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RiverLink's RiverMusic: Black Joe Lewis w/ Travers Brothership & Coconut Cake | Donations

  • Salvage Station 466 Riverside Drive Asheville, NC, 28801 United States (map)

All Ages | $5 Donation For a Wristband
Headliner: Black Joe Lewis

Support: Travers Brothership & Coconut Cake


On their new album Backlash (out February 10), Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears reclaim their original moniker and return to their much-celebrated take on classic soul and punked-up R&B. As Lewis explains, the band’s fourth full-length confronts the ugly reality of “dealing with the backlash from the things you’ve done in the past,” delivering a host of songs rooted in regret but steeped in a defiant spirit. Bombastic but nuanced, Backlash ultimately unfolds as an album both joyfully chaotic and intensely cathartic. 

A Texas native, Lewis discovered his love for the blues soon after learning to play guitar his late teens. “I grew up on hip-hop and whatever my dad was listening to—Springsteen and Curtis Mayfield and Donny Hathaway—but once I picked up the guitar I started getting into the deep cuts,” Lewis recalls. Naming Lightnin’ Hopkins and Iggy Pop among his main inspirations, he formed Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears in 2007 and released his major label debut Tell ‘Em What Your Name Is! (Lost Highway/Universal) the following year. Known for their can’t-miss, full-throttle live show, Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears are now gearing up for a 2017 North American headline tour, the band’s first comprehensive run since 2013. 


This is a band that possesses a soulful magic and heart you don’t find in many young bands. This is real art." – Danny Harlen Mote, Lucky Trend Music 

Twin brothers Eric and Kyle Travers have been making music and stunning audiences since they first began performing together at 13 years old. In 2012 the twin brothers formed their latest project, Travers Brothership, an Alternative, Soul, and Funk ensemble based out of Asheville, NC.

It is safe to say The Brothership stands out amongst most acts climbing the charts in the U.S. today. Why do they stand out so boldly amongst the others? They care to make each concert a unique and unforgettable experience. Utilizing the band's unmatched live energy and superior songwriting, they create a live atmosphere that transforms an audience into a community. A Travers Brothership concert is best described as a wild block party, and this is a party you don't wanna miss.


Coconut Cake is Congolese independence rumba rock-- guitar-driven, Cuban-inspired arrangements born in the 50s and 60s along the banks of the Congo River and interpreted by your favorite AVL heartthrobs/vibe champions. Led by multi-instrumentalist Michael Libramento (Floating Action/Natalie Prass/Phil Cook & The Guitarheels/Sara Watkins), Coconut Cake digs up forgotten gems from golden-era rumba kings: Franco & OK Jazz, Bantous de la Capitale, Grand Kallé, Tabu Ley, and more.

Earlier Event: June 8
Deadphish Orchestra | $10-$12