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Mon, Dec 5 · classic rock · hard rock · indie · pop · psychedelic · punk · retro · rock

thestruts The Struts
w/ Goodbye June & Cemetery Sun
8:00pm at The Orange Peel
(18+, $16 adv / $18 DOS)

In their lavish stage presence and magnetic appeal, The Struts have more than demonstrated a preternatural command of monumental crowds. But while all that glitz and flash never fail to thrill, the band’s impassioned music and high-powered spirit also fulfill a far greater purpose. “The main mission of the band is to bring back that feeling of fun and rock & roll, especially to all those people who are bored by what’s going on these days,” says Spiller. “We really believe that music, when it’s done right, can help you escape the present moment, and then just send you somewhere else entirely.”


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Tue, Dec 6 · brass · jazz · new orleans · swing · traditional · vocal

thehotsardines The Hot Sardines
8:00pm at The Orange Peel
($32 adv ($42 seated) / $37 DOS ($47 seated))

In the talented hands of the New York-based ensemble, music first made famous decades ago comes alive through their brassy horn arrangements, rollicking piano melodies, and vocals from a chanteuse who transports listeners to a different era with the mere lilt of her voice.


Tue, Dec 6 · alternative · guitar · hard rock · indie · rock

jasintodd Jasin Todd
w/ Trista Mabry
8:00pm at The Altamont Theatre
($7 adv / $10 DOS / $20 VIP)

Jasin Todd is a professional musician best known for his lead guitar work and as a founding member of the multi-platinum, Grammy Nominated, hard rock band Shinedown. Jasin was not only the lead guitar player for the band but he was also a major contributor musically for Shinedown's first three albums, Leave a Whisper, Us and Them, and The Sound of Madness.


Tue, Dec 6 · alternative · americana · country · honky tonk · indie · outlaw country · rock · rockabilly · roots · singer-songwriter

slimcessna Slim Cessna’s Auto Club
w/ Ouroboros Boys
9:00pm at The Grey Eagle
($12 adv / $15 DOS)

"I probably can’t improve on what Jello Biafra said about Slim Cessna’s Auto Club, that they’re “the country band that plays the bar at the end of the world.” But I like to think that as long as they’re around, they can still save us from that end. Or at least from what currently passes as country music." – Benjamin Whitmer


Tue, Dec 6 · alternative · indie · pop · rock · roots · singer-songwriter

dylanleblanc Dylan LeBlanc
w/ The Pollies
9:30pm at The Mothlight
($8)

Overwhelmed by the speed his gift would take him, from Applebee’s server to “the new Neil Young” in a matter of months, he walked away from an unlikely major label deal after releasing two critically acclaimed albums. He slipped into a blur of booze and self-doubt. Exhausted and damaged at just 23-years-old, Dylan came home to Muscle Shoals, Alabama to write a new life for himself.


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Wed, Dec 7 · alternative · indie · local · punk · rock

thespiral The Spiral
Release Party w/ Shadow Show
7:00pm at The Summit - New Mountain AVL
($5 Suggested Donation)

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


Wed, Dec 7 · acoustic · dance · latin · local · tango · world

losabrojitos Los Abrojitos
7:00pm at Isis Restaurant & Music Hall
($15)

Prepare to be transported to another time and place with the Asheville-based tango ensemble Los Abrojitos, playing tangos from the danceable classics of the Golden Era to the intricate melodies of Astor Piazzola. The dynamic tension between the violins and bandoneon melodically portray the lustful push and pull of two dancers as a tenor sings Spanish lyrics of love and pain.


Wed, Dec 7 · dance · dj · electronic · hip hop

flosstradamus Flosstradamus
w/ Towkio & Gent & Jawns
9:00pm at The Orange Peel
(18+, $30 / $35 DOS)

Flosstradamus spent the last 8 years breaking new sounds around the globe and becoming club kings in the process. But how do they keep doing it? J2K and Autobot’s knack for flipping your favorite tracks in unexpected new ways (from their earliest DJ blends to high-energy hybrids like the duo’s hit remix of Major Lazer’s “Original Don”) certainly helps. So does having a catalog of original bangers on Fool’s Gold, Green Label Sound and Mad Decent/Jeffree’s. Yet the real reason Floss has been able to reinvent party rocking for close to a decade is because these Chicago boys bring an irresistible sense of fun to every single set.


Wed, Dec 7 · alternative · guitar · indie · jazz · pop · rock · roots · singer-songwriter · soul · vocal

nickwaterhouse Nick Waterhouse
w/ Greg Cartwright
9:00pm at The Mothlight
($12 adv / $15 DOS)

"Catchier and loaded with more hits than its predecessors, Nick’s new LP is at the same time harder hitting, more rhythmic, more harmonic, more diverse, and more adventurous than any of the excellent work that already separated him from the pack. A cool and elegant post-post-modern cocktail of 1950s r&b and club jazz, mixed with 1960s soul and boogaloo, and shaken with a minimal contemporary sensibility, Never Twice finds the artist taking his time, refining his vision, and speaking with new authority. In five short years Nick Waterhouse has come a long way and it looks like he may have just painted his masterpiece." – Jonathan Toubin, NYC


