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.
A former Speaker of the North Carolina House is ranked as the state’s most influential lobbyist. And a father- son duo from Western North Carolina also made the list compiled by the North Carolina Center for Public Policy Research. David Hurand our story....
Martha Woodroof has only recently added “author” to her resume. In her other past lives, she was a teacher’s aide, a restauranteur, a TV news anchor… and then there was the time she spent in public radio.
At WMRA in Harrisonburg, Virginia, Woodroof was the local host for NPR’s All Things Considered. “I was mainly a reporter,” Woodroof said. “And the whole time I was sort of a small emergency backup for Lynn Neary reporting on books for NPR. It was the best gig in the world.”
It’s not surprising that such a book lover would eventually write a novel.
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.
As you travel north on Biltmore Avenue into downtown Asheville off to your right you’re likely to see the top few floors of Asheville’s first skyscraper, The Jackson Building. The view of the New Gothic building is interrupted by a large blue construction crane. For many it’s a beautiful sign of progress coming to an area that has not enjoyed the same level of economic activity as the rest of downtown. David Hurand has our story…..
Now that Governor Pat McCrory has signed the state’s more than $21 Billion dollar budget, lawmakers and voters may shift their attention to political races. David Hurand spoke with High Point Enterprise reporter Paul Johnson about the race in the 6th Congressional District where a candidates’ post on Facebook has become the focus of the campaign……