). She was featured in the film documentary “Over Home: Love Songs of Madison County”, as the next generation ballad songwriter and performer.


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Thu, Jul 20 · acoustic · eclectic · folk · guitar · humor · local · roots · singer-songwriter · vocal

Bean Tree Remedy
8:00pm at Pack's Tavern

Ashley Bean and David Tarpley organize songs into a sound that will make your ears smile.


Fri, Jul 21 · alternative · americana · country · folk · rock · roots · singer-songwriter

Robert Earl Keen
w/ Kasey Chambers & The Danberrys (late)
8:00pm at Pisgah Brewing
($25 adv / $30 DOS / $55 VIP)

From his humble beginnings on the Texas folk scene, he’s blazed a peer, critic, and fan-lauded trail that’s earned him living-legend (not to mention pioneer) status in the Americana music world. Kasey Chambers opens!


Fri, Jul 21 · country · folk · indie · local · rock · roots · singer-songwriter · soul

The Jangling Sparrows
6:00pm at French Broad Brewing Co
(Free, donations encouraged)

The Jangling Sparrows, led by Paul Edelman, play timeless, original Soul, Folk, Country and ferocious twang rock.


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Fri, Jul 21 · blues · classic rock · country · harmony · piano · roots · soul · southern rock

The Freeway Revival
Fridays on the Lawn
6:30pm at Isis Music Hall
(Free)

Free Friday on the Lawn! The Freeway Revival's blend of classic rock, blues, country, and soul incorporates lyrics that are an expression of life on the road. Tasteful guitar harmonies, vocal harmonies, and an assortment of piano and organ melodies provide an all-encompassing, familiar sound.


Fri, Jul 21 · acoustic · americana · appalachian · blues · folk · guitar · jazz · rock · roots · singer-songwriter

Jody Carroll
7:30pm at Asheville Guitar Bar
(Free)

Jody Carroll (McMurrian) is an acoustic blues & Roots performer and songwriter. His performances are a site to behold as he effortlessly creates modern interpretations of old Blues masters, his own amazing songs and stories or improvisational musical journeys. He is a Finger style/slide guitar master and amazingly soulful singer like no other, blending flavors of old country Blues, Folk, Hill music, Jazz and Rock all together into a true American gumbo.


Fri, Jul 21 · americana · cello · folk · guitar · indie · local · progressive · roots · singer-songwriter · ukulele

The Moon and You
8:00pm at Noble Cider

As Bill DeYoung of Connect Savannah puts it: “Ryan Furstenberg and Melissa Hyman combine guitar, cello and two voices in harmony to produce a sweet and sometimes swinging take on Americana-type folk music. It's a rich, full sound: Sometimes you'd swear there were more than two people onstage.” Furstenberg switches mainly between banjo and acoustic guitar at their shows, while Hyman plunks high-energy bass lines and saws out solos on her cello. Ukulele, percussion and electric guitar often make an appearance as well.


Fri, Jul 21 · americana · bluegrass · blues · country · folk · local · roots · singer-songwriter · vocal

Freewheelin’ Mamas
8:00pm at The Burger Bar

The Freewheelin' Mamas, based in Asheville, are a folk duo with soulful original tunes and an eclectic mix of covers.


Fri, Jul 21 · acoustic · americana · appalachian · guitar · local · old time · roots · singer-songwriter · traditional

Frank Lee and Allie Burbrink
8:30pm at Cork & Keg

Frank Lee and Allie Burbrink present traditional songs and tunes from the rural South. Frank plays guitar, slide guitar, and banjo. Allie plays guitar and banjo also, and they share singing lead and harmony. They perform as a duo and with their old­time band The Freight Hoppers.


Fri, Jul 21 · alternative · appalachian · fiddle · folk · garage · humor · indie · local · old time · retro · rock · roots

Krekel and Whoa
9:00pm at Crow & Quill
($5-10 Suggested Donation)

Krekel and Whoa hail from Asheville, and over the past decade have played more places than either can remember, catering their show to fit a plethora of situations. Always upbeat, you’ll hear this duo (and sometimes trio) saw through vintage fiddle tunes, weave original yarns, and pound out esoteric rock-n-roll beaters. You’ll also feel the authenticity and heart they bring to every performance.


