Asheville Dance Party – Lisa Zahiya 7/17

Ban Man Bia, Bhangra and Beatsaint – Aint no party like a dance party!

Lisa Zahiya & Ba Man Bia on Friday Jul 17, 2009 from 8:00 pm to 2:00 am at Studio Zahiya at 41 Carolina Lane in Asheville NC.

Phone Info: 828-242-7595 Email:

Hey y'all… Ba Man Bia and I were supposed to be playing/performing at an event on July 17. Unfortunately the event was canceled – but we still wanted to rock it!

So we are hosting a dance party!!! We'll open with a little downtempo dance grooves from DJ Selector Plume, then we'll groove to Ba Man Bia then we'll have some Bhangra performing and dancing with live drums – hells yeah! Come shake it shake it shake it… call/email with questions

$3 for all that – what a frickin deal

Visit Lisa Zahiya on Twitter also

Asheville Michael Jackson Tribute 2Night

Michael Jackson Tribute Starring Shitz N Gigglz – Paying Homage to the King of Pop, like only Clowns Can

Host: Shitz N Gigglz, TriNumeral Productions, & Emerald Lounge

Today from 10:00 pm to 2:00 am at the Emerald Lounge on Lexington Ave in Asheville NC

Asheville's Own Shitz N Gigglz pay homage and respect to Michael Jackson, King Of Pop. With Dj's Par D, Soulja Bird, Lil ToughPants, and More.

Last Band Standing Concert Asheville 09

THE CONCERT… Last Band Standing: Road to Bele Chere '09 – The final decision to see who will play Bele Chere
Host:WNC magazine
Wed Jul 8 from 8:00 pm to 11:00 pm

The Orange Peel at 101 Biltmore Ave
Contact Info is 877-333-4962 or

WNC magazine and the City of Asheville are pleased toannounce the finalists for Last Band Standing: Road to Bele Chere '09 competition. A.C.E., Brushfire Stankgrass, Buster, and Now You See Them will perform at the Last Band Standing battle-of-the-bands concert at The Orange Peel on Wednesday, July 8th.

A second round of online voting on will continue through Tuesday, July 7th. The final tally of online votes for each band counts toward half of their final score. During the show at The Orange Peel, the bands' performances and crowd reaction determine the other half. A panel of judges will offer commentary on and critique each performance. The judges are 98.1 The River's Ashley Davis, White Horse Black Mountain owner Bob Hinkle, Local Edge Radio 880 The Revolution's Lesley Groetsch, Mountain Xpress A&E Editor Rebecca Sulock, and Bele Chere Entertainment Chair Steve Busey. The winning band will play the opening slot on the Bele Chere Rock n' Kiss Stage on Coxe Ave. at 3:30 p.m. Friday, July 24. Other prizes include professional photographs courtesy of lydia see photography, a day of studio time at Echo Mountain Recording, gift certificates from The Musician's Workshop, and gift bags from Dream Guitars.

The Last Band Standing concert event is presented in partnership by WNC magazine and the City of Asheville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts Department. Tickets to the July 8 concert are $5 and can be purchased at The Orange Peel box office or on Proceeds from ticket sales benefit Mission Children's Hospital. More information about the bands is available at

A complete musical lineup for Bele Chere is available at

Asheville Southern Fried Blues 6/25/09

The Orange Peel Presents Southern Fried Blues Society Showcase & Fundraiser. Also benefitting Reach for the Skye Foundation for Skye Barkschat

Host: SFBS and The Orange Peel

Thu Jun 25 from 7:00 pm to 11:30 pm at Venue: The Orange Peel on Biltmore Avenue

Contact Info: 866-468-7630 or

It’s with great joy and enthusiasm that I announce our First Annual Orange Peel Southern Fried Blues Society Showcase/Fundraiser on Thursday, June 25th. Doors open at 7p and the fantastic performers, 5 of our very own Blues member bands including Peggy Ratusz & Daddy LongLegs, will perform beginning at 8p.

Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. Proceeds will enable us to move forward with our plans for many exciting programs and events in the coming weeks and months. A portion of the proceeds will also go to a foundation called Reach for the Skye benefiting Skye Barkschat who suffered a brain injury from a bicycle accident 2 years ago. Her on-going rehabilitation is costly, therefore the foundation was set up to help offset these medical bills. Skye will be in attendance, and you’ll have the chance to meet this charming, wonderful 28 years young woman whose courageous fight has been long, tedious but incredibly rewarding and inspiring. And its due in part, because of people like our Blues Society members who’ve helped her along the way. Some of the programs and events we’re developing that this fundraiser will help launch:

Blues Education – Blues in Schools, in after school programs as well as Summer programs in Asheville and Greenville/Spartanburg.

Youth Blues Musician Workshop – a mentoring program which will allow us to rent space to hold weekend long workshops for musicians, aspiring and otherwise, ages 10-18. Our member bands, along with several well-known established Blues Artists in the region will teach group classes in guitar, bass, drums, voice/performance and piano.

2nd Annual Blues Challenge – Our first annual Blues Challenge sent two bands to the 25th annual International Blues Challenge in Memphis at the beginning of this year, to compete against more then 100 Blues society and youth Blues bands in the world. Winners and runners up both regionally and internationally win spots at various Blues festivals and venues across the country. Member bands compete on a regional level, in front of judges pulled from local industry leaders. A winner is determined and then that band and/or solo duo act advances to the International Blues Challenge in Memphis in Feb 2010. For more information visit our affiliate The Blues Foundation at

First annual Southern Pride Blues Festival – We’re hoping that with on-going support by your renewed memberships and new memberships, we’ll be able to sponsor the area’s first Blues Festival in 2010.

So bring a friend and encourage them to sign up for a membership. Visit us on the web for more information

If any of you have raffle items you’d care to donate to this fundraiser, please email me at this address and I’ll make arrangements for pick ups. To our member bands, if you have a CD you can donate to the raffle, please email me here as well.

Playin’ it forward, Southern Fried Blues Society, Skip Helms – President, Michael Martin – Vice President, David Harris – Secretary, Lee DeVico – Treasurer & Membership Chair, Billy Hutchings – Marketing Chair, Liz Cyriac – Newsletter Chair, Peggy Ratusz – Events Chair, Sandy Jones – Events Co-Chair, Debra Jones, Web Chair

Benga in Asheville 6/16/09! At Nashwa

Benga in Asheville! One of the most important artists in Dubstep comes to NC for the very first time!

Tue Jun 16 from 7:00 pm to 2:00 am
Nashwa 38 N. French Broad St. Asheville
Contact by Email:,

Get your tickets now while they are still $10. Tickets (if any remain) will be $15 at the door! BUY ONLINE:

Mindelixir, SHKR FAM and Low Frequency present: Benga in Asheville!= with support from = Agobi Project, Mindelixir, DJ Nod, Moving Temple, Kevin Focus, Sonmi Suite, Cleofus, Periphreal, Deformati, Intrinsic, Timothy, The Midnight Ace= visuals by =Night Light Riders

Imagine the first club you ever get into is in the process of changing the face of urban music. Imagine you’re only 14 at the time, yet you’re already a producer. Well, Croydon dubstep star Benga doesn’t have to imagine: that is his life.

Age 14 the afro-haired producer went to his first club, Forward>> at London’s now defunct Velvet Rooms, the night widely acknowledged for founding the bassy UK garage hybrid, dubstep.

Having put in years of graft, Benga, now age 21, is a leading light in the rising global dubstep movement alongside the likes of Skream, Kromestar, Rusko, Coki and many more.

For the first time ever, Benga will play in North Carolina and we are very lucky to have that happen here in the cultural and musical hotbed we know as Asheville.