GritVegas Weekend Update
Jason's been cloned! We've got your Asheville GritVegas Weekend Update for October 20-23, featuring LEAF, voting, photobooths, and more!

Dead Brew Teaser Still
The team behind Dead Brew, a zombie film based in Asheville, just began a 30-day Kickstarter to raise initial funds for making the film.

The line-up. Pictured: Julie Hruska, Jeff Mason, Sean Illgen, Photo: Erin Fowler.
Asheville Grit and friends sampled six seasonal beers from stores around town. Which beer won our taste-off?

The Orb
Groundbreaking electronic innovators The Orb play New Mountain Asheville on October 23, and we're giving away two tickets. See post for details!

Photo: Erin Fowler
A gallery from the 2016 Urban Loft + Art Tour to benefit the Asheville Art Museum. All photos: Erin Fowler.

TranceDance event photo
Here are a few reasons you might be sad if you stay at home in your underwear binging Netflix instead of attending TranceFormation...

Lauryn Higgins
These are facts. Not thoughts and ideas conjured up in a liberal arts college classroom, but the harsh reality and wake-up call that our current food culture is destroying our planet and our bodies. And it's these facts and figures that made me rethink everything. So....guys. I am officially a vegan.

GritVegas Weekend Update October 10-13
Are you going out on the town this weekend? We have a few Asheville events to recommend!

Hiss Golden Messenger. Source: Mothlight
Hiss Golden Messenger plays the Mothlight Friday, October 14th with openers The Dead Tongues.

Image from "Something's Not Right," Jan 2016. Photo: Audrey Goforth
emersion takes place in Montford this weekend at the historic home of Grayson Morris. Tickets are $10 at the door.

SK The Novelist
SK The Novelist returns with his latest project 'My Life in Rhythm.' "Honest, Fun and Challenging," the Asheville Emcee aims to make his mark and share his story.

The Elephant Hotel. Source: Daniel Case @ the English Language Wikipedia
Want to know how to shake off your tourist status in Asheville? Follow along with our helpful list!

Graphic Designer Estbean Gonzalez and Owner SB in the doorway of Lightning Bolt Ink. Photo: Erin Fowler
Lightning Bolt Ink founder SB has found their special brand of South in downtown Asheville. All photos: Erin Fowler

Zombie GritVegas
From film festivals to the annual zombie walk, we've got a lot to tell you about this weekend in Asheville!

Gabe Pickard and Mike Karnowski
Gabe Pickard, of Weaverville's Zebulon Artisan Ales, integrates her holistic approach to life with creating great craft beers.

Darkroom Equipment. Photo: Ali McGhee
West Asheville's Mothlight hosts a benefit for the Asheville Darkroom this Saturday, October 8th. The Darkroom just moved to the Refinery Creator Space.

The Mayor of Brewgrass and Entourage!
Were you at Brewgrass 2016? Did you stop by the photo booth? Check out our gallery of favorite shots!

GritVegas Coffee Debate 2016
We've got special guests Stu Helm and Andrew Scotchie on this weekend to talk up some exciting events!

Charlotte protests. Photo: Aisha Adams
Is Asheville stepping up for the #blacklivesmatter movement and the protests in Charlotte?

Underground Sound
We have extended the submission deadline for our Underground Sound: The Path to Music Video Asheville contest until 11/15

GritVegas Weekend Update
What are you up to on this beautiful weekend in Asheville? We've got the scoop on a few of our favorite things!

Hannah Davis//BANGS Shoes
The first post in our new Asheville Innovators series features BANGS Shoes founder and entrepreneur Hannah Davis, who created a simple, stylish canvas shoe with a business model that gives back.

Julianna Barwick. Photo: Zia Anger
An interview with Julianna Barwick, who is playing at Asheville's historic Forsythia Hall on Friday, 9/30 with opener Mary Lattimore in support of her newest album, Will. The show is presented by the Mothlight.

Ill Doots
8 piece Hip hop outfit 'Ill Doots' return to Asheville on their 'Unify' Tour! A funk-infused roller coaster of high energy antics and thought provoking lyrics.

We've got a pair of tickets for Brewgrass 2016, happening Saturday, 9/17 at Memorial Stadium! To enter, like our page on Facebook and leave a comment on the story tagging the friend you'd want to bring!

Dunno and sometimes why?
The existential ghost takes to the downtown streets!

We've got your weekend on tap! Check out what Asheville has to offer in this edition of the Asheville GritVegas Weekend Update!

Project Handmade Fashion Show
A Regional Fashion Show Features Textile and Fiber Art

Derrick Curtis
The next BEATLIFE show, thrown by the Asheville Beat Tape Collective, happens Saturday, 9/17, and is a tribute to the late North Carolina producer DFLN (Derrick Curtis). A lineup of special guests and friends of Derrick will show support and love at West Asheville's Mothlight.

