UPCOMING MUSIC
Dance Asheville

Tue, Jan 24 · alternative · emo · hard rock · indie · rock

Breaking Benjamin
w/ Wilson
8:00pm at The Orange Peel
(18+, $35 adv / $40 DOS / $325 Ultimate VIP Package $225 M&G Package / $125 Dark Before Dawn VIP)
SOLD OUT

Despite significant lineup changes, the band's musical style and lyrical content has remained consistent, with Benjamin Burnley serving as the primary composer and lead vocalist since the band's inception. The band has commonly been noted for its formulaic hard rock tendencies with angst-heavy lyrics, swelling choruses, and "crunching" guitars.


Tue, Jan 24 · acoustic · cajun · dance · folk · local · stringband · traditional

Cafe Sho
7:00pm at Jack of the Wood
(Free, donations encouraged)

Asheville Cajun band Cafe Sho includes Barry Benjamin, Hannah Seng and McLean Bissell, sometimes with special guests Cailen Campbell on fiddle and Cary Fridley on bass. Cajun food will be available.


Tue, Jan 24 · guitar · gypsy · improvisation · jam · jazz · local · swing

Gypsy Jam
7:00pm at Asheville Guitar Bar

You never know who will show up at the Guitar Bar's Tuesday Gypsy Jam. Expect the unexpected!


Tue, Jan 24 · dance · instrumental · jazz · local · new orleans · swing

The House Hoppers
Swing Asheville Dance
8:00pm at THE BLOCK off biltmore
($5)

Mick Glasgow leads a stellar swarm of musical friends in the Old New-Orleans-style jazz band tradition. Level 1 and 2 Swing Dance Classes 7pm, $10/$8 Swing Asheville members


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Wed, Jan 25 · acoustic · americana · classical · eclectic · guitar · indie · instrumental · pop

Hiroya Tsukamoto
7:00pm at Isis Restaurant & Music Hall
($15)

Hiroya Tsukamoto is a one of a kind composer, guitarist and singer-songwriter from Kyoto, Japan. He began playing the five- string banjo when he was thirteen, and took up the guitar shortly after.


Wed, Jan 25 · acoustic · americana · bluegrass · folk · guitar · indie · percussion · roots · singer-songwriter · vocal

Laura Thurston
w/ Heather Taylor
7:00pm at The Joint Next Door

Charleston-based Laura Thurston brings multi-instrumentalism to a new level, rappin’ on a suitcase kick drum with one foot and tappin’ on a tambourine with the other; all the while, hands on her guitar and mouth on her harp. On top of that, Laura then adds sweet sugary vocals to her acoustic Folk-Grass mix while giving energy and presence to capture your attention.


Wed, Jan 25 · 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.


Wed, Jan 25 · dance · local · retro · rock

3 Cool Cats
8:30pm at Pillar

Looking for vintage rock & roll? Featuring Hank Bones on electric guitar and vocals, Mike Filippone on Bass and vocals and Russ Wilson on drums and vocals, this funky little trio plays all the hits (and quite a few obscure oddities) from the '50s & '60s.


Wed, Jan 25 · blues · dance · folk · gypsy · local · new orleans · pop · ragtime · roots · swing · world

Sparrow and her Wingmen
9:00pm at Crow & Quill

With a wide repertoire ranging from gypsy jazz to early ragtime pop to New Orleans blues, Sparrow & her Wingmen play gems from every era of early jazz, featuring Sparrow Pants on vocals & accordion, Keith J. Smith on guitar, Je Widenhouse on cornet, JP Furnas on Trombone, and Craig Sandberg on the upright bass. The Wingmen were formed by dancers Sparrow & Keith, with a goal of playing great dance music inspired by the folk roots of jazz, with an emphasis on improvisation, creative arrangements, and having a blast. Beginner dance lesson at 8:30.


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Thu, Jan 26 · gospel · soul · spiritual · vocal

Flossie Boyd Johnson & Favor
Gospel Night
10:00pm at The Double Crown
($10)

Flossie and Favor, who have being singing for over 30 years, bring dynamic, fire filled soul gospel singing to The Double Crown.


Thu, Jan 26 · acoustic · americana · folk · guitar · local · singer-songwriter · vocal

Dave Desmelik
w / David Zoll & Krista Shows
7:00pm at Upcountry Brewing
(21+, Free)

Dave Desmelik is a singer-songwriter and instrumentalist whose focus is on original compositions. What attracts listeners to Desmelik’s tunes, old and new, is the element of authenticity incorporated in them.


Thu, Jan 26 · cajun · folk · local · retro · rock · roots · tribute · world

Grateful Red
8:00pm at The Altamont Theatre
(Free)
POSTPONED - new date TBA

This ain’t your average Dead cover band… Grateful Red is made up of the regions most talented redheads with a rotating roster that is sure to please every time. Two full sets of music including a redhead meet and mingle at set break! Come hang out with some of the area’s funnest red-haired folks and enjoy some Dead tunes.


Thu, Jan 26 · alternative · hip hop · indie · rap · singer-songwriter · vocal

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

Alternative Southern rappers Nappy Roots examine our alienable rights, reason, and truth through lyrical originality and voyage.


Thu, Jan 26 · alternative · dance · folk · indie · orchestral · rock · singer-songwriter

Magpie
w/ Siamese Jazz Club & The Long Distance Relationship
9:00pm at The Grey Eagle
($7 adv / $10 DOS)

The soul quenching orchestral folk rock band is led by songwriter Zach Dunn who has split most of his time living deep in the rocky mountains of Colorado juxtaposed with city recording life in Nashville. The multi-instrumental introductions and interceptions lend a flavor of unity as musical odes of many strings, harps, drums, tambourines, and mutation dance together, building climax that seems to be Magpie's signature.


Thu, Jan 26 · blues · dance · funk · local · r&b · soul · vocal

Jesse Barry and The Jam
Bluesy Dance Party
9:00pm at Tressa's Downtown Jazz & Blues

We will play you blues, funk, and soul that will make you dance the night away! Jesse Barry on vocals, Kelly Jones on guitar and vocals, Robert Geisler on bass, and Micah Thomas on drums!


Thu, Jan 26 · dance · electronic · fusion · indie · local · pop · synth · vocal

Marley Carroll
w/ The Touch & Tin Foil Hat
9:30pm at The Mothlight
($8)

Asheville-based Marley Carroll has been making waves as a thoughtful, sophisticated electronic producer with a penchant for melancholy melodies and warm, silvery vocals. His onstage performances are exercises in understated talent that mix live vocals with stunning and unorthodox turntablist skills over a bed of sophisticated electronica.


Thu, Jan 26 · blues · funk · rock · soul

Soul Mechanic
10:00pm at The One Stop
(21+, Free)

This six piece rages every performance as if it was their last! Spreading rapidly and constantly creating a new experience, Soul Mechanic is gaining momentum with every note and every night is a different experience They are a unique ensemble compiled of seasoned and schooled musicians, whose journey propels them through harmonies, melodies and intricate funk-inspired rhythms.