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Thu, Dec 8 · acoustic · americana · appalachian · bluegrass · classical · country · fiddle · folk · jazz · roots

markoconnorband Mark O’Connor Band – Night 1
8:30pm at Isis Restaurant & Music Hall
($32 adv / $35 DOS)

A former child prodigy and national champion on the fiddle, guitar, and mandolin, Mark has won his share of Grammys and CMA Awards, and has collaborated with a dizzying array of iconic artists, including Johnny Cash, Dolly Parton, George Jones, Randy Travis, Bill Monroe, Earl Scruggs, Bobby McFerrin, Wynton Marsalis, and Yo-Yo Ma. He has also written numerous violin concertos, which he has performed with hundreds of major symphony orchestras around the world. In addition to performing, he has authored a groundbreaking and now best-selling instructional method for strings, The O’Connor Method. Hailed by The New York Times as having followed “one of the most spectacular journeys in recent American music,” O’Connor’s career has been unique and inspirational.


Thu, Dec 8 · eclectic · improvisation · jam · jazz · local

upjumpedthree2016b Up Jumped Three
7:00pm at 5 Walnut

This Asheville-based band fuses colors and shades of West Coast jazz, free jazz, and more modern elements, resulting in a ‘chamber jazz’ sound that is at once dynamic, engaging, and lyrical.


Thu, Dec 8 · alternative · benefit · holiday · indie · local · rock · roots · singer-songwriter

andrewscotchie2 Hometown Holiday Jam XVI
Presented by Asheville Musicians Coalition
7:30pm at The Orange Peel
($10 plus donation of one canned food or new toy)

Featuring: Andrew Scotchie (pictured) and the River Rats, Andalyn Lewis featuring Zach Haney, Calavera, Meghan Woods, Ginny McAfee, and Porch 40 with Special Guests: Joe Lasher Jr., Joe Giaimo, Mike Barnes, Marc Keller, Jack Mascari, Jim Mascari, Tony Creasman, Will Ray (Hellecasters), and Ethan Lewis, and more! Benefits Manna Food Bank and Mission Children's Hospital.


Thu, Dec 8 · grunge · local · rock · tribute

indudero In Dudero : Nirvana Tribute
9:00pm at The Ridge at New Mountain AVL
(Suggested Donation at Door)

Come join us for a trip back to the '90s featuring Iggy Radio’s guitar mash ups of the best of '90s rock - In Dudero is a Nirvana tribute band bringing you back to the Seattle grunge scene with selections spanning the entire Nirvana catalog, followed by a '90s dance party with DJ Nex Millen spending the best of '90s hip-hop and pop.


Thu, Dec 8 · alternative · ambient · dj · dub · electronic · indie · progressive · psychedelic · trance

psymbionic Psymbionic + CloZee
w/ illanthropy + Cut Rugs
9:00pm at New Mountain AVL
($12 adv / $15 DOS)

“Psymbionic creates all-sensory experiences. His intricate compositions demonstrate grave attention to detail, through which the producer captivates our minds and heightens the senses.” - Vibe Magazine Opener CloZee is Chloé, a young music producer from France who seamlessly combines technical precision with a wild imagination.


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Fri, Dec 9 · acoustic · americana · appalachian · bluegrass · classical · country · fiddle · folk · jazz · roots

mark_maggieoconnor Mark O’Connor Band – Night 2
8:30pm at Isis Restaurant & Music Hall
($32 adv / $35 DOS)

A former child prodigy and national champion on the fiddle, guitar, and mandolin, Mark has won his share of Grammys and CMA Awards, and has collaborated with a dizzying array of iconic artists, including Johnny Cash, Dolly Parton, George Jones, Randy Travis, Bill Monroe, Earl Scruggs, Bobby McFerrin, Wynton Marsalis, and Yo-Yo Ma. He has also written numerous violin concertos, which he has performed with hundreds of major symphony orchestras around the world. In addition to performing, he has authored a groundbreaking and now best-selling instructional method for strings, The O’Connor Method. Hailed by The New York Times as having followed “one of the most spectacular journeys in recent American music,” O’Connor’s career has been unique and inspirational.


Fri, Dec 9 · dub · electronic · indie · r&b · rock

mobley Mobley
w/ Catch Fever
9:00pm at The Ridge at New Mountain AVL
($5)

Mobley plays every instrument, defies easy classification, drawing liberally (often simultaneously) from indie rock, R&B, and pop sensibilities. His electronic, dub-dabbling production style calls to mind the intricate work of artists like James Blake and Thom Yorke.


Fri, Dec 9 · alternative · americana · avant garde · bluegrass · dance · folk · humor · indie · punk · rock · roots

meganjeankfb Megan Jean and the Klay Family Band
9:30pm at The Mothlight
($8)

Megan Jean and the KFB, or Klay Family Band, arrange a demented blend of americana, punk, dance, and the avant-garde that they’ve taken to describing as, “a metal band, if it was 1927.”