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Fri, Jul 21 · improvisation · jam · progressive · psychedelic · rock · roots · singer-songwriter · southern rock

Interstellar Boys
9:00pm at Isis Music Hall
($18 adv / $22 DOS / $50 VIP)

The Interstellar Boys are first and foremost borne from a collection of friendships. Musical friendships that date back as far as 30 years. Todd Nance, Daniel Hutchens, Jerry Joseph, Sam Holt, John Neff and Jon Mills have shared stages and songs over the years and now form a new band that draws on those decades of collaboration. Todd Nance brings undeniable experience and depth to the band as a founding member/drummer/songwriter of Widespread Panic. Daniel Hutchens has been a driving force with the band Bloodkin for 29 years (and counting) and is widely recognized as one of the South’s great modern day songwriters. Jerry Joseph and his various bands have been recording and touring on a national/international scale since the 80’s. Jerry’s expertise as a musician/songwriter is as unquestionable as his passion for sharing the power of music.


Fri, Jul 21 · alternative · americana · folk · humor · indie · roots · singer-songwriter

The Lowest Pair
w/ Papa Vay Landers
9:00pm at Jack of the Wood
($5)

"a duo who doesn’t mind taking the occasional whiff at wide scope lyrical profundity and they connect here with a sweeping personal look at their own lives and the hearts of those around them." - No Depression, Cyrus Rhodes


Sat, Jul 22 · alternative · celtic · fiddle · folk · harmony · indie · irish · rock · roots · singer-songwriter

House of Hamill
7:00pm at Isis Music Hall
($15)

House of Hamill is the new collaborative project between Rose Baldino (Burning Bridget Cleary) and Brian Buchanan (Enter the Haggis). Expect intricate and unpredictable original songs and dance tunes with a rock edge, rooted in Celtic tradition.


Sat, Jul 22 · alternative · blues · rock · roots · singer-songwriter

Erica Blinn
7:00pm at Highland Brewing
(Free)

Erica Blinn constructs American rock songs one earnest melody at a time. She forces Midwestern air through beat-up harmonicas and hammers out honest words that stretch and twist through her songs. The same two hands that have dug graves and revved Harleys on the highway, strum away on an old Fender Telecaster Deluxe that she's armed with onstage. Blinn bends the rules of blues and knocks down the walls of pop to create her own brand of blue collar rock-n-roll music that everyone can stand up for and be proud of.


Sat, Jul 22 · acoustic · americana · blues · folk · guitar · local · roots · singer-songwriter · vocal

Ashley Heath
w/ Devils In Dust & The Great American
8:00pm at The Orange Peel
($8 adv / $10 DOS)

Ashley Heath is a singer-songwriter from Marshall, NC who plays a wide range of Americana music. You can hear influences from Eva Cassidy to Bonnie Raitt in her velvety vocals and bluesy guitar picking.


Sat, Jul 22 · appalachian · country · dance · fiddle · guitar · local · roots · stringband · western swing

The Mountain Swing Tones
8:30pm at Cork & Keg

Grab your cowboy hat and your dancing shoes to whirl, twirl and swing the night away with the Mountain Swing Tones. Including Wayne Erbsen on fiddle, mandolin & vocals, Annie Erbsen on guitar & Bob Willoughby on bass, this is a rhythmically driving Appalachian take on western swing classics.


Sat, Jul 22 · acoustic · alternative · americana · blues · folk · harmony · improvisation · jam · local · roots · singer-songwriter · soul · vocal

The Paper Crowns
9:00pm at Salvage Station

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.


Sat, Jul 22 · alternative · americana · appalachian · bluegrass · folk · harmony · indie · rock · roots

The Good Bad Kids
9:00pm at Jack of the Wood
($5)

The Good Bad Kids bring a refined folk rock/bluegrass sound to the stage. Known for powerful harmonies and musical diversity, they take the stage and deliver an electrifying, riotous performance that is sure to get you hooked, up out of your seat, and on to the dance floor.


