Dumpstaphunk
Mar
3
to Mar 4

Dumpstaphunk

DUMPSTAPHUNK

Opening: Flow Tribe

Dumpstaphunk stands out among New Orleans’ best as one of the funkiest bands to ever arise from the Crescent City. Born on the Jazz & Heritage Festival stage, and descended from Neville family bloodlines, these soldiers of funk ignite a deep, gritty groove that dares listeners not to move. Their performances combine ingenious musicianship and complex funk and jazz arrangements with soulful melodies that are simple enough for anyone to enjoy. In Big Easy tradition, dueling baselines from Tony Hall and Nick Daniels III set off one of the dirtiest rhythm sections on the planet, while Ivan Neville lights up the Hammond B3 keys and cousin Ian Neville’s funky guitar riffs send the groove into overdrive. They toss around lead vocals and four-part harmonies the way Sly & the Family Stone did, but with three studio albums under their belt, Dumpstaphunk stands on the merit of their own material. Songs like “Dancin’ To The Truth” off their latest record, Dirty Word (July 30, 2013, Louisiana Red Hot Records), offer an escape into the funky sublime, sharing the true spirit of New Orleans with every note.

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Wild Adriatic
Mar
7
8:00 PM20:00

Wild Adriatic

$5

WILD ADRIATIC

Rooted in the rowdy spirit of rock & roll, Wild Adriatic has built an international audience on a combination of groove, grit, and guitar-heavy swagger.

With the power trio's newest album, Feel, bandmates Travis Gray, Rich Derbyshire, and Mateo Vosganian update the sound of their influences -- from Seventies rock to Motown to soul -- for a contemporary audience, taking influence from the past but never losing sight of the present. They aren't revivalists; they're modern men, carrying the torch of melodic, riff-ready, high-energy rock into new territory.

Whittled into sharp shape by a touring schedule that's kept them busy for roughly 175 days a year — including two European tours, countless stateside runs, and appearances at festivals like Bonnaroo — Wild Adriatic's three members recorded Feel in Austin, teaming up with Grammy-nominated producer Frenchie Smith in the process. The goal was to shine a light on the band's strength as a live act, avoiding click tracks, digital instruments, sampled sounds, and other tricks of the recording studio. Instead, Wild Adriatic focused on the same core ingredients — Gray's guitar playing and soulful sweep of a voice; Vosganian's percussive stomp; Derbyshire's in-the-pocket bass — that helped kickstart the band in 2011, back when Wild Adriatic formed in Upstate New York.

From the psychedelic "Chasing a Ghost" to the mellow, horn-filled "Come Baby Baby" — the latter song featuring blasts of brass from the West End Horns — Feel offers up 11 new songs of modern, analog, groove-heavy rock, with Wild Adriatic taking inspiration from breakups, friendships, new relationships, tour stops, and even politics. "Appleton" finds the guys paying tribute to the Wisconsin town that's hosted some of their most most memorable shows, while songs like "Some Nerve" and "Hurricane Woman" channel the influence of guitar greats like Stevie Ray Vaughan and Joe Walsh. Much of the album came together during five separate writing retreats, including treks to Virginia, Texas and Wisconsin. Throughout it all, the songs were written collaboratively, molded by a band of longtime friends who, more than a half-decade into their career, are still turning over new leaves.

"This feels like our first record all over again," says Vosganian, a childhood friend of Gray since his elementary-school days. "We're a rock and roll band at heart, but we have heavy ties to soul and blues music, too, and as the band matures, those roots come out. This is a great way to reintroduce ourselves."

Gray agrees, saying that the real-life inspiration behind most of the album — a painful breakup — helped Wild Adriatic create a record that ultimately celebrates the electricity and elation of playing in a traveling band.

"These songs align with everything we've gone through in the last year," he adds. "They highlight hard times, but also underlying hope and optimism. We're people. We're supported by fans who buy tickets and come out to shows, and we like to hang out with them. We aren't trying to take ourselves too seriously. We're trying to connect. We're trying to feel."

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Bim Skala Bim w/ Dub Kartel
Mar
8
to Mar 9

Bim Skala Bim w/ Dub Kartel

$10

Bim Skala Bim
formed in Boston, MA 1983 as a ska punk band that was influenced by the bands in England’s 2 Tone movement as well as bands such as the Clash, UB40 and Bob Marley. Bim’s infectious “Boston Blue Beat” sound—a mix of upbeat 2 Tone Ska, Rock n Roll and a pinch of Calypso—with a substantial Reggae undertone led them, together with The Toasters, to be the premier bands kickstarting the Third Wave of Ska in the 1980s. Other bands quickly followed their example resulting in a lively scene in Boston and much of the United States.
In 1997, Bim Skala Bim, The Dropkick Murphys, and The Mighty Mighty Bosstones embarked on a 50 date nationwide “Boston On The Road” tour, demonstrating the shared success of those local artists as one of the world’s longest-running independent bands with over twenty five years of touring and recording,
Since their start in 1983, Bim Skala Bim released 9 highly acclaimed albums and has been the winner of ten Boston Music Awards, eight Boston Phoenix Reader’s Poll awards as well Boston Magazine’s “Best of Boston” twice. In March 2013, Boston Business Journal rated Bim Skala Bim’s “Bones” album #19 in their “Boston Top 40 Albums of All Time” list.
Bim Skala Bim took a hiatus in 2002 but reformed to record a new album titled Chet’s Last Call, released late 2013


The Dub Kartel
It more or less took an act of Jah to bring the Dub Kartel together. On January 12, 2010 a devastating earthquake struck in Haiti. After the Haiti earthquake a group of allstar Asheville reggae and ska musicians decided to do a fund raiser benefit for Haitian relief. Bringing together Agent Ishi (Strut), Coleslaw (Gnomebirds), Mike W. (Shining Rock, Natural Healing), Jeremy S.(Natural Healing), Tablesaw (Shining Rock, Cosmic Wind ) Horn players Courtney Hall, Sean Singer and JP Furnas(Empire Strikes Brass/Common Foundation), from this initial benefit show the seeds for Dub Kartel were sown. Dub Kartel pays tribute to the golden era of Jamacian music. Drawing on the tradion of Studio One, Treasure Isle and Dub luminaries like King Tubby and Scientist, DK brings a classic roots tradition into the modern era.

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Maradeen / Little Bird
Mar
9
8:00 PM20:00

Maradeen / Little Bird

Maradeen

MARADEEN is an American rock band based out of Nashville, Tennessee. Founded by guitarist Whit Murray in the summer of 2014 with keyboardist Kaitlyn Connor and bassist Sterling Miller, the band formed their initial roots as a high energy rock n roll quartet. With classical and jazz improvisation backgrounds, they forged and evolved a unique and well-versed sound. In 2014, Thomas Galloway moved to Nashville for songwriting and began collaborations with Murray. The band entered the analog studio "Welcome to 1979" in the spring of 2015 and recorded their first full-length LP entitled, Mirage. The album features the initial hard-hitting rockers from the band's formative stage, while revealing the new songwriting dynamic between Murray and Galloway.

In August of 2015, drummer John Rodrigue rounded out the lineup, and the band set out touring heavily, honing their ever-evolving and electrifying live show that is never the same as the night before. In May of 2016, they re-entered Welcome to 1979 Studio to begin work on their second studio album, Above the Horizon, this time with Wes Bailey (keyboardist for renowned band, MOON TAXI) in the producer role. The album is comprised of all original material written by all five members of the band. The album  - from the artwork to the songs - continues to be widely acclaimed. MARADEEN is currently on tour all across the South and up the east coast.. from Louisiana to Vermont.
 