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Sat, Dec 10 · benefit · blues · classic rock · eclectic · fusion · holiday · improvisation · indie · jam · jazz · psychedelic · retro · rock · roots · singer-songwriter · soul · southern rock

warren_haynes 28th Annual Warren Haynes’ Christmas Jam
6:00pm at US Cellular Center Arena
($63-$73)
SOLD OUT

The 2016 Christmas Jam is here! Lineup includes Gov’t Mule, Grateful Dead‘s Bob Weir, Michael McDonald, Jamey Johnson + Alison Krauss and The Last Waltz Band (Warren Haynes, Michael McDonald, Don Was, John Medeski, Jamey Johnson, Terence Higgins and more), with special guests Branford Marsalis, George Porter Jr., Steve Kimock, Marcus King, Kevn Kinney, Audley Freed, Bob Margolin and Mike Barnes & more. Benefits Asheville area Habitat for Humanity.


Sat, Dec 10 · acoustic · art rock · comedy · eclectic · experimental · folk · funk · gypsy · harmony · humor · indie · local · punk · rock · roots · world

siriusb Sirius.B
w/ Crystal Bright and the Silver Hands & Plankeye Peggy
8:00pm at The Grey Eagle
($10 adv / $12 DOS)

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


Sat, Dec 10 · alternative · ambient · dance · dj · dub · electronic · indie · psychedelic · trance

nocturnalstatus ZODIAC : Moon in Taurus
w/ Nocturnal Status, illanthropy. & Scatz
9:00pm at The Ridge at New Mountain AVL
($5 Suggested Donation)

Originally hailing from Maryland, Nocturnal Status is a duo that consists of Rohan Bhatia-Newman and Benjamin Ricketts. Indulging in everything from grumbling, downtempo dub lines to riveting shakes of dance-able bass, Nocturnal Status implements immersive psychedelia rhythms as well as a diverse range of sounds and melodies to immerse one into the dark, yet beautiful side of music.


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Sun, Dec 11 · activist · alternative · appalachian · benefit · folk · indie · local · roots · stringband · swing · traditional · vocal

resonantrogues2016b Rock For Standing Rock
Opening Ceremony with members of the Cherokee Tribe
5:00pm at The Orange Peel
($10 adults / $5 kids)

Join us at 5pm sharp for a family friendly potluck followed by members of the Cherokee Tribe offering an opening ceremony. We will have musical guests The Resonant Rogues (pictured), The DiTrani Brothers, and Teach Me Equals rounding out the evening. Participants in the potluck please bring a dish w/ serving utensil and note card w/ ingredients. We are encouraging folks to bring their own dining sets to reduce waste, bring a bag to carry it home in for washing. Disposable options will be available. Proceeds after discounted venue expenses (thanks Orange Peel!) will go to the non-profit All Nations Indigenous Center providing steady to support Standing Rock.


Sun, Dec 11 · alternative · appalachian · eclectic · fiddle · fusion · instrumental · irish · jazz · local · progressive · roots · samba · soul · world

andrewfinnmagill Andrew Finn Magill
5:30pm at Isis Restaurant & Music Hall
($15)

Andrew Finn Magill is a fiddler/violinist who straddles genres. By 14, he was a two-time finalist at the All-Ireland fiddle championships. In 2011 he produced a Fulbright- MtvU funded concept album about AIDS with Afro-vibes artist from Malawi Peter Mawanga. He currently leads his own quartet of Brazilian choro, The Andrew Finn Quartet in Rio de Janeiro.


Sun, Dec 11 · guitar · improvisation · indie · local · progressive · roots · singer-songwriter · soul · vocal

benphan Ben Phan and the Soul Symphony
7:00pm at The Grey Eagle
($10 adv / $12 DOS)

Asheville-based Ben Phan is a prolific poet, songwriter, and guitarist, with the soul of an improviser. 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. He crafts his songs to give room for improvisation, presence, and self-expression in the moment.


Sun, Dec 11 · alternative · blues · indie · rock · roots · singer-songwriter · vocal

michellemalone Michelle Malone
7:00pm at The Altamont Theatre
($12 adv / $15 DOS / $20 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.


Sun, Dec 11 · alternative · americana · folk · indie · rock · roots · singer-songwriter

cereusbright Cereus Bright
8:00pm at The Summit - New Mountain AVL
($5)

In their lyrics and melodies, Cereus Bright aims to embrace life as both messy and beautiful. Their songs showcase strong, passionate harmonies singing stories of real life—hope and heartbreak, adventure and stillness. Tyler Anthony plays guitar, piano, and sings, Evan Ford layers harmonies while playing mandolin and lead guitar. Bassist Matt Nelson and drummer Luke Bowers provide driving rhythm and nuanced texture. On special occasions, they are joined by violinist Kaitlyn Ferry and cellist Gideon Klein.