#mayorofbrewgrass20 nominees
We've narrowed the entrants of our Instagram contest down to a round of 5 Finalists! Vote here until midnight on September 14th, and we'll announce the new Mayor of Brewgrass on September 15th!

Designer Kristin Alexandra Tidwell
Asheville Fashion Designer Kristin Alexandra Tidwell Goes Beyond Couture to Make Fashion Accessible to All

Titus Andronicus
Titus Andronicus and A Giant Dog are coming to The Mothlight. Here's your chance to win two tickets.

GritVegas Panthers
This weekend, Asheville is filled with all types of fun! From beer to crystals and river cleanups to pickle competitions, we've got something for everyone. Let us know what we missed!

Battle Trance
Asheville Grit spoke with Travis Laplante, the founder of tenor saxophone quartet Battle Trance, before their upcoming show. The show happens on Friday, September 9th at the Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center and is presented by Free Range Asheville. All proceeds will go to the BMCM+AC.

RBTS WIN play the Mothlight Saturday, 9/3, with Doc Aquatic and Marley Carroll. RBTS is one of the Grit's favorite bands and this is an incredible lineup, so we thought it was the perfect time to release this just-recovered (post-tech crash) interview we did with them at Moogfest!

The fabulously talented freaky folks of Asheville Vaudeville are back to entertain you for the 2016 fall season!

Emily Epley, Jordan Boinest, and Audrey Whetten
Think you know Shelby, North Carolina? Think again. Brewing Up a Storm highlights the musical roots--and the brewing news--in this historic small town.

We've got your weekend events for Labor Day weekend in Asheville, from Thursday, September 1st through Labor Day!

Steve Mann, Eagle Street
Acclaimed local photographer Steve Mann lost his wife, Chrystel, to a hard-fought battle with cancer. Now he's selling his prints from his show at Asheville's Pink Dog Creative to help cover medical costs.

Rasheeda Speaking
Rasheeda Speaking is a recently off-Broadway play that premieres at Asheville's BEBE Theatre tomorrow, September 1st. The play runs through the 17th and is a dark satire about "post-racial" America in the workplace.

Charlotte rapper PHAZE GAWD (Tony Potts) recently released Definitive Theosis, a new EP produced by deceased artist DFLN, and it's powerful stuff. We talked with the GAWD about music, politics, race, and the state of hip hop in North Carolina and the country. PHAZE GAWD plays BEATLIFE at the Mothlight on September 17th.

"You throw a line through unseen intercepts That finds me when I'm too far gone to save." Watercolor: Brandon Beeson
Jeff Thompson is bringing a new format for the Giving Trio's live show to the Altamont, where he'll play on Saturday, September 3rd. The show will feature special guests and a visual art and dance installation that will accompany the music.

Telephone poles
Asheville Missed Connections: cesspool or delightful dip?

Chris Pitsiokos
The first in a series of shows from Cotton Mill Studios' REVOLVE + the Asheville Guitar Bar brings the CP Quartet and Shane Parish to the stage.

Views from the Montford. Photo: Erin Fowler
Asheville's newest rooftop bar sits atop the new Hyatt Place at the corner of Montford Ave and Haywood St in downtown Asheville. Even though it's technically a hotel bar, it's got a big local focus, from its food and drinks to its targeted clientele.

GritVegas Weekend Update August 25
This weekend kicks off with the 100th birthday of our national parks, plus a ton of other fabulous events, from free music and dance at the Millroom to Queer Girls Reading at the Mothlight. Where will you be, Ashevillains?

Mayor of Brewgrass
Are you the next Mayor of Brewgrass? Enter our Instagram contest and see if you'll be crowned! The winner gets amazing prizes and VIP access at this year's Brewgrass Festival on September 17th.

#AVLGLITCH, new group photography show, released their open call for submissions for an upcoming juried exhibition. Submissions will be accepted until 9/9, and the show runs through October.

AVL Music & Dance Night
This Thursday, the Millroom hosts the first night in their new monthly live music and dance night. The Juan Benavides Band will hold it down as you dance the night away. Asheville Grit is also giving away three free entries to Underground Sound to artists (or their representatives) who attend!

Slow Down AVL sponsors
Have you seen the Slow Down Asheville signs in your neighborhood? The Slow Down Asheville campaign, which launched in February of this year to raise awareness about pedestrian safety, has released a brand new video that outlines the goals of the project and shares some compelling information.

Horse Lords. Photo: Theo Anthony
Horse Lords will play West Asheville's the Mothlight with openers Nest Egg on 8/30. We talked with guitarist Owen Gardner about the upcoming show and the goals they had for their new album, Interventions, out now on Northern Spy.

dunno joins Asheville Grit!
Dunno is here to haunt Asheville Grit in the most harmless and perplexed way.

Mary Rich Hill of Spirit Savvy argues for the appreciation of delicacy and holds a blind tasting of five vodkas. Which one came out on top?