 

Little Bird

Hailing from Annapolis, MD now calling Charleston, SC home. The group relentlessly tours throughout the eastern half of the country. LB blends surf rock, jazz, and Americana into a high energy killer live show. In 2015 & 2016 the band played & headlined festivals such as Bay Funk, Pink Moon, Silopanna, Doah, EastPortaRockin' and more. Along with sharing the stage on show bills with the likes of G. Love & Special Sauce, Mo Lowda & the Humble, Jimmie's Chicken Shack, Pressing Strings, Long Miles, Fortunate Youth, and more.

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Rebirth Brass Band
Mar
18
8:00 PM20:00

Rebirth Brass Band

Rebirth Brass Band

$22 advance / $25 day of show

Whether seen on HBO’s Treme or at their legendary Tuesday night gig at The Maple Leaf, Grammy-winning Rebirth Brass Band is a true New Orleans institution. Formed in 1983 by the Frazier brothers, the band has evolved from playing the streets of the French Quarter to playing festivals and stages all over the world. While committed to upholding the tradition of brass bands, they have also extended themselves into the realms of funk and hip-hop to create their signature sound. “Rebirth can be precise whenever it wants to,” says The New York Times, “but it’s more like a party than a machine. It’s a working model of the New Orleans musical ethos: as long as everybody knows what they’re doing, anyone can cut loose.”

In the wake of the sometimes-stringent competition among New Orleans brass bands, Rebirth is the undisputed leader of the pack, and they show no signs of slowing down. Following the Grammy-winning Rebirth of New Orleans, Rebirth Brass Band is at it again with Move Your Body, an infectious, groove-laden collection of hip-shakers sure to saturate the dance floor. Rollicking originals like "Who's Rockin, Who's Rollin'"? and "Take 'Em to the Moon" reaffirm the band's position as head of the brass throne while the rasta-esque "On My Way" and leave-nothing-to-the-imagination lyrics of "HBNS" showcase the unit's talent for penning unabashed party starters. Boasting a mastery of Rebirth's signature "heavy funk" sound, Move Your Body pushes and swings, leaving behind an 11 track thumbprint, approved by the Frazier brothers themselves, of a sultry Tuesday night spent dancing on their home court at the Maple Leaf Bar in New Orleans. Rebirth Brass Band has been revered for their groundbreaking workshops: Watch Rebirth's Keith Frazier and Derrick Tabb hosting a Drum Workshop at Tulane University. Syracuse Jazz Festival + Workshop Review “Just saw THE REBIRTH BRASS BAND, unbelievable. hard as hell, free as a ray of light, there is not a band on earth that is better. stunning.” -@flea333 Flea, Red Hot Chili Peppers via Twitter "...saw the Rebirth Brass Band playing at the Maple Leaf Bar on Oak Street, and it changed my life. It was one of these transcendent musical experiences." -Ani DiFranco

 

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The Cadillac Three
Mar
22
9:00 PM21:00

The Cadillac Three

The Cadillac Three

It may be a ballsy move for The Cadillac Three to name their new album LEGACY, but if any country band has the shared history to lay claim to such a weighty title, it's the longhaired trio of Nashville natives. Singer-guitarist Jaren Johnston, drummer Neil Mason and lap-steel player Kelby Ray have known one another since they were teens and have been sharing stages together for nearly 15 years. This summer, they'll headline their hometown's most famous venue, the Ryman Auditorium, just a few blocks from where Johnston and Ray sat in high-school math class daydreaming about one day playing the legendary hall. Johnston's connection to the Ryman goes back even further: his father has been a drummer at the Grand Ole Opry since Jaren was a child. And now he has a son of his own, who, like his old man, will be well-versed in all the sounds that make up both Music City and The Cadillac Three, from country and blues to rock & roll. So, yeah, "legacy" looks good on this band. "We're trying to build something and do it our way, which is always harder," says Johnston. "If you're going to leave something that people are actually going to remember, you can't take the easy way. So we took all of our history, mixed it with the energy of The Cadillac Three and put it into a record that makes sense of where we've been and where we're going." After nearly a full year on the road in support of 2016's BURY ME IN MY BOOTS, their first full-length album recorded for Big Machine Records, the group returns with a more mature perspective. Johnston, Mason and Ray have experienced a lot on tour, whether opening arenas across the country on Florida Georgia Line's Dig Your Roots Tour or headlining their own consistently sold-out string of sweaty club and theater shows in the U.K. and Europe. As they prepare to head back in November for another big run, for The Cadillac Three, the old saying really is true: this band is huge overseas. "Europe showed us that we should bet on ourselves. It was a big gamble the first time we went over there," says Mason, "but the shows and the fans have continued to grow." "And going overseas reinforced that we wanted to get more music out more quickly," adds Ray. "They go through singles really quickly over there. They want more, more, more and that encouraged us to go into the studio, knock this album out and keep going." All that travel, from city to state, country to continent, could decimate a lesser band, but it only served to creatively inspire the mighty TC3. They wrote many of the 11 songs that make up LEGACY on the road, cut the tracks on rare days off in Nashville and then recorded all of Johnston's vocals – one of the most "country" voices in the genre – in the back lounge of their bus in between shows, adding a crackling sense of vitality to LEGACY. They also produced the album themselves. "We knew what we wanted to do with this record. Instead of putting it together in bits and pieces, we started with a batch of songs and then picked a single," Johnston says. "That's how this shit should be done." That back-to-basics approach to making music yielded the band's most infectious single to date: the woozy singalong "Dang If We Didn't." Written, as is most of the album, by Johnston and Mason (here, with Jonathan Singleton; other times with songwriters like Laura Veltz and Angelo Petraglia), "Dang If We Didn't" teases fans with its ambiguous title, before revealing what the guys actually did in the chorus: get drunk last night. "When you're a songwriter, you can be critical of song titles," says Johnston. "But with 'Dang If We Didn't,' I thought it was a little bit mysterious. It makes you wonder, 'Dang if we didn't do what?'" "Eat pizza last night," quips Mason. "It could be anything." "American Slang" rivals "Dang If We Didn't" in its grandeur. It's a huge song, akin to Tom Petty's "Free Fallin'" or The Cadillac Three's own "Graffiti," off BURY ME IN MY BOOTS. Lori McKenna (Little Big Town's "Girl Crush") began writing the tune with the intention of having The Cadillac Three finish it. "We are vampires on Hollywood Boulevard / angels and sinners of our hometown streets," go the lyrics, painting a picture of life's rebels, before a massive country-radio chorus kicks in: "We are the back roads, dirty water shore banks…we are born and raised on American slang." The constant throughout LEGACY, however, lies in the players: as on all three of The Cadillac Three's albums, only Johnston, Mason and Ray are the musicians. There's no guest keyboard player, no second percussionist and certainly no bassist. Ray holds down the low end on his lap steel. Especially on the standout LEGACY track "Take Me to the Bottom," which features Johnston reaching high for a breathtaking falsetto. "'Take Me to the Bottom' has the best bass sound of anything I've ever done," says Ray, who also keeps things greasy on the intense "Tennessee." A thrashing love song, it evokes the stomp of ZZ Top – a favorite of TC3 – and features a lyrical shout-out to progressive country hero Sturgill Simpson, a kindred spirit of the band. No matter the influence, though, the trio stays faithful to their own unique sound throughout LEGACY. "Hank & Jesus" glides along with Tennessee twang; "Demolition Man" is distinguished by the space between the notes; and the swaggering "Cadillacin'" is a band anthem. "We don't put anything on our albums that we can't re-create live," says Mason. "If there is a TC3 rule, it's that: keep it honest." Honesty, or authenticity, is a favorite buzzword around Nashville. But few artists come to it as naturally as The Cadillac Three. These guys couldn't fake it if they tried. In the album's title track, they offer a heart-on-the-sleeve testimony to what's really important at the end of one's days: love and a family tree. When Mason and Ray heard "Legacy," co-written by Johnston, they flipped, and pushed for it to be the title of the record. "We're far enough along in our careers where doing an album called LEGACY doesn't feel presumptuous to me," says Mason. Not when you run through The Cadillac Three's milestones. It's all there, from boundary-pushing albums, Grammy-nominated No. 1 songwriting across genres and fan-favorite singles to sold-out club shows and massive festival gigs alongside Aerosmith. "With this album, we're continuing to build this thing we've created. We're touring nonstop, headlining shows in the U.K., playing the Ryman, and putting out a new record," says Johnston. "Shit, that's a pretty good legacy so far."