Thu, Jan 26 · alternative · improvisation · indie · jam · psychedelic · rock · roots · tribute

A Live One
Phish Tribute
10:00pm at Asheville Music Hall
($5 adv / $10 DOS)

A Live One is a Phish tribute band based in Austin, TX, sharing the joy of Phish where Phish rarely treads.


Thu, Jan 26 · country · honky tonk · local · outlaw country · rock · rockabilly · roots

Bryan Marshall & His Payday Knights
10:00pm at The Lazy Diamond

Entire night of classic country & western honky-tonk tunes from the '50s-'70s era. Full band with pedal steel! Be sure to wear your two-steppin' shoes.


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Fri, Jan 27 · alternative · dance · electronic · indie · progressive · psychedelic · rock · soul

Lotus – Night 1
9:00pm at The Orange Peel
(18+, $23 adv / $25 DOS / $40 Two Night Ticket)

The band’s new album, Eat the Light, is a first for Lotus – an album with vocals on every song. Guest singers appear throughout ranging from soulful to indie and electronic to rock. The tracks bubble with contagious dance energy and blast into orbit with sing-along choruses. The tightly produced yet raw grooves recall sounds of The Talking Heads, Jamiroquai, and LCD Soundsystem.


Fri, Jan 27 · alternative · blues · contra · indie · outlaw country · psychedelic · punk · rock · roots

Legendary Shack Shakers
w/ The Brains & The Delta Bombers
10:00pm at Asheville Music Hall
(21+, $15 adv / $18 DOS)

The Legendary Shack Shakers’ hell-for-leather roadshow has earned quite a name for itself with its unique brand of Southern Gothic that is all-at-once irreverent, revisionist, dangerous, and fun. Led by their charismatic, rail-thin frontman and blues-harpist JD Wilkes, the Shack Shakers are a four-man wrecking crew from the South whose explosive interpretations of the blues, punk, rock and country have made fans, critics and legions of potential converts into true believers.


Fri, Jan 27 · cajun · dance · local · new orleans · progressive · traditional · zydeco

Bayou Diesel
7:30pm at Pisgah Brewing
(Free)

Bayou Diesel, based in Asheville, is a cajun-zydeco Mardi Gras band performing traditional and ‘progressive’ high energy Louisiana style dance music since 2002.


Fri, Jan 27 · alternative · indie · pop · rock · singer-songwriter

Airpark
formerly The Apache Relay
8:00pm at The Altamont Theatre
($7 adv / $10 DOS / $15 VIP)

Airpark is an alternative pop/rock duo made up of brothers Michael Ford, Jr. and Ben Ford – both formerly of The Apache Relay. Their namesake is a former private airport, long abandoned and finally repurposed by the city of Nashville as a community park.


Fri, Jan 27 · gypsy · jazz · latin · local · swing

One Leg Up
8:30pm at Cork & Keg

One Leg Up performs a vibrant mixture of upbeat Gypsy Jazz, Latin, Swing and original jazz compositions. The band formed in 2003 as a “String Swing” band in the style of famed French gypsy guitarist Django Reinhardt. Band members include: John Stineman (guitar, vocals), Jim Tanner (Guitar), Zack Page (bass), Mike Guzalak (Clarinet, Sax) and Steve Trismen (violin, vocals).


Fri, Jan 27 · acoustic · alternative · americana · bluegrass · humor · improvisation · indie · jam · rock · stringband

Grandpa’s Cough Medicine
9:00pm at The Bywater

Blazing tempos, outlaw attitude, foot-stomping intensity, acoustic wizardry. These things all accurately describe Grandpa's Cough Medicine's tongue in cheek approach to bluegrass music. Carving out a niche that is all their own, they include humor and dark subject matter in their lyrics, yet are fully capable of letting their musicianship do the talking with instrumental compositions. The trio's seemingly simple combination of flat-picked guitar, Scruggs style banjo, upright bass and two vocals creates a sound so huge, that it can make a six piece band blush.


Fri, Jan 27 · alternative · appalachian · folk · indie · rock · roots · singer-songwriter · vocal

Dead Horses
w/ The Greenliners (duo)
9:00pm at The Grey Eagle
($10 adv / $12 DOS)

Since their formation in 2010, Dead Horses have cultivated a roots sensibility well beyond their years due in part to the powerful musical and literary force that is their frontwoman and songwriter, Sarah Vos. Dead Horses have crafted a timeless sound, informed as much by modern folk as it is by the classics.


Fri, Jan 27 · funk · hip hop · indie · local · pop · r&b · rock · singer-songwriter · soul · vocal

LYRIC
9:00pm at 5 Walnut

Led by Leeda Jones, this Asheville band aspires "to inspire, influence and changes lives through the power of music and Lyric(s)."


Fri, Jan 27 · appalachian · dub · funk · indie · jam · local · psychedelic · reggae · rock · roots · singer-songwriter

Chalwa
9:00pm at Upcountry Brewing

Chalwa is based out of Asheville and plays original High Country Reggae. The band consists of a diverse all-star line-up of local musicians from bands such as the Asheville Horns, Hope Massive, Josh Phillips Folk Festival, Biodesiel, and the Everydays.


Fri, Jan 27 · alternative · americana · folk · harmony · indie · roots · singer-songwriter · vocal

Upstate Rubdown
w/ Damn Tall Buildings
9:00pm at Jack of the Wood
($5)

From foot-stomping bass, highlighted by the slap of a cajon, to the familiar strums of the mandolin over a wailing saxophone – there’s so much going on instrumentally with Upstate Rubdown that when the harmonious lead vocalists chime in, the result is nothing short of a homegrown hurricane of sound.


Fri, Jan 27 · activist · dub · indie · progressive · reggae · rock · roots

Monjah
w/ JAHlistic
10:00pm at The One Stop
(21+, Free)

Monjah is a Reggae, Rock, Dub band based out of Atlantic Beach the beautiful crystal coast in Eastern, North Carolina. Bringing a new blend of Reggae/Rock you can expect to hear soothing irie melodies, heavy dub bass lines and conscious lyrics fused with powerful rhythms. Members include a wide variety of musical background genres such as classic, punk rock, and even hip-hop. Together as one, they deliver a message of love, unity and social awareness.


Fri, Jan 27 · alternative · art rock · hard rock · indie · punk · rock

Ex-Gold
w/ Roman Polanski's Baby & Debtor's Prism
10:00pm at The Lazy Diamond

Knoxville-based Ex-Gold, former members of Royal Bangs, is a great fun punkish band influenced by The Urinals, The Nerves, and Black Flag.


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Sat, Jan 28 · alternative · indie · local · rock · soul

Local Live Music Series
10:00pm at Boiler Room
(18+, $7)

Local Live Music Series with performances by Kingdoms & Classes, The Mercury Arcs (pictured), Mellowfield and The Ides of June.