Asheville GritVegas Weekend Update
Asheville, how's your week been? What are you getting into this weekend? We have some ideas in our newest Asheville GritVegas Weekend Update! And a special guest--Toybox, from Asheville Puppet Week! Check it out, and let us know what you're most excited about.

Local business Smiling Hara Tempeh celebrates the opening of their new facility in Barnardsville, NC. They're expanding their production of tempeh and soy-free "hempeh" products.

Wham Bam Puppet Slam
Asheville Puppetry Week starts on Thursday, 8/18 at venues across town. Events includes a performance of Billy the Liar, a children's show from Atlanta's That Puppet Guy, the Wham, Bam! Puppet Slam, and David Liebe Hart from The Tim and Eric Awesome Show. Yes, please.

CCCD 20 Years
This Thursday, the CCCD (Center for Craft, Creativity, and Design) in the Broadway Arts District will celebrate 20 years as a leading resource for artists and craftspeople through this party and benefit. Tickets are on sale now.

GritVegas Weekend Update August 11-14
Asheville, we love you. But you've got to chill out on the rain. We've got the full lineup of events that will keep you dry or just get you right into the French Broad River, which we know is what's really on your mind. From Anything That Floats to Geek Out AVL to a bluegrass and kitten brunch, GritVegas has you covered.

Save Our Southern Forests
As the days get hotter, the number of Southerners standing up to protect and fight for forests increases steadily: it’s almost as if unrest is in direct proportion to the degrees on a thermometer. Summertime in the South conjures up images of being sleepy and slow-moving, but the opposition to burning forests for fuel is livelier than ever.

GritVegas Weekend Update
This weekend's got everything: whether you're looking for live music of all genres, beer releases, unicorns, glitter wrestling, experimental theatre, arts and craft, film, or a new furry companion, there's something for you.

Biltmore Lawn
We continue to pose hypothetical proposals at our great city and this week look to the nation's largest home to house a southern version of MOMA's PS1 Design Competition. Wouldn't that front lawn look great with a temporary art/architecture installation?

Audra with Sam Calagione and Luke Dickinson
Audra Gaiziunas, who cut her teeth at Dogfish Head and heads up Brewed For Her Ledger, talks with Brewing Up a Storm about the beer industry and beer culture in Asheville.

The second season of Transplanting, Asheville's hilarious web series, airs on Wednesday, September 7th, coinciding with the release of season one on Laff TV.
Buddhist Geek founders Vincent and Emily Horn are bringing their newest program,, to Asheville as a popup meditation. The first event happens this coming Wednesday, August 3, from 7:30-8:30 am at the Asheville Yoga Teacher Training Center.

Ben Sollee
This coming Tuesday, 8/2, Ben Sollee and Go Yoga take the stage at the Orange Peel for a yoga dance party and concert to benefit OXFAM. We've got two tickets--enter by leaving a comment on our Facebook post!

Digable Planets: Ladybug. Photo: George Sieburg
Digable Planets took the stage at the Orange Peel last week (with support from openers Camp Lo). It was a night of old-school hip hop, fresh beats, and rising temperatures.

GritVegas Weekend Update July 28-31
What's up Asheville? Be sure to check our our weekly GritVegas Weekend Update, with the scoop on LEAF and other AVL events. We're also doing a ticket giveaway on Instagram for the person who hits the most spots! Win 2 tickets to Asheville Fashion Week--all you have to do it go out and have fun. Happy weekend!

Medea Galligan. Photo: Erin Fowler
Medea Galligan, of Medea's Real Food Cafe in Asheville, sat down with us to talk health, wellness, and the importance of delicious things.

Escape from ATL
Atlanta-based producer and Asheville BEATLIFE performer 10th Letter (Jeremi Johnson) recently released new LP, Escape from ATL. It's a vivid exploration of a future that is both strange and strangely like our own.

AVL Grit logo
Asheville Grit + Ashvegas are hiring! We're looking for an sales executive with a love for all things Asheville.

Asheville Fashion Week
After a successful inaugural year, Asheville Fashion Week, one of the most highly anticipated fashion events in town, returns. Tickets are on sale now!

From "The Sun." Photo: Christopher Greene
Tarocco: A Soldier's Tale is a gorgeous, unique production from Fox and Beggar Theater playing through the weekend at Diana Wortham in downtown Asheville. Includes a photo gallery from Christopher Greene.

GritVegas Weekend Update
It's going to be hot this weekend, Asheville! We've got 5 tips to beat the heat, plus a whole bunch of events that will keep your weekend cool (in every sense of the word).

Underground Sound
Announcing the launch of our music video competition! Underground Sound: The Path to Music Video Asheville gives area musicians the chance to win $2500 towards a professionally-produced music video that will be automatically entered into the 2017 Music Video Asheville event! Open for entries now through September 15th.

