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Yasmine Hamdan on Her New Album, Arabic Dialects, and Big Ears 2017 [Interview]
Simrit at the Asheville Masonic Temple [Photo Gallery]
From Wince to Warmth – A Review of Souvenir: A Fantasia on the Life of Florence Foster Jenkins at NC Stage
Well Played Board Game Cafe's Grand Opening: This Week's GritVegas Highlight!
Prof. Logik headlines BEAT LIFE at the Mothlight
FEATURED CONTENT #AVLGRIT
An Interview with Julianna Barwick
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.
GRIT TALK: 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.
Brewgrass 2016 Ticket Giveaway!
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!
Tangled Up in Tangents
and sometimes free Wifi
The existential ghost takes to the downtown streets!
The Asheville GritVegas Weekend Update! September 15-18
We've got your weekend on tap! Check out what Asheville has to offer in this edition of the Asheville GritVegas Weekend Update!
Local Cloth's Project Handmade Presents Elements of Nature
A Regional Fashion Show Features Textile and Fiber Art
BEATLIFE Showcases the Work of Producer DFLN @ the Mothlight
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.
VOTE FOR the 2016 Mayor of Brewgrass!
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!
Designed to Make a Difference: Asheville Designer Creates Ethical Art
Asheville Fashion Designer Kristin Alexandra Tidwell Goes Beyond Couture to Make Fashion Accessible to All
Ticket Giveaway--Titus Andronicus and A Giant Dog at The Mothlight << 9/14
Titus Andronicus and A Giant Dog are coming to The Mothlight. Here's your chance to win two tickets.
The Asheville GritVegas Weekend Update! September 8-11
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!
Music as a Spiritual Practice: Battle Trance Perform BMCM+AC Benefit Show Friday, 9/9 (Interview)
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 Take the Mothlight Stage (Interview)
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 Asheville Vaudeville season begins with two shows on September 17, 2016!
The fabulously talented freaky folks of Asheville Vaudeville are back to entertain you for the 2016 fall season!
Brewing Up a Storm
Take a Look at Shelby!
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.
The Asheville GritVegas Weekend Update! Labor Day Edition
We've got your weekend events for Labor Day weekend in Asheville, from Thursday, September 1st through Labor Day!
Prints From Pink Dog: A Benefit for the Family of Chrystel Mann
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 Comes to the BEBE Theatre
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.
PHAZE GAWD: Charlotte Rapper Talks NC Hip Hop and the State of the Genre
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.
Jeff Thompson Giving Trio Reinvents Live Show
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.
That's What She Said
Asheville Missed Connections: cesspool or delightful dip?
Revolve Night at the Asheville Guitar Bar: CP Quartet and Shane Parish
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.
The Montford, Asheville's Newest Rooftop Spot
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.
The Asheville GritVegas Weekend Update! August 25-28
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?
Do YOU Have What It Takes to be the #MayorOfBrewgrass20?
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.
AVL Glitch: Juried Group Photography Show Releases Open Call for Artists
#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.
Introducing Asheville Music & Dance Night @ the Millroom 8/25
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!
What's That Yellow Sign About?: Slow Down Asheville Releases New Video
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.
An Interview with Horse Lords: Coming to the Mothlight w/ Nest Egg (8/30)
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.
Tangled Up in Tangents
Dunno what to say first
Dunno is here to haunt Asheville Grit in the most harmless and perplexed way.
In Defense of Vodka: The Red-Headed Stepchild of Craft Cocktails
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?
The Asheville GritVegas Weekend Update! August 18-21
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.
Smiling Hara Tempeh Opens New Facility, Expands Operations
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.
Asheville Puppetry Week! 8/18-23
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.
The CCCD Celebrates 20 Years With a Party and Benefit
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.
The Asheville 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.
Southern Forests: Our Treasured Legacy to Protect
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.
The Asheville GritVegas Weekend Update! August 4-7
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.
Q. What if the Biltmore hosted MomaPS2 (southern edition)?
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?
Brewing Up a Storm
Audra Gaiziunas: Brewed For Her Ledger
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.
Transplanting Announces Season 2 Release + Season 1 to be Featured on LAFF TV
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.
Meditate.io: Asheville Popup Meditation from the Founders of Buddhist Geeks
Buddhist Geek founders Vincent and Emily Horn are bringing their newest program, Meditate.io, 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.
Ticket Giveaway: Ben Sollee Yoga Dance Party to Benefit OXFAM
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!
Photo Gallery: Digable Planets @ The Orange Peel
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.
