Karl Denson's Tiny Universe is gearing up for its biggest year yet in 2019. In February, the band releases its first new studio album in over five years entitled 'Gnomes & Badgers.’ Highly regarded as one of the best live acts on the planet, the new recording distills the sweeping stylistic range of KDTU's concert performances into its own authentic sound. Masterfully incorporating elements of vintage rock, old school soul and classic funk, the inimitable saxophonist/flutist/vocalist Karl Denson and his long-standing six piece unit that includes guitarist DJ Williams, drummer Zak Najor, bassist Chris Stillwell, keyboardist David Veith, trumpeter Chris Littlefield and slide/lap steel guitarist Seth Freeman, have delivered what is undoubtedly their strongest work yet. As always, KDTU will hit the road hard with plans to visit all corners of the U.S. on a national tour supporting ‘Gnomes & Badgers.’ Along with KDTU, Denson—who the Austin Chronicle declared "embodies modern honk”—currently serves as the touring saxophonist with The Rolling Stones, while continuing to hold down his role as a founding member of the seminal funk band, The Greyboy Allstars.
John Kadlecik Band
John Kadlecik – Guitar, vocals (Dark Star Orchestra, Furthur, Golden Gate Wingmen)
Jay Lane – Drums, vocals (RatDog, Primus, Furthur, Golden Gate Wingmen)
Benjie Porecki – Keyboards, vocals (Chuck Brown, Keller Williams)
Robin Sylvester – Bass, vocals (RatDog, Live Dead 69)
While John Kadlecik is well-known for his love for playing music of the Grateful Dead and Jerry Garcia, his shows offer an extensive repertoire of songs. John has been writing music and playing in bands for over three decades and has gained an appreciation for music of all kinds. His set lists are original for each show and always include a wide variety of originals and covers. From George Harrison to The Who, from Bob Dylan to Van Morrison, John’s arrangements are both interesting and inventive. And while he enjoys paying tribute to many renowned artists, his song choices are unique and often obscure.
The John Kadlecik Band currently features an amazing line up of longstanding musicians with a variety of musical backgrounds. On drums will be the incredible Jay Lane. He and Kadlecik, first played together in Furthur in 2009. Lane had been drumming in RatDog prior to the dawn of Furthur, and with Primus before that. As of late, Golden Gate Wingmen and Oteil and Friends have been ongoing projects for Kadlecik and Lane, as their musical brotherhood continues to deepen.
Benjie Porecki will be delighting audiences with his soulful and playful approach to keys. Porecki has been playing for many years with numerous great artists, such as Chaka Khan, Marshall Keys, Chuck Brown and Pieces of a Dream n the DC area and beyond. More recently he has been featured in Keller Williams’ Grateful Gospel and plays frequently with his jazz organ trio, Firm Roots.
New to JKB for this tour is San Francisco-based bassist, Robin Sylvester. Well-known for his work with Bob Weir and RatDog, Sylvester has played with many greats, including Billy Preston, Bo Diddley and Chuck Berry and more recently with David Nelson & Friends and Melvin Seals & JGB. Most recently, Robin has been touring with Live Dead ‘69. His creative and energetic musicianship, connection to the Grateful Dead family and long-term background with Jay Lane are sure to make this show an extravaganza not to be missed!
Eliot Lipp is a producer, DJ and sound designer. After more than a decade living in Chicago, Los Angeles, and San Francisco (but equally home on the road), the intrepid producer has landed in beautiful Brooklyn. He's been spending most of his time collaborating with musicians, DJing, performing and grinding in the studio. There's no particular style of electronic music that takes the focus but there's always a good amount of hip-hop and funk influences. Over the years Lipp has developed a palette of electronic beats & soulful samples while crafting a unique style.
Representing Baltimore, MD, USA, JoeNice is universally recognized as the ambassador of the dubstep sound in North America and has been instrumental in the global growth and success of dubstep for over a decade. He is North America's first and most respected dubstep DJ.
Joe started playing dubstep in June 2001 with a collective of Baltimore dj's, the 2 Charming Crew. Nice earned a residency at Sonar Baltimore and was headlining local, regional and national shows shortly thereafter. In September 2003, JoeNice co-created a monthly internet radio show on GourmetBeats.com. His show was the first to feature dubstep in North America. In June 2005, while gigging and doing internet radio, Nice co-founded and was a resident DJ at the first dubstep night in North America, DubwarNYC.
