Body Language: Reuben Negron’s Intimate Nude Portraits

Asheville-based figurative watercolor artist Reuben Negron explores the human experience with intimate nude portraits  BY JOHN C. TRIPP This interview was conducted during Summer 2015. View more recent works by Reuben Negron at his website. Reuben Negron will be part of Asheville's Blue Spiral Gallery's Into the Blue - Artist Invitational 2019, opening January 11 - … Continue reading Body Language: Reuben Negron’s Intimate Nude Portraits

Ten Must-See Free and Streaming Documentaries on Asheville and Western North Carolina

National Geographic Travel: Asheville By Design Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, Asheville has a history of craft and creativity, cool mountain air, and breathtaking attractions. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D5KwyL-7E5M Watch full episode here Moog | A Documentary Film by Hans Fjellestad Moog, the film, takes us inside the mind of this legendary figure as … Continue reading Ten Must-See Free and Streaming Documentaries on Asheville and Western North Carolina

Coronavirus Prevention and Treatment With Monolaurin

As Coronavirus spreads worldwide, panic about being exposed to it, and becoming ill are at hysterical levels. Exposure to the virus is becoming a possibility for many, and there is no vaccine. What to do? Well, firstly follow the steps below to protect yourself and others. If you want to prepare your body for potential … Continue reading Coronavirus Prevention and Treatment With Monolaurin

‘Latin grass’ group Che Apalache releases Béla Fleck-produced album ‘Rearrange My Heart’ on August 9th

Ace Musicians Create A Very "American" Fusion of Latin American and North Carolina Roots Music. On tour now, performing at Mountain Song Festival, Brevard 9/7  Since their 2017 debut, Argentina's Che Apalache have taken audiences by storm with their fusion of Latin and American roots music. With their stirring new record Rearrange My Heart(out August 9th on Free Dirt Records), the band … Continue reading ‘Latin grass’ group Che Apalache releases Béla Fleck-produced album ‘Rearrange My Heart’ on August 9th

Mariee Sioux Performing in Savannah, Asheville and Atlanta in Support of New Album “Grief in Exile”

Mariee Sioux was raised in a small gold mining town in Northern California and is of Indigenous and Polish Hungarian ancestry. She prefers to be known as an abstract storyteller, and a voice for the natural world and trials of humanity through song. For the past 10 years she has been sharing songs she often … Continue reading Mariee Sioux Performing in Savannah, Asheville and Atlanta in Support of New Album “Grief in Exile”

Desert Rockers Tinariwen to Release New Album “Amadjar”, Peforming in North Carolina in September

The story of Amadjar – the new album from the Grammy award-winning Tuareg musicians Tinariwen - begins at the end of October 2018 at the Taragalte Festival of nomadic cultures in the Moroccan Sahara. Following their appearance at the festival, Tinariwen hit the road and head for Mauritania, via southern Morocco, Western Sahara and the … Continue reading Desert Rockers Tinariwen to Release New Album “Amadjar”, Peforming in North Carolina in September

Celtic Americana Band Josephine County plays Isis Music Hall, Asheville, May 10

Josephine County is more than the combination of four powerful traditional musicians. It is a gathering of friends, sharing their expertise, knowledge, and enthusiasm for music ranging from the United States to  French Canada to Ireland and back.  Erica Brown, Matt Shipman, Hanz Araki, and Colleen Raney very simply create an exceptional musical experience. Each concert promises … Continue reading Celtic Americana Band Josephine County plays Isis Music Hall, Asheville, May 10

Neyla Pekarek of the Lumineers at Grey Eagle, Asheville, Feb. 6

Neyla Pekarek, formerly of the Lumineers, has announced her first solo tour dates in support of her “fearless” (Billboard) debut album ‘Rattlesnake,’ coming out January 18 on S-Curve Records/BMG. She will join fellow-Coloradans Devotchka for a run of 9 of shows beginning January 31st in Kansas City, MO. In addition to touring with Devotchka, Neyla … Continue reading Neyla Pekarek of the Lumineers at Grey Eagle, Asheville, Feb. 6

Asheville’s Blue Spiral 1 Opens New Year With “Into the Blue: Artist Invitational 2019”

On January 11, Asheville's Blue Spiral 1’s most diverse annual exhibition will present artists who have never previously shown in the gallery. This year nine artists have been selected, working in a range of media, including figurative watercolor, abstract ceramics, textiles, print and glass. Artists: Chris Ahalt, Scott Belville, Jodi Hays, Connie Lippert, Paul Messink, … Continue reading Asheville’s Blue Spiral 1 Opens New Year With “Into the Blue: Artist Invitational 2019”