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Wed, Dec 14 · acoustic · activist · alternative · americana · appalachian · fiddle · folk · indie · old time · progressive · rock · roots · singer-songwriter · soul · spiritual · traditional · vocal

risingappalachia Rising Appalachia – Night 1
w/ Hope For Agoldensummer
9:00pm at The Orange Peel
(18+, $23 adv / $28 DOS / $40 both nights)

Two Nights - Wed & Thurs, Dec 14-15! Sisters Leah Song and Chloe Smith tear into sound with sensual prowess as stages ignite revolutions and words light up soul fires. Listen to their beautiful sound for banjo and fiddle duets and poetic harmonies like only sisters can do… Joined full-time by their beloved band, Biko Casini on percussion, and David Brown on stand up bass and baritone guitar, expect everything from folk standards to jazz, to New Orleans soul, to old mountain traditionals, to activist anthems, as their style redefines folk music as a truly living art. Using sound as a tool to spark a cultural revolution and birth a new movement, come join them as they create soul sounds for us all.


Wed, Dec 14 · americana · country · outlaw country · roots · singer-songwriter · traditional

lukebell Luke Bell
8:00pm at The Grey Eagle
($10 adv / $12 DOS)
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Luke Bell has come along to remind us what it feels like to be truly alive and open to the possibilities of existence in a captivating song cycle that puts the cowboy back into country & western.


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Thu, Dec 15 · acoustic · activist · alternative · americana · appalachian · fiddle · folk · harmony · indie · old time · progressive · rock · roots · singer-songwriter · soul · spiritual · traditional · vocal

risingappalachia2 Rising Appalachia – Night 2
w/ Hope For Agoldensummer
9:00pm at The Orange Peel
(18+, $23 adv / $28 DOS / $40 both nights)

Two Nights - Wed & Thurs, Dec 14 & 15! Sisters Leah Song and Chloe Smith tear into sound with sensual prowess as stages ignite revolutions and words light up soul fires. Listen to their beautiful sound for banjo and fiddle duets and poetic harmonies like only sisters can do… Joined full-time by their beloved band, Biko Casini on percussion, and David Brown on stand up bass and baritone guitar, expect everything from folk standards to jazz, to New Orleans soul, to old mountain traditionals, to activist anthems, as their style redefines folk music as a truly living art. Using sound as a tool to spark a cultural revolution and birth a new movement, come join them as they create soul sounds for us all.


Thu, Dec 15 · acoustic · americana · appalachian · bluegrass · fusion · harmony · improvisation · jam · old time · progressive · rock · roots · traditional

travelinmccourys2016 The Bluegrass Ball – Night 1
w/ The Travelin' McCourys, Andy Thorn, Travis Book & Guests
9:00pm at Isis Restaurant & Music Hall
($20 adv / $25 DOS)

No other band today has the same credentials for playing traditional and progressive music. As the sons of bluegrass legend Del McCoury, Ronnie McCoury on mandolin and Rob McCoury on banjo continue their father’s work - a lifelong dedication to the power of bluegrass music to bring joy into people’s lives. And with fiddler Jason Carter and bassist Alan Bartram, the ensemble is loved and respected by the bluegrass faithful. But the band is now combining their sound with others to make something fresh and rejuvenating.


Thu, Dec 15 · alternative · electronic · improvisation · indie · jam · progressive · psychedelic · rock

fluxcapacitor Flux Capacitor
10:00pm at The One Stop
(21+, Free)

Emerging from the Pennsylvania music scene, from the outskirts of the City of Brotherly Love, this band of brothers consistently inspire and evoke a new and wildly addicting sound resonating with elements of rock, improvisation, and electronica. Their electric vibe transcends the stage and extends into the crowd creating a magical musical ambiance of tribal jamming.


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Fri, Dec 16 · alternative · americana · appalachian · benefit · bluegrass · country · indie · local · rock · roots · singer-songwriter · vocal

townmountain2016 5th Annual Holiday Hang Benefit Show
w/ Town Mountain & The Honeycutters
8:00pm at The Grey Eagle
($12 adv / $15 DOS)

The hearty base of Town Mountain's music is the bluegrass triumvirate of Bill Monroe, Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs. It's what else goes into the mix that brings it all to life both on stage and on record and reflects the group's wide-ranging influences – from the Grateful Dead's Jerry Garcia and the ethereal lyrics of Robert Hunter, to the honest, vintage country of Willie, Waylon and Merle.


Fri, Dec 16 · country · harmony · honky tonk · local · roots · traditional · vocal

oldchevroletset The Old Chevrolette Set
8:30pm at Cork & Keg

This ain't no Jet-Set band, their steak and martinis are cold beer and weenies. Come listen to some great Classic Country with this new band bringing together great harmonies and solid country twang. Laura Blackley and Mark Jackson on vocals and guitars, Tom Pittman on pedal steel, Stephen Frankel on bass and Keith Buchanan on drums will get you dancing two-steps and more!


Fri, Dec 16 · acoustic · americana · appalachian · bluegrass · fusion · harmony · improvisation · jam · old time · progressive · rock · roots · traditional

travelinmccourys The Bluegrass Ball – Night 2
w/ The Travelin' McCourys, Andy Thorn, Travis Book & Guests
9:00pm at Isis Restaurant & Music Hall
($20 adv / $25 DOS)

No other band today has the same credentials for playing traditional and progressive music. As the sons of bluegrass legend Del McCoury, Ronnie McCoury on mandolin and Rob McCoury on banjo continue their father’s work - a lifelong dedication to the power of bluegrass music to bring joy into people’s lives. And with fiddler Jason Carter and bassist Alan Bartram, the ensemble is loved and respected by the bluegrass faithful. But the band is now combining their sound with others to make something fresh and rejuvenating.