JoeNice is the first American-based DJ to play on the London pirate radio station, Rinse FM. He was also the first American-based DJ to play the legendary DMZ bi-monthly bash and Forward. In 2007, he was proudly selected as one of URB magazine's NEXT 100. In July 2011, Nice co-founded and was named a resident DJ at a new dubstep night in New York City, Reconstrvct. In May 2012, Joe transitioned his monthly radio show from Gourmetbeats.com to the award-winning SubFM, where his GourmetBeats radio show can be heard on the second Tuesday of each month, 7pm - 9pm EST.
Since 2001, JoeNice has performed extensively across the globe and his worldwide fan base continues to grow with his enthusiastic live performance and stage presence, upfront selection and skillful mixing. His bag of 10" dubplates is a who's who of dubstep. If you've never heard it before, chances are you'll hear it from JoeNice.
Opening: People’s Blues of Richmond
On their new album Shapeshifter II: Outbreak, New York-bred band TAUK offer an unsettling
but ultimately exhilarating look at artificial intelligence and its potential to upend our world.
With its dynamic sense of tension and cinematic mastery of mood, TAUK’s all-instrumental
blend of progressive rock, hip-hop, and jazz proves to be the perfect backdrop for such
explorations, giving way to an album that’s both powerfully hypnotic and intensely thought-
“We’re all very much interested in A.I., and this idea of machines getting out of the hands of the
people trying to control them,” notes TAUK guitarist Matt Jalbert, whose bandmates include
bassist Charlie Dolan, keyboardist Alric “A.C.” Carter, and drummer Isaac Teel. “This album
felt like a good setting to tell that kind of story, but in a way where we could have fun with it and
let the listener escape into a whole other world.”
Equally inspired by classic sci-fi like Blade Runner and more recent films like Ex Machina,
Shapeshifter II: Outbreak embeds that narrative into TAUK’s most sonically adventurous,
emotionally expansive work to date. A continuation of their early-2018 EP Shapeshifter I:
Construct, the new album picks up its predecessor’s narrative thread with “Prelude”: a
fantastically unsettling intro track whose frenetic keyboard work and chilling vocal samples set
the tone for what’s to come. “The idea is that in the EP you’re seeing the construction of this
being, and in the album you’re seeing it break out and become something that you can’t ignore
anymore,” Carter explains.
From there, TAUK charge forward with the driving rhythms of “Recreational Outrage” (a track
laced with the ominous throb of a robotic heartbeat), the futuristic soundscape and heady grooves
of “CMF 9000,” the gauzy reverie and glorious chaos of “Checkmate,” and the bright melodies
and soulful guitar sprawl of “Convoy.” One of the album’s most mesmerizing moments, “Let It
Ride” builds a brilliant tapestry from its luminous keyboard tones, kinetic guitar work, and
kaleidoscopic rhythms. And on “Upside Down,” TAUK close out Shapeshifter II: Outbreak with
a thrillingly epic burst of unfettered experimentalism.
People’s Blues of Richmond
“Take this band seriously, or miss hearing what vital guitar rock sounds like in 2016.” – Consequence of Sound
People’s Blues of Richmond (or PBR as they are affectionately referred to by their fans) is one of those rare three-pieces that somehow conjures the sonic power and visual intensity of a thunderstorm. Think Jimi Hendrix Experience meets MC5. They take psychedelic blues rock to a different level with a lyrical element seldom found in the genre. Think Bob Dylan writing lyrics for Black Sabbath songs. It’s hard to imagine until it’s right in your face. Then it’s hard to forget.
Their 2016 12-song release “Quit or Die” showcased a travel-hardened band at a crossroads. With drugs taking their inevitable toll on three young men on an endless search for a good time, this trio had a choice to make and “Quit or Die” is a declaration of their purpose as artists above all else. They received praise from Relix, Paste, Guitar World, AfroPunk, and many others as 3/4 of the album was released as critically acclaimed singles and the tour schedule filled up quickly.
In the two years since, they’ve found themselves opening for Gregg Allman, ZZ Top, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, The Revivalists, and Papadosio and playing venues like Red Rocks, 3 sets at Electric Forest, 2 appearances at Lockn, The Brooklyn Bowl, The National, and The Norva.
Before “Quit or Die”, PBR had a cult following built around their album “Good Time Suicide”. It was a big, dark, manic sounding album full of in-your-face riffs and gut-wrenching song writing. It was followed shortly thereafter by the trio heading to Valdosta, GA to meet and record with Mark Neill (who recorded one of their favorite albums, ‘Brothers’ by The Black Keys). They did two songs with Mark and learned a lot about recording that they put to use when they returned home to Richmond to record ‘Quit or Die’.
They are currently working on their next album release and touring constantly so keep an eye and an ear out for when the storm rolls through and don’t miss the wildest show on wheels when it comes to your town!