Sat, Jul 22 · classic rock · improvisation · jam · jazz · psychedelic · rock · roots · southern rock · tribute

Steal Your Peach
Revelator Hill Performs Traffic
9:30pm at New Mountain AVL
(21+, $10 adv / $12 DO)

Steal Your Peach is a mixture of some of hardest working musicians in the Philadelphia area, specializing in a mashup concept, fusing the music of The Allman Brothers Band and The Grateful Dead.


Sun, Jul 23 · blues · retro · rock · roots · singer-songwriter · soul

Emma Hern
w/ Zach Torres
5:30pm at Isis Music Hall
($10)

Emma Hern bridges the time gap with her retro rock and soul sound. Her music is steeped in the late '60s and early '70s rock and blues she was raised on in Richmond, Virginia, while her electricity on stage is a fresh force to be reckoned with.


Sun, Jul 23 · acoustic · alternative · americana · folk · guitar · improvisation · local · roots · singer-songwriter · soul · vocal

Ben Phan and the Soul Symphony
7:00pm at 5 Walnut

In 2014, Phan decided to hike the Pacific Crest Trail and his life changed forever. Along with everything else he needed, he carried a mini-guitar on his back and became known by the name “Shredder” because of how he “shredded the guitar” when he played. Five months of travel on foot, 2,668 miles from the Mexican border all the way into Canada, playing for himself and the people he met, transformed his relationship with music. Phan is a prolific poet, songwriter, and guitarist, with the soul of an improviser. He crafts his songs to give room for improvisation, presence, and self-expression in the moment.


Wed, Jul 26 · alternative · country · electronic · guitar · indie · pop · rock · roots · singer-songwriter

David Cook
w/ Kathryn Dean
8:00pm at The Grey Eagle
($20 / $70 VIP)

When David Cook moved to Nashville in 2012, the expectation was that this singer-songwriter from the Heartland would emphasize the rootsy side of his sensibility, and sure enough, he had immediate success co-writing country tunes, including the Top-20 single “Kiss You Tonight” for David Nail in 2014. But new album Digital Vein is something else entirely, with Cook’s powerful voice and dynamic guitar work knifing through vibrant soundscapes that boldly juxtapose man-made grooves and electronic textures.


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Thu, Jul 27 · appalachian · folk · guitar · jazz · local · old time · rock · roots · singer-songwriter · vocal

Sarah Tucker
6:00pm at Pritchard Park

Sarah is a singer and songwriter with great talent in many genres including rock, folk, jazz, and old time – the music of her mountain home. Her love of literature, poetry and theatre enables her to write songs with great depth and passion. The Pritchard Park Singer/Songwriter Series is presented by Echo Mountain Recording and organized by Asheville Downtown Association.


Thu, Jul 27 · americana · blues · jazz · local · old time · ragtime · roots

Lazybirds
9:00pm at Foggy Mountain Brewpub
(Free)

Lazybirds, a classic American roots band from the mountains of North Carolina, specializes in good time music that is just about impossible not to move to. According to the legendary Doc Watson, "Lazybirds play a good variety of blues, jazz, and that good old ragtime sound, and you will hear the flavor of that in anything they play."


Thu, Jul 27 · alternative · folk · harmony · indie · roots · singer-songwriter · vocal

100 Watt Horse
w/ Axxa/Abraxas, Washboard Abs & Coma Cinema
9:00pm at The Mothlight
($5)

100 Watt Horse comes from Atlanta, bearing/baring naked notes, stark guy-gal harmonies, semi-epic post-folk indie band sunshine through the shadows.


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Fri, Jul 28 · alternative · bluegrass · folk · indie · jazz · old time · punk · rock · roots · stringband

The Tillers
CD Release
7:00pm at Isis Music Hall
($10)

Musically, the Tillers wear many hats. Their sound has proven to be an appropriate fit with a wide range of musical styles, including traditional folk, bluegrass, jazz, and punk rock.


