This weekend, Harvest Records is putting on Transfigurations II, a music festival to celebrate a milestone: ten years ago this month, two music-obsessed college grads decided to open a record store on a street filled with vacant storefronts and car repair shops.
This was three years after Napster had been shut down, but digital music definitely wasn’t going anywhere.
iTunes was selling singles like hotcakes.
And CD stores like Sam Goody and Tower Records were already a thing of the past.
The Downtown Independent Groove (DIG) kicks off the weekend with lots of great music at clubs in downtown Asheville. The rock band Boston performs at the Biltmore Estate and the Asheville Wine and Food Festival takes place at the U.S. Cellular Center. There's also plenty of live theater to consider including The Odd Couple at HART and Sisters at Be Be Theater. Shindig on the Green is always a great option. There is one major new film to consider, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For hits the big screen. Tony Kiss has it all. Have fun.
One of Western North Carolina’s major philanthropists has died. Adelaide Daniels Key was a member of the Daniels Family that once owned the Raleigh News and Observer. Following the sale of the paper she started the Adelaide Worth Daniels Foundation. She was an advocate for greater access to health care, education, community building, and the arts. She served as a member of the Board of Governors of the University of North Carolina and as a member of the Board of Trustees at Western Carolina University. Adelaide Daniels Key was 78.
Another big weekend of entrainment in Western North Carolina. Downtown After 5 is back on Lexington Avenue. While Rat Dog has canceled a future date in the area, a Greatful Dead tribute band is back in town.
There's Laugh Your Asheville is happening and there's lots of live theater to consider. Tony Kiss takes a l00k at some of the very busy entertainment schedule in the area, including the latest film from writer/director Woody Allen.
The hottest team in baseball isn't the Tampa Bay Rays, the Atlanta Braves, or the Detroit Tigers, it's the Asheville Tourists. The Tourists are in town at historic McCormick for a weekend series. Flat Rock Play House has Miss Saigon, and there's a story to be heard at the Orange Peel. Tony says there's a growing jazz scene n Western North Carolina and six new movies have arrived at area theaters, including a spy thriller
starring the late Philip Seymour Hoffman. That's just a bit of what's going on in the area.
The Asheville Art Museum presents "Dox Thrash, An American Journey: Georgia to Philadelphia" an exhibition celebrating the work of the artist who is celebrated for his discovery of the carborundum process, a printmaking technique that produces rich, velvety tones with incredible depth and nuance. The exhibition will be on view from June 28th thru September 7th. www.ashevilleart.org thru - 9/7
Tony says another weekend has arrived with lots of wonderful opportunities. He begins with a myriad of theater offerings. Boeing Boeing continues at the Flat Rock Play House Downtown while the Place House has My Fair Lady. The Orange Peel gets into the theater spirit with a unique program featuring Caberet, Vaudeville, and Aerial Arts performed by Teatro Del Gusto. Hello Dolly is on stage in Waynesville, and Forever Plaid in Burnsville.