Abbey Road LIVE! presents:
"All You Need Is Love"
Valentines Beatles Tribute
$15 ADV/$18 DOS
Celebrate love and music this Valentines Day with Abbey Road LIVE! and their "All You Need Is Love" Valentines show!
From "I Wanna Hold Your Hand" to "I Want You (She's So Heavy)", the four lads from Athens GA will play more than 3 dozen love-themed Beatles songs, from every one of the Beatles' studio albums.
Come early and enjoy a fabulous Valentine's dinner with your sweetheart!
Machine Funk "Tribute to Widespread Panic" was formed in the summer of 2006 in Florence, SC. The band tours the southeast, night after night their set lists are never the same. With having over 120 songs in their repertoire you will not see the same show twice. They also include songs from Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Talking Heads and many others. Machine Funk has shared the stage with musicians from The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, North Mississippi Allstars, Keller Williams and Jojo Herman of Widespread Panic. Each show is a musical journey that can't be explained, only experienced! We thank you for your support. See you on the road!
Doors at 8
Show at 10
With over 260 shows performed since their inception in 2014, Runaway Gin is the World's Most Active Phish Tribute Band. On July 4th, 2015, after the second show of the Grateful Dead GD50 run, Runaway Gin sold out the Hard Rock Cafe in Chicago and catapulting them from a Southeastern regional act onto the National scene.
The members of Runaway Gin are long time Phish fans who have united with the goal of creating musical moments inspired by Phish. The band's song list is constantly growing and their improvisational and communication skills are constantly developing independently and together. Like Phish, Runaway Gin will never play the same show or jam the same way twice making every show a unique experience and every moment pure artistic creation.
Love The Talking Heads? Same As It Ever Was does it right. This 7-piece outfit of Knoxville musicians came together out of their mutual love and respect for the music of the Talking Heads in the summer of 2004 and have not looked back since. Over the years the band has performed extensively, and now nearly have the entire Talking Heads catalog at their fingertips; They bring the excitement and energy of everything from ’77 to Naked, and all the B-sides in between. Same As It Ever Was strives to maintain the integrity of the Talking Heads’ groundbreaking music, while bringing their own panache to the game. Whatever you’re your level of familiarity with Talking Heads, you can expect to have an unforgettable time with Same As It Ever Was!
Doors at 8
Show at 9
Conscious reggae trio, Evan Button, weave the melodies of reggae, soul, and folk to create a sound that is unique, yet comforting with a home-like aura.
Sons of Paradise
Sons of Paradise is a reggae-rock/jam powerhouse with nearly 10 years of live show experience under their belt. Formed in 2009 by former high school classmates, the 5-piece continues to spread a unifying message throughout the Southeast. Following their debut release, Head Held High, members Matt McClanahan (guitar/vocals), Diego Avilez (bass/keys), Adam Bauer (drums), Jordan Gee (keyboards/saxophone), and Matt Brunt (guitar/trumpet) quickly rose on the reggae scene packing venues throughout North Carolina. With influence ranging from Rebelution to the Grateful Dead, the tight-knit quintet is sure to encapsulate listeners with uplifting and tropical vibrations.
Roots Rock Reggae band out of Morganton N.C.
Tim Alimena - Lead Vocals&Guitar
Larry Peterson - Bass
Bobby Pearson - Drums
Jake Leonard - Percussion&Vocals
Matt and Nicky met in the summer of 2012 at a Naples Open Mic night. Matt had been performing with several different bands in town for a few years, and had justjoined the progressive bluegrass band My Girl My Whisky & Me. Nicky had sung in choirs, but the open mic they met at was her first experience with the local music scene. They became friends that night, and started dating soon after.
In early 2013, Nicky began performing alongside Matt and friends George and Kelly Colyer in My Girl My Whiskey & Me. Wanting to explore other genres, the two formed The Good Bad Kids as a side project in October 2013, with an old beat up guitar and a rusty tambourine.
The band has seen several changes in their lineup and have had the pleasure of including Joe Garita on upright bass and Dempsey Jones on percussion, both were involved in the writing and recording of The Good Bad Kids debut album, Howdy.
Currently, Matt plays both acoustic and electric guitar with Nicky on drums, they are known for prominent his and her harmonies, genre diversity and energetic performances. They are preparing to move to Asheville, NC for better touring opportunities, so keep an eye out for date announcements soon!
Join the Asheville Chamber as we kick off the 2019 Asheville Restaurant Week!