Fri, Jul 28 · alternative · blues · folk · indie · progressive · roots · singer-songwriter · spiritual · vocal · world

Xavier Rudd
8:00pm at New Mountain AVL
($25 adv / $28 DOS)

Enthralling audiences with his ability to wield so many instruments at once, Xavier's 2002 debut album introduced a sound that was a mix of guitars, yidakis (didgeridoos), stomp box and percussion, blues harp and vocals - something distinctly new, yet tied back through time to the spirit of our ancestors.


Fri, Jul 28 · 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.


Fri, Jul 28 · alternative · blues · fusion · guitar · improvisation · jam · jazz · psychedelic · rock · roots · southern rock

Jimmy Herring & The Invisible Whip – Night 1
9:00pm at Isis Music Hall
($25 adv / $30 DOS)

Jimmy Herring, one of the most sought-after contemporary American guitarists, is embarking on the next chapter of his career with his new band, The Invisible Whip. As the founding member of The Aquarium Rescue Unit, Project Z and Jazz is Dead, in addition to playing with everyone from The Allman Brothers Band to The Dead to Phil Lesh and Friends, he currently serves as the lead guitarist for Widespread Panic.


Sat, Jul 29 · acoustic · blues · guitar · local · rock · roots · singer-songwriter · vocal

Roots and Dore
6:00pm at 5 Walnut

Giving us raw uncut truth through their blues influenced songs, time and time again, Riyen Roots and Kenny Dore are taking the blues genre to a new place, with unique rhythms, truly original song stylings, and vocals that have been compared to the likes of Muddy Waters, Johnny Cash, Warren Haynes, and even Tom Waits.


Sat, Jul 29 · dance · gypsy · instrumental · jazz · local · roots · swing

Jason DeCristofaro Quartet
8:30pm at Crow & Quill
($5-10 Suggested Donation)

Led by xylophonist Jason DeCristofaro, the group also features trombonist Jamie Warren, guitarist Annie Erbsen and bassist Kevin Kehrberg. The quartet performs standards, Hot Jazz, and Swing from the 1910s through the 1940s.


Sat, Jul 29 · alternative · blues · fusion · guitar · improvisation · jam · jazz · psychedelic · rock · roots · southern rock

Jimmy Herring & The Invisible Whip – Night 2
9:00pm at Isis Music Hall
($25 adv / $30 DOS)

Jimmy Herring, one of the most sought-after contemporary American guitarists, is embarking on the next chapter of his career with his new band, The Invisible Whip. As the founding member of The Aquarium Rescue Unit, Project Z and Jazz is Dead, in addition to playing with everyone from The Allman Brothers Band to The Dead to Phil Lesh and Friends, he currently serves as the lead guitarist for Widespread Panic.


Tue, Aug 1 · acoustic · alternative · americana · blues · folk · harmony · improvisation · jam · local · roots · singer-songwriter · soul · tribute · vocal

The Paper Crowns Band & Phuncle Sam
Jerry Garcia Birthday Bash
8:00pm at The Grey Eagle
($8 adv / $10 DOS)

Jerry Garcia Birthday Bash with The Paper Crowns Band (pictured) and Phuncle Sam. 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.


Wed, Aug 2 · blues · funk · jam · new orleans · rock · roots · soul

Galactic
w/ Porch 40
8:00pm at New Mountain AVL
($20 adv / $25 DOS)
Tickets now on sale

The soulful New Orleans five-piece band Galactic is known for artfully blending soul, funk, blues and rock elements into their classic, unique sound.


Wed, Aug 2 · funk · fusion · indie · pop · reggae · rock · roots

Spiritual Rez
9:00pm at The Grey Eagle
($12)

Not long into the writing and recording process of their fourth studio album, Setting in the West (2016), reggae-fusion act Spiritual Rez knew they were creating something special. Under the guidance of producer Kenny Carkeet, a founding member of AWOLNATION, the eclectic sextet fused their high-energy reggae sound with an edgy contemporary pop polish.


Thu, Aug 3 · acoustic · americana · folk · local · roots · singer-songwriter · soul

Redleg Husky
6:30pm at Upcountry Brewing
(Free)

Redleg Husky is an acoustic roots duo based in Asheville. Since its inception in 2012, the band has been performing its unique blend of boot-stomping folk music at barrooms, theaters, and festivals throughout the Southeast and beyond.


