Category Archive: Local Bands

Street Performers

Street Performers

  Music and art have often been found on the streets and in the shops of downtown Asheville. Street performers station themselves either individual or in small groups along the sidewalks.  “I think that street performing is harder than any other gig,” said Kaya Nichole, a singer and street performer from New York, “I’ve done wedding […]

Mindfulness Festival 2016

Mindfulness Festival 2016

Live music emanated from the UNC Asheville quad as people of all ages gathered for the third annual Mindfulness Festival on April 23, the day after Earth Day. Hula-hoopers, slack-liners, and barefoot attendees enjoyed the weather and browsed the 25 different vendor’s stations, while bands such as Jahman Brahman and I, Star performed in front […]

UNCA Jazz and Contemporary Music Ensembles

UNCA Jazz and Contemporary Music Ensembles

After a semester’s worth of diligent practicing and motivating instruction, the UNC Asheville Jazz and Contemporary Music Ensembles put on a diverse array of performances at Isis Music Hall on the evening on April 17. The performances were part of the UNC Asheville Jazz Showcase which included Bluegrass Ensemble, ECM Ensemble, John Coltrane Ensemble, Ellington […]

Syto Jeff at Sly Grog Lounge

Syto Jeff at Sly Grog Lounge

  Imagine a dark, quaint room with calm vibes and a positive atmosphere and you will start to see what the room felt like on Saturday, March 19 when the band Syto Jeff performed at a private club in Asheville. This fully licensed entity is called Sly Grog Lounge. It started off a few years […]

Underground Music Scene

Underground Music Scene

Asheville is well known for it’s music scene, but not everyone knows about the existence of Asheville’s underground music scene. In many of the basements, garages, backyards and living rooms of local neighborhood houses you can find collaborative musical acts performing their own creative style. Some house dwellers have committed their living space to help […]

Secret Agent 23 Skidoo Hop Party

Secret Agent 23 Skidoo Hop Party

Secret Agent 23 Skidoo and friends, Adam Strange and Debrissa McKinney, had big and little kids up and moving Sunday at The Hop Ice Cream Cafe on Merrimon Avenue. The party was a thank you to fans for recently voting Skidoo the number 1 hip hop band in Asheville and also a fundraiser for the […]

Ami and Krekel Unplugged at the Hop West

Ami and Krekel Unplugged at the Hop West

Ami Worthen and Krekel, AKA The Mad Tea Party played an enjoyable set of music in a West Asheville favorite intimate setting, the Hop West. Helped by Ami’s sister, Jennifer, on a couple of songs, the duo ran down original songs, covers and old timey string songs to the enjoyment of all present.

LAAFF Out Loud!

LAAFF Out Loud!

2011 marked the tenth anniversary of the Lexington Avenue Arts and Fun Festival. Three blocks of downtown Asheville were devoted to a variety of street performers, food and drink vendors, crafts and activities for all ages. Among the performers at the three stages were 23 Skidoo, Unifire Theater, Paper Tiger and Stephanie’s Id.

Helpmate Benefit at Westville Pub

Helpmate Benefit at Westville Pub

The third-annual Come-Together Benefit for Helpmate was a great success, raising several thousand dollars for Ashevile/Buncombe County’s primary resource for victims of domestic violence. Bands, BBQ, and beer all flowed freely though the beautiful afternoon and into the night. Kids met a big snake, got their faces painted and bounced in the bounce house. Teens […]