Fri, Dec 16 · classic rock · pop · rock · tribute

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

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


Fri, Dec 16 · alternative · comedy · country · eclectic · funk · fusion · humor · indie · jazz · local · reggae · rock · soul

supatight Supatight
Album Release w/ Groove Fetish
10:00pm at Asheville Music Hall
(Free)

Currently out of Asheville, Supatight delivers a high energy live performance that is funk driven and appeals to a wide variety of audiences. While specializing in hard-hitting funk, their music incorporates elements of reggae, soul, jazz, and comedic country.


Sat, Dec 17 · alternative · indie · local · pop · rock · singer-songwriter · vocal

briandtheastrotones Bri & the Astrotones
w/ Cosmonautilus
6:00pm at The Social

Bri & the Astrotones are a killer five piece pop/rock band from Asheville.


Sat, Dec 17 · funk · fusion · jazz · new orleans · roots · soul

thenewmastersounds The New Mastersounds
w/ Turkuaz
9:00pm at The Orange Peel
(18+, $20 adv / $22 DOS)

The British foursome’s latest collection of infectious grooves is steeped in those storied waters and the rich musical history they’ve carried, tracing the New Orleans side of their funky family tree back to their roots.


Sat, Dec 17 · alternative · fusion · improvisation · indie · jam · jazz · rock · tribute

jazzisphish2016 JAZZ is PHSH
9:00pm at Salvage Station
($15)

Founded in 2015 by The Chase Brothers, Adam Chase and Matthew Chase, JAZZ IS PHSH has quickly become a world renown tribute to Phish, attracting some of the most influential musicians in the jazz and jam scenes to take part in this collective approach to paying tribute to one of the most important and influential bands in Rock and Roll history.


Sat, Dec 17 · dance · funk · jam · progressive · rock · soul

funkyou Funk You
10:00pm at The One Stop
(21+, Free)

Hailing from Augusta, GA, Funk You is an outgoing burst of energy of multiple musical styles, focusing mainly on funky dance driven grooves with powerful clean vocals.


Sun, Dec 18 · acoustic · appalachian · celtic · folk · irish · local · scottish · traditional · world

alpetteway A Swannanoa Solstice – Two Shows
2:00pm at Diana Wortham Theatre
(Regular $45; Students $40; Child $20)

Two shows - Matinee at 2pm and Evening show at 7pm

Celebrate winter’s allure at this much loved holiday tradition, now in its 14th year. Internationally renowned recording artists and multi instrumentalists Al Petteway (pictured), Amy White and Robin Bullock perform a splendid selection of Celtic, Appalachian, Scots-Irish, and world-influenced holiday music on guitars, mandolins, Appalachian dulcimer, Celtic harp, bouzouki, piano, and world percussion. Joining them are four-time Grammy Award-winning musician, storyteller, historian and television host David Holt, nationally acclaimed dancers Phil Jamison and Ellie Grace, Highland bagpiper E.J. Jones and his band, and host Doug Orr, president emeritus of Warren Wilson College and founder of The Swannanoa Gathering. Bring family and friends, share a cup of wassail, and join in the warm merrymaking and quiet contemplation of this Asheville favorite.


Sun, Dec 18 · acoustic · americana · bluegrass · folk · holiday · roots · stringband · vocal

barefootmovement Barefoot Movement
Holiday Show
5:30pm at Isis Restaurant & Music Hall
($10)

The Barefoot Movement invites you to join them for their holiday celebration performance. Complete with all of your classic seasonal favorites wrapped in a Christmas package, you'll hear acoustic renditions of everything from Chuck Berry's "Run Run Rudolph" to Perry Como's "It's Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas" and emotional takes on the more tender songs of the season like "Oh Holy Night" and "Hark The Herald Angels Sing." Surrounded by stories and Christmas memories from the band, the music and cheer will fill you with an enduring feeling of love and hope that will warm your heart throughout the year!


Sun, Dec 18 · americana · bluegrass · country · folk · gospel · harmony · holiday · pop · rock · roots · singer-songwriter · soul · vocal

secretsisters The Secret Sisters Christmas Tour
8:00pm at The Grey Eagle
($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.


Mon, Dec 19 · acoustic · classical · eclectic · guitar · instrumental · jazz · pop · rock · world

californiaguitartrio California Guitar Trio
8:00pm at The Altamont Theatre
($17 adv / $20 DOS / $30 VIP)

The universe of guitar knows no boundaries for The California Guitar Trio. Since 1991, the group has enthralled listeners with a singular sound that fearlessly crisscrosses genres. The trio’s questing spirit drives it to explore the intersections between rock, jazz, classical, and world music. It even throws in the occasional surf or spaghetti Western tune for good measure.