Fri, Aug 4 - Sat, Aug 5 · african · alternative · americana · dance · festival · folk · funk · hip hop · indie · jazz · local · progressive · rock · roots · singer-songwriter · soul · vocal · world

LEAF Downtown AVL
12:00pm at Pack Square Park
(Free)

LEAF Downtown AVL showcases dynamic musical talent, immersive cultural arts performances and local handcraft & culinary artists. Lineup includes The Family Stone (50th Year Anniversary), Easy Star All-Stars (pictured), Rare Essence, Escort [Live Band], LEAF Funk Mix-Tape Band, Free Planet Radio, Fly By Night Rounders, Billy Jonas, Black Masala, The Digs, The Paper Crowns, I-Star, The Hustle Souls, Back South Band, Nex Millen, DJ Malinalli, The Lefties, Lisa Zahiya, Otto Aquaboogy, Big Chief Shaka Zulu, Blue Ridge Pride Drag Show, Unifire Theater, Faerie Kin, Toybox Theater, Hood Huggers Community Talent Show, LEAF International NOLA & many more...


Sat, Aug 5 · blues · guitar · rock · roots

Tinsley Ellis
8:00pm at New Mountain AVL
(21+, $15 adv / $20 DOS)

Legendary blues guitarist Tinsley Ellis continues to bring it night after night, sharing his blues-steeped legacy, fine songwriting, and deep pride in being a Georgia-based artist.


Sun, Aug 13 · alternative · americana · country · folk · humor · indie · rock · roots · singer-songwriter · vocal

Ben de la Cour
5:30pm at Isis Music Hall
($10)

Ben De La Cour brings to mind a young Townes Van Zandt. He shares a similarly cynical worldview and world-weary, rakish persona, and sings in an assured baritone that he would probably prefer was fueled by quality bourbon, although rotgut might do the job in a pinch. And as he makes clear from the git-go, he’s no stranger to being in a pinch.


Thu, Aug 17 · alternative · americana · folk · harmony · indie · pop · rock · roots · singer-songwriter · vocal

The Wild Reeds
w/ Alexa Rose
9:00pm at The Grey Eagle
($12 adv / $14 DOS)

The Wild Reeds' sound is highlighted by the interweaving vocal harmonies of three phenomenally talented front-women - Kinsey Lee, Sharon Silva and Mackenzie Howe - who swap lead vocal duties and shuffle between an array of acoustic and electric instruments throughout the set. They are backed by a rhythm section of Nick Jones (drums) and Nick Phakpiseth (bass).


Fri, Aug 18 · blues · improvisation · jam · progressive · psychedelic · retro · rock · roots · tribute

Dark Star Orchestra – Night 1
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 · 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 - Sun, Aug 20 · blues · funk · guitar · local · r&b · rock · roots · singer-songwriter · soul · vocal

2017 River Valley Blues Festival
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 · harmony · progressive · reggae · roots · vocal · world

Culture featuring Kenyatta Hill
40th Anniversary Tour
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).


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.


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.


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.


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 · americana · benefit · classic rock · country · dance · harmony · local · pop · roots

Deep River
10th Anniversary Show
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. Tonight's show benefits the Asheville Humane Society.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.”


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.


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."


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.


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 · 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 · 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".


Fri, Sep 22 · alternative · americana · folk · harmony · roots · singer-songwriter · ukulele · vocal

Mark Mandeville & Raianne Richards
7:00pm at Isis Music Hall
($12)

Blending distinctive voices and a wide range of accompaniment (guitar, harmonica, ukulele, clarinet, penny whistle, electric bass), Mark Mandeville and Raianne Richards transcend the genre of folk Americana, their music echoing inspiration from traditional folk duos and singer/ songwriters like Ian & Sylvia, Kate Wolf and Neil Young – combining beautiful harmonies and a lyrical intensity, while establishing a unique sound of their own.