Sat, Jan 28 · acoustic · americana · bluegrass · country · folk · local · roots · singer-songwriter

Letters to Abigail
6:00pm at French Broad Brewing Co
(Free, donations encouraged)

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, Jan 28 · alternative · americana · country · indie · local · rock · roots

Devils in Dust
7:00pm at Highland Brewing
(Free)

Devils In Dust is an Americana, Roots Rock group from Asheville,composed of husband and wife duo Leigh Glass and Corey Bullman and long-time musical companion Jacob Bauman. Combining experiences from their individual solo careers and a wide variety of influences, Devils In Dust merges Rock and Roll, Country, Americana, and Soul to create a unique and beautiful sound.


Sat, Jan 28 · acoustic · americana · folk · guitar · local · singer-songwriter · vocal

Dave Desmelik Trio
7:00pm at Catawba Brewing

Dave Desmelik is a singer-songwriter and instrumentalist whose focus is on original compositions. What attracts listeners to Desmelik’s tunes, old and new, is the element of authenticity incorporated in them.


Sat, Jan 28 · african · alternative · blues · funk · fusion · jazz · percussion · roots · synth · vocal · world

Roy ‘FutureMan’ Wooten & Kevin Spears
8:00pm at White Horse Black Mountain
($10 adv / $12 DOS)

Starting off 2017 with a bang, we bring to you an incredible dynamic duo featuring 5-time Grammy Award winner Roy "FutureMan" Wooten and master kalimba player Kevin Spears. You may remember Kevin from his awesome performances here including our recent Whitehorse Birthday Jam which he mesmerized everyone with his musical skill and expression on the traditional African instrument called kalimba. Joining Kevin for the first time on the Whitehorse stage will be none other than Grammy winning legendary drummer, percussionist, composer and inventor Roy Wooten "FutureMan", who traveled the globe for more than 20 years as an iconic and integral member of Bela Fleck and The Flecktones. Residing in Nashville Tenn, Roy comes from an accomplished family of musical brothers including one of the most gifted bassists of all time Victor Wooten. Roy invented a most unusual instrument called a Drumitar which is shaped and held like a guitar but is a full-fledged drum machine and synthesizer.


Sat, Jan 28 · acoustic · cajun · dance · fiddle · local · roots · traditional

Cafe Sho
8:30pm at Cork & Keg

Join us for Asheville's hot Cajun band - Cafe Sho. Serving up the tunes are Barry Benjamin - accordion, McLean Bissell - guitar, Hannah Seng - fiddle, and Cary Fridley - bass. Halloween treat at the Cork & Keg!


Sat, Jan 28 · alternative · dance · electronic · indie · progressive · psychedelic · rock · soul

Lotus – Night 2
9:00pm at The Orange Peel
(18+, $23 adv / $25 DOS / $40 Two Night Ticket)

The band’s new album, Eat the Light, is a first for Lotus – an album with vocals on every song. Guest singers appear throughout ranging from soulful to indie and electronic to rock. The tracks bubble with contagious dance energy and blast into orbit with sing-along choruses. The tightly produced yet raw grooves recall sounds of The Talking Heads, Jamiroquai, and LCD Soundsystem.


Sat, Jan 28 · americana · blues · country · folk · jazz · local · roots · singer-songwriter

Cary Fridley & Down South
9:00pm at Jack of the Wood

Cary Fridley's awesome group Down South includes Lynn Netherton on steel, David Perkins on Guitar, and more! Come hear a mix of classic country, bluesy jazz, vintage tunes and originals.


Sat, Jan 28 · blues · indie · rock · roots · soul · southern rock

Miller & the Other Sinners
10:00pm at The One Stop
(21+, Free)

Delivering groove and grit, David Michael Miller leads a talented group of musicians known as Miller and the Other Sinners. This band explodes with a full spectrum of southern soul that reaches diverse indie rock, blues, soul and southern rock fans alike.


Sat, Jan 28 · brass · dance · eclectic · electronic · jazz · new orleans · world

Too Many Zooz
w/ Bombassic, Trillium Dance Company + more
10:00pm at Asheville Music Hall
(21+, $15 adv / $18 DOS)

With the snowballing trend towards electronic instrumentation in music, it's easy to forget where it all first started: on street corners with real instruments, playing for tips, that is until you've heard Too Many Zooz. One part New Orleans Jazz, one part Caribbean Calypso and two parts fun, Too Many Zooz is a three-piece "brass house" band comprised of Matt Doe, Leo P, and King of Sludge. The group found their voice playing for change on New York's subway platforms, honing extremely danceable rhythms and melodies.


Sat, Jan 28 · alternative · dub · indie · jam · local · reggae · rock · roots

Station Underground
10:00pm at Foggy Mountain Brewpub

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


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Sun, Jan 29 · activist · benefit · folk · indie · local · singer-songwriter · soul

Jam for Justice
w/ Armadilla, Ben Phan & Hannah Kaminer
7:00pm at The Mothlight
($5 adv / $7 DOS)

Project Fight Presents: Jam for Justice with performances from Armadilla, Ben Phan (pictured) and Hannah Kaminer. Proceeds benefit Project Fight's efforts to eliminate human trafficking in Western North Carolina.


Sun, Jan 29 · alternative · americana · comedy · folk · humor · indie · roots · singer-songwriter

Darrin Bradbury
w/ Redleg Husky
8:00pm at The Grey Eagle
($10 adv / $12 DOS)

Darrin Bradbury is an American satirist. A left-of-center folk singer. With a batch of songs that celebrate the humor and heartbreak of everyday American life, he’s spent the past decade traveling his way across the country, making pit stops at dive bars, listening rooms, punk houses, and world-class theaters along the way.


Sun, Jan 29 · art rock · avant garde · classical · experimental · improvisation · indie · jam · jazz · psychedelic · rock

Reed Mathis and Electric Beethoven
8:00pm at Salvage Station
($15)

While on tour with various projects over the past few years, bassist extraordinaire Reed Mathis spent his spare time rearranging Beethoven (Symphonies 3 and 6), recording each newly reimagined movement with a long and impressive “who’s-who” list of his musical brethren, including Phish’s Page McConnell and Mike Gordon, Marco Benevento, Joe Russo, the Barr Brothers, Robert Walter and Galactic’s Stanton Moore. The resulting double album, “Beathoven,” was released September 2016 on Royal Potato Family records. It’s jamtronica with Beethoven — hence, the world’s first CDM (“classical dance music”) band.


Sun, Jan 29 · americana · folk · guitar · local · retro · rock · roots · tribute

Spiro and Bill Play Dead
8:30pm at The Bywater

Spiro Nicolopoulos (of The Paper Crowns) and Bill Evans (of Phuncle Sam) and Friends will be playing all your favorite Grateful Dead tunes as a part of The Bywater's weekly "Grateful Sundays".