A Mall Downtown?
In 1980, citizens of Asheville had the vision to vote against a mall that would forever change the character of downtown. Let's take a minute to see what that would have looked like and what we would have lost.

Teatro del Gusto
Sunday night at the Orange Peel, Teatro del Gusto--a theater of pleasures--takes the stage with original burlesque, circus arts, dance, and more! We're giving away 2 tickets when you leave a comment on this post. The winner will be announced Friday at 5 pm!

Tarocco: A Soldier's Tale
Tarocco: A Soldier's Tale is a vibrant story set during WWI that also tells the archetypal journey of the Fool through the tarot's Major Arcana. It will be performed by Asheville's Fox and Beggar Theater this weekend at the Diana Wortham Theatre.

Musashi Xero/Xero God at All Go West. Photo: Shayanne Gal
Asheville's Musashi Xero (Tyler Jackson) reflects on the past two years of his musical and personal evolution, including his collaborations with members of the Asheville Beat Tape Collective and his upcoming projects with Xero God.

GritVegas Weekend Update 7/14-17
Welcome to your weekend in Asheville!

Blue Ridge Rollergirls
The Blue Ridge Roller Girls are taking it vintage Asheville derby in their final home game of the season, happening July 16th at the US Cellular Center.

asheville gate
We take a look at what Patton Avenue could look like if it were to have an official gateway entry to downtown Asheville.

Steve Gunn
Steve Gunn and the Outliners hit the Mothlight stage on Wednesday, July 13th with openers Spacin' to celebrate his new album, Eyes on the Lines, out now on Matador Records.

GritVegas Weekend Update June 7-10
This weekend, beat the heat with these awesome events. Live music, benefits, fundraisers, and fashion shows are just a few of the options. What are you going to do?

Asheville Parklet
When is a parking space not a parking space? When it's a parklet! Cities everywhere have transformed the 9'x18' spots into mini parks; what if Asheville did the same?

Erik Lars Myers as Twiggy Stardust
Erik Lars Myers, President of the NC Brewers' Guild, founder of Mystery Brewing, and author of North Carolina Craft Beer and Breweries, will be at Malaprop's Bookstore in downtown Asheville on Wednesday, July 6th.

TOKiMONSTA. Photo: Nikko Lamere. Source: Facebook
This Thursday at Asheville Music Hall, producer TOKiMONSTA, the first woman on Flying Lotus's Brainfeeder label, takes the stage with support from Ambre Perkins and local producer Panther God. We're giving away two tickets--to win, share this post on Facebook and tag someone you'd want to bring.

Asheville Renaissance Hotel
A new video and piece on pollinators and/in the community (including Renaissance Asheville Hotel) from Climate Listening Project organizer/producer Dayna Reggero kicks off National Pollinator Week.

GritVegas 4th of July Update
It's 4th of July weekend in Asheville, and we've got a lot of ideas for how you can celebrate Independence Day--and all the days around it. From live music to independent bookstores to downtown shopping and, of course, brunch, we've pretty much covered all the bases. Happy 4th, y'all.

uests chat at the gallery opening of Ursula Gullow's exhibit 'Confetti' on June 10th at London District Studios.
Just shy of downtown, the London District Studios, opened by Leslie Roland and Wade Opplinger, are a new hotspot for the arts in an industrial section of town. Urusla Gullow's show, Confetti, is up there now and runs until July 4th. All photos: Larisa Karr.

Folk music veteran Richard Buckner is coming to The Grey Eagle this Thursday.

Solar Roadways
This week we raise the topic of solar roadways for the city of Asheville. With all the potential benefits, could this be a sustainable urban project that boosts our economy?

There's no better way to celebrate Independence Day than by exerting your personal right to dance your face off. This month's free BEATLIFE show happens on July 4th at the Mothlight with headliners BomBassic and Electrochemical and support from Samuel Paradise, DJ Kutzu, and Musashi Xero.

Asheville's own Ahleuchatistas play the Pisgah Brewing Stage at the Mothlight at today's All Go West 2016 festival in West Asheville. I got the scoop on the band from founding member and guitarist Shane Parrish.

Rebel Gym interior
Asheville's newest fitness hot spot, Rebel Strength and Row House in the River Arts District, is celebrating its grand opening on Friday, 6/24 at 5:30 pm with micro indoor rowing sessions, giveaways, snacks, and beer.

Frazey Ford
Singer-songwriter Frazey Ford brought her soulful sound to West Asheville's Mothlight on June 15th. Ford, a founding member of The Be Good Tanyas, is touring in support of her sophomore record, Indian Ocean.

This weekend is All Go West! But there's lots more going on. Watch this week's GritVegas Weekend Update for the full scoop!

Sara Juli in Tense Vagina
The folks at Free Range Asheville are bringing dance comic Sara Juli and her hilarious, heartfelt one woman show about motherhood, "Tense Vagina," to the Masonic Temple on Saturday, 6/25.