The Asheville 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!
The Path to Wellness: Medea's Real Food Cafe Offers Education, Community + More
Medea Galligan, of Medea's Real Food Cafe in Asheville, sat down with us to talk health, wellness, and the importance of delicious things.
Facing the Future: 10th Letter's 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.
Asheville Grit is Hiring!
Asheville Grit + Ashvegas are hiring! We're looking for an sales executive with a love for all things Asheville.
Asheville Fashion Week is Back
After a successful inaugural year, Asheville Fashion Week, one of the most highly anticipated fashion events in town, returns. Tickets are on sale now!
Tarocco: Nights of Wonder at Diana Wortham
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.
The Asheville GritVegas Weekend Update! July 21-24
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).
Announcing Underground Sound: The Path to Music Video Asheville ($2500 Prize!)
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.
What if Asheville had Built 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: A Theater of Pleasures at the Orange Peel 7/24 & Ticket Giveaway
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 Masked Story of the Tarot at Diana Wortham
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.
Underdogs and Psychedelic Cowboys: An Interview with Hip-Hop Artist Musashi Xero
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.
The Asheville GritVegas Weekend Update 7/14-17
Welcome to your weekend in Asheville!
Blue Ridge Roller Girls Face Off in Their Final Home Match of the Season
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.
What if Asheville had an Official Gateway?
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 and the Outliners at the Mothlight 7/13
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.
The Asheville GritVegas Weekend Update! July 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?
What if 1% of Asheville’s street parking was transformed into Parklets?
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?
Brewing Up a Storm
Hail to the Chief: Craft Brewer, Change Maker, and Author Erik Lars Myers Comes to Malaprop's Bookstore 7/6
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, Ambre Perkins, Panther God at Asheville Music Hall: Ticket Giveaway
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 Loves Pollinators
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.
The Asheville GritVegas Weekend Update: July 4th Edition
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.
London District Studios Brings Unconventional Element to Asheville's Art Scene
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.
Richard Buckner at The Grey Eagle: June 30
Folk music veteran Richard Buckner is coming to The Grey Eagle this Thursday.
What if Asheville had 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?
Celebrate BEATLIFE on the 4th of July @ the Mothlight (Free Show)
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.
An Interview with Ahleuchatistas (All Go West)
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 Strength and Row House Celebrate Grand Opening
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.
Random Music Project
Frazey Ford at the Mothlight: Show Review
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.
The GritVegas Weekend Update! << June 24-26
This weekend is All Go West! But there's lots more going on. Watch this week's GritVegas Weekend Update for the full scoop!
Marvelous Motherhood << Sara Juli Brings "Tense Vagina" to the Masonic Temple 6/25
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.
All Go West Brings Atlanta's The Difference Machine // Interview
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.
Q: What if Christo came to Asheville?
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 Blood & Gold << A Rock Opera and Costume Party w/ Two Queens 6/25
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 @ The Grey Eagle << Thursday, 6/23
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.
Summer Fringe Series @ the Crow & Quill
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 & Brooke" Silent Auction Runs Through 6/26
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.
The Asheville GritVegas Weekend Update! // June 16-19
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 at the Orange Peel ● Three Badass Sisters Came to Get Down
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.
An Interview with I Speak Machine // Moogfest 2016
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.
A Night with Waxahatchee @ the Mothlight || Review
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.
Gospel Night @ The Double Crown || Thursday, 6/16
Detroit's Evereadys are taking the stage at West Asheville's Double Crown this Thursday with their smooth, soulful gospel music.
Rhinoleap's The Tempest is Gorgeous, Innovative || Review
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.
The 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!
A Special Announcement from LEAF Downtown!
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.
Brewing Up a Storm
Kelsie Cole of Front Street Brewery
A sneak peek behind Wilmington's Front Street Brewery and its head brewer, Kelsie Cole.
It's Negroni Week!
All week long, celebrate classic cocktails during Negroni Week by visiting local bars and supporting area causes!
Rhinoleap Performs The Tempest @ the Masonic Temple << June 9-12
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.
Meet the Makers: HeArt of Asheville
Fit for a Mermaid and Handmade in Asheville
Organic Armor Creates Costumes for Fairies, Steampunk Kings & More
The GritVegas Weekend Update! << June 3-5
Your GritVegas Weekend Update for June 3-5 has arrived!
PUJOL @ Ole Shakey's || Ticket + Track Giveaway
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!
Beer City Festival || The Photobooth Results Are IN!