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Mon, Jan 30 · improvisation · indie · jazz · local · r&b · soul · vocal

Siamese Jazz Club
8:00pm at 5 Walnut

Siamese Jazz Club’s sound is 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.


Mon, Jan 30 · alternative · emo · hard rock · indie · local · punk · rock · vocal

Secret Shame
w/ Wyla & Superflaw
9:00pm at The Mothlight
(Free)

A dark, hot new entry in Asheville's resurgent Bat Cave scene, Secret Shame plays post-punk Goth Death rock.


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Tue, Jan 31 · 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, Jan 31 · guitar · gypsy · improvisation · jam · jazz · local · swing

Gypsy Jam
7:00pm at Asheville Guitar Bar

You never know who will show up at the Guitar Bar's Tuesday Gypsy Jam. Expect the unexpected!


Tue, Jan 31 · alternative · indie · rock · singer-songwriter

Grouplove
w/ SWMRS
8:00pm at The Orange Peel
($25 adv / $28 DOS)
CANCELED

Turns out that a big mess can actually be a good thing. In the case of Grouplove’s third studio album, Big Mess refers not only to a lyric in the buoyant lead single “Welcome To Your Life,” but also to the situation in which they found themselves when they got off the road following 2013’s Spreading Rumours. For the first time since releasing their breakthrough 2011 debut, Never Trust A Happy Song, Grouplove were back in Los Angeles indefinitely, with a lot of catching up to do.


Tue, Jan 31 · blues · dance · folk · gypsy · jazz · local · new orleans · old time · ragtime · roots · swing · vocal

Sparrow & Her Wingmen
Swing Asheville Dance
8:00pm at THE BLOCK off biltmore
($5)

With a wide repertoire ranging from gypsy jazz to early ragtime pop to New Orleans blues, Sparrow & her Wingmen play gems from every era of early jazz, featuring Sparrow Pants on vocals & accordion, Keith J. Smith on guitar, Je Widenhouse on cornet, JP Furnas on Trombone, and Craig Sandberg on the upright bass. The Wingmen were formed by dancers Sparrow & Keith, with a goal of playing great dance music inspired by the folk roots of jazz, with an emphasis on improvisation, creative arrangements, and having a blast. Swing Dance Lessons 8pm ($10/$8 Swing Asheville members).


Tue, Jan 31 · alternative · art rock · avant garde · experimental · improvisation · indie · noise · soul

Marching Church (Iceage members)
w/ Bernardino Femminielli & KONVOI
9:30pm at The Mothlight
($10 adv / $12 DOS)

"For some songs I was inspired by my friend Jamie Cripps, who unfortunately is no longer with us, and his project The Pale Horse, as well as a record by David Maranha called Antarctica that I was played one night at my favourite bar, The Nightingale in Tokyo. Those records made me want to create something that sounded half asleep and like it was being dragged across the ground, or smoldering in a bonfire, in order to keep on playing. At least that was the initial inspiration, in time it got a bit overtaken with an idea of being the leader of a soul group — people like James Brown, Young Americans-era David Bowie, and Sam Cooke were inspirations in this aspect." - Elias B. Rønnenfelt of Marching Church


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Wed, Feb 1 · blues · funk · guitar · improvisation · indie · progressive · r&b · rock · roots · soul

Eric Krasno Band
w/ Marcus King Band
8:00pm at New Mountain AVL
($17 adv / $20 DOS)

For nearly two decades, Eric Krasno has been an omnipresent figure in popular music. We've heard his virtuosic, innovative guitar playing with Soulive and Lettuce (both of which he co-founded), seen him onstage supporting the likes of the Rolling Stones and The Roots, watched him take home multiple GRAMMY Awards, and benefited from his deft, behind-the-scenes work as a producer and songwriter for everyone from Norah Jones, Tedeschi Trucks, and 50 Cent to Talib Kweli, Aaron Neville, and Allen Stone. Krasno's rousing new solo album, 'Blood From A Stone,' reveals a previously unknown and utterly compelling side of his artistry, though, inviting us to bear witness as he both literally and metaphorically finds his voice.


Wed, Feb 1 · acoustic · americana · folk · roots · singer-songwriter

Tom Rush
8:00pm at Isis Restaurant & Music Hall
($35 adv / $40 DOS)

Tom Rush’s impact on the American music scene has been profound. He helped shape the folk revival in the ’60s and the renaissance of the ’80s and ’90s, his music having left its stamp on generations of artists.


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Thu, Feb 2 · acoustic · americana · appalachian · cajun · folk · honky tonk · indie · old time · roots · stringband · traditional

Foghorn Stringband
w/ Bill And The Belles
8:00pm at The Grey Eagle
($12 adv / $15 DOS)

From their origins in Portland Oregon’s underground roots music scene in the late 90s and early 00s, The Foghorn Stringband have spread the old-time string band gospel all over the world. Along the way, they’ve brought in influences and inspirations from their many travels and late-night jam sessions. Old-time square dance tunes now rub shoulders with Cajun waltzes, vintage honky-tonk songs, and pre-bluegrass picking.


Thu, Feb 2 · alternative · hip hop · indie · rap

Atmosphere
w/ Brother Ali, deM atlas, Plain Ole Bill & Last Word
9:00pm at The Orange Peel
($25 adv / $28 DOS)

Early on in their touring excursions, Atmosphere shows were noted for challenging the idea that Hip Hop audiences had to be fueled by ego and testosterone.


Thu, Feb 2 · alternative · art rock · avant garde · experimental · indie · piano · vocal

Lonnie Holley
9:00pm at The Mothlight
($12 adv / $14 DOS)

Holley’s music caught the attention of Matt Arnett, whose father has been collecting Holley’s art since the 1980s. In 2006, Matt organized the first professional recordings of Holley’s music. In 2010, Arnett set up a performance by Holley at his home. One of the people in attendance was Lance Ledbetter, founder and owner of the record label Dust-to-Digital. Deeply moved by Holley’s keyboard playing and singing, Ledbetter signed Holley to his record label.


Fri, Feb 3 · blues · gospel · harmony · rock · roots · soul · southern rock

Blackberry Smoke
8:00pm at Thomas Wolfe Auditorium
($27.50 - $49.50)

Atlanta-based Blackberry Smoke’s emotion-charged mix of bluesy rock, gospel soul, and country is further elevated by the band’s three-part vocal harmonies and expanded arrangements that make judicious use of fiddle and added percussion.


Fri, Feb 3 · alternative · americana · bluegrass · eclectic · indie · progressive · psychedelic · rock · roots · singer-songwriter · stringband

Yonder Mountain String Band – Night 1
w/ The Railsplitters
8:30pm at The Orange Peel
($25 adv / $30 DOS / $45 both nights)

For nearly 18 years, Yonder Mountain String Band has redefined bluegrass music, expanding the traditional acoustic genre beyond its previously established boundaries by steadily pushing the envelope into the realms of rock n’ roll and improvisation.


