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Ok, so every edition of BEAT LIFE is the Vibes Edition, but I'm of the opinion that this one deserves special recognition for its vibey-ness. It's no secret that I love Mobley (see this, this, this, and maybe also this) and it's definitely not under wraps that I a Numero Uno Fangirl of the BEAT LIFE gang, which is why I'm especially excited about this evening. The show, happening Friday at Asheville Music Hall, starts at 10 p.m., and there's a suggested $5 donation at the door (because these folks gotta eat). Let's take a peek at the lineup.
Every time Austin-based Mobley comes to town, I wonder how hard it will be to see him next time. Because eventually, this one-man band, who kills it on drums, keys, guitar, and vocals with a lights show to boot, is headed for fame, and when it happens, it's going to be at lightning-bolt speed. His EP, Some Other Country, hasn't come out of my CD player since I bought it (yes, my car still has a CD player). Check out his Soundcloud here, and watch the powerful video for "Tell Me" right here:
Professor Toon drops insanely infective, take-no-prisoners hip hop and mad production. Hailing from Durham, Professor Toon shares his intimate experiences of abuse and homelessness, and his substantial talent has taken him to the mainstage of Moogfest and Hopscoth. His forthcoming tape, Fresh Water, will feature production from Nic Sanborn (Sylvan Esso/Made of Oak). Check out the intensity of Professor Toon in his song "The Elephant." Follow Professor Toon on Facebook.
Vietnam Jerry holds down the turntables. If you need somebody to start a party or get it going, Vietnam Jerry is your guy. He knows the exact sounds to get you moving all night long. Vietnam Jerry is fast-becoming one of the area's go-to DJs, and you shouldn't miss a chance to see him in action. For your listening pleasure, below is his super danceable set from a recent Fire Jam. Find him on Facebook here.
Raj Mahal will also play a set. With the price point at a mere $5 suggested, there's really no excuse for you not to make it to BEAT LIFE this Friday night. Go get it. 21+ show.