Tue, Sep 26 · blues · guitar · rock · roots · singer-songwriter · vocal

Buddy Guy
8:00pm at Thomas Wolfe Auditorium
($37.50 - $67.50)

Chicago-based guitarist Buddy Guy is a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, a major influence on rock titans like Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, and Stevie Ray Vaughan, a pioneer of Chicago’s fabled West Side sound, and a living link to the city’s halcyon days of electric blues.


Thu, Sep 28 · americana · bluegrass · country · folk · gospel · harmony · pop · rock · roots · singer-songwriter · soul · vocal

The Secret Sisters
8:00pm at The Altamont Theatre
($15 adv / $18 DOS)

Growing up surrounded by the sounds of the South and the powerful timeless music emanating from Muscle Shoals, The Secret Sisters were heavily influenced by a range of uniquely American musical styles, including country, bluegrass and gospel, as well as classic rock and pop.


Fri, Sep 29 · alternative · folk · harmony · indie · roots · singer-songwriter · vocal

The Lone Bellow
9:00pm at The Orange Peel
(18+, $18 adv / $20 DOS / $79 VIP)
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Zach Williams, Brian Elmquist, and Kanene Pipkin are the harmonizing voices of Southern-born, Brooklyn-based indie-folk trio Lone Bellow.


Sat, Sep 30 · alternative · indie · pop · rock · roots · singer-songwriter

The Head And The Heart
w/ The Shelters
8:00pm at US Cellular Center Arena
($45-$65)

The Head And The Heart’s 2011 self-titled debut album captured a nascent but undeniable creative partnership between six strangers thrown together by little more than a shared love of music. It became one of Sub Pop Records’ best-selling debut releases ever, and rocketed the band to acclaim well beyond its then-home base in Seattle. The formative experiences that followed both on and off the stage heavily informed the 2013 follow-up “Let’s Be Still,” which continues to remind Russell of “the stale beer, bleach and potato chips from all the venues we saw once this became our livelihood.”


Fri, Oct 6 · alternative · blues · brass · dance · funk · indie · jazz · new orleans · progressive · rock · roots · soul

No BS! Brass Band
9:00pm at The Mothlight
($13 adv / $15 DOS)

Based in Richmond, Virginia, No BS! Brass Band has quickly earned a reputation as a premiere band to see for heart-pounding energy and uncontrollable dancing. They take their music into uncharted territory, embracing the spirit of New Orleans into its original East Coast modern funk and fearlessly combining elements of James Brown, John Coltrane, Michael Jackson, and Led Zeppelin into their fiercely original sound.


Mon, Oct 9 · alternative · americana · folk · indie · progressive · rock · roots · singer-songwriter · vocal

Wilco
7:30pm at Thomas Wolfe Auditorium
($45-$85)
Tickets go on sale at 10am Friday, July 21

Wilco, led by Jeff Tweedy, is based in Chicago, Illinois. The band was formed in 1994 by the remaining members of alternative country group Uncle Tupelo following singer Jay Farrar's departure.


Fri, Oct 13 · americana · bluegrass · blues · celtic · country · folk · guitar · instrumental · jazz · rock · roots

The Jerry Douglas Band
8:00pm at The Orange Peel
(18+, $32 adv / $35 DOS)
Tickets now on sale

Dobro master and 14-time Grammy winner Jerry Douglas is to the resonator guitar what Jimi Hendrix was to the electric guitar: elevating, transforming, and reinventing the instrument in countless ways. In addition to being widely recognized as the foremost master of the Dobro, Jerry Douglas is a freewheeling, forward-thinking recording artist whose output incorporates elements of bluegrass, country, rock, jazz, blues and Celtic into his distinctive musical vision.


Sat, Oct 14 · alternative · americana · appalachian · bluegrass · country · folk · indie · roots · singer-songwriter · traditional

Mandolin Orange
9:00pm at The Orange Peel
(18+, $16 adv / $18 DOS)

This "Lyrical-Country-Grassy-Folk" band from Chapel Hill counts John Hartford, Gram Parsons, Iris Dement, Leonard Cohen, Neil Young, Townes Van Zandt, Gillian & Dave, Cole Porter, Norman Blake, The Beatles, Tim O'Brien, My Morning Jacket & The Black Keys among their influences.