The Difference Machine
Atlanta's unclassifiable hip hop psychedelic group The Difference Machine takes the stage at the Mothlight for All Go West. Asheville Grit spoke with members DT and Dr. Conspiracy about what to expect.

We begin a weekly exploration on the potential of Asheville ranging from practical to plain radical. Starting with the world famous installation artist Christo, we ask: What would happen if he could make his mark on Asheville?

Salome The Prophet
Performance artist trixxie carr brings her amazing one-woman faux queen rock opera to Asheville's Grey Eagle on Saturday with the help of Two Queens, Tranzmission, and an impressive posse of local and regional musicians, DJs, artists, and performers.

Black Mountain. Source: Facebook
Black Mountain's heavy edges and psychedelia-infused sound make them a unique listening experience. They head to Asheville's Grey Eagle on Thursday, June 23rd for a show with Majeure.

Fringe Fest
Celebrate the Asheville Fringe Festival all year round with a series of special summer performances happening at the Crow & Quill!

For the Love of Ryan and Brooke
A silent auction to benefit the Conrad family began yesterday and runs through June 26. It features handmade local and regional items, gift packages, and more. 100% of proceeds will go to the Conrad family.

Happy weekend everyone! This Sunday is Father's Day--check out our suggestions for how to celebrate! We also have some very special guests this week as part of our new Pet of the Month feature!

Haim. Source: Facebook
The sold-out Haim show at the Orange Peel was everything we'd hoped for and more, a fabulous frenzy of sisterly love and musical connection.

I Speak Machine's Tara Busch. Source: band website
We caught up with I Speak Machine's Tara Busch and Maf Lewis at Moogfest 2016 about their multimedia graphic novel, their live horror scores, and what's up next for them. I Speak Machine will be at NMASS Festival in Austin next week.

Waxahatchee. Katherine Simonetti (bass), Katie Crutchfield (vocals), Ashley Arnwine (drums). Photo: Carolyn Fagan
Waxahatchee performed at The Mothlight in West Asheville on Tuesday night. It was a stellar show with an opening act from her twin that got things rolling.

The Evereadys
Detroit's Evereadys are taking the stage at West Asheville's Double Crown this Thursday with their smooth, soulful gospel music.

Caliban. Source: Rhinoleap
Rhinoleap, a production company made up of NC School of the Arts alums and current students, is staging a beautiful version of The Tempest at Asheville's Masonic Temple through Sunday.

GritVegas Weekend Update June 10-12
From theatre to live music to a little bit of naughty dancing, this weekend is filled with plenty of choices!

LEAF Downtown Asheville
Breaking news: LEAF Downtown announces its theme and line-up! LEAF Downtown happens July 30 and 31st this year in the summer streets of downtown Asheville.

Kelsie Cole. Photo: Megan Dietz
A sneak peek behind Wilmington's Front Street Brewery and its head brewer, Kelsie Cole.

Negroni Week 2015. Photo: Katie Hild
All week long, celebrate classic cocktails during Negroni Week by visiting local bars and supporting area causes!

The Tempest
Rhinoleap, a production company made up of North Carolina School of the Arts alumni and current students, are bringing their production of The Tempest to Asheville as part of their first North Carolina tour. It's a retelling of Shakespeare's classic work, complete with puppets and an original score.

Organic Armor
Organic Armor Creates Costumes for Fairies, Steampunk Kings & More

GritVegas Weekend Update for June 3-5
Your GritVegas Weekend Update for June 3-5 has arrived!

Nashville-based band PUJOL comes to Ole Shakey's this Saturday night @ 7 pm. We've got two pairs of tickets to give away, and the winners will also get a free track download. To enter, share our Facebook post about the on your page. We'll announce the winners on Friday at midnight!

Oh golly Miss Molly, did we ever have some fun at Beer City Festival this year! Asheville Grit + Ashvegas paired with Massive Photobooth to offer ridiculous amounts of fun. Here are the results!

Nive and the Deer Children. Source: artist's website
Nive & the Deer Children have come all the way from Greenland to bless your ears with their otherworldly sounds this Thursday at downtown Asheville's Altamont Theatre.

A Thing Representing a Window
The opening reception for a thing re | sembling a win • dow celebrates a show that explores the edges that lie between recognition and illegibility & meaning and its breakdown, with pieces from some of the area's most engaging artists.

Joe Scully and Stu Helm are AVL Food Fans
AVL Food Fans, Asheville's only food-centric podcast, celebrates a year anniversary with their 26th show, airing May 31st!

Jason Sandford GritVegas Memorial Day
Memorial Day weekend is chock-full of events that will help you celebrate the start of summer! From music to shopping, eating to antiquing, frisbee golf to making friends with squirrels. And, of course, floating.

Big Chief Juan Pardo
"Believe it or not, Asheville parties the way New Orleans does." Asheville Grit interviewed headliner Big Chief Juan Pardo (of the Golden Comanche Mardi Gras Indians) about what we can expect at this year's Beer City Festival!