Fri, Feb 3 · alternative · blues · country · funk · indie · local · rock · soul

The Freeway Revival
7:00pm at Highland Brewing
(Free)

The Freeway Revival's explosive blend of rock, blues, country, funk and soul incorporates a sound that feels strangely familiar yet remains entirely unique to itself.


Fri, Feb 3 · alternative · americana · indie · punk · rock

Parquet Courts
w/ Mary Lattimore
9:00pm at The Grey Eagle
($17 adv / $20 DOS)

Though made up of Texan transplants, Parquet Courts are a New York band. A panoramic landscape of dilapidated corner-stores and crowded apartments is superimposed over bare-bones Americana, leaving little room for romance or sentiment. It’s punk, it’s American, it’s New York… it’s the color of something you were looking for.


Fri, Feb 3 · blues · dance · folk · gypsy · jam · local · old time · roots · traditional · world

Resonant Rogues
9:00pm at Jack of the Wood
($5)

With a plethora of diverse influences, the Resonant Rogues write songs that transcend genres. Their meaningful lyrics and infectious melodies will catch your ear and move your feet. Gypsy jazz and traditional eastern European music blend seamlessly with American folk traditions like old-time, blues, and vintage hot jazz.


Fri, Feb 3 · blues · instrumental · jazz · local · new orleans · ragtime · swing

Red Hot Sugar Babies
9:00pm at 5 Walnut

The Red Hot Sugar Babies perform vocal and instrumental jazz of the roaring '20s-'30s including Vintage Jazz, Blues, Swing, Ragtime, Dixieland, New Orleans. Influences: Ethel Waters, Fats Waller, Louis Armstrong, Bessie Smith, Jelly Roll Morton.


Fri, Feb 3 · alternative · americana · folk · local · rock · roots · singer-songwriter

Annabelle’s Curse
w/ Pierce Edens & Brief Awakening
9:00pm at The Mothlight
($8)

"Annabelle's Curse is a five-piece alternative folk band hailing from Bristol TN/VA, and sort of like the town where they were born, their music sits on the border between two places. One place finds them unplugged, on a large front porch, reveling in the old folk songs that they were raised on while their nearest and dearest friends and family drink and sing along. The other place is plugged in, awash in neon lights and drunk on the rock and roll spirit that drives them to leave the porch, pile in a van, and play long into the night while the anonymous drinkers dance. Their music feels like these two different places at the same time, but like the city that they call home, it's just two sides of one place and one sound – a sound that they can truly call their own."​​ - Justin Green, Bear Kids Records


Fri, Feb 3 · grunge · hard rock · indie · psychedelic · punk · rock

The Stir
w/ Tongues Of Fire, Styrofoam Turtles & Future Babes
9:00pm at Boiler Room
(18+, $7)

The Stir is a psychedelic hard rock band from Atlanta.


Sat, Feb 4 · dance · funk · jazz · r&b · soul · tribute

The James Brown Dance Party
w/ The Chase Brothers & Special Guests
9:00pm at New Mountain AVL
($12 adv / $15 DOS)

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!


Sat, Feb 4 · alternative · americana · bluegrass · eclectic · indie · progressive · psychedelic · rock · roots · singer-songwriter · stringband

Yonder Mountain String Band – Night 2
w/ The Railsplitters
8:30pm at The Orange Peel
($25 adv / $30 DOS / $45 both nights)

For nearly 18 years, Yonder Mountain String Band has redefined bluegrass music, expanding the traditional acoustic genre beyond its previously established boundaries by steadily pushing the envelope into the realms of rock n’ roll and improvisation.


Sat, Feb 4 · americana · country · indie · roots · singer-songwriter

Hayes Carll
w/ Bobby Bare Jr
9:00pm at The Grey Eagle
($17 adv / $20 DOS)

A native of the Woodlands, Texas, Hayes Carll is a singer-songwriter. His style of roots-oriented songwriting has been noted for its plainspoken poetry and sarcastic humor. He was nominated for a 2016 Grammy Award for Best Country Song, and American Songwriter awarded him with Song of the Year for “Another Like You” in 2011, the same year he was nominated for Artist of the Year at the Americana Awards.


Sun, Feb 5 · acoustic · chamber · classical · folk · guitar · jazz · local · world

All Kinds of Beautiful
w/ guitarist Andy Jurik and vocalist Rachel Hansbury, along with flutist Kate Steinbeck and bassoonist Rosalind Buda
4:00pm at Undisclosed Location
($20 until January 15 and $25 afterwards (plus tax), includes mulled wine and treats)

Pan Harmonia offers a mid-winter Sunday afternoon concert in a cozy North Asheville bungalow. This show features Demeler, a cafe and salon music duo made up of husband and wife, guitarist Andy Jurik and vocalist Rachel Hansbury, along with flutist Kate Steinbeck and bassoonist Rosalind Buda. This program will borrow from classical, jazz, and folk traditions - iconic French songs, genre-bending classical compositions and jazz standards re-imagined.


Tue, Feb 7 · alternative · folk · indie · rock · singer-songwriter

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

“Emotions and Math” is not simply the name of Margaret Glaspy’s new debut album. That expression drills right to the heart of the New York singer-songwriter’s proper introduction, a mission statement both artistic and personal.


Wed, Feb 8 · acoustic · americana · bluegrass · folk · guitar · indie · percussion · roots · singer-songwriter · vocal

Laura Thurston
7:00pm at The Joint Next Door

Charleston-based Laura Thurston brings multi-instrumentalism to a new level, rappin’ on a suitcase kick drum with one foot and tappin’ on a tambourine with the other; all the while, hands on her guitar and mouth on her harp. On top of that, Laura then adds sweet sugary vocals to her acoustic Folk-Grass mix while giving energy and presence to capture your attention.


Wed, Feb 8 · acoustic · folk · guitar · humor · local · roots · singer-songwriter · vocal

Bean Tree Remedy
8:00pm at One World Brewing

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


Thu, Feb 9 · bluegrass · blues · cajun · country · dance · fiddle · folk · jazz · new orleans · pop · roots · zydeco

Beausoleil avec Michael Doucet
8:00pm at The Altamont Theatre
($27 adv / $32 DOS / $40 VIP)

BeauSoleil’s distinctive sound derives from the distilled spirits of New Orleans jazz, blues rock, folk, swamp pop, Zydeco, country and bluegrass.


Thu, Feb 9 · alternative · dance · electronic · fusion · indie · jam · progressive · psychedelic

Vibe & Direct
10:00pm at The One Stop
(21+, Free)

Vibe & Direct is an emerging 3-piece jam band hailing from Cleveland, Ohio, and is comprised of Mike Miller, Danny Giannetto, and Doug Rab. The trio is an ever-evolving musical fusion that blends the musical spectrum, leaving in their wake a psychelectrojam dance party. They perform with a magnetic pulse, creating an aurally and visually immersive experience.