Learn about the participating restaurants
Information will be available on ALL restaurants participating in Asheville Restaurant Week. See what special deals they're offering, check out their menus and learn more about the chefs who make it all happen.
Plan Your Restaurant Week Itinerary
Preview a map of where our participating restaurant are located so you can plan which restaurants to visit and when!
Sample a few menu items
Great-tasting menu samples will be provided by featured ARW restaurants:
French Broad Chocolate Lounge
Red Stag Grill at The Grand Bohemian Hotel
(Check back later as more restaurants may be added to this list!)
The kickoff is a ticketed event. Cost is $15 per person and includes one free beer.
Asheville Restaurant Week takes place January 21-27. Visit ashevillerestaurantweek.com to see all the participating restaurants and their specials.
Opening: Captain Midnight
In June of 2017 Midnight North is slated to release their third studio album: Under the Lights. On this full length record, Midnight North left it all on the court. Recorded by David Simon-Baker (Los Lobos, ALO, Jackie Greene, Mother Hips) at the Greene Room and Allegiant Studios, Under the Lights features their 11 best new tunes. Expect flares of country on tracks like “The Highway Song” and “Greene County”, tinges of soul on the likes of “Back To California”, but mostly good solid rock and roll. With strong melodies and stronger harmonies, for this band it comes down to one thing: the song.
Immediately after their last studio release, 2015’s Scarlet Skies, Midnight North - fronted by lead songwriters Elliott Peck & Grahame Lesh with lush Hammond B3 organ, lead guitar, and harmony work from Alex Jordan and stomping bass lines from Connor O’Sullivan - began touring the country in earnest, visiting the East Coast and the Midwest for the first time in Summer 2015. The band wrote the majority of Under the Lights in the following months, and the lyrical road themes - the initial excitement, the longing for home, and the inherent need to keep moving - shine through.
“Under the Lights is the perfect title for this collection of songs,” said O’Sullivan. “These songs and lyrics are about being a band of musicians on the road away from home. Songs literally performed and tested under the lights at countless venues across the US.”
Last year, while work in the studio continued, the band’s stream of amazing live shows and festival appearances sped by as the band jammed with heavyweights like Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Tom Hamilton, Mihali Savoulidis, and more. Hitting the road night after night and building their fan base has proved a lot of fun and every time they come back to a city the venues and crowds get bigger while the songs get tighter. “On the road you have an opportunity to dig into what the band is capable of and learn where your limits as a group are and aren’t,” said Jordan. “It was a wonderful opportunity to capture a sound on this album that is identifiably our own.”
In addition to all the touring, Midnight North is on year five of holding down Sunday nights at Terrapin Crossroads in San Rafael, CA. To celebrate the occasion, they released a free live album, Live at Terrapin Crossroads in 2016, where Relix Magazine took a shine to “the group’s powerful three-part harmonies.” Performing weekly for a hometown crowd allows a chance to continuously test new material. “I feel like I’ll come to the band with this raw idea and watch it totally come to life,” said Peck.
2017 will continue the growth for Midnight North, as the exciting release of Under the Lights helps point the way for more and more fans to discover the band. “These songs tell our story, at least up to this point,” said Lesh. “Our job is to sing you these stories as honestly as we can and transport you into our world for an hour or two.”
The Captain Midnight Band plays "Waterbed Rock & Roll", a unique hybrid of Classic Rock, Jam, R&B, and blue poetry.
The Captain Midnight Band creates "Water Bed Rock & Roll" for the mind, booty, and soul. Crunchy Rock Guitar, Soaring Vocal Harmonies, and thick R&B grooves create a sonic landscape for the band's suggestive, Sci-Fi imagery and improvisational interplay.
Formed in New Orleans in 2002, The Captain Midnight Band stays true to the Crescent City's celebratory heritage, turning every show into a sweating, throbbing event, interspersed with humor, eroticism, and inspired jams.
Flattering comparisons to genre-defying acts such as P-Funk, Frank Zappa, and Ween are evident in the relationship between band and audience. Striking visuals and an ever-changing set list keep fans coming back for more.
Midnight's style has infiltrated a variety of musical realms. Bob Weir, moe., Merl Saunders, Dumpstaphunk, Galactic, Cornmeal, Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings, Cypress Hill, Jimmy Herring Band, Dark Star Orchestra, Emmitt-Nershi Band, New Mastersounds, and The 2 Live Crew are just a few musical entities Midnight has either shared the stage or bills with.
Major influences include The Grateful Dead, Steely Dan, Funkadelic, George Lucas, KISS, Boz Scaggs, Little Feat, Joe Walsh, Frank Zappa, Joni Mitchell, Todd Rundgren, and Richard Pryor.
