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An Introduction to the Asheville Drum Circle

Tuesday, February 12th, 2008

If you’re visiting Asheville for the first time and want an example of the city’s unique culture, stop by Pritchard Park during a Friday night in the Spring, Summer, or Fall and see the Drum Circle. Anyone can join in — all you need is a drum. The park is smack in the middle of downtown, and you will see old and young alike beating away in rhythm. Everyone gets involved and has a great time, from professional musicians to first-timers, the Asheville Drum Circle welcomes everyone.

The circle has survived numerous complaints from nearby condos and there was once a movement to have it shut down, but the weekly event survived, and is just as eclectic as ever. During the rest of the week, Pritchard Park is also used by many people to play chess, as well as hosting an outdoor silent movie series during the Summer months. For additional information on the circle, check out its page on myspace.com/ashevilledrumcircle.

Warren Haynes and Government Mule headline Asheville Music Jamboree

Saturday, February 9th, 2008

Warren Haynes and Government Mule will be headliners for the Asheville Music Jamboree that runs from May 23-25 at Deerfield Retreat in Mills River.

Also booked for this year’s music festival are Ivan Neville’s Dumpstafunk, Burning Spear, The Lee Boys, former Drive By Trucker Jason Isbell, AQ, Afromotive, the Laura Reed Band, the New Familiars, Shannon Whitworth and many more.

Tickets are on sale at 10 a.m. Wednesday through the festival’s web-site amjam.net. Advance weekend tickets will be sold for $125, which includes camping. Once advance tickets are gone, prices will go up to $140. Only 3,000 tickets are available in all, and are expected to sell out.

The Asheville Music Jamboree started last spring and had crowds of about 2,000 people.

Les Claypool coming to Asheville

Thursday, January 24th, 2008
Les Claypool

Les Claypool will be playing at Asheville’s The Orange Peel. Claypool is a singer, lyricist, bassist and former member of the alternative rock band Primus. This future Rock & Roll Hall of Famer’s mastery of the bass guitar has distinguished him as a solo-artist since leaving the band. Claypool mixes finger-tapping, flamenco-inspired strumming, and slap bass to create his own unique style that has to be heard be believed.

The concert starts at 9pm on Saturday, March 1st, 2008; tickets are $26 in advance and $28 at the door. They can be ordered online via Ticketweb.

Asheville Marti Gras Parade

Friday, January 11th, 2008

Asheville is having its second annual Mardi Gras parade Tuesday, February 5th. The pre-party will be at Joli Rouge; sure to be filled with crazy costumes followed by dancing in Pritchard Park with live music.

The after-party is at the Grey Eagle where the Firecracker Jazz Band will play.

This is the first year the Marti Gras parade will have a permit from the City of Asheville to hold the festival in the streets of downtown.

Asheville’s new Winter Warmer Festival

Thursday, December 27th, 2007
Winter Warmer Festival

Asheville has a new beer festival. To be held at The Garage, The Winter Warmer Festival will be from 3:00pm to 7:00pm on January 19th, 2008. The Garage is a new music venue on Fairview Road, close to Biltmore Village. It can be found next-door to the French Broad Brewing Company. The festival will feature only local beer brewed in Asheville, food and live music.

Mark Lyons of Asheville Brews Cruise, the bus service that takes beer lovers around to local breweries for tours, is organizing the festival. He says that just because it’s winter, that doesn’t mean people stop drinking beer.

Usually, beer festivals happen in the warmer months. April and the Hickory Hops is pretty far away, and it is even longer until Asheville’s famed Brewgrass Festival in September. In the meantime, beer lovers can put the Winter Warmer on their calendars. Tickets are $35, and it covers the beer, a souvenir glass, and North Carolina barbecue.

To get more information on the festival, visit the >Winter Warmer Beer Fest web-site.

Asheville’s Orange Peel to host Acoustic Syndicate

Wednesday, November 21st, 2007
Acoustic Syndicate

In case you haven’t heard of them, Acoustic Syndicate is a native North Carolina rock / folk / bluegrass group. Formed in 1992, the band has toured all over the United States, playing at major festivals such as Farm Aid and Bonnaroo. Their harmonies and intricate banjo playing exemplify one of the many reasons they have been successful. While most of the band’s members hail from just outside Shelby, North Carolina, bassist Jay Saunders is an Asheville native and he is coming home for Thanksgiving in a big way.

Though the band announced it was going to take an indefinite break in 2005, they reunited last spring and have decided to play their yearly homecoming concert here in Asheville at The Orange Peel. There are also rumors that the newly reunited band will record its seventh album.

Acoustic Syndicate has stated that they never had any plans to stop producing music for good, but that they just needed a break from the constant grind of touring. Before the break, the band was touring 250 days a year just to stay afloat with their record contract.

Having said they will continue to play concerts, there are no formal plans for booking any national tours in the near future. They have stated that this time around, the terms will be their own and they will pick their own shows. For right now, the band members seem to be content spending as much time as they can with their friends and families.

The concert is November 24th, with the doors opening at 8. Tickets are $15 in advance and $17 at the gate.

Alice in Chains hit Asheville’s Thomas Wolfe Auditorium October 16th

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2007

If you missed seeing Alice in Chains back when flannel was in fashion, you’ve got another chance. Tickets for the newly reunited Grunge Rockers concert at Asheville’s Thomas Wolfe Auditorium go on sale at 10 a.m on Friday, October 5th.

The band endured the loss of lead singer Lane Staley in 2002. For the reunion, William Duvall has been enlisted to replace the former front-man.

Tickets cost $39.50 and will be available at the Civic Center box office and through Ticketmaster.