Wed, Oct 18 · acoustic · americana · bluegrass · country · folk · roots · singer-songwriter · vocal

The Claire Lynch Band
8:30pm at Isis Music Hall
($20)

Dolly Parton credits Claire with "one of the sweetest, purest and best lead voices in the music business today." Claire's harmonies have graced the recordings of many stellar musicians. Equally gifted as a songwriter, her songs have been recorded by The Seldom Scene, Patty Loveless, Kathy Mattea, Cherryholmes, The Whites and others. Blazing her own trail in the mid '70s when there were few role models for a young woman in the genre, Claire Lynch made history when she led the Front Porch String Band, which evolved in the '80s and '90s into “one of the sharpest and most exciting post-modern bluegrass bands on the circuit.” She formed The Claire Lynch Band in 2005.


Fri, Oct 27 · alternative · americana · folk · indie · rock · roots · singer-songwriter

The Avett Brothers – Night 1
8:00pm at US Cellular Center Arena
($35-$55)

Ultimately, The Avett Brothers joined together to present songs about experiences that they as humans have known to humans who know what they mean. Subject matters are tragic, joyful and inexhaustible.


Sat, Oct 28 · alternative · americana · folk · indie · rock · roots · singer-songwriter

The Avett Brothers – Night 2
8:00pm at US Cellular Center Arena
($35-$55)

Ultimately, The Avett Brothers joined together to present songs about experiences that they as humans have known to humans who know what they mean. Subject matters are tragic, joyful and inexhaustible.


Sun, Oct 29 · americana · folk · roots · singer-songwriter

Slaid Cleaves
7:00pm at Isis Music Hall
($20 adv / $25 DOS)

Slaid Cleaves spins stories with a novelist’s eye and a poet’s heart. Twenty years into his career, the celebrated songwriter’s seamless new collection delivers vivid snapshots as wildly cinematic as they are carefully chiseled.


Tue, Oct 31 · alternative · comedy · country · guitar · honky tonk · humor · indie · outlaw country · psychedelic · retro · rockabilly · roots · singer-songwriter

Unknown Hinson
Halloween Show
10:00pm at The Grey Eagle
($20 adv / $25 DOS)

Halloween Show! While singing his own hilariously politically incorrect songs, Unknown Hinson plays guitar in a style incendiary enough to have Satan himself reaching for the antiperspirant. But don't dismiss him as a novelty act. He's one hell of a talent and has the music to prove it! Unknown is gaining international notoriety in the 14-34 demographic as the voice of lead character "Early Cuyler" in the Cartoon Network's "Squidbillies".


Sun, Nov 19 · alternative · bluegrass · celtic · country · folk · indie · irish · jam · rock · roots · singer-songwriter

Gaelic Storm
8:00pm at The Orange Peel
(18+, $20 adv / $22 DOS)

After nearly two decades and more than 3,000 live shows, Gaelic Storm - the chart-topping, multi-national Celtic band - is looking sharper than ever with their latest release, Matching Sweaters. The new album mixes traditional Irish music with modern influences, creating a sound that’s as wide-ranging as the band’s own audience.


Fri, Nov 24 · acoustic · americana · appalachian · bluegrass · classical · country · folk · guitar · jazz · roots

The Kruger Brothers – Night 1
8:30pm at Isis Music Hall
($28 adv / $32 DOS)

Originally from Switzerland, brothers Uwe and Jens Kruger began playing North American folk music at an early age and were particularly inspired by recordings of Doc Watson, Flatt and Scruggs, Bill Monroe, and other progenitors of country, bluegrass and folk music.


Sat, Nov 25 · acoustic · americana · appalachian · bluegrass · classical · country · folk · guitar · jazz · roots

The Kruger Brothers – Night 2
8:30pm at Isis Music Hall
($28 adv / $32 DOS)

Originally from Switzerland, brothers Uwe and Jens Kruger began playing North American folk music at an early age and were particularly inspired by recordings of Doc Watson, Flatt and Scruggs, Bill Monroe, and other progenitors of country, bluegrass and folk music.


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