Fri, Feb 10 · 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, Feb 10 · activist · alternative · dance · hip hop · indie · punk · rap · rock · vocal

P.O.S
9:00pm at The Orange Peel
(18+, $12 adv / $15 DOS)

Doomtree co-founder, punk philosopher and lyrical bomb-thrower Stefon Alexander, aka P.O.S makes tight, declamatory music that builds on the Minneapolis-bred rapper and producer’s penchant for grinding beats and radical lyrics. Known for welding hip-hop with guitar squalls, screamed vocals, and futuristic beats fit for a Berlin nightclub. Kidney surgery sidelined him from making music for a bit, but it’s never felt better to have him back in action.


Fri, Feb 10 · alternative · improvisation · indie · jam · progressive · rock · roots

The Mantras – Night 1
9:00pm at New Mountain AVL
($12 adv / $15 DOS / $20 Two Night Pass)

The Mantras, a five piece jam machine born of Greensboro, NC have been conquering crowds and melting minds all over the country progressively for over a decade. The band’s music can be described with all types of varying rock and roll terminology, but is absolutely best defined by each listener’s ear and, equally important, their experience.


Fri, Feb 10 · blues · gospel · humor · pop · rock · roots · singer-songwriter · soul · vocal

Randall Bramblett Band
9:00pm at Isis Restaurant & Music Hall
($15 adv / $18 DOS)

Elements of pop, soul, blues, and the sounds of the church combine with Randall Bramblett’s often wistful, beautifully conceived lyrics highlight his roots-based tunes. “Some of the words come from dreams. I do meditations in the morning and write in a journal,” he says. His lyrical strength is mixing unusual thematic concepts with dry humor.


Fri, Feb 10 · hardcore · local · metal · rock

Lifecurse
Metal Showcase w/ Built on the Ruins, I, The Supplier & 8 Vacant Graves
9:00pm at The Odditorium
($6)

Local Metal Showcase! Asheville-based Lifecurse is far from afraid to delve into the darkest corners that metal, hardcore and deathcore have to offer, never backing away from an opportunity to push the envelope.


Fri, Feb 10 · country · dance · folk · honky tonk · jazz · local · retro · roots · swing · western swing

Wyatt Yurth and the Gold Standard
9:00pm at Jack of the Wood

Wyatt Yurth and the Gold Standard is a modern Western Swing band based in Asheville. They play classic standards as well as adapted country and folk songs. Equally at home at a jazz club or a barn dance, the group loves to play hot danceable music that brings the party. Their timeless sound harkens back to an era when music was at a crucial intersection, when jazz, blues, and stringband music combined, giving birth to western swing on the way to the dawn of country and rock and roll. The group finds new inspirations and direction in the old songs, and gives them modern relevance, introducing the joy of this music to a new audience.


Sat, Feb 11 · hip hop · indie · pop · rap · singer-songwriter · soul · vocal

Ms. Lauryn Hill – Night 1
10:00pm at The Orange Peel
(18+, $55 early bird / $65 advance)
SOLD OUT

Ms. Lauryn Hill’s prolific rhymes catapulted her into the public eye as a member of the Fugees & as a solo artist with her debut The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill.


Sat, Feb 11 · classical · instrumental · local · orchestral · piano

Asheville Symphony: Music From Fantasia
w/ Inon Barnatan, piano
8:00pm at Thomas Wolfe Auditorium
($22-$62 adults / $11-$43 youth)

“Walt Disney’s exploration of classical music, paired with the genius of his illustrators, made for one of the most memorable films of the twentieth century. (Who can forget that silhouette of the great Leopold Stokowski?) A sequel was released in 2000, and I have chosen music from both films to focus on composers who paint pictures with their evocative scores. Highlights include the wry Concerto No. 2 by Shostakovich, and Stravinsky’s high-definition music from The Firebird, premiered in Paris in the early twentieth century.” – ASO music director Daniel Meyer


Sat, Feb 11 · acoustic · americana · bluegrass · fiddle · guitar · instrumental · local · old time · roots · traditional

Zoe & Cloyd
7:30pm at Black Mountain Center for the Arts
($16)

First-place winners of the 2015 FreshGrass Dou contest Zoe & Cloyd offer up their soulful charm and expert musicianship for a Valentine’s concert in the intimate listening room of the Black Mountain Center for the Arts. Husband and wife duo Natalya Zoe Weinstein and John Cloyd Miller are known for their passion for traditional American music. Founding members of the acclaimed Americana trio RED JUNE and long-time veterans of the Asheville music scene, the couple have been playing a February concert at BMCA since 2009. Their 2015 debut duet album, Equinox, features original and traditional repertoire spanning bluegrass, old-time and folk, and showcases the elegant simplicity of two instruments and two voices.


Sat, Feb 11 · alternative · americana · country · folk · indie · rock · roots · singer-songwriter

Fred Eaglesmith
8:00pm at The Altamont Theatre
($17 adv / $20 DOS / $25 VIP)

After all these years touring the United States, Canada, and Europe, having his songs covered by some of the biggest names in music, and appearing on “The Late Show with David Letterman” – the enigmatic, countrified, Rock n’ Roll troubadour, Fred Eaglesmith, is carrying on with musical wife Tif Ginn.


Sat, Feb 11 · alternative · improvisation · indie · jam · progressive · rock · roots

The Mantras – Night 2
9:00pm at New Mountain AVL
($12 adv / $15 DOS / $20 Two Night Pass)

The Mantras, a five piece jam machine born of Greensboro, NC have been conquering crowds and melting minds all over the country progressively for over a decade. The band’s music can be described with all types of varying rock and roll terminology, but is absolutely best defined by each listener’s ear and, equally important, their experience.


Sun, Feb 12 · hip hop · indie · pop · rap · singer-songwriter · soul · vocal

Ms. Lauryn Hill – Night 2
9:00pm at The Orange Peel
(18+, $65 adv / $140 Merch & Ticket Bundle / $265 Meet & Greet / $615 Onstage Meet & Greet)

Ms. Lauryn Hill’s prolific rhymes catapulted her into the public eye as a member of the Fugees & as a solo artist with her debut The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill.


Sun, Feb 12 · americana · folk · local · roots · singer-songwriter · vocal

Jane Kramer
7:00pm at The Grey Eagle
($12 adv / $15 DOS)

Jane Kramer's new full-length release, "Carnival of Hopes", aches and soars with her connections to Appalachian balladry, a force she first encountered at Warren Wilson College and honed while performing with the Asheville-based all-female trio, the Barrel House Mamas. However, it is as a solo artist where the power of Kramer’s songwriting and world-class vocals truly shine. Her band tonight includes River Guerguerian, Eliot Wadopian, Chris Rosser of Free Planet Radio and the one and only Billy Cardine and Lyndsay Pruett.