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Runaway Gin
Mar
30
to Mar 31

Runaway Gin

Runaway Gin

With over 185 shows under their belt, Runaway Gin is the World's Most Active Phish Tribute Band. They play every Sunday at the Charleston Pour House and tour often. On July 4th, 2015, after the second show of the Grateful Dead GD50 run, Runaway Gin sold out the Hard Rock Cafe in Chicago - a 650 capacity venue - and catapulted themselves 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.

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Lupe Fiasco
Mar
31
9:00 PM21:00

Lupe Fiasco

Lupe Fiasco

 

Wasalu Muhammad Jaco, better known by his stage name Lupe Fiasco, is a Chicago-born, Grammy award-winning American rapper, record producer, entrepreneur, and community advocate. The independent rapper who parted ways with his former label, Atlantic Records, following the release of 2015’s Tetsuo & Youth, is pegged as one of the most gifted lyricists and visionaries to grace the mic.  Rising to fame in 2006 following the success of his debut album, Food & Liquor, Lupe has released six acclaimed studio albums; his latest being Drogas Light, released in 2017 on his own label, 1st & 15th.   These albums have netted 3 platinum singles, 3 RIAA Gold Certifications, 12 Grammy nominations and one Grammy Award in 2008 for his infectious single, “Daydreamin,” feat Jill Scott.  With a trilogy of albums set for 2018 and beyond, Lupe is at his creative peak as an artist.  His efforts to propagate conscious material helped solidify him as GQ’s Man of the Year in 2006, and garnered recognition as a Henry Crown Fellow. 

 

While musical genius and ingenuity are at the forefront of Lupe’s achievements, the artist extends his innovation to projects that aim to foster creative discourse and opportunities in underprivileged and impoverished communities.  As the co-founder and co-owner of community initiatives such as, We Are M.U.R.A.L, The Neighborhood Start-Up Fund, Society of Spoken Art, and Studio SV, Lupe Fiasco proves that he is more than just a mouthpiece for change, but a committed facilitator of intellectual community discourse and outreach.

 

 

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Everyone Orchestra
Apr
7
10:30 AM10:30

Everyone Orchestra

EVERYONE ORCHESTRA

Everyone Orchestra conducted by Matt Butler

featuring:

Kris Myers (Umphrey's McGee)- drums

George Gekas (The Revivalists)- bass

Jeremy Schon (Pigeons Playing Ping Pong)- guitar
Craig Brodhead (Turkuaz)- guitar/keys
Shira Elias (Turkuaz)- vocals
Dave Loss (Aqueous)- guitar/keys
Mike Quinn- sax

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Ben Sollee | Nicole Atkins | The Wild Reeds
Apr
19
to Apr 20

Ben Sollee | Nicole Atkins | The Wild Reeds

$15 Advance | $17 Day of Show

Ben Sollee

Kentucky-born cellist and composer Ben Sollee likes to keep moving. He kicked off 2014 with the release of his score for the documentary film Maidentrip. In March, he performed at Carnegie Hall as part of a tribute to Paul Simon. Throughout April and May, he was out supporting song-writer William Fitzsimmons. This September, he toured for two weeks in Europe and returned to the United States to perform with the Charlotte Ballet. If you’ve seen him perform, you know it’s not to missed. For listeners just discovering Ben’s music, you’ll find that there’s a lot more to it than just songs.

Nicole Atkins

To borrow a phrase from heaven’s new poet laureate, Leonard Cohen, Nicole Atkins was “born with the gift of a golden voice.” But somewhere along the way she misplaced it. Goodnight Rhonda Lee is the story of Nicole finding her voice, and how, in doing so, she went a little crazy.

Great Art is born of struggle and Nicole was struggling. The problem was that she felt nothing. Her fans responded to her performances with the same fervor they always had, but Nicole felt nothing. Her new husband loved her and doted on her, but she felt nothing. She traced it back to her drinking and decided to try to learn to live without booze. But that first day of sobriety brought with it an unexpected additional test — Nicole’s dad was diagnosed with lung cancer. This Jersey girl, whose big voice was tethered to a big heart, and whose reaction to the mundane setbacks of everyday life had always been equally overblown, suddenly faced a real problem. “It toughened me up,” she says.

And the songs started to come. Little bursts of therapeutic creativity. Thorny feelings transubstantiated into melodies. Beginning with “Listen Up,” a wake-up call to a lucky girl who hadn’t realized how lucky she’d been, Nicole started to find her redemption in these songs. They rang true in a way no songs ever had before. They came from a deep, vulnerable place. If Nicole had been living an unexamined life, she wasn’t anymore.

She needed her newfound toughness though, as in the midst of all this turmoil, she prepared to move from her native Asbury Park to Nashville. Having spent more than a decade as the de facto queen of Asbury, Nicole was finally leaving the warm, but often stifling confines of her hometown. During one of her final nights before the exodus, a song came to her in a dream. “I Love Living Here Even When I Don’t” summed up the complicated feelings she experienced as she said goodbye to the only real home she’d ever known.

In Nashville, Nicole’s once hectic life was very different. Left home alone as her tour manager husband plied his trade out on the road, Nicole found herself writing songs that examined “feelings of separation and being scared of new surroundings.” In particular, the songs “Sleepwalking” and “Darkness Falls” echo like ghosts through an empty house.

Unsurprisingly, her sobriety faltered. She drifted in and out of it. Nicole knew the wagon was good for her, but she had a hard time staying focused on what was good for her. As it went on however, the clarity of those sober days started to shine through. And she was able to string them together in longer stretches. For the first time, she was able to offer a shoulder for others to lean on, rather than always being the one in need of a shoulder. It helped that she had to be strong for herself in order to be strong for her dad. Much of what she was feeling was painful, but it beat the hell out of feeling nothing.

She reconnected with her old friend Chris Isaak who encouraged her, in the midst of all the soul-searching and soul-baring, to write songs that emphasized the one trait that most sets her apart from the mere mortals of the industry, telling her, “Atkins, you have a very special thing in your voice that a lot of people can’t or don’t do. You need to stop shying away from that thing and let people hear it.” To that end, the two of them collaborated on Goodnight Rhonda Lee‘s standout track, the instant classic, “A Little Crazy.”

Great Art is a journey — and Nicole Atkins traveled quite a distance to bring us Goodnight Rhonda Lee. As Nicole explains it, “This record came to me at a time of deep transition. Some days were good, some not so good. What I did gain, though, from starting to make some changes and going inward, and putting it out on the table, was a joy in what I do again. Joy in the process and a newfound confidence that I don’t think I’ve ever had until now. The album title, Goodnight Rhonda Lee, also came from those feelings. Rhonda Lee was kind of my alias for bad behavior, and it was time to put that persona to bed.“

The direction in which these songs were headed was obvious. Nicole’s voice had always recalled a classic vinyl collection. She is the heir to the legacy of “Roy Orbison, Lee Hazelwood, Sinatra, Aretha, Carole King, Candi Staton.” She is untethered to decade or movement or the whim of the hipster elite.