Mykki Blanco plays Saturday night at Motorco
We're halfway through a fabulous Moogfest in Durham. Here's what we're most excited to see today and tomorrow.

The Resonant Rogues
Asheville's own Resonant Rogues play Beer City Festival 2016 this year. We talked with Sparrow about the festival, their performance, their tour plans, and their new Kickstarted album. Don't miss them at Beer City!

The Foundation Spot. Photo: Mike Belleme / Collective Quarterly
Drink beer, listen to live music and check out The Foundation Spot, RAD's skateboard park co-created by a group of local skaters this Saturday, May 21st.

GritVegas Weekend Update 5/19-5/22
This weekend is all about art and music in Asheville, with events ranging from the first Downtown After 5 to the Spring Stroll in the RAD.

Zombi. Source: Facebook
Synth duo Zombi plays Moogfest on Thursday, May 19 @ Motorco. I talked with them about the festival, the evolution of their sound, and how they both embrace and break away from their influences to create a totally new sound experience.

Karolina Lux. Courtesy: ABSFest
Asheville hosts the 10th annual ABSFest over Memorial Day Weekend. The festival features the top performers from burlesque, circus arts, sideshow, vaudeville + more, along with workshops and parties to celebrate all things fabulous, mysterious, and grotesque!

Leftover Salmon
This coming weekend, head downtown for a jam-filled festival event happening across venues and headlined by jam band Leftover Salmon.

Burners & BBQ
This weekend, take a spring stroll around the River Arts District for the biannual Studio Stroll. This year, there's even more happening as the Stroll pairs up with the Foundation Hellraiser and Burners & BBQ!

B Boys. Photo: Daniel Topete/Pitch Perfect
But seriously, all basketball puns aside... These Brooklyn rippers play their unique blend of post punk (esque) sonic offerings on Tuesday May 17 @ The Mothlight. This in support of Parquet Courts return to Asheville. If you were at their last show here, you know it was in all ways a proper f’ing rock show!

Waxahatchee is coming to The Mothlight on Tuesday, June 7th at 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $12; what are you waiting for?

GritVegas Weekend Update!
The GritVegas Weekend Update is here! Check out what's going on this weekend and enter to win two weekend passes to LEAF by sharing this post from either Asheville Grit's or Ashvegas's Facebook page. The contest runs until 5 pm TONIGHT (Thursday, May 12th!).

Juan De Marcos and the Afro-Cuban All Stars
This year's spring LEAF lineup highlights the bridge between WNC and Cuba with a variety of acts that exemplify the culture and music of both regions. We're giving away two tickets to LEAF on Sunday, May 15, on Facebook! To enter, leave a comment on our Facebook post when we share this story!

Oppression, detail, 2013, stoneware, 25” x 13” x 8”
Philadelphia-based ceramic artist Roberto Lugo, who is shifting conversations around pottery and identity, will speak on "Ghetto Craft: A Place Where Poverty and Porcelain Intersect," at the CCCD on Thursday, May 12th @ 6:30 pm. The talk is free and open to the public.

Wildwood Revival happens August 26-28 near Athens, GA, and promises everything from world-class music to a Gospel Brunch, homemade popsicles, a tintype station, and more.

Big Chief Juan Pardo & the Golden Comanche Mardi Gras Indians. Source: YouTube
This year's music lineup at the Beer City Festival, happening May 28th at McGuire Green in downtown Asheville, will have you shaking your booty to the sweet sounds of New Orleans jazz, soul, R&B, gypsy funk, and more. Tickets are on sale now for this all day beer + music event.

Cotton Mill Studios (RAD)
Mother's Day is this Sunday, y'all. Get your momma a gift that will knock her socks off with the help of our Mother's Day Buying Guide.

Looking for the something to do this Cinco de Mayo weekend? The Asheville GritVegas Weekend Update has you covered!

Beer City Festival
Tips for making the most out of this year's Beer City Festival, with all the details you need from how to get tickets (which sell out every year) and what you should eat when you get there.

Kimberly Thompson
Kimberly Thompson, a craft maltster at Asheville's Riverbend Malt House, talks malt, heritage grains, and why the hard stuff is so worth it.

The Asheville GritVegas Weekend Update fills you in on what we're most excited about each weekend! With hosts Ali McGhee of Asheville Grit and Jason Sandford of Ashvegas.

Lake Eden. INTERLUDE Arts Festival.
This coming Wednesday and Friday, INTERLUDE winds down with a special free event, a closing reception and block party, and more.

Roomful of Teeth
This Thursday, 4/28 at the Masonic Temple, Free Range Asheville presents the experimental, boundary-pushing, and strangely beautiful a cappella group Roomful of Teeth. The show starts at 7 pm.

Phil Cheney
How artist Phil Cheney came to create a coloring book (and everything in between).