Sun, Feb 12 · acoustic · chamber · classical · instrumental

The Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet
Asheville Chamber Music Series
4:00pm at Diana Wortham Theatre
($40)

Comprised of the principal players of the Berlin Philharmonic, the quintet continues to astonish audiences worldwide with their range of expression, their tonal spectrum and their conceptual unity. Indeed many listeners and critics agree that the ensemble has succeeded in virtually redefining the sound of the classic wind quintet. Program includes Mozart: Three Fantasies for mechanical organ, K. 594, K. 616, K. 608 ; Pavel Haas: Quintet, Op. 10 ; Johan Kvandal: Quintet, Op. 34 ; and Carl Nielsen: Quintet for Winds, Op. 43.


Wed, Feb 15 · alternative · blues · indie · pop · rock · roots · singer-songwriter

Anders Osborne
w/ The Ghost of Paul Revere
8:00pm at New Mountain AVL
($17 adv / $20 DOS)

Anders Osborne is a map of intensely felt, passionately engaged living, a fractured but healing topography of heartbreak and hope for fellow travelers to explore. His music is redolent of the blues bathed in West Coast sunshine and brotherly compassion, a torchbearer for rock ‘n’ roll with blood in its veins and a heart in its hands.


Wed, Feb 15 · funk · fusion · improvisation · jam · jazz · progressive · rock · soul

McLovins
9:00pm at Salvage Station

McLovins is an Improvisational Rock / Progressive Rock / Funk / Jazz / Soul band based in Hartford, CT.


Wed, Feb 15 · alternative · dance · funk · indie · psychedelic · rock · synth

The Werks
w/ Funk You
9:45pm at Asheville Music Hall
(21+, $10 adv / $15 DOS)

Ohio-based The Werks have established themselves as a band who delivers an electrifying dance party to beloved fans across the musical spectrum. Fusing psychedelic shredding, wailing organ, and slap bass with synthesizers and modern dance beats, their live shows encompass a sensational blend of rock with deep electronic funk.


Thu, Feb 16 · blues · funk · pop · rock · soul

The Charles Walker Band
w/ Bygone Blues Duo featuring Peggy Ratusz
8:30pm at Isis Restaurant & Music Hall
($10)

"Deliciously Stanky. Dynamically Funky. Recklessly Hopeful." Grounded in soul, the Charles Walker Band has been compared to Prince, Bruno Mars, The Brand New Heavys, and James Brown. The Milwaukee based band has refined their sound into Neo-Funk, a fusion of funk rhythms with pop melodies.


Fri, Feb 17 · funk · improvisation · indie · jam · rock · roots

Umphrey’s McGee – Night 1
w/ Greensky Bluegrass
8:00pm at US Cellular Center Arena
($32.50 adv / $35 DOS / $50 Fri & Sat)

The original Umphrey’s McGee played a mix of originals and cover songs, waiting just eight months to release their debut album, the cheekily titled Greatest Hits Volume III. Their initial “proper” recording, Local Band Does OK, came out in 2002, followed shortly afterward by an appearance at the first-ever Bonnaroo in Tennessee, selling more albums than any other band on the bill. The 2007 double album, Live at the Murat, earned a four-star review in Rolling Stone and a Jammy for Best Live Album.


Fri, Feb 17 · blues · brass · dixieland · jazz · new orleans · r&b · rock · roots · soul

Dirty Dozen Brass Band
w/ The Get Right Band
9:00pm at Isis Restaurant & Music Hall
($15 adv / $20 DOS)

In 1977, The Dirty Dozen Social and Pleasure Club in New Orleans began showcasing a traditional Crescent City brass band. Brass bands, early predecessors of jazz as we know it, would often follow the funeral procession playing somber dirges, then once the family of the deceased was out of earshot, burst into jubilant dance tunes as casual onlookers danced in the streets. The Dirty Dozen Social and Pleasure Club decided to assemble this group as a house band, and over the course of these early gigs, the seven-member ensemble adopted the venue's name: The Dirty Dozen Brass Band.


Fri, Feb 17 · alternative · indie · psychedelic · rock · singer-songwriter · vocal

SUSTO
w/ Justin Peter Kinkel-Schuster (of Water Liars)
9:00pm at The Grey Eagle
($10 adv / $12 DOS)

SUSTO is a Spanish word referring to a folk illness in Latin America that Osborne learned as anthropology student, meaning "when your soul is separated from your body," and also roughly translates to a panic attack. SUSTO's newest work finds them taking the spacey country rock of their debut into the stratosphere, piling on layers of sighing keyboards, galloping rhythms and frayed, noisy guitar solos atop wistful melodies and lyrics that examine growing up and growing into yourself.


Fri, Feb 17 · dance · disco · funk · pop · soul · tribute

Who’s Bad
The Ultimate Michael Jackson Tribute Band
9:00pm at The Orange Peel
(18+, $16 adv / $18 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.


Fri, Feb 17 · alternative · funk · improvisation · indie · jam · rock

Spafford – Night 1
Official Umphrey's McGee Afterparty
10:00pm at New Mountain AVL
($5)

Spafford is a four piece funk rock act hailing from Phoenix, Arizona. The heart of their sound is rooted in deep sonic exploration with a focus on improvisational elements. With jams stretching well beyond the typical structures of their songs, fans have flocked to their live shows to experience the unique energy captured within each performance. A focus on blending genres with a deep foundation of patient groove building has helped craft a sound all their own.


Fri, Feb 17 · blues · brass · funk · indie · local · new orleans · r&b · soul

Hustle Souls
10:00pm at The One Stop
(21+, Free)

Hustle Souls is a high energy neo-soul/blues band who combine roots authenticity with uncontrollable groove. Hustle Souls create music that sparks nostalgia from Motown to the Delta but is undeniably fresh and new. Tight vocal harmonies and unfiltered emotion, brilliantly voiced guitar chords, B3 organ, New Orleans trumpet and the smoothest, most creative rhythm section seen in a long time.


Sat, Feb 18 · funk · improvisation · indie · jam · rock · roots

Umphrey’s McGee – Night 2
w/ Greensky Bluegrass
8:00pm at US Cellular Center Arena
($32.50 adv / $35 DOS / $50 Fri & Sat)

The original Umphrey's McGee played a mix of originals and cover songs, waiting just eight months to release their debut album, the cheekily titled Greatest Hits Volume III. Their initial “proper” recording, Local Band Does OK, came out in 2002, followed shortly afterward by an appearance at the first-ever Bonnaroo in Tennessee, selling more albums than any other band on the bill. The 2007 double album, Live at the Murat, earned a four-star review in Rolling Stone and a Jammy for Best Live Album.


Sat, Feb 18 · blues · dj · electronic · funk · hip hop · psychedelic · rock · soul

Wax Tailor
9:00pm at The Orange Peel
(18+, $20 adv / $23 DOS)

A defining figure of the European electronic scene, Wax Tailor’s unique sound lays somewhere between cinematic electro and orchestral hip-hop. Digging through the crates of the forgotten melodies, the DJ / producer crafts musical fantasies where silver era hollywood and 20th century music come together. His newest work leads us on a fabled road where blues, psychedelic rock, soul funk and hip-hop collide.