In order to capture the timelessness she sought, Nicole enlisted a modern day Wrecking Crew: Niles City Sound in Fort Worth, TX, who had just risen to national acclaim as Leon Bridges‘ secret weapon. “We spoke the same language. We wanted to make something classic, something that had an atmosphere and a mood of romance and triumph and strength and soul.” The album was recorded in five days, live to tape. The album that Nicole and the boys came up with in those five days, Goodnight Rhonda Lee, is nothing less than Great Art and a quantum leap forward for Nicole Atkins who, no matter how much she grows up, will always be a little crazy.

The Wild Reeds

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

Each with their own style, The Wild Reeds' three songwriters make music that is dynamic and unpredictable. They write lyrics and melodies with the thoughtfulness of seasoned folk artists, and perform with the reckless enthusiasm of a young punk band in a garage. Warm acoustic songs and harmonium pump organ seamlessly give way to fuzzed-out shredding and guitar distortion.

With the upcoming release of 'The World We Built' on April 7, the Los Angeles-based quintet continues a national breakthrough that has been rapidly growing since the release of their EP 'Best Wishes' this summer. NPR Music critic Bob Boilen championed the band, saying "great singers aren't easy to come by, so finding three in one band is something special." The New York Times praised their live show, saying "the communal experience was amazing," while KCRW (Los Angeles) called them "top-notch vocalists."

The first single from the new album, "Only Songs," is catching the attention of radio programmers around the country, like John Richards of KEXP (Seattle), who after listening to the track declared, "we just decided this is the best song ever."

"Only Songs" was written by Howe, and highlights her rock-centric approach, inspired by the '60s and '70s rock songs her mother raised her on. "It's about the feeling that music gives you," she told NPR in an interview. "There's a freedom in music found nowhere else and it doesn't discriminate, it's in the garage and the cathedral."

Lee penned the second song on the album, "Fall To Sleep," a lament to her own mental health under the strains of both a nine-to-five job and the extremes of a touring musician's life. True to her roots in folk music, it begins on a soft note, as a dreamy acoustic ballad, before taking a slightly darker turn, breaking into distorted guitar parts and a Pixies-esque chorus.

Silva's contemplative, complex lyrical approach is best represented on the anthemic standout track "Capable." When asked to describe her songwriting style, she explains, "lately, my songs have been like stories with high highs and low lows - sort of like yelling at someone and then whispering an apology."

Despite their distinct viewpoints, each songwriter complements the next, with each song building on the anticipation created by the last. "What brings us together is the three part vocal harmony," says Howe. "When we're all singing together, it really becomes one unique voice."

The band takes a humble approach to their recent success. "I think that when you write earnestly and honestly, people will relate," says Silva. "But there are lots of bands who do that and don't receive any attention, so I think any success we've had must just be pure luck."

When watching them perform live, it quickly becomes obvious that luck has nothing to do with it. Each of The Wild Reeds is more than talented enough to front their own band, but when all three are singing at once in harmony, their music reaches its emotional apex.

"I don't think that we have figured out how to detach from our emotions yet. We take it all on stage. The voice is such a personal and vulnerable instrument," says Lee. "We aren't as concerned with sounding 'pretty' as we are with sounding real. Everything we do is very raw and I think that's why people tend to find comradery in our lyrics."

Recreating that feeling in a studio environment is an ambitious task. Recorded by producer Peter Katis (The National, Interpol, Local Natives) at Tarquin Studios in Connecticut, 'The World We Built' captures it perfectly, and elevates their sound to a whole new level.

"Our sound has evolved as we have evolved as people. We've grown to love a lot of records on the road, sharing music with each other during the hours we spend in the van, which has broadened and united our taste," says Howe. "We've also grown as musicians and it's allowed us to explore new instruments and sounds. This new record is a much more accurate depiction of what we sound like live. It's got more punch and depth."

Along with musical growth, the content of their songwriting has changed with the band's life experiences since they started out. "The songs on the album were written over the last three years, and it's apparent that we are more empowered now as women," says Howe. "The title 'The World We Built' refers to the social constructs we've had to face during the last three years touring as a female fronted band. A lot of these songs illustrate our disillusionment with the myths we've been taught in a patriarchal society, and how we've experienced them in different aspects of our lives - love, success, self esteem, etc."

"As we got older and started to witness the world from a different perspective, we started to write about human issues in a different light," explains Lee. "It's so easy to write about love when you're young because that's the only thing you have to worry about. Now we have a lot of other things in life to occupy our thoughts and songwriting, like experiencing the struggle and exhaustion from following your dream, coming of age, and doubt."

"Releasing music and touring the country have been amazing and eye-opening experiences," says Silva. "I'm still majorly pumped and grateful that I get to play music for people every day."

That optimism resonates with audiences. When they perform live, their passion is infectious. They look like artists living out their dream on stage - the kind of band you idolized as a kid, and as an adult, the kind of band that reminds you why you loved music in the first place.

"Our live show has been how we've gained most of our fans. We've learned that people are just looking for authenticity. If we're vulnerable, people feel it," says Howe. "We always want to put on a show that has energy and leaves peoples feeling more hopeful than when they arrived."

'The World We Built' will be released April 7 via Dualtone Records, an Entertainment One company.

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The California Honeydrops w/ Charlie Hunter (Solo)
Apr
29
8:00 PM20:00

The California Honeydrops w/ Charlie Hunter (Solo)

THE CALIFORNIA HONEYDROPS

The California Honeydrops spring into 2018 with the Call It Home Tour to promote the release of a new double album, Call It Home: Vol. 1 & 2. The California Honeydrops have a reputation as being among the most exciting and dynamic live bands on the planet. With unrelenting energy and a near-encyclopedic knowledge of musical styles, genres and idioms, the Honeydrops have spent a decade playing everywhere from subway stations in their native Oakland, California to sold-out shows in theatres and at festivals all across the globe. In addition to their own non-stop touring, 2016 and 2017 saw them honored to support Bonnie Raitt on her extensive North American tour, following past support slots with such icons as B.B. King, Allen Toussaint, Buddy Guy and Dr. John. Whether in those high-profile performances or in more intimate venues where the band itself can leave the stage and get down on the dance floor, the California Honeydrops’ shared vision and purpose remain: to make the audience dance and sing.

 

The band has come a long way since vocalist, guitarist, and trumpeter Lech Wierzynkski and drummer Ben Malament started busking in an Oakland subway station. With the additions of Johnny Bones on tenor sax and clarinet, Lorenzo Loera on keyboards and Beau Bradbury on bass, they’ve built a powerful full-band sound drawing on diverse musical influences from Bay Area R&B to funk, Southern soul, Delta blues and New Orleans second-line. All while staying true to the organic, street-level feel of their origins. More like parties than traditional concerts, their shows feature extensive off-stage jamming and crowd interaction. “The whole point is to erase the boundaries between the crowd and us,” Wierzynski says. “We don't make setlists. We want requests. We want crowd involvement, to make people become a part of the whole thing by dancing along, singing, picking the songs and generally coming out of their shells.”

Charlie Hunter

With a career spanning 16 years and almost 20 albums, Charlie Hunter consistently ups his game as an innovative writer and bandleader. He has worked with the likes of Norah Jones , Mos Def, John Mayer, D’Angelo and countless others. He is widely considered the authority on the seven and eight - string guitar, and continues to stun audiences with his ability to simultaneously bust out tasty bass parts, melodic leads and swinging rhythms.

Hunter has previously recorded for the venerable Blue Note label, Concord, Ropeadope, GroundUP and others. His recent independent venture is steered by his motivation to release music that most inspires him. Critics have touted his genius technique, but it's his profound artistic sensibility that propels his original music. Hunter's signature style of writing and performing has secured his place as one of today's great guitarists.