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 & the Deer Children @ the Altamont Theatre << Thursday, June 2
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 re | sembling a win • dow Opening Reception << Friday, June 3
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.
It's the One Year Anniversary of AVL Food Fans!
AVL Food Fans, Asheville's only food-centric podcast, celebrates a year anniversary with their 26th show, airing May 31st!
The GritVegas Weekend Update!! << Memorial Day Edition, May 27-29th
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 Promises "One Hell of a Good Time" @ Beer City Festival || 5/28
"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!
The Mid-Moogfest Report: 6 Things to See Saturday + Sunday
We're halfway through a fabulous Moogfest in Durham. Here's what we're most excited to see today and tomorrow.
Beer City 2016 Spotlight || 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!
Meet the Makers: HeArt of Asheville
Asheville Skateboarders Co-Create RAD Skate Park, Invite the Public to Raise Hell
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.
The Asheville GritVegas Weekend Update! // May 20-22
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.
An Interview with Zombi // Moogfest 2016
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.
Americana Burlesque + Sideshow Festival << May 27-29th
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's Blue Ridge Jam << May 20-22
This coming weekend, head downtown for a jam-filled festival event happening across venues and headlined by jam band Leftover Salmon.
RADical DAZE: The RAD Spring Studio Stroll + More << May 20-22
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 Slam Dunk w/ Parquet Courts << Tuesday, May 17th @ 9:30 // The Mothlight
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 @ MOTHLIGHT << 6/7
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! << May 13-15!!
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!).
Cuban Soul: LEAF 2016 Ticket Giveaway!
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!
Roberto Lugo @ CCCD << Thursday, 5/12 @ 6:30
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 Announces Lineup, Tickets
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.
Beer City Festival Pairs Great Beer With a Funk-Filled Music Lineup
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.
Mommy Dearest: The Asheville Grit Mother's Day Buying Guide
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.
The Asheville GritVegas Weekend Update!
Looking for the something to do this Cinco de Mayo weekend? The Asheville GritVegas Weekend Update has you covered!
How to Rock Beer City Festival << 5/28 @ Roger McGuire Green
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.
Brewing Up a Storm
Kimberly Thompson : The Story of Becoming Something Else
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! << April 29-May 1
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.
INTERLUDE Closing Festivities + Events
This coming Wednesday and Friday, INTERLUDE winds down with a special free event, a closing reception and block party, and more.
Free Range Asheville Presents 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.
Meet the Makers: HeArt of Asheville
Artist Phil Cheney Kickstarts Locally-Made Coloring Book
How artist Phil Cheney came to create a coloring book (and everything in between).
BEATLIFE @ Mothlight << 4/29 w/ Futexture
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 @ The Orange Peel July 19th << On Sale Now! (+ Ticket Giveaway!)
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.
Hops for Horses @ Highland Brewery << Saturday, 4/23
This Saturday from 2-6 pm, head to Highland Brewing to support Hope for Horses,
6 Moogfest Must-Sees
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.
Thomas Schmidt @ the CCCD << April 21 @ 6 pm
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 @ The Grey Eagle (Slideshow)
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 ???
Benefit Concert for Asheville Music School << Thursday 4/21 @ Isis
This Thursday, 4/21, Asheville Music School and Isis are pairing up to bring you Sound Effects, the 4th annual benefit for AMS.
Asheville Reacts to HB2 (Timeline + Gallery)
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 Artist Mobley Plays the One Stop Friday 4/22
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.
Grit's Weekend Picks << April 15-17
Asheville Grit's weekend picks for April 15-17.
Moogfest Announces Full Schedule
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 Hosts Open Job Calls 4/19 + 4/21
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 @ The Mothlight Ticket Giveaway!
Indie dream-rockers Small Black hit Asheville's Mothlight on Monday, 4/18, with Bayonne.
All Go (South)West Pre-Party @ Zia Taqueria 4/17
All Go West and Zia Taqueria are throwing a party to celebrate this year's AGW, happening on June 25th across West Asheville.
Brewing Up a Storm
A Magical Mystery Tour of Triangle Breweries
Take the tour of a few amazing Triangle-area breweries and discover the kick-ass ladies who help make them shine.
Interlude Revisits the Legacy of Black Mountain College << April 8-29
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.
Meet the Makers: HeArt of Asheville
15 Year Asheville Artist Makes a Move from RAD to AAAC’s new Refinery Creator Space
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 @ The Grey Eagle << 4/6
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.
Unique Mix of Fashion, Fantasy, Pizza and Beer to Benefit Two Local Charities
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.