Source: Koresma
On Friday, 4/29, BEATLIFE throws down at the Mothlight with Futexture, eMe, Koresma, Vietnam Jerry, and Bobby FKN White. The show starts at 9 pm and costs $5.

Digable Planets
Hip-hop trio Digable Planets have reunited for a tour that includes a stop at Asheville's Orange Peel. Camp Lo opens. We have all the deets on this unmissable show, and a pair of tickets to give away to one lucky commenter!

Young Asheville and Race
Young Asheville and Race is the first in a series that tackles issues young adults are facing in Asheville and giving a voice to those with a story to tell. Through this series you will meet young Asheville residents who come from all walks of life and who are facing universal issues and providing their own insight during their formative years as young adults.

Source: Hope for Horses
This Saturday from 2-6 pm, head to Highland Brewing to support Hope for Horses,

Our list of 6 must-sees on the Moogfest schedule this year include the cyborg Neil Harbisson, playtime with the Oculus Rift, performance artist and rapper Mykki Blanco, and Asheville band RBTS WIN.

Recycled China. Image: CCCD
Thomas Schmidt of Recycled China gives an art talk on the project, tradition vs. industrialization, and our relationship to waste materials at the Center for Craft, Creativity, and Design this Thursday, 4/21 at 6 pm.

Sean Watkins. Photo: Erin Fowler
Sean Watkins played a solo show at the Grey Eagle on 4/6 to celebrate the release of his new LP, What to Fear, and we were there with bells on. Support from Petra Haden, Jesse Harris, and ???

This Thursday, 4/21, Asheville Music School and Isis are pairing up to bring you Sound Effects, the 4th annual benefit for AMS.

In the past few weeks, HB2 has shocked Asheville--and much of the rest of the country. The Grit has coverage of everything that's gone down over the past few weeks, from early protests to the current state of things. Photos by Alex Baker/ACBe Creative.

Austin-based world traveler and multi-instrumentalist Mobley plays a free show at the One Stop on Friday, 4/22 @ 10 pm. We interviewed him to get the scoop on his new EP and his unique style.

Asheville Grit's weekend picks for April 15-17.

Moogfest 2016
Moogfest has released the festival's full program, which includes a dizzying number of acts, artists, and thinkers who will be performing, leading workshops, and discussing the intersections of art and technology this year in Durham, NC.

Salvage Station prepares to open. Photo: Salvage Station
Asheville's newest venue and recreational space, the Salvage Station, is hosting two days of open job calls for a variety of positions on April 19th and 21st from 11 am-4 pm.

Small Black
Indie dream-rockers Small Black hit Asheville's Mothlight on Monday, 4/18, with Bayonne.

Soul Rhythms. Photo courtesy of the band. Credit: Aric Morgan.
All Go West and Zia Taqueria are throwing a party to celebrate this year's AGW, happening on June 25th across West Asheville.

Fullsteam Brewery in Durham. Image: Fullsteam
Take the tour of a few amazing Triangle-area breweries and discover the kick-ass ladies who help make them shine.

Benjamin Grosser, "Computers Watching Movies"
Put on by the Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center and the Media Arts Project, Interlude is an exploration of the creativity that will emerge across approximately one month in downtown Asheville.

Jenny Greer Fares. Photo Credit: Luxe House Photographic.
As the Asheville Area Arts Council receives the green light to move into the new 'Refinery Creator Space', local artists are solidifying their studio leases, including Sound Mind Creative artist Jenny Greer Fares.

Sean Watkins. Photo courtesy of the artist.
Sean Watkins of Watkins Family Hour and Nickel Creek comes to Asheville's Grey Eagle on Wednesday, April 6 to celebrate the release of his solo album, What to Fear.

Wonderland Group Shot
Rock Eblen's 2nd Annual Pizza PanDemonium is back at Highland Brewing. Along with a pizza cook-off contest, attendees will enjoy live music and the Wonderland Fashion Fantasy show, featuring Alice in Wonderland-inspired designs by local fashion designers.

Bob Peters
In the first of a series of posts highlighting Asheville Cocktail Week (May 4-8), Spirit Savvy interviewed renowned Charlotte bartender Bob Peters about the craft cocktail movement.

Yumiko Yushioka. Photo courtesy of Asheville Butoh Festival.
The 10th Asheville Butoh Festival brings world-class performers, both international and local, to explore the edges of expression via this uniquely fascinating dance form.

Glass Picture. Photo courtesy of the artist.
Athens based three-member band, Gláss is set to play The Mothlight, March 28.

Climate Summit
The Collider opens downtown, Dr. Katharine Hayhoe visits Asheville, and a new video from the Climate Listening Project!

OWL (Old World Levain) Bakery is opening a brick and mortar soon in West Asheville. We got the scoop on the fabulous European-style deliciousness heading our way.

