Southern Fried Blues Society – Asheville October 11th and 18th

On behalf of Southern Fried Blues Society, I’m very excited to tell you that our 2nd annual Blues Challenges will be taking place the next two Sundays in Asheville NC. Here’s the scoop:

On Sunday, Oct 11th, the Solo/Duo Blues Challenge will be held at Tressa’s Downtown Jazz & Blues 28 Broadway in Asheville. Doors open at 3p and cover charge is $5 for the general public and $3 for SFBS members. This is a bargain, as you’ll be entertained by up to 6 regional and local area Solo/Duo Blues Artists. They will be competing in this judged competition for a place at the prestigious 27th Annual International Blues Challenge to be held in Memphis, TN Jan 20-23rd 2010.

On Sunday, Oct 18th, the Band Blues Challenge will be held at Mo Daddy’s Bar and Grill 77 Biltmore Avenue in Asheville. Doors open at 4p and the cover charge is $5 for the general public and $3 for SFBS members as well. Again, this is quite a bargain since you’ll be entertained by up to 6 regional and local Blues Bands. They will also be competing in this judged competition for a place at the prestigious 27th Annual International Blues Challenge to be held in Memphis, TN Jan 20-23rd 2010.

Cover charges go directly toward the winning Solo/Duo Artist and Blues Band’s traveling expenses to Memphis. In these hard economic times, we thank you in advance for supporting the careers of these fine and deserving artists who would not otherwise be able to afford to participate.

The atmosphere on both afternoons will be non-smoking and your silence as an audience member during the time they are each playing their 20 minute sets, to 3 judges who are local and regional industry leaders is appreciated. Please come out in support of your newly formed Blues Society and help us become even more viable and instrumental to uplifting our region’s music community and community at large. Prove that the Blues are alive in this area!

Playin it forward, Southern Fried Blues Society and

David Gans – Coming To Asheville 10/15 – Music at MoDaddy’s

David Gans, a musician from Oakland California, and Friends play at MoDaddy’s on October 15, 2009. Show starts at 9 pm. Earlier that day, David will also be on WNCW radio.

David Gans is coming to Pittsboro NC, to the Shakori Hill festival hosted by Donna the Buffalo. After that he is headed Durham to meet some friends, and then to Asheville NC for the show at MoDaddys on October 15th.

Jay Sanders of Donna the Buffalo, Bobby Miller of Virginia Daredevils, and Bill Cardine are some of the local Asheville talent that will be a part of the David Gans musical event on Oct 15, 2009 at MoDaddy’s (about 100 feet up the street from the Orange Peel) .

David Tours alone but loves to contact his local connections in the different areas where he is playing. I would say that is an awesome example of being a musical networker: Coming into a City like Asheville and many others and using the local talent that he is connected with. David has played at Stella Blue, Grey Eagle, and many other spots in Asheville over the years. It has been a few years since he has been in the area and is excited about visiting Asheville again. He says: “I am very fond of Western North Carolina, the hills, the beauty…”. I mentioned to him how Erykah Badu was recently in the area and how she was giving Asheville all sorts of props via her Twitter handle (FatBellyBella).

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After David leaves Asheville, he is heading to do a few house concerts in the Atlanta area, a coffee house in Cullman Alabama, and then a 4 day music festival in Live Oak Florida. For more info about the Florida festival, please visit:

*Thank you to Erin of DreamSpider for the connection! Interview by Gary of GSocialMedia.

Brushfire Stankgrass at Wild Wing Cafe in Asheville

After a brief hiatus we’re back in action Friday night (10-2-09) at the Wild Wing Cafe in Downtown Asheville. Show should start around 9:30pm and there is no cover. This is our first actual gig at Wild Wing and we’d love to show them what Stankgrass shows are all about. So come on out, even if it’s for a little while, and let ’em know you’re there to see brushfire!Also, we’ve been working on adding new music over at We just finished posting our 8-7-09 show from the French Broad Brewery featuring Matt Williams on violin. Definitely worth checking out! Hopefully we’ll have a trio show we played at the French Broad Brewery from back in January featuring Phil Barker on the Mandolin (Town Mountain) up soon as well as our set at the Orange Peel from the Last Band Standing contest. Still working out the bugs… See you Friday!

Friday, October 2, 2009 at 9:30pm till Saturday, October 3, 2009 at 1:00am at Wild Wing Cafe on Biltmore Ave Asheville, NC

It’s another funky party up in BootyBandLand! Sept 24-27th

In a chill spot called Booty Band Land, musicians and artists will flourish through an epic celebration not to be missed… or forgotten. This festival was created to provide an affordable and interactive, yet top-quality event that will showcase the excellent emerging artists in the region, as well as some world-class greats. Having the festival in the breathtaking Tennessee mountains, at the perfect time of year, only makes it that much better. Explore the website to check out the incredible lineup, the funky theme camps, the Saturday night effigy burning of the Booty mama, DJs, art and craft, performance artists and so much more. Then, make your plans for Booty Band Land! There will also be a Bootygras Masquerade, so your costume and boogie!