Soul Sensation Sam Ravenna Releases “Fragile”, With a Nod to Motown and Classic Soul

SAM RAVENNA RELEASES SOPHOMORE ALBUM FRAGILE EXPLORES LIFE’S PERSISTENT NATURE IN NEW ALBUM   (Lake Tahoe) – Sam Ravenna’s new album Fragile picks up where his self-titled EP left off, diving deeper into the world that drives Ravenna as an artist. On the new album he explores themes of the fragility and fluid nature of … Continue reading Soul Sensation Sam Ravenna Releases “Fragile”, With a Nod to Motown and Classic Soul

Sunda Arc’s “Flicker” EP out Dec 7 on Gondwana Records. Drawing on techno, electronica, neo-classical and post-rock influences

Sunda Arc are brothers Nick Smart and Jordan Smart. Best known as key members of Norwich based alternate-jazz trio Mammal Hands.  Sunda Arc channels the duos love of electronic and dance music, without losing any of their deep musicality. Drawing on techno, electronica, neo-classical and post-rock influences, Sunda Arc compose and perform using both electronic … Continue reading Sunda Arc’s “Flicker” EP out Dec 7 on Gondwana Records. Drawing on techno, electronica, neo-classical and post-rock influences

Book Event: Quincy Trope, Author of “Miles and Me” at Malaprop’s, Asheville Dec. 8

Poet, activist and journalist Quincy Troupe's candid account of his friendship with Miles Davis is a revealing portrait of a great musician and an engrossing chronicle of the author's own artistic and personal growth. Miles and Me describes in intimate detail the sometimes harrowing processes of Davis's spectacular creativity and the joys and travails Davis's passionate and … Continue reading Book Event: Quincy Trope, Author of “Miles and Me” at Malaprop’s, Asheville Dec. 8

Asheville Musicians Invited to Play Bob Moog’s Baby Grand. Bob Moog Foundation Shares Legacy Through “A Song For Bob’s Piano”

Asheville, NC — November 28, 2018 The Bob Moog Foundation is sharing an intimate facet of the inventor’s personal legacy by inviting local musicians to play his piano, recently installed at the Foundation’s Pop-Up Store at its new location at 56 Broadway Street in downtown Asheville. The piano, an unusual Yamaha teak upright baby grand, has … Continue reading Asheville Musicians Invited to Play Bob Moog’s Baby Grand. Bob Moog Foundation Shares Legacy Through “A Song For Bob’s Piano”

‘Tru Thoughts 2018’ (out 3rd December) is the latest edition of the Tru Thoughts Annual Label Compilation Series

As 2018 draws to a close, ‘Tru Thoughts 2018’ (out 3rd December) is the latest edition of the Tru Thoughts annual label compilation series. Curated by A&R, co-owner and respected DJ, Robert Luis, the digital album celebrates the best of the Brighton-based label’s wide-ranging and international releases from this year. Featuring the finest of Tru Thoughts’ classic artists, new signings … Continue reading ‘Tru Thoughts 2018’ (out 3rd December) is the latest edition of the Tru Thoughts Annual Label Compilation Series

Strut Records ‘Kreaturen Der Nacht’, curated by Optimo’s JD Twitch. Featuring Music From Germany’s Post-punk and Indie

Strut present an exclusive new compilation curated by Optimo’s JD Twitch, ‘Kreaturen Der Nacht’, bringing together classics, rarities and oddities from Germany’s original post-punk and independent scene from 1979 to 1985. This was an era of particular artistic upheaval in Germany; emphasis was placed on expression rather than technical perfection, artistic impact rather than skill. Bands … Continue reading Strut Records ‘Kreaturen Der Nacht’, curated by Optimo’s JD Twitch. Featuring Music From Germany’s Post-punk and Indie

Thievery Corporation to Perform Two Nights at Asheville’s Orange Peel, December 11-12. On Tour For Treasures From The Temple

In celebration of their new Treasures From the Temple album release, Thievery Corporation travels to Asheville, NC to perform 2 NIGHTS at The Orange Peel on Thursday, December 11, 2018. An additional performance is scheduled for Friday, December 12, 2018. Thievery Corporation's most recent release, Treasures from the Temple, is a companion LP to the band’s chart-topping 2017 album, Temple … Continue reading Thievery Corporation to Perform Two Nights at Asheville’s Orange Peel, December 11-12. On Tour For Treasures From The Temple