Jelly & Chubbs’ Holiday Ball 2018 w/ Dj Bowie, Jelly Ellington, John Truffant & friends, members of Toubab Krewe + special guests
Currently out of Asheville, NC, 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. Supatight blends intricately timed grooves with improvisational components resulting in an authentic, full sound, drawing diverse styles from every member of the band.
Mystik Knights is a “New Orleans Party Band’ that was founded in Asheville, NC by Fritz Beer (lead vocals) and Elzy Lindsey (drums). Elzy is a 7th generation New Orleanian who relocated to Asheville after Hurricane Katrina. His love of the native sounds found on the corner bar jukeboxes of his youth was the genesis of the Mystik Knights. This pair of experienced and skilled players rounded up some Asheville-area musicians to complete the band. This 8-piece groove machine is now ready to light up dance floors and festival stages, bringing The Meters, Lee Dorsey, Allen Toussaint, Irma Thomas, Clarence Henry, Lloyd Price, Fats Domino, Eddie Bo, and many more to the people!
Meet the band:
Fritz Beer, vocals
Fritz, the Mystic Knights’ lead male singer, has over 20 years experience as a performing and recording artist. He was front man of Asheville band The Crooked Beat and several bands, from St Louis to New Orleans. As a recording artist, Fritz Beer’s original compositions have appeared in many films and television shows. Beer has recently received an ASCAP Achievement Award for his published works.
Elzy Lindsey, drums
Elzy began his musical journey in the corner bars of the Irish Channel neighborhood of New Orleans, where his dad set him up next to the jukebox with his little toy drum set. He honed his chops playing in bands throughout his teens and twenties in New Orleans' burgeoning Punk and New Wave Scene and has continued his love affair with drumming ever since. Relocating to Asheville in 2005, Elzy has stayed busy, playing drums in a variety of bands. His passion for the music of New Orleans led to the formation of Mystik Knights, fulfilling a lifelong dream to play this great American music live.
Eric Ciborski, Keyboards
Born and raised in New Jersey, Eric began formal classical training on piano starting at 5.
Upon entering high school, he began to study jazz theory and improvisation. After high school, Eric played in various bands, gigging regionally throughout NJ, NY, and PA. In 2005, Eric moved to New Orleans where he went "back to school" soaking in more of the swampy grooves, thick history, and vibe of the city. In 2007, Eric relocated to Asheville, NC where he continues to play solo and in bands around the region, including Mystik Knights, where his keys are featured on many of the band’s tunes.
Kendra Penland, vocals
Kendra Penland started her musical career as a jazz singer in Chapel Hill, NC in the late ‘90s. After a lengthy break from the music world to raise kids, get degrees, and build careers, she's started Raconteuse Consulting, a PR firm, and is now singing again as much as humanly possible. Aside from singing with Mystik Knights, Kendra also performs with Melodic AF (an eclectic mix of genres and decades), Lady & the Tramps (jazz and blues), and Public Works (‘70s and ‘80s soul & funk).
Garrick Smith, baritone sax
A Chicago cat, Garrick has performed, toured, and recorded with Chicago Afrobeat Project, Otis Rush, Mucca Pazza, Tony Allen, Seun Kuti, Amy Ray (Indigo Girls), Jon Faddis, Cyro Baptista, Big Gigantic, Jennifer Hartswick, and Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry. Garrick has 30 years of experience playing woodwinds and brings a wealth of musical knowledge to Mystik Knights.
Gabe Holguin, trumpet
Gabe currently plays in Asheville Community Band, Smoky Mountain Brass Band and Land of The Sky Symphonic Band. His lifelong passion for playing the trumpet brings energy to the Mystic Knights horn section. By day, Gabe is a bike mechanic at Carolina Fatz, here in the biking mecca of Western NC.
Mark Kadowaki, guitar, trombone, backing vocals
Mark began trombone lessons in 3rd grade, playing in school concert bands, orchestras and jazz bands through college. He started guitar in high school and funneled that through classic rock. Growing up in Chicago, Mark was also immersed in the blues and became heavily rooted in that unmistakable sound. Mark also currently plays in Ant Bee’s Jam and Fretzwerks.
James Fisher, bass, backing vocals
James is originally from Washington, DC and has lived in Asheville since 1995. He has played in a number of bands, performing original and cover music of all kinds. He currently lays down the bass grooves in Blue Dragons, Melodic AF, Liz Teague Band, and MoonFish 2. Playing in Mystik Knights brings a lifelong love of New Orleans music to life for James. He is beyond thrilled to be part of the project.
“Yeah U Rite!”