Mon, Dec 19 · alternative · experimental · guitar · improvisation · indie · jam · progressive · psychedelic · rock · roots · singer-songwriter

johnkadlecik John Kadlecik Solo Acousti’Lectric
w/ Phuncle Sam
8:00pm at New Mountain AVL
($10 adv / $15 DOS)

John Kadlecik is a singer, songwriter, and musician who can play most string instruments but is primarily known for being a guitar-slinging sideman to Grateful Dead members Phil Lesh and Bob Weir in the band Furthur. Also an original co-founder of the group Dark Star Orchestra, John has been performing improvisationally-oriented shows regularly since the late 1980s and touring nationally for the last 20 years.


Mon, Dec 19 · hip hop · r&b · rap · singer-songwriter · vocal

torylanez Tory Lanez
I Told You Tour with special guest VeeCee
9:00pm at The Orange Peel
($22 adv / $29 + album / $25 DOS / $49 VIP / $99 Meet & Greet)

With his breakout single “Luv” climbing charts nationwide and following the release of his debut single “Say It”—peaking at #1 on Rhythmic and Urban Radio as well as #23 on the Hot 100—rising singer, songwriter, rapper and producer Tory Lanez is poised to release his debut album I Told You, later this year on Benny Blanco’s Interscope Records.


Wed, Dec 21 · country · harmony · holiday · local · pop · r&b · roots · soul · vocal

sweetclaudette2016b Sweet Claudette
w/ Big Sound Harbor
8:30pm at Isis Restaurant & Music Hall
($15)

Celebrate the Season! Sweet Claudette is made up of members of regional favorites The Honeycutters, Now You See Them, The Moon and You and Big Sound Harbor. Expect Motown and country soul harmony from some of the best singers and musicians in Asheville.


Thu, Dec 22 · alternative · benefit · indie · local · rock · roots · soul

dirtysoulrevival The 15th Annual Make-A-Wish Christmas Party Benefit Concert
7:30pm at The Orange Peel
($12)

The 15th Annual Make-A-Wish Christmas Party Benefit Concert lineup includes The Dirty Soul Revival (pictured), White Soul, Log Noggins, The Company Stores, Up Dog, and MORE.


Fri, Dec 23 · art rock · local · pop · rock · singer-songwriter · tribute

whambambowie2016 Wham Bam Bowie Band!
9:00pm at The Orange Peel
($10 adv / $12 DOS)

Mark Casson of The Cheeksters had always kept his idea alive to perform some Bowie music again, and so assembled a band to fulfill it. Asheville based Singer/composer Aaron Price was the first to take up the challenge, adding keyboards and piano. Andre Cholmondeley of Project/Object, the alumni-based Zappa tribute band, eagerly signed up. On bass is Brett Spivey, who with Cholmondeley has an ambient/world duo called Grounded. Rounding out the band on drums is Jim Neu, who also plays with Who tribute band The Whooligans.


Fri, Dec 23 · alternative · hardcore · indie · local · metal · rock

i_thesupplier I, The Supplier
A VERY METAL XMAS! w/ Tombstone Highway & Electric Phantom
9:00pm at The Odditorium
($6)

Saluda-based I, The Supplier headlines this night of local metal and hardcore.


Fri, Dec 23 · alternative · americana · holiday · improvisation · indie · jam · local · psychedelic · rock · roots · soul · tribute

veryjerryxmas Mother McCrary’s Uptown Electric Jug Band
A Very Jerry Xmas
10:00pm at Asheville Music Hall
(21+, $10 adv / $15 DOS)

Join us for a Holiday Celebration to remember, dancin' and groovin' to a long evening of Late '80s/Early '90s Jerry Garcia Band all performed for your listening and dancing pleasure with some very special guests throwing down their Jerry Thang. This show is gonna satisfy our souls in so many ways! Can't wait to see the smiles on all your faces for this! Mother McCrary's Uptown Electric Jug Band is Sprio Nicolopolous (Paper Crowns), Gus Vigo (Phuncle Sam), Will "Willow" McCrary (Ton of Hay), Nicole Nicolopolous (Paper Crowns), Cassana Monje (Phuncle Sam) and Chris Walden with Very Special Guests.


Thu, Dec 29 · acoustic · celtic · dance · fiddle · holiday · scottish · traditional · vocal · world

jamielavalchristmas Jamie Laval’s Scottish Solstice Holiday Celebration
8:00pm at Isis Restaurant & Music Hall
($24 adv / $28 DOS / $12 students under 15)

Jamie Laval's Scottish Solstice Holiday Celebration captures the beauty and atmosphere of the Scottish Highlands during the holidays, weaving a tapestry of music, dance, poetry, and stories that hearken back to the ancient Celtic celebrations associated with the Winter Solstice and Christmas. An entertaining and thought-provoking family holiday experience. Joining Laval onstage are: Rosalind Buda, bagpipes, bombard, bassoon, poetry reading (Asheville); Jude Fox, vocalist (Atlanta); Eryn Jones Fuson (Pinehurst), Celtic harp; Hannah & Olivia Redlich (Charlotte), champion Irish step dancers.