Date, Times, & Details: The festival will start on Thursday, September 14th for those lucky enough to make it, with music starting at 6pm and continuing on all three stages until the early AM. Booty Band Land will rock a FOUR-day weekend through Sunday September 27th, with music on three stages. Ticket process stated off low with early bord being $59, They are $79 at the gate and extra perks are available to purchase. Booty Band Land is going to be held at The Sneedville Yacht Club Ranch, located at 343 Lawson Road in Sneedville, TN 37869. It is about 2 hours from Asheville, 1 hour from Knoxville. Call for more info: 404-255-6100.

Festival Performers include (bands in bold have members living in Asheville area): Two sets of Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band on Friday and Saturday nights; The Big Ol Nasty Get Down closing out the festival on Sunday night; two night of Donna the Buffalo (Thurs and Fri); Sipe, Sears, and Fountain (WNC); Gent Treadly & Steven Molitz (NYC); Mad Tea Party (Asheville), The Asheville Horns (Avl); Eymarel (Avl); Jonathan Scales Fourchestra (Avl); Jen and the Juice (Avl), Electrofunkadelica (San Francisco), Sci Fi (Wilmington); the Mantra’s (Greensboro); Stereofidelics (Avl); Danny Bedrosian’s Secret Army (Tallahesse); Ga Na Si Ta (Knoxville), the Soular System (Tallahassee), Lefty Williams Band (Atlanta); Hot Politics (Greensboro); Dot Line Projekt (Atlanta); Agobi Project (Avl); Wezooga; BPL (Boone); Tennessee Jed (AVl); Rollin in the Hay (Birmingham); Bums Lie (Charlotte); Matt Williams and the Ocean (Avl); Susannah Masarie (Atlanta/Boone); Blue Haired Ladies (Atlanta), and more . . .

About the Venue: The Sneedville Yacht Club Ranch is located in Sneedville, TN. This is about 2 hours from Asheville and definitely worth the trek. Sneedville Yacht Club Ranch is a beautiful 135-acre farm located on the Clinch River in the mountains of NE Tennessee. Along with camping, disk golf, canoeing, kayaking and mountain biking are also available.

Theme camps will be encouraged at Booty Band Land. A theme camp is a group of people collaborating to camp together and create a common theme to present to the Booty Band Land participants at large through services, activities, a great place to hang out, art, performances, etc. Just about anything goes and the themes and offerings span a wide range. A theme camp could center on a dance club, a bar, a classroom, a chill crash space, a stage for wild performances, an amazing art installation, etc. Creativity rules!

Theme camps often provides their own water, power, building equipment, labor, etc. And everything that comes in, goes out, leaving no trace. PERIOD! Theme camps will often also have their own schedule of events, classes, presentations, etc. A theme camp doesn’t have to be big. It could be three friends camped around their art project or the base that launches a mobile theme camp or troops carrying services out into the city.

Other items scheduled: Morning & Evening Yoga, The High Noon Patriots discussion session, a 12 step community support… maintain your clean lifestyle while supporting others, Workshops hosted by Al Al on Bass, Jeff Sipe on Drums and Lefty Williams on Guitar, and early morning DHJs for those wanting to party til Sunrise with the Booty Band! Johnny Blue Ray will also be filming a DVD of the entire event

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Come on out and shake your booty!

Now You See Them @ SEE expo 8/22

Now You See Them at the SEE Expo! a benefit for WNCA! Western North Carolina Alliance on Saturday Aug 22 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm in Fletcher, NC, Sales Arena, WNC Agricultural Center, Fletcher, NC. Contact Info: 8282588737 or email:

Join us on August 22 at 7PM in the Sales Arena at the WNC Agricultural Center in Fletcher (after the SEE Expo)- where Now You See Them will be playing a benefit for the Western North Carolina Alliance!

"Now You See Them is a super-fun acoustic indie/folk trio dedicated to delivering a great time. Appealing to virtually all audiences through beautiful harmonies, slow burning lyrics, and non traditional instruments, NYST combines thoughtfully ironic originals alongside carefully selected covers making their shows a not-to-be-missed breath of fresh air.

"Now You See Them also just won the Last Band Standing contest which landed them a spot at Bele Chere. They're grrrrreat!

Tickets are $10 and get you two drinks of your choice- beer (provided by Kind Beers), soda, or water.

Don't miss the chance to see this fabulous group and support your favorite environmental non-profit, WNCA!