Sat, Feb 18 · alternative · americana · indie · pop · rock · roots · singer-songwriter · southern rock

Drivin N Cryin
9:00pm at The Grey Eagle
($17 adv / $20 DOS)

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


Sat, Feb 18 · alternative · funk · improvisation · indie · jam · rock

Spafford – Night 2
Official Umphrey's McGee Afterparty
10:00pm at New Mountain AVL
($5)

Spafford is a four piece funk rock act hailing from Phoenix, Arizona. The heart of their sound is rooted in deep sonic exploration with a focus on improvisational elements. With jams stretching well beyond the typical structures of their songs, fans have flocked to their live shows to experience the unique energy captured within each performance. A focus on blending genres with a deep foundation of patient groove building has helped craft a sound all their own.


Sun, Feb 19 · acoustic · folk · guitar · harmony · roots · singer-songwriter

Naming the Twins
5:30pm at Isis Restaurant & Music Hall
($12)

Naming the Twins is the Nova Scotia based, harmony rich guy-gal duo of Robbie Smith and Kath Glauser whose vocal blendings sound a bit like Simon & Garfunkel, if Art was a girl, a bit like Peter, Paul & Mary, if one of the boys was taking the night off. Their original material maintains the tradition of Ian & Sylvia, Gordon Lightfoot and Stan Rogers.


Sun, Feb 19 · funk · indie · jam · pop · rock

Umphrey’s McGee
9:00pm at The Orange Peel
(18+, $39.50)
SOLD OUT

After 18-plus years of performing more than 100 concerts annually, releasing nine studio albums and selling more than 4.2 million tracks online, Umphrey's McGee might be forgiven if they chose to rest on their laurels. But then that wouldn’t be consistent with the work ethic demonstrated by the band, which consistently attempts to raise the bar, setting and achieving new goals since forming on the Notre Dame campus in South Bend, Indiana, in 1997.


Sun, Feb 19 · alternative · ambient · art rock · avant garde · experimental · guitar · indie · singer-songwriter

Hand Habits
w/ John Andrews & The Yawns
9:30pm at The Mothlight
($8 adv / $10 DOS)

Though Meg Duffy (Hand Habits) didn’t pick up an instrument until she was seventeen years old, her intuitive, naturalistic musicality and commitment to the craft of guitar playing have made an in demand collaborator and guitarist for countless indie acts (Kevin Morby, Mega Bog, Weyes Blood) and kept her between the road and the studio for almost three straight years. Like much of the richest art, Meg’s LP debut Wildy Idle (Humble Before the Void) (Woodsist 2017) ​is many things at once.


Mon, Feb 20 · indie · pop · soul

Lawrence
w/ Andy Frasco
8:00pm at New Mountain AVL
(21+, $12 adv / $15 DOS)

Lawrence doesn’t shy away from the oft-maligned idea of “pop” music, but instead is on a mission to write the music they wish “pop” sounded like. They draw from the past and present, combining their love of The Beatles, Randy Newman, and Etta James with Beyonce, Ben Folds, and Amy Winehouse.


Tue, Feb 21 · blues · garage · indie · punk · rock · roots

The Record Company
w/ Jamestown Revival
8:00pm at The Orange Peel
($18 adv / $20 DOS)

The Record Company write and play raw, sincere rock n’ roll. Influenced by the rough honesty of their heroes – bluesmen like John Lee Hooker, early punk bands like The Stooges, and rock greats like The Rolling Stones – their sound incorporates slide guitar, distorted bass, a garage-sale Ludwig drum kit and the heartland-hued voice of Chris Vos, who grew up on a Wisconsin dairy farm.


Wed, Feb 22 · classic rock · pop · rock

Foreigner
8:00pm at Thomas Wolfe Auditorium
($56.50 - $97.50)

With 10 multi-platinum albums and sixteen Top 30 hits, Foreigner is universally hailed as one of the most popular rock acts in the world with a formidable musical arsenal that continues to propel sold-out tours and album sales, now exceeding 75 million. Responsible for some of rock and roll’s most enduring anthems including “Juke Box Hero,” “Feels Like The First Time,” “Urgent,” “Head Games,” “Hot Blooded,” “Cold As Ice,” “Dirty White Boy,” “Waiting For A Girl Like You,” and the worldwide #1 hit, “I Want To Know What Love Is,” Foreigner continues to rock the charts almost 40 years into the game.


Wed, Feb 22 · alternative · indie · local · metal · rock

8 Vacant Graves
w/ Built On The Ruins & From The Fall
9:00pm at PULP
($5 members / $7 non-members)

8 Vacant Graves is an Asheville-based metal band with haunting vocals and heavy guitar riffs.


Thu, Feb 23 · acoustic · folk · roots · singer-songwriter · vocal

Clay Cook
8:00pm at The Grey Eagle
($15)

An accomplished songwriter & multi-instrumentalist, Clay Cook has recorded & toured with John Mayer, Sugarland, The Marshall Tucker Band, & Shawn Mullins. In 2009 he became a member of the 3-time Grammy winning Zac Brown Band but he still finds time to tour his brand of acoustic singer-songwriter music.


Fri, Feb 24 · acoustic · activist · folk · rock · roots · singer-songwriter · vocal

Arlo Guthrie
8:00pm at Thomas Wolfe Auditorium
($38.50-$78.50)

Arlo Guthrie was born with a guitar in one hand and a harmonica in the other, in Coney Island, Brooklyn, New York in 1947. He is the eldest son of America’s most beloved singer/writer/philosopher, Woody Guthrie, and Marjorie Mazia Guthrie, a professional dancer with the Martha Graham Company. His career exploded in 1967 with the release of “Alice’s Restaurant”, whose title song premiered at the Newport Folk Festival helped foster a new commitment among the ’60s generation to social consciousness and activism. Arlo went on to star in the 1969 Hollywood film version of “Alice’s Restaurant”, directed by Arthur Penn. With songs like “Alice’s Restaurant”, too long for radio airplay; “Coming into Los Angeles”, banned from many radio stations (but a favorite at the 1969 Woodstock Festival); and the definitive rendition of Steve Goodman’s “City of New Orleans”, Guthrie was no One Hit Wonder.


Fri, Feb 24 · grunge · hard rock · indie · punk · rock · tribute

Nevermind
The Ultimate Tribute To Nirvana
10:00pm at The Orange Peel
($10 adv / $12 DOS)

Nestled in the suburbs of Atlanta, four guys from the local scene decided that their town needed more Grunge! Specifically... Nirvana. We are dedicated 100% to bringing you the full Nirvana experience! You want hits? We have them! You want deep cuts? We have those too! You want the gear and sound of the actual band? We’ve done the research and tracked down the equipment!


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