Thu, Dec 29 · funk · indie · jazz · new orleans · r&b · rock · soul

thenthpower The Nth Power
w/ Dynamo
9:00pm at Asheville Music Hall
(21+, $10 adv / $15 DOS)

Formed during an impromptu late-night jam at Jazz Fest 2012 in New Orleans, the relentlessly funky and soulful band believes in music as a higher power tapping into an energy that is simultaneously sexy and spiritual, with songs that will inspire audiences to dance, groove, make love or just stand there with goose bumps.


Fri, Dec 30 · alternative · country · emo · indie · outlaw country · psychedelic · rock · roots · southern rock

futurebirds Futurebirds
w/ The High Divers
9:00pm at The Grey Eagle
($12 adv / $15 DOS)

Laying down their shoe-gazing country, harmonious psychedelia, and barnstorming, ragged rock both on record and in person, the Athens-based band presents a delicate balance in their most recent work.


Fri, Dec 30 · acoustic · alternative · ambient · dance · electronic · improvisation · indie · jam · orchestral · progressive · psychedelic

papadosio2016 Papadosio
w/ Midnight Snack
9:00pm at The Orange Peel
(18+, $25 adv / $28 DOS)

Mesmerizing, spellbinding and genre-defying: With their fourth full-length studio release "Extras In A Movie", Papadosio reveals a striking cinematic cornucopia of sounds: orchestral, electronic, organic, acoustic, psychedelic and celestial. The 16 selections that comprise the song cycle are concise and structured – launch pads for the improvisational excursions that are a hallmark of the band's celebrated concert performances.


Fri, Dec 30 · alternative · art rock · indie · local · pop · psychedelic · rock · singer-songwriter

holidaychildress The Goodies
10:00pm at Asheville Music Hall
($12 adv / $15 DOS)

The Goodies, in case you haven't been formally introduced, are an Asheville institution. The art-rock band dates back to the '90s. Led by Holiday Childress, The Goodies put on a show that's part storytelling,part theatrics and mostly unbridled rock 'n' roll. Over the years, The Goodies have taken on various forms - Childress has honed his stage presence as a solo performer and in theater


Sat, Dec 31 · classical · holiday · local · orchestral

beethovens9th Asheville Symphony: Joyous New Year
Beethoven’s 9th Symphony
8:00pm at Thomas Wolfe Auditorium
($22-$62 adults / $11-$43 youth)

“Every year, orchestras across the globe ring in the New Year with performances of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. Much more than a musical spectacle, Beethoven’s 9th celebrates the brotherhood of man and our collective hope to achieve the very best of what makes us human. This year Asheville will join that worldwide tradition with our own performance of Number Nine. With a cast that includes the Symphony, the ASO Chorus, and an international vocal quartet, Asheville’s First Night will be a celebration like never before! Join us for what will surely prove to be the ‘hot ticket’ for New Year’s Eve, as we offer a singular performance of this staggering musical achievement to ring in 2017.” – ASO Conductor Daniel Meyer


Sat, Dec 31 · electronic · funk · indie · r&b · rock · soul

thegriz GRiZ
NYE Get Down w/ G Jones, Papadosio & Freddy Todd
8:00pm at US Cellular Center Arena
($32.50 - $47.50)

"I want to write contemporary funk songs. I want to produce an album that kind of has the new James Brown singing on it. You know what I’m saying? Something that sounds like it was made at Muscle Shoals." As ambitious as Say It Loud may seem, this is a natural next step for GRiZ, who thrives on bending genres. "I could’ve sampled everything. Most of my music is created for a live experience," he notes. "But now, I really want a body of work that is 100% my own." Most recently, GRiZ teamed up with fellow electronic funk icons, Big Gigantic, to put out “Good Times Roll,” a feel good track that took the top spot on Spotify’s viral chart and is continuing to dominate the blogosphere. New Year's Eve Show!


Sat, Dec 31 · acoustic · americana · bluegrass · eclectic · fiddle · guitar · gypsy · hip hop · jazz · local · progressive

jonstickleytrio2 Jon Stickley Trio
NYE w/ The Honeycutters & Taylor Martin
8:30pm at Isis Restaurant & Music Hall
($20)

New Year's Eve! The originality and sheer energy of the genre-bending Jon Stickley Trio serves as a welcome wake up call for those who experience it. With roots in gypsy jazz, bluegrass, and hip-hop in an “exhilarating all-acoustic swirl” (Acoustic Guitar), Jon Stickley Trio combines Jon Stickley’s rapid-fire flatpicking guitar with the sultry and wild, yet refined, melodies of Lyndsay Pruett on violin set over the deep groove of Patrick Armitage on drums.


Sat, Dec 31 · alternative · blues · disco · funk · hip hop · indie · local · rap · rock · soul

yomama_2016 Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band
w/ The Broadcast
9:00pm at The Grey Eagle
($20 adv / $25 DOS)

New Year's Eve show! Known for their raucous live shows and outrageous stage wear, the Booty Band’s sound is a mix of deep funk, high energy rock, plus a little old school rap and soul thrown in for good measure.