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The Devon Allman Project with special guest Duane Betts
May
2
9:00 PM21:00

The Devon Allman Project with special guest Duane Betts

When you’re part of a musical dynasty, it’s only natural that the personal and professional aspects of your life should intersect. It was no different for Devon Allman, whose late father Gregg Allman helped helm one of the most important and influential American bands of the past 50 years. It’s also little wonder that the younger Allman, an accomplished singer, songwriter and guitarist in his own right, should feel the tug of family responsibility and the desire to honor his father’s fabled legacy. It was also only natural that following his father’s passing on May 27, 2017, Devon would take time to grieve his loss, be with his family and consider his own plans going forward. After all, he had been on the road continuously for twelve years, playing an average of 250 dates a year. Consequently he took six months off to rally around his loved ones and “rack up more time with my kid,” as he put it. That included monthly visits to see relatives on the West Coast and taking the time to heal and rearm himself with the impetus and inspiration needed to embark upon the next phase of his career. “It felt good to take that time off,” Devon says in retrospect. “I needed to step back and make up for lost time with the people that are close to me.” Even so, he didn’t neglect music entirely. On December 8, 2017, on what would have been Gregg Allman’s 70th birthday, Devon and a group of special friends celebrated the elder Allman’s life and music with a special concert at the iconic Fillmore in San Francisco. An incredible array of artists took part -- Robert Randolph, brothers Luther and Cody Dickinson, G Love, members of Phish, Samantha Fish, and Jimmy Hall, among them. “It was a magical evening,” Devon recalls. “It was like a family gathering. There was so much great music, so many musicians who had such respect for my father, all of whom felt such a personal connection to both the man and his music. And when my manager told me that we could do the concert at the Fillmore, a place that obviously had such profound ties to my dad’s career, I couldn’t have been happier.” The show also rekindled his enthusiasm for several projects he’s planning for 2018. In March his new six-piece band, The Devon Allman Project, will launch a world tour with special guest Duane Betts, the son of Allman Brothers co-founder Dickey Betts. The two men have known each since 1989 when Devon was 17 and Duane was 12. “We’ve had this enduring friendship ever since we were kids,” Devon muses. “We’ve always talked about going out on tour together, and now the time seems right. He’ll start the show, then I’ll do my portion and finally the two of us will share the stage for the encore.” It will, he says, be about comfort, remembrance and a special bond between musical brothers, sentiments that are especially meaningful at this particular time. The first round of World Tour dates will be announced by the end of January. Naturally, Allman also has a new record in the works for 2018 titled Full Speed Ahead, he describes it as an album that will be seeped in classic Americana tradition, the type of music made by Tom Petty, Jackson Browne and other harbingers of California’s fabled Laurel Canyon scene of the ‘70s. While details and the release date will be announced in the coming months, Devon does promise that the music will reflect the sound of timeless classics of that vintage pedigree. “The vibe fits the songs,” he promises. Another upcoming project that he’s especially proud of is the launch of his new record label, Create Records. The first new release slated for November 2018 will be by a new band dubbed The Slays, a project featuring Devon and Cody Dickinson of the North Mississippi Allstars. In addition, the company will actively seek out new talent that can be nurtured and ultimately offered the opportunity to develop their craft and creativity. Devon himself will sit in the producer’s chair, with new releases scheduled approximately every 18 months. “It’s always been my dream to start a label,” Allman insists. “As the name implies, this will be an artist-run, artist-friendly company which will foster an environment where musicians will be free to create, develop productive careers and make the best records they’re capable of making.” Specific details about the label’s initial signings will follow in the coming months. Devon Allman is a staunch proponent of authentic Southern Blues. It’s a legacy that’s always weighed heavy on his musical mantra. He’s chalked up a lengthy list of accomplishments that have entitled him to take his own place in the Southern Rock pantheon. His remarkable resume spans two decades, from his post-millennial breakout with Devon Allman’s Honeytribe through to chart-topping collaborations with Jack Bruce, Javier Vargas, and the widely revered super group, Royal Southern Brotherhood. Nevertheless, the stature he’s achieved on his own via his three highly regarded solo albums -- 2013’s Turquoise, 2014’s Ragged & Dirty (praised by the UK’s Blues Magazine as “reminding you why the blues can be, quite simply, the best thing in the world”) and his most recent effort, the critically acclaimed Ride Or Die -- have proven his prowess as a singer, guitarist and provocateur worthy of being reckoned with based on his talent and tenacity alone.

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Bike Love '18: presented by New Belgium Brewing
Feb
24
8:00 PM20:00

Bike Love '18: presented by New Belgium Brewing

Bike Love '18, presented by New Belgium Brewing, returns on Saturday, Feb. 24th in support of Asheville on Bikes. Bike Love is AoB's annual fundraisng get down event. It includes and early reception ($65), silent auciton, raffle, and live music...all is support of Asheville on Bikes! 

Tickets: 

Receptions Ticket = $65 - Includes small bites reception from 7pm - 8pm and general admission ticket w/ membership
General Admissoin w/ AoB Membership Renewal = $35 (Save $7 on membership) 
General Admission = $22 (8pm - 1am) 

Tickets available at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/bike-love-18-presented-by-new-belgium-brewing-tickets-42367937642

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Roots of Creation w/ Kash’d Out + The Elovaters
Feb
20
8:00 PM20:00

Roots of Creation w/ Kash’d Out + The Elovaters

18+ to Attend | $12 ADV / $15 DOS

Roots of Creation


Whether on the festival circuit, performing at jam and reggae-rock favorites like Camp
Bisco, Gathering of The Vibes, California Roots, Jungle Jam and Closer to the Sun, or
sharing the stage at sold out shows with some of their diverse influences including
Slightly Stoopid, The Wailers, and Michael Franti, reggae/rock/dubtronica band Roots
of Creation (RoC) offers up a high-energy, infectious live music experience. Their mix of
reggae riddims, conscious lyrics, spirited horn lines, and electronic beats makes crowds
move and has their loyal underground fan base (RoC Family) and street team (Universal
Soldiers) travelling the distance to pack venues from coast-to- coast.

Roots of Creation’s most recent release, Livin Free (2016), debuted No. 1 on both the
Billboard Reggae and the Relix/Jambands.com Radio charts. Livin Free is a triple record
that includes three versions of each song-- studio, dub, and acoustic that features guest
performances by Melvin Seals (Jerry Garcia Band), Marshall “Ras MG” Goodman
(Sublime, Long Beach Dub Allstars), the Rubblebucket horn section, Billy Kottage (Reel
Big Fish), Grammy-nominated Pato Banton (Sting, UB40), and others. Additionally, the
album welcomes guest production by Yeti Beats (Rebelution, Slightly Stoopid).


Now RoC has taken on a unique new project: Grateful Dub. Combining their longtime
love for reggae-dub style music and the Grateful Dead, RoC reworked some of the
world’s favorite Dead tunes into a new studio album. RoC had the pleasure of working in
the studio with the legendary 5-time Grammy winner Errol Brown who was Bob
Marley’s engineer and now Rebelution’s live sound engineer for this project. Grateful
Dub is also being performed live in its entirety at festivals, theatres, and clubs around
the country, and features rotating special guests including Melvin Seals (JGB), Scott
Guberman (Phil Lesh) full horn sections, and others. Grateful Dub captures the spirit and
magic of the Grateful Dead, while laying it down reggae-dub style.

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People's Blues of Richmond
Feb
16
8:00 PM20:00

People's Blues of Richmond

 

People’s Blues of Richmond

Opener: Jordan Okrend Experience

People's Blues of Richmond brings a carnival-like mayhem to their dark, blues-infused psychedelia. The power trio’s new album Quit or Die is their third studio release and was recorded in Richmond, Va at The Ward Recording Studio with Ricky Olson. Within the past 24 months they have signed with Madison House Booking, toured full time, put out a full length album released June 10th, 2016 and recorded a 7-inch LP produced & engineered by the highly sought-after Mark Neill, the man behind The Black Key’s platinum-selling, Grammy-winning Brothers record.