Asheville Cocktail Week: Spirit Savvy interviews Bob Peters from the Punch Room.
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.
Dance of Darkness: The Asheville Butoh Festival Returns 4/7-4/10
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.
Gláss to Play The Mothlight March 28
Athens based three-member band, Gláss is set to play The Mothlight, March 28.
Asheville Climate Conversations Update
The Collider opens downtown, Dr. Katharine Hayhoe visits Asheville, and a new video from the Climate Listening Project!
This Is Why I Wear Yoga Pants
Carbs and Caffeine: OWL Bakery Comes to West Asheville
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.
Digital Photography + Phantom Practices: Colby Caldwell on Photo+Craft
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.
Finding Craft in the Photograph: Robert Asman's Photo+Craft Workshop at the Asheville Darkroom
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.
Meet the Makers: HeArt of Asheville
Plankeye Peggy Release Debut Album 'Let's See What We Have Here'
Local four piece vaudevillian outfit Plankeye Peggy will release their debut Album 'Let's See What We Have Here' March 18th at the Mothlight.
Best AVL Event On Green Living This Year
Join us at The 41st Annual WNC Home & Garden and Green Living Show!
Lost in Translation
"When you see bum trash and tags everywhere, that’s where you sit and wait for the train”: a look inside the eternal American train kids culture
A window into the culture and vibrant community of train kids in Asheville. All photos: Larisa Karr.
Soul Ponderings & Wanderings
Oneness: A Celebration of Authentic Expression
An exploration of Oneness and the meaning of Truth with local writer, healer, and teacher Devon Heart Star.
All Go West 2016 Schedule Leak
All Go West's 2016 lineup and stages have been announced! All Go West happens in West Asheville on Saturday, 6/25.
Hospital Ships Releases New Single >> You and I
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.
All That Jazz: An Interview with Pianist Andrew Fletcher
Jazz pianist Andrew Fletcher talks music history, silent film, and the Asheville music scene.
Brewing Up a Storm
The Legend of the Boojum
Meet the brother and sister team behind Boojum Brewing Copmany in Waynesville, NC!
Governor Pat McCrory Pisses On Equality With Bathroom Bill
NC Governor Pat McCrory's opposition of gender neutral bathrooms is uninformed, transphobic, and flippant.
Asheville's Talent Jam Returns << March 21st @ Isis
Talent Jam Asheville returns this year to connect employers with creative thinkers and doers in the community.
Exercises in the Surreal: David London Brings His Weekend of Magic to Asheville (3/11-12)
Surrealist magician and performer David London comes to Asheville's Altamont Theatre on Friday, March 11 - Saturday, March 12.
Thriftworks + Panther God @ New Mountain (3.10)
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 Never Stops...
He may be the hardest working indie darling in rock, which is pretty impressive considering he is only 28.
Bass 4 Bernie: A Bernie Sanders Benefit at New Mountain (SATURDAY)
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!
Review: The Caro Savanti Experience is a Full Helping of Lighthearted Fun
The Caro Savanti Experience, now at Magnetic 375, is a hilarious send-up of foodie culture with a surprisingly sweet finish.
Adam St. Simons
TALKING FUNK WITH DAVE WATTS OF THE MOTET
Asheville Grit Blogger Adam St. Simons talks Funk with The Motet's Dave Watts.
The Seven Moles of Mexico @ Table
Table's Seven Moles of Mexico Dinner, happening on Thursday, 2/25, is a foodie's delight.
photo+craft Brings WNC Creative Community Together (March 31-April 3)
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.
Asheville Vaudeville will heat up ToyBoat Artspace in February!
Comedy, puppetry, burlesque, flow arts, and feats of physical strength will be on display for two Asheville Vaudeville shows in one night: February 27!
The Entheogen Chronicles
Death + the Divine: A Meeting with Ayahuasca, Pt. I
The first piece from The Entheogen Chronicles presents Part I of a multi-part series on ayahuasca.
Hell's Kitchen: The Caro Savanti Experience @ Magnetic 375
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.
"Under the Sink": Larkin Ford's Intersections of the Grotesque + the Beautiful
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: A Behind the Scenes Look
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.
Adam St. Simons
Betaplane: Asheville's Next Buzzworthy Band
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.
Multi-Love on Valentines Day w/ Unknown Mortal Orchestra
Asheville wins the love lottery and the grand prize is shimmery, beat heavy, danceable psych-pop-rock.
The Designs That Dreams Are Made Of
Asheville fashion designer Charles Josef is living his dream of creating clothing for men and women that is luxe, lavish, and oh-so-lovely.
