The Beer City Festival is the toast of Asheville Saturday (5/30). The festival takes place Saturday at Roger McGuire Green at Pack Square Park. The Festival features more than 30 area breweries. It is a ticketed event. Comedian Jay Leno takes the stage at Harrah's Cherokee Event Center Saturday night. The great Merle Haggard follows June 6th. The Magnetic Theater celebrates its' grand opening with the Merchant of Asheville.
Please listen for the next Friday @2 when WCQS hosts members of the Asheville Young Musicians Club in our studios. These young people between the ages of 11 and 18 will perform chamber music by Haydn, Mozart and Piazzola, and give us a preview of their upcoming benefit concert.
The Memorial Day Holiday Weekend has arrived and with it a number of holiday festivals are underway across Western North Carolina. The Mountain Sports Festival takes place at Carrier Park Friday through Memorial Day. The White Squirrel Festival is underway in downtown Brevard and the Carl Sandburg Folk Music Festival honors Sandburg Memorial Day from 11-4 at Connemara in Hendersonville. The great Doctor John and the Nite Trippers take the state tonight (Friday 5/23) at the New Mountain Amphitheater in downtown Asheville.
Some in Wilmington's independent film community are predicting dire consequences for their art form in the wake of the well-publicized downturn in film production tied to the reduction in tax incentives provided by the state of North Carolina.
The festival/gathering, which since 2012 has been holding semi-regular screenings of work by local and regional independent filmmakers at downtown Wilmington's Calico Room, recently sent out a call for entries to "Dirt Poor Apocalypse," the festival's final chapter. As one comment on Dirt Poor's Facebook page put it, "This is how the world ends.
There are now three low power radio stations in Buncombe County, all licensed by the Federal Communications Commission. WSFM, also known as Asheville FM, had been heard only over the internet but Monday (5/18) morning it joined WRES and WPVM broadcasting over the the air-waves. The station transmitter tower sits atop the Hotel Indigo in downtown Asheville. David Hurand spoke with station board Vice President Greg Lyon.
Lawmakers in liberal Asheville, a city of 87,000 set amid a soul-stirring stretch of mountain scenery, insist that they do not want to kick anyone out — especially not their artists. But they are looking for a way to deal with the headaches that have come with the city’s emergence as both an increasingly upscale tourist destination and an upstart Southern street-music capital.
ASHEVILLE, N.C. - It was a Tuesday evening in April, at an hour when most small American cities had gone quiet. But in this buzzy Blue Ridge Mountain town, there was music all over the streets. There was the moody alt-rock guitar strummer in front of the organic clothing boutique.
Actor Jeff Daniels has starred in many notable films, including Terms of Endearment, Good Night and Good Luck, Ragtime, Radio Days, and Dumb and Dumber. Most recently he was seen on HBO, starring as cable news anchor Will McAvoy in The Newsroom. Monday (5/18) night at 8 musician Jeff Daniels performs with the Ben Daniels Band at Diana Wortham Theater in Asheville. Daniels has been playing guitar and writing songs nearly as long as he has performed on stage, in film, and on television. He spoke with David Hurand.
Downtown After 5 gets underway this afternoon (5/15/15). The headliner is CJ Chenier and the Red Hot Louisiana Band. Chenier is the son of the King of Zydeco Clifton Chenier. Opening Downtown after % is the Bayou Diesel band. On stage at Flat Rock Playhouse is Always...Patsy Cline. NC Stage Company presents Parallel Lives, Brevard Little Theater performs Moon Over Buffalo, and Asheville Community Theater presents Letters and Notes Found on the Windshield at the Piggly Wiggly Parking Lot.