“The reason we pursued Mark—we already had a pretty firm grasp on our frenetic live sound but making a song sound beautiful in the studio is a whole other animal,” says singer-guitarist Tim Beavers II. “Mark’s sound doesn’t come from a million digital studio tricks on his computer, but from a diligent set up, an intimate understanding of sound, and a belief in himself, his gear and in the bands he’s recording. Working with him, we learned how to push ourselves harder than ever before.”

With the anticipated new album on the way, word is starting to spread about the manic intensity of PBR’s live performances as they burn up the road, sharing bills with an impressive collection of artists from Tom Petty, ZZ Top, and The Allman Brothers to J Roddy Walston & the Business and festival favorites Modest Mouse & Gogol Bordello.

People’s Blues of Richmond co-founders and lifelong friends Beavers and Matt Volkes (bass, backing vox) began playing music together in college as a way to grieve the loss of a mutual friend. Those bleak, drug-fueled days pushed the two into an artistic bender of rock and blues that led to their 2011 debut LP, Hard-On Blues. They followed with the self-released Good Time Suicide in 2013, the album recorded on the exact same handmade ’68 Flickinger board used to record T. Rex’s Futuristic Dragon. Immediately following this album, People’s Blues of Richmond’s lineup finally solidified with the addition of friend and powerhouse drummer Neko Williams (son of Drummie Zeb of legendary reggae band The Wailers).

After years together, on the road and off, the three are more than just bandmates, they’re brothers. It’s a camaraderie that show in their music and beyond. “No matter what, we look out for each other,” Volkes says. “If I have a sandwich, Tim and Neko get a bite, too. We’re all in this together.”

“The whole concept behind People’s Blues of Richmond,” Beavers says, “is that we all struggle, we all experience pain. Life is full of highs and lows, and we all work hard to survive. So we do the only thing we know how—we get out on the road, and we keep moving forward. We become a part of something bigger than ourselves.”

 

Jordan Okrend Experience

The Jordan Okrend Experience is more than one thing. First, there is the signature sound,
vintage pop imbued with an infectious funky jazz edge. There is also something else. Soulful
music with socially conscious lyrics, that has all been but lost in today’s current pop climate.  
 
The Asheville NC based singer/songwriter released his first two EP’s, Unpredictable and
Rising Up, between 2010 and 2012 while attending Berklee College of Music in Boston and
has been performing extensively throughout the East Coast ever since. His 2015 EP World
Keeps Turnin was a clear indication that Okrend had thrown his hat into the ring of other soul
revival upstarts such as Allen Stone and Michael Kiwanuka. The EP blended the old school
with the contemporary while echoing the conscious elements of his musical heroes-Lennon,
Hendrix and Marley. Since settling in Asheville NC in 2016, Okrend has continued with his
impressive musical journey. He was a winner in Asheville's Brown Bag Songwriting
Competition and was also named as one of the top acts to see at MONDO, NYC.
 
Okrend's new album, Dance By The Riverside is a buoyant meditation of the stresses of the
modern world, with a distinctively funk and retro soul vibe. It may bring to mind classic soul
artists like Stevie Wonder, but has a sound that firmly belongs in these times. With lyrics that
reference “social media” as in the single Dance by The Riverside, the phenomenon of
“ghosting” as in the hooky electric guitar driven Stranded, the call for “Unity” in the bonus live
acoustic track written in response to the 2016 election, these songs resonate.
 
Recorded at Sound Temple Studios in Asheville, NC with engineer Robert George, there is a
certain uncontrived timeless quality in the material that resulted from Jordan's spontaneous
approach to playing and recording. Four of the eight tracks on the album are marked by their
use of horns that echo over catchy hooks including the single, Dance By The Riverside. The
single also made into an Official Video was filmed by the French Broad River in Asheville,
NC and captures the joy, freedom and positive vibes of Jordan's music. "The emphasis is on
speaking to the human experience”, Okrend asserts. "I hope this album inspires and uplifts
all who hear it.”

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Time Sawyer
Feb
9
to Feb 10

Time Sawyer

Time Sawyer blends a grassroots feel with heart-felt lyrics to put on an entertaining show. From introspective ballads to high-energy crowd-pleasers, Time Sawyer’s songs land in that rootsy sweet spot where folk, alt-country, and rock gather for a good time.

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Zolopht
Feb
4
2:00 PM14:00

Zolopht

- Zolopht -
Established in 2009, Zolopht has become a premier act in the Colorado music scene. Loosely described as psychedelic reggae-rock, Zolopht has an entirely unique sound that is as catchy as it is progressive. Lovingly crafted music and rigorous touring has provided the band diehard fans around the country and beyond. Zolopht has shared the stage with artists such as: The Wailers, Robert Randolph and the Family Band, Dirty Heads, Jeff Coffin, Sam Bush, and Eric Krasno. With two full-length studio efforts (pH-Balanced/Flexor*) under their belt and a third on the way, Zolopht has gained an unstoppable momentum.

www.zolophtmusic.com

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The Floozies: Funk Jesus - The Second Coming
Feb
3
to Feb 4

The Floozies: Funk Jesus - The Second Coming

18+ to Attend |

THE FLOOZIES

Just outside the jazz mecca of Kansas City springs liberal oasis Lawrence, Kansas—separated only by the waves of wheat from the epicenter of the electronic music revolution in Colorado. From Lawrence, it would logically follow that an act could rise to prominence fueled by the swing of Basie, the birth of Charlie Parker’s bebop, and the wild frontier of electronica. Born in funk and bred in the digital age, live electronic duo The Floozies have burst onto the scene at a time when the industry needed them the most. 

Brothers Matt and Mark Hill share the stage just as easily as they share a musical brain. Without a setlist, and without a word between them, Matt’s guitar is in lockstep with the thud of Mark’s kick. Endless looping and production builds the raw scenery upon which palm muted chugs, searing solos, and wobbling bass paint their dazzling array of colors. 

Well versed in everything from Chris Cornell to Kavinsky, the sonic vision shared by the brothers eschews contemporary electronic influences in favor of broader, deeper tastes including Zapp & Roger, Lettuce, and Amon Tobin. That wide-angle view of a century of popular music allows the Hills to remix Toto and The Dead—in the music you can hear reverence for the giants of the past, all the while producing wildly futuristic tunes for the masses to dig now. 

When the pendulum swung as far as it could away from live instrumentation to laptops, The Floozies rose up to the challenge, swinging as hard as they could in the other direction with neck-snapping, knee-breaking funk so dirty that the gatekeepers stood up, wiped themselves off, and took notice. A bold live show full of sonic exploration and unbreakably deep pocket grooves has landed the brothers on stage with luminaries of the jam world Umphrey’s McGee as readily as electronic elites STS9 and Big Gigantic. Sold out shows across the Country, huge festival appearances at Bonnaroo, Electric Forest, High Sierra, Summercamp, Wakarusa, Camp Bisco, Summerset, Bumbershoot, and a headlining Red Rocks show have continued to cement the duo’s ascent. 

The Floozies are bringing the funk back, and they’re right on time. 

Check out the latest from the “undisputed kings of electro funk” -- "Arithmetic (feat. ProbCause)", and

look for the new album from The Floozies, “Funk Jesus”, coming September 2017.

"If you’re looking for some tunes to throw on your evening summer beach playlist, electronic funk duo The Floozies has you covered."

- EDM Tunes

 

"Taking funk music to a new level."

- Noise Porn

 

"Live electronic, funked-out brotherly duo."

- Live for Live Music

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Christy Lynn Band
Feb
2
8:00 PM20:00

Christy Lynn Band

Christy Lynn:

Influenced by the stories of folk music, the deep sorrow of the blues, and the free feeling of country and Americana music, Christy Lynn Band is making a new sound they call their own. Hailing from the mountains of Western North Carolina they are debuting their new collection of songs that were written in 2017. Wild American Music writes “Christy’s voice alone is something you will never forget, but the band doesn’t stop there in their seemingly effortless attempt to be remembered. This is not your average two-piece band. Their sound is full of life and their songwriting is unique in its own right leaving no reason for the listener to walk away from this song craving anything else but to hear it again."