For Love & Yoga: A Valentine's Event @ Go Yoga Asheville
This Valentine's Day, Go Yoga Asheville is hosting a special couple's event that pairs romance with yoga and aphrodisiacs.
Slideshow: Asheville Mardi Gras 2016!
Special moments captured at Asheville Mardi Gras 2016
Color Me Goodwill is Back for 2016
After a successful 2015 event, this fusion of fashion, art, food and music for a mission is back on Friday, March 18th at Diana Wortham Theatre.
World Premiere: Midnight Snack << "Turning Into a Rock"
The Grit-exclusive world premiere of "Turning Into a Rock," from Midnight Snack + filmmaker Bradlee Hicks.
Talk Uncovers the Racially Charged Roots of the Cake Walk (2/11)
On Thursday, 2/11 @ 7 pm, artist Anna Helgeson explores the history and evolution of the Cake Walk in a conversation at Revolve Asheville.
5 Important Documentaries for Forest Preservation
Maria Ramos takes a look at five forest documentaries that explore the current relationship between modern humanity and nature.
Brewing Up a Storm
Burial Beer's Jess Reiser: Nurturing a Business and Watching it Grow
Brewing Up a Storm sits down to talk business--and beer--with Burial Beer's co-owner Jess Reiser.
Meet the Makers: HeArt of Asheville
The Fringiest Fringe of All
Highlights from the 14th Annual Asheville Fringe Arts Festival that went down despite Snowmageddon 2016
Soul Ponderings & Wanderings
Soul Calls: Awakening Your Truth
The Grit's first Spirituality + Wellness post, from local writer, healer, and teacher Devon HeartStar, explores that moment when we step onto the path of embracing the true self.
Yek Koo + Heavy Hymns + Shane Parish @ DBN 2/6
This Saturday, Downtown Books & News hosts three more experimental musicians in their space on Lexington Ave.
World Wetlands Day: US Wetland Forests are a National Conservation Priority
Today is the first World Wetlands Day after the historic Paris Agreement. Take the time to find out about the history of World Wetlands Day and the role that wetlands play in the fight against climate change.
The First GritVegas Weekend Update!
The premiere of the GritVegas Weekend Update!
Fringe Madness Continues with Sunday Make-Up Shows @ Toy Boat
Two Fringe shows--the Fringe Puppet Showcase and A Tonguey Kiss for Samuel Davidson--are coming to Toy Boat this Sunday, 1/31 for a snow make-up day.
Triggered: Red Light District Abduction (NSFW)
Triggered takes on The (XX)X-Files reboot (NSFW).
Velvet & Lace @ Buxton Hall Celebrates Female Bartenders << Thursday, 2/4
Velvet & Lace, hosted by Buxton Hall BBQ on the first Thursday of every month, celebrates Asheville's very impressive female bartenders.
Kayah Gaydish Benefit @ Black Dome << February 5th
Black Dome hosts a silent auction to benefit the family of Kayah Gaydish on February 5th at 7 p.m.
Rogue Fringe Tonight! Ruts! and Willie Filkowski @ Tiger Mountain
The blizzard can't stop Fringe! Ruts! The Oregon Trail Experience and Willie Filkowski Welcomes You to Florida the Sunshine State are ON tonight at Tiger Mountain Thirst Parlor. Pay what you can, drink something warming!
Your Sacred Life: The Mysteries of Saira Raza's Inertia
Multi-instrumentalist Saira Raza's new album is an experimental journey into the worlds of mysteries, dreams, and the experience of the soul.
Track of the (Snow) Day: "Ten Till a Hundred"
Hip-hop artist Musashi Xero and producer Brucey B just dropped their new track, "Ten Till a Hundred."
Fringe Brings a Little Sunshine << Show Preview
Are you cold? If the answer is yes, I have a solution: Willie Filkowski Welcomes You to Florida the Sunshine State, tomorrow and Saturday at Fringe.
WIN TICKETS to Drag Queen Bingo!
Asheville Grit is giving away 4 tickets to Brother Wolf's Drag Queen Bingo event, happening February 5th at the US Cellular Center! Comment here for a chance to win!
5 Fabulous Fringe Shows Flying Under the Radar
The Asheville Fringe Arts Festival schedule is packed with incredible performances. Here are five (and an extra!) that you'll definitely want to check out.
Drag Queen Bingo for Brother Wolf << February 5th @ 8 pm
The wildly popular Drag Queen Bingo night returns to shower sparkles on Brother Wolf Animal Rescue.