How to Survive Your Own Death (223). Images Courtesy of Colby Caldwell and Hemphill Fine Arts.
Colby Caldwell of REVOLVE Gallery on Photo+Craft, the panel and screening he's organized, and how advances in the digital realm are shifting the our perceptions of art and of the world.

Asman Photo Craft Workshop
The Grit sat down with Bridget Conn of the Asheville Darkroom to talk about Photo+Craft, the workshop she's organized, and all things Darkroom.

Plankeye Peggy
Local four piece vaudevillian outfit Plankeye Peggy will release their debut Album 'Let's See What We Have Here' March 18th at the Mothlight.

Green Living Expo 2016
Join us at The 41st Annual WNC Home & Garden and Green Living Show!

An exploration of Oneness and the meaning of Truth with local writer, healer, and teacher Devon Heart Star.

All Go West lineup
All Go West's 2016 lineup and stages have been announced! All Go West happens in West Asheville on Saturday, 6/25.

Jordan Geiger. Image courtesy of the artist.
Asheville can add yet another musician to their roster, as Jordan Geiger calls the city his new home. Playing for the last fifteen years as a solo act under the moniker Hospital Ships, Geiger decided to transplant from his roots in Austin, Texas to Asheville, NC to play in a new band, Des Ark.

Andrew Fletcher
Jazz pianist Andrew Fletcher talks music history, silent film, and the Asheville music scene.

Kelsie gets Mashed
Meet the brother and sister team behind Boojum Brewing Copmany in Waynesville, NC!

Gender Neutral Toilet Sign. Source: Wiki Commons
NC Governor Pat McCrory's opposition of gender neutral bathrooms is uninformed, transphobic, and flippant.

Photo: Josh Byers
Talent Jam Asheville returns this year to connect employers with creative thinkers and doers in the community.

Photo Credit: Philip Laubner
Surrealist magician and performer David London comes to Asheville's Altamont Theatre on Friday, March 11 - Saturday, March 12.

Thriftworks lineup 3.11
Berkeley-based producer Thriftworks returns to Asheville for a show at New Mountain with Panther God and Live Animals. This is your chance to win two tickets!

Ty Segall by Denee Petracek
He may be the hardest working indie darling in rock, which is pretty impressive considering he is only 28.

Bass 4 Bernie
This Saturday night, join the revelers at New Mountain Asheville for a night of music to benefit the Bernie Sanders campaign. This event was rescheduled from its original date because of Snowmageddon 2016) to this Saturday, February 27th!

Caro Savanti Experience. Photo: Rodney Smith (Tempus Fugit)
The Caro Savanti Experience, now at Magnetic 375, is a hilarious send-up of foodie culture with a surprisingly sweet finish.

Asheville Grit Blogger Adam St. Simons talks Funk with The Motet's Dave Watts.

mole amarillo preparation
Table's Seven Moles of Mexico Dinner, happening on Thursday, 2/25, is a foodie's delight.

Fruit Loops Landscape
This inaugural photo+craft event takes place March 31-April 3 in arts spaces around Asheville. It's the first event of its kind to unite not only two areas within the arts--photography and craft--but also to unite the larger Asheville arts community.

Feb 27 2016 Asheville Vaudeville
Comedy, puppetry, burlesque, flow arts, and feats of physical strength will be on display for two Asheville Vaudeville shows in one night: February 27!

Art by Pablo Amaringo
The first piece from The Entheogen Chronicles presents Part I of a multi-part series on ayahuasca.

Caro Savanti Experience
A send-up of Asheville food culture and the dangers of celebrity, The Caro Savanti Experience is a hilarious play that's showing for two more weekends at Magnetic 375.

Husbandry, Larkin Ford
UNCA alumnus + painter Larkin Ford returns to Asheville to present his solo exhibit, "Under the Sink." The opening reception is Friday, January 19 from 6-8 pm in Owen Hall (on the UNCA campus).

Condom Couture
Condoms are the "it" look not just for safe sex, but fashion too at the Condom Couture Fashion Show. This entertaining event at New Mountain is just around the corner. Don't miss it.

Betaplane teaser for Echo Mountain
From winning the Judge's Choice Award at the 2015 Music Video Asheville Awards to wrapping up recording of their new album at Echo Mountain, local Asheville Post Rock ensemble Betaplane performs a free show tonight at The One Stop at Asheville Music Hall.

Unknown Mortal Orchestra
Asheville wins the love lottery and the grand prize is shimmery, beat heavy, danceable psych-pop-rock.

Custom Rhododendron Peplum Top with Tuxedo Hot Pants. Model: Haley Bohon  with 6:12 Model Management. Photographer: 6:12 Photography by Eric McKinney.
Asheville fashion designer Charles Josef is living his dream of creating clothing for men and women that is luxe, lavish, and oh-so-lovely.

Valentine's Day with Sound & Harmony
This Valentine's Day, Go Yoga Asheville is hosting a special couple's event that pairs romance with yoga and aphrodisiacs.