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Asheville welcomes Austin, TX, musician Mobley back this Thursday, 4/20, at the Asheville Music Hall, where he'll open for The Hip Abduction. We at the Asheville Grit are hardcore fans of the artist, who just performed at SXSW. Mobley has been working on his second album, a follow-up to last year's Some Other Country (Violent Films), and he's hitting the road to promote his new work. We've seen Mobley every time he's come through town, so we wanted to share with you, dear readers, exactly why you should go see him this Thursday night.
So, without further ado, here's our expertly crafted list of...
Our Top 5 Reasons to see Mobley live on Thursday Night
5. You'll see someone who's about to be famous in an intimate setting.
I've been saying this for a year and I still firmly believe it. Mobley's star is on the rise. He brings together the best aspects of songwriting and live performance to put on unforgettable shows, and he's a gracious, open musician who is happy to connect with fans new and old after his set. People are still discovering him, and his tours have put him in front of audiences from Mexico City to New York City, from Los Angeles to New Orleans.
4. Mobley makes fantastic music.
Mobley's post-genre EP, Some Other Country, is still on constant rotation in my playlists. The album is intelligent, provocative, and frankly, catchy as hell. Mobley wrote the songs to explore identity, society, and race in America. Two singles, "Swoon" and "Solo," also have great music videos. Mobley recently released a single, "Dreamers," with Catch Fever. The song, influenced by the current state of the world and the fight against the Dakota Access Pipeline, is an anthemic, energetic ode to creating real shifts.
3. The light show is top-notch.
Mobley's setup is designed for maximum visual impact. And man, it makes a really big splash. It's so bright that Mobley keeps his sunglasses on most of the time. Don't worry, you won't be blinded. You'll just be totally impressed. Source: Instagram
2. He's a One-Man Band.
I mean, seriously. And he's amazing on every single instrument. Guitars, keyboards, drums, vocals. He does the whole thing. He might let you play drums at some point during the show, too. If you're lucky.Source: Facebook
1. He's one of the best live acts out there.
With a new album on the horizon and a multitude of tour dates ahead of him, Mobley is staying busy, and it's a perfect time to check him out. The show starts at 8 p.m. (doors) Thursday. Facebook event page is here, and you can get your tickets in advance here. If you want to go for free (on the Grit), we're running an Instagram giveaway until 9 p.m. tonight.Source: Facebook