 

Heather Taylor:  

Asheville, NC-based artist Heather Taylor is a musician you won't soon forget. After fronting a locally-loved Americana band in Rochester, NY, this soulful singer/songwriter now explores elements of folk, blues, americana, roots, & rock in a stripped down presentation accompanied by her octave mandolin. You'll often find Heather with her naturally inviting vocals & hummingbird-like vibrato lighting up rooms with her witty banter amongst original songs in intimate listening settings. Heather was this year's Brown Bag Songwriting Competition winner in Asheville, NC, after coming toe-to-toe with dozens of local singer-songwriters. 

 

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Perpetual Groove
Feb
1
to Feb 2

Perpetual Groove

18+ to Attend | $20 ADV / $22 DOS

Perpetual Groove

Perpetual Groove based in Athens, GA, rides an unending wave of momentum buoyed by an enthusiastic fan base and international critical acclaim. PGroove's music has evolved into a genre-bending, highly original sound that touches upon jazz-rock, neo-psychedelia, R&B, trance electronica, progressive rock, and anthemic arena rock. Their large catalog of original music offers something for everyone, but the band is also known for their eclectic range of covers; including everything from Michael Jackson's "Thriller" to Rage Against The Machine's "Bulls On Parade". The addition of an intense, retina burning, intelligent light show creates an atmosphere unlike any other, assuring fans they'll get a highly polished, yet different show each night. Perpetual Groove released their first album, Sweet Oblivious Antidote, in 2003 on Harmonized Records after their first year of solid touring. Besides being the top seller for The Home Grown Music Network that year (it outsold releases by Phish, Widespread Panic, and others), it was also voted HGMN Top Fan Pick for 2003. The buzz only got bigger on the 2004 followup record, All This Everything, which was produced by Grammy awardwinner Robert Hannon. LiveLoveDie, their third record was released in March of 2007 and represents a significant evolutionary departure in style for Perpetual Groove. Teaming up once again with Hannon and Tree Sound Studios, the band set forth to create a darker sonic landscape without sacrificing too much of that "PGroove quality" thanks in part to Butler's warm, soaring vocals. HEAL, released in 2010, firmly established Perpetual Groove as more than a jamband with its focus on well-crafted songs. Honey Cuts, an EP released later in 2010, featuring three songs that did not fit the theme of Heal. PGroove has performed many US festivals with performances at All Good Music Festival, Gathering of the Vibes, Wakarusa, Bonnaroo, Jam Cruise, High Sierra, Jazz Fest, Riverbend and their own annual gathering, Amberland. The band has also made appearances at International events such as Jam in the Dam and Caribbean Holidaze. Perpetual Groove pushed the envelope in the music industry, touring behind the first ever 5.1 surround sound system and producing the first album to be completely offset by renewable energy credits.

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TurnUp Truk
Jan
27
8:00 PM20:00

TurnUp Truk

TurnUp Truk

$5 Music Starts at 8pm

 

Tim Alimena aka Yess i / Vocals&Guitar
Larry LP Peterson / Bass
Bobby BP Pearson / Drums
Jake Leonard / Percussion

TurnUp Truk is original ROOTS ROCK REGGAE based out of the mountains of western North Carolina, Asheville N.C. bring a new feel and vibe when it comes to reggae music. Keeping the old school roots with styles like Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, Burning Spear, Sly&Robbie, Israel Vibrations. With there tight one drop grooves, heavy bass line, tight skankin. Definitely the band to make you move.

GIVE THANKS


Video:
Watch "TurnupTruk - Democracy" on YouTube
https://youtu.be/RK1crWQ4ONA

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Pleasure Chest!
Jan
26
8:30 PM20:30

Pleasure Chest!

Pleasure Chest is a high energy Blues, Soul, Rock and Roll hailing from Asheville NC. With the humor of Bo Diddley and Screamin' Jay Hawkins to the swampy, dirty grit of Slim Harpo and Elmore James they're guaranteed to please and get your bootie shaking!

Members include -

KIP VENO - vocals / harmonica 

ERICH HUBNER - vocals / guitar

WILL TOCABEN - bass

LUKE DOGG - drums

 

Occasionally joined by THE BROTHERSHIP HORNS - horn section

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Cajun Cookoff!
Jan
21
1:00 PM13:00

Cajun Cookoff!

$15 ($5 for AMG members)

 

Each year we pay tribute to the southern roots of Mardis Gras with a food and music fest known as the Cajun Cook Off. Twenty professional and amateur chefs from around Asheville are invited to show off their personal sizzle and spice by dishing up their takes on Cajun cuisine.

You’re welcome to sample a dish from all the chefs you want, but you’ll only be given three vouchers that you can use to vote for your favorites. Winners are announced at the end of the party but before that you can dance off those calories to a Cajun band and support AMG by purchasing tickets for our amazing prize giveaway drawings!!

Plus, bring your canned goods along to contribute to our food drive for Manna Food bank and, if you’re an Asheville Mardis Gras member, don’t forget to pick up your One-of-a-Kind Handmade Mardi Gras Pin!

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Fish and Friends Bday Bash!
Jan
20
2:30 PM14:30

Fish and Friends Bday Bash!

Blue Dragons, Liz Teague, Melodic AF and a special Soapbox reunion set at Salvage Station on Saturday, January 20!

Join us for this wintertime celebration! It is bassist/guitarist/vocalist James Fisher's birthday and the evening is dedicated to both a good time and a good cause. The evening will feature 4 sets from over a dozen players. With a mix of original music and eclectic covers, there will be something for every musical taste! The show will run from 2:30 pm to 5:30, making it a perfect way to start a big Saturday night. Come join us by the river for a good time in a great venue!

There will be no cover charge (suggested donations to LEAF gladly accepted!) and the bands will be donating their pay to LEAF Community Arts, a non-profit organization, building community, connecting cultures and enriching lives through the arts – locally and globally – with festivals, community events and arts education programs.

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Third Degree Hotbox
Jan
19
to Jan 20

Third Degree Hotbox

Headliner: Third Degree Hotbox

Openers:  Des, Feddy, And DJ Product

 

 

 

Third Degree is a music group from Carthage NC. The group is made up of two members, Izzy and Kriss. The Group was formed three years ago with the hopes to inspire and awaken the energies of all our fans so that we can all come together and enjoy a wondrous experience through music.

 

Third Degree began its musical debut with its first single “X-MAN” released August 14, 2017 via their YouTube channel “The Third Degree Hotbox”. This was followed by the release of multiple other songs via YouTube. “BLUE” released September 4, 2017, “NEVER” released September 12, 2017, “BLUE MOON” released September 12, 2017, “One Rolled” released October 8, 2017,and HOME released October 16, 2017. 

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Alex Krug Combo
Jan
13
to Jan 14

Alex Krug Combo

Alex Krug Combo

The Alex Krug Combo is a dream-rock/americana band rolling out of Asheville, NC.  The six piece combo is engrossed in landscape, atmosphere and melodic ecstasy.  Alex’s strange and wonderful voice at times fastens so closely to Gramig’s harmony, while the other-worldly lap steel or violin, gritty watery electric guitar, and upright bass are all held together by Bill Berg’s expansive groove. This band will not exit a stage without leaving the audience in some sort of terribly wonderful stupor.    

Recently the band has played at LEAF festival, the Orange Peel and Grey Eagle as well as offered support for such acts as The Hip Abduction, Horse Feathers, Donna the Buffalo and Erin McKeown.