Sat, Dec 31 · alternative · brass · electronic · funk · fusion · indie · jazz · local

pushpullstrikesbrass Push/Pull Strikes Brass
New Year's Masquerade
9:00pm at New Mountain AVL
($20 adv / $25 DOS)

New Year's Eve Masquerade! Asheville's annual New Year's Masquerade takes over all three rooms at New Mountain AVL, featuring Push/Pull Strikes Brass and many more artists TBA! Push/Pull Strikes Brass combines the electronic production of Push/Pull and brass band styles of Empire Strikes Brass. With focus on large-scale dynamic development and equally fine attention to detail, Push/Pull Strikes Brass will gyrate your speaker cones, excite your mind, and move your feet. When Push/Pull’s sound is combined with a full horn section, drums and keys, an incredible sonic hybrid is produced... A new genre of electronic and organic music is upon us.


Sat, Dec 31 · alternative · hip hop · indie · rap · singer-songwriter

gza GZA
performing Liquid Swords & more! w/ Nick Grant
9:30pm at The Orange Peel
(18+, $30 adv / $35 DOS)

The oldest member and co-founder of the Wu-Tang Clan, GZA (aka "The Genuis") is a master of thought provoking, street-bred raw lyricism.


Sat, Dec 31 · acoustic · alternative · bluegrass · folk · progressive · psychedelic · rock · roots · tribute

thegrassisdead Grass is Dead
New Year's Eve
10:00pm at Asheville Music Hall
(21+, $12 adv / $15 DOS)

The Grass is Dead are a force of Bluegrass and Grateful Dead music. Pickin’ and grinnin’ is what they do best, and they have been adapting Grateful Dead songs in their own bluegrass style since 1998.


Sun, Jan 1 · alternative · americana · folk · indie · local · roots · singer-songwriter

alexarose Alexa Rose
CD Release Show
8:00pm at The Grey Eagle
($8 adv / $10 DOS)

Rootsy, alternative folk songstress from the Carolina mountains.


Fri, Jan 6 · acoustic · americana · bluegrass · folk · old time · roots · singer-songwriter · traditional · vocal

robinandlinda2016 Robin & Linda Williams
8:00pm at The Altamont Theatre
($25 adv / $30 DOS / $35 VIP)

For more than four decades now, Robin & Linda Williams have made it their mission to perform the music that they love, “a robust blend of bluegrass, folk, old-time and acoustic country that combines wryly observant lyrics with a wide-ranging melodicism.” Today some might call it “Americana,” but these two revered music masters were living and breathing this elixir 20 years before that label was turned into a radio format.


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UPCOMING MUSIC
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Slim Cessna's Auto Club
w/ Ouroboros Boys
Tue, Dec 6

Sirius.B
w/ Crystal Bright and the Silver Hands & Plankeye Peggy
Sat, Dec 10

Ben Phan and the Soul Symphony
Sun, Dec 11

Luke Bell
Wed, Dec 14
CANCELED

5th Annual Holiday Hang Benefit Show
w/ Town Mountain & The Honeycutters
Fri, Dec 16

The Secret Sisters Christmas Tour
Sun, Dec 18

Futurebirds
w/ The High Divers
Fri, Dec 30

Yo Mama's Big Fat Booty Band
w/ The Broadcast
Sat, Dec 31

Alexa Rose
CD Release Show
Sun, Jan 1

Jane Kramer
w/ Old Man Luedecke
Sat, Jan 7

Son Volt
Tue, Mar 14
Tickets on sale Friday, Dec 2 at 10am

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28th Annual Warren Haynes’ Christmas Jam
Sat, Dec 10
SOLD OUT

GRiZ
NYE Get Down w/ G Jones, Papadosio & Freddy Todd
Sat, Dec 31

Asheville Symphony: Joyous New Year
Beethoven’s 9th Symphony
Sat, Dec 31

Blackberry Smoke
Fri, Feb 3

Umphrey’s McGee - Night 1
w/ Greensky Bluegrass
Fri, Feb 17

Umphrey’s McGee - Night 2
w/ Greensky Bluegrass
Sat, Feb 18

Foreigner
Wed, Feb 22

Arlo Guthrie
Fri, Feb 24

Celtic Woman: Voices of Angels
Wed, Mar 22

The Steve Miller Band
Wed, Mar 29

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
Wed, Jun 7
Tickets now on sale

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The Struts
w/ Goodbye June & Cemetery Sun
Mon, Dec 5

The Hot Sardines
Tue, Dec 6

Flosstradamus
w/ Towkio & Gent & Jawns
Wed, Dec 7

Hometown Holiday Jam XVI
Presented by Asheville Musicians Coalition
Thu, Dec 8

Rock For Standing Rock
Opening Ceremony with members of the Cherokee Tribe
Sun, Dec 11

Rising Appalachia - Night 1
w/ Hope For Agoldensummer
Wed, Dec 14

Rising Appalachia - Night 2
w/ Hope For Agoldensummer
Thu, Dec 15

Rumours
A Fleetwood Mac Tribute
Fri, Dec 16

The New Mastersounds
w/ Turkuaz
Sat, Dec 17

Tory Lanez
I Told You Tour with special guest VeeCee
Mon, Dec 19

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