The new, four-track EP called Gentle Spotted Giants is Alex Krug’s second album and the band’s first studio EP as a Combo, recorded at Echo Mountain Recording Studios in downtown Asheville, NC The EP contains an extended cut of “Whale Shark” and is produced by Michael Selverne and Welcome to Mars. Album guests include drummer Bill Berg (Bob Dylan’s “Blood on the Tracks”) and violinist Lyndsay Pruett (Jon Stickley etc).

This talented band opens up the ceiling of instrumentation, rhythm, vocal ecstasy and lyricism in a way that elevates the listener.

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Disrupt Aging Challenge Celebration
Jan
10
4:00 PM16:00

Disrupt Aging Challenge Celebration

Celebrate the Changing Face of Aging: Disrupt Aging Challenge Celebration

Is 2018 the year that you redefine aging? Join AARP NC in the Mountain Region and the YMCA of WNC as we celebrate the changing face of aging and those who participated in the Disrupt Aging Community Health Challenge in Buncombe County.

SHOW YOUR TALENT!  All community members are invited to show their talent and earn prizes at the open Mic from 5-6PM.  Contact Rebecca at 828-380-6242or rchaplin@aarp.org if you plan to participate in the Open Mic

Entertainment and refreshments will be provided for all community members.

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Hustle Souls
Jan
6
to Jan 7

Hustle Souls

Hustle Souls is a soul and roots rock band based in Asheville, NC who are quickly growing in reputation from Tennessee to NYC as one of the most exciting bands in the South East. With 4-part vocal harmony, get you on your feet grooves, trumpet, head turning solos, and B3 organ, Hustle Souls create music that sparks nostalgia from New Orleans to Muscle Shoals but is undeniably fresh and new. This is the band you have been looking for.

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NEW YEARS EVE DANCE PARTY
Dec
31
to Jan 1

NEW YEARS EVE DANCE PARTY

18+ to Attend | $10

PLAYDATE

The best pop music you will ever hear.

LYRIC

“Forget being signed. Paper fades. Legends don’t. I was born one.” This is what this band lives by. They started out as street musicians, filling downtown Asheville streets corners while touching many hearts . “The streets is where we love to be. We get so much positive feedback that it pushes us to work harder. This is where we started and I wouldn’t have it any other way,” said Leeda Jones(Lyric). With a sound and style that is so unique, they’re sure to please any crowd. Playing covers such as “Fast Car and Give me One Reason,” by Tracy Chapman, to their compelling version of Tear the Roof Off/ We Want the Funk,” by George Clinton, it would be hard not to get in the groove with them. Not to mention their well known catchy originals such as “Blue Skies,” and “So High,” which are loved by their many fans. 

 

DR. GETRIGHT will be spinning dance tunes into the new year!

 

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"America's AC/DC" THUNDERSTRUCK
Dec
29
to Dec 30

"America's AC/DC" THUNDERSTRUCK

THUNDERSTRUCK "America's AC/DC"

 

$10

Recreating the "Thunder From Down Under" throughout the Southwest, Midwest, Southern and Northeastern United States ...Thunderstruck is constantly adding new cities and aims to please every crowd, playing the songs you know and love from all eras of AC/DC. Dave Moody screeches out the ball breaking vocals of Bon Scott and Brian Johnson, covering all the hits and deep cuts from 1975's "High Voltage," to 2014's "Rock or Bust." Caleb White brings the sound and image of Angus Young to the stage, complete with a school boy uniform and Gibson SG. The rhythm section of the band is comprised of drummer Jerry Lawson, bassist Chris Jones, and rhythm guitarist Kevin Feller, who keeps the music rocking and solid with smooth precision. Striving to stay true to the AC/DC way, Thunderstruck obsesses over the tones and structures of each song's studio and live versions, also using all the gear necessary to bring the power and entertainment of a genuine AC/DC show. Thunderstruck can bring the High Voltage Rock n' Roll to any theater, ballroom, festival or special event.

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Phuncle Sam Xmas Party
Dec
23
9:00 PM21:00

Phuncle Sam Xmas Party

Phuncle Sam is Asheville’s own Dead~Centric “jam band”. Since their formation in 2004, Phuncle Sam has been firmly rooted in musical exploration. The band serves up inventive interpretations of Jerry Garcia, Grateful Dead and many others. They have built up a faithful following by using an approach that respects the improvisational traditions of The Dead, while exploring what can happen when individual band members bring their unique influences and interpretations into the mix.

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Craig Campbell
Dec
21
to Dec 22

Craig Campbell

Craig Campbell has never taken a backseat to anything. He’s certainly never taken a backseat in his career as one of Country’s brightest rising stars who launched onto the Country music scene in 2011 and continues to exist in a perfect sweet spot between tradition and modernity.

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Departure (Journey Tribute)
Dec
15
9:00 PM21:00

Departure (Journey Tribute)

DEPARTURE plays all the hit songs that everyone knows and loves. They also highlight the early Journey years when Gregg Rolie was lead singer; featuring DEPARTURE keyboard/ piano player and lead vocalist, Joel Hayes. They perform for 2 hours straight without taking a break to give their audience the true concert experience. Their performance is professional and highly engaging for their audience. Everything heard during their performance is live with no pre-recorded tracks used.

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TWEED
Dec
14
to Dec 15

TWEED

Philadelphia's funktronica powerhouse, Tweed, is filling dance floors with their high-energy fusion of funk, rock, and electronica. Just as their namesake fabric of mingling colors and textures, Tweed has interwoven a psychedelic web of composition and improvisation. Their collaboration can take listeners from multi-layered visions through the psyche to sweaty, raging disco dance parties driven by their own incessant beat.

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Wednesday Holiday Funky Fellowship w/ Ryan Barber & Friends
Dec
13
8:00 PM20:00

Wednesday Holiday Funky Fellowship w/ Ryan Barber & Friends

The entire month of December, there will be no special featured artists for Wednesday RnB Jam Night at Salvage Station. Instead, I'd like to personally invite all my musician friends & fam for a holiday funky fellowship & WIDE OPEN JAM!! Let's get together to hang & laugh, have some food & drinks, enjoy the holiday season, remember & honor Jeff, and play some tunes & jam without the pressure of an actual gig. No skill level required, ALL musicians are encouraged to come join us. It's all about enjoying each other and having fun for the holiday season. We will also be donating to Eblen-Kimmel Charities every week in December, so bring any blankets, clothes, etc. you'd like to donate to help keep the less fortunate warm & as comfortable as possible this winter. Every Wednesday in December from 8pm-11pm....can't wait to see y'all!! ♥

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enRage Against The Machine
Dec
9
to Dec 10

enRage Against The Machine

enRAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE is Charlotte's one and only rage against the machine tribute band.  
Come be reminded of the hits and high energy performances that brought RATM international acclaim! With the ability to span over a decade of hits and dozens of songs, every show provides a unique high energy live music experience. enRATM is dedicated to performing the true meanings and writings behind RATMs music. enRATM is celebrating the 25th anniversary of RATM's self titled debut album this year keeping true to social activism, while aiming to reach new and long time Rage fans.  

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Time Sawyer | $5
Dec
8
to Dec 9

Time Sawyer | $5

Time Sawyer is interested in “real people and real songs” and that’s just what the listener finds in their music – a sense of realness. Time Sawyer blends a grassroots feel with heart-felt lyrics to put on an entertaining show. From introspective ballads to high-energy crowd-pleasers, Time Sawyer’s songs land in that rootsy sweet spot where folk, alt-country, and rock gather for a good time.

The folk rock band’s name reflects the pull between the past and the future. The character Tom Sawyer evokes the rural background and love of home that lead vocalist/guitarist Sam Tayloe and vocalist/banjo player Houston Norris, share. Time is a muse for songwriting; it’s the thread that runs through life, bringing new experiences and giving us a sense of urgency, while still connecting us with our past.

 

 

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