Asheville’s All Go West Music Festival – April 23rd

West Asheville is a great micro-community in the AVL area. The walkability factor separates it from the North, South and East sides of town. Here is a festival that is happening for the 2nd year in a row. AskAsheville attended last year and look forward to going again!

All Go West Music festival to take on its Second installment, located in the streets west Asheville NC. On April 23rd, 2011, The Festival will uniquely offer an array of musical talent, fashion, BBQ, and local Brew. Festival Remains Free To Patrons.

In the second annual running of All Go West, anticipation builds for the integrating a great deal of local artistic talent to create a superior festival based upon community. The street party takes place on April 23rd, 2011 from 12 PM until 10 PM in west Asheville, in front of Harvest Records. All Go West is a festival embracing ideals of Asheville’s naturally creative progression, offering local art, fashion, food, beer vendors, and musicians. The festival’s admission remains free, hoping to enrich the cities ethos as an outstanding venue, gifted in a strong imaginative talent.

This year, All Go West is excited to introduce the newest installment, Beer and BBQ Tasting, featuring Luella’s Barbeque. The city of west Asheville has opened up the streets of Waynesville Road and Westwood Place to local vendors, fashion boutiques, and artists for the public to contribute their own artistic venture.

The most significant feature to the festival is the broad range of musical talent to take over the Pisgah Stage located on Waynesville Road. Spanning a vast range of different genres, All Goes West incorporates everything from hip-hop, blue-grass, electronic, and even rock.

This year’s installment includes the musical likes of:

Josh Phillips Folk Festival
Floating Action
Do It To Julia
Uncle Mountain
RBTS WIN
Wages
Sirius B
Secret B Sides
The Critters
Moses Atwood
Doc Aquatic
Common Foundation
10 Cent Poetry
For The Birds
Lyric

The 2011 All Go West Festival is Sponsored by Pisgah Brewing, The Mountain Xpress, WNCW, The River, The Mountain & Sunny Point.




Town Mountain CD Release Party at the Grey Eagle March 19

This is a press release distributed by @Dreamspiderweb, who is a publicist in the Asheville area and specializes with working with musicians and events locally and nationally.

Newly Signed to Pinecastle Records, local bluegrass band Town Mountain announces a CD Pre-Release Party at the Grey Eagle on March 19th

Town Mountain
CD Pre-Release of Steady Operator
The Grey Eagle
The Black Lillies open
Saturday, March 19, 2011

$10, 9pm
185 Clingman Ave. 28801
828-232-5800
www.thegreyeagle.com
www.townmountain.net

A common thread that binds us to music is familiarity with tradition and the unexpectedness of progression. In a time when bluegrass music is all over the place with it’s predictability; whether it is the crisp clean sound of the contemporary side, the tones of a sixty-year tradition, or the jam band mentality, you can see it coming. It’s all great and Town Mountain is happy to be right in the middle of this bluegrass gumbo.

You’ve heard it before and you’ll hear it again, “Town Mountain’s not your grand daddy’s bluegrass”, or “Town Mountain is a great traditional bluegrass band”. Fortunately both of these statements are true and false all at the same time therefore canceling each other out and in turn making it hard to pigeonhole just what Town Mountain can be called. Town Mountain is Phil Barker (Mandolin, vocals), Robert Greer (Guitar, vocals), Jesse Langlais (banjo, vocals), Bobby Britt (fiddle), and Jon Stickley (bass, vocals).

How do they maintain this sound? A lot of it has to do with influence. Everybody in the band brings their own unique musical background to the table. Some of the boys grew up listening to classic country such as George Jones and Waylon Jennings, while others were paying attention to Jimi Hendrix and The Grateful Dead. But at some point in time they all started to expand their musical horizons. Some found jazz, some found punk, some found Americana, but it’s safe to say that all of them, at about the same time, either found or started to pay more attention to one of America’s oldest musical traditions, bluegrass.

Now 10 years after this discovery the band is ready to plant their foot into it’s sixth year of existence. Starting back in 2005, the band joined ranks with The Steep Canyon Rangers and Yonder Mountain String Band winning the prestigious Rockygrass band competition. That win kicked the band’s future into high gear establishing the group as a force among American string bands. Their live show is not to be missed. You are now more than likely to see the band at major festivals across the country from the west coast, Yonder Mountain’s String Summit to North Carolina’s Merlefest and all points in between. Sharing the stage with some of their heroes like The Del McCoury Band and The Seldom Scene or with their contemporaries like The Infamous Stringdusters and The Steep Canyon Rangers.

Musical influence, fine-tuned vocals, precision crafted instrumentalists, and charming stage presence are all ingredients in what makes a sound…unique. One more ingredient that is essential in producing this sound: new songs. Town Mountain has the capacity to bring fresh and exciting material to their high quality music. With topics ranging from love lost and heartache to the weariness of a midnight drive across Americas heartland to politically charged topics that most steer clear of. You will find that Town Mountain’s songwriting is heartfelt, sincere and honest.

This year Town Mountain has teamed up with Pinecastle Records to release their third album, Steady Operator in the late spring. Now the band, more musically mature and honing in on a sound that suits them collectively as well as personally, is ready to show the acoustic music world that they are in fact on the cutting edge of old and new. A recognizable sound with youthful interpretation of a music that continues to evolve, this is Bluegrass.

After 20 years in the bluegrass music industry by founder Tom Riggs, Pinecastle Records has changed hands.  Today, Pinecastle is situated in the mountains of southwestern North Carolina owned by businessman and medical doctor, Lonnie Lassiter.  After taking ownership on August 1, 2010, Dr. Lassiter brought two of the company’s former executives on board to head up the new venture.  Ethan Burkhardt was named the company’s Vice President of Operations and Matt Hood its Vice President of Public Relations.  Pinecastle is proud to announce that it has signed Town Mountain from Asheville, NC to its roster and is excited to be releasing their latest album Steady Operator in late spring 2011.

“This album is a culmination of thousands of miles traveled across America, playing for audiences as diverse as the traditional bluegrass crowd to the hippie jam band contingent in big cities and festivals to pubs and house concerts. Diverse audiences that have one thing in common, a love for inspired, original, well played music, performed with a spirit that appeals to fans of all types and ages.” -Mike Bub, Steady OperatorProducer and Grammy winner with The Del McCoury Band

NWA, well Ice Cube at least, comes to Asheville

Back in the days, a group of teenagers in Compton (South Central Los Angeles) California started a hip hop group called NWA (Niggaz Wit Attitudes) and consisted of Ice Cube, Dr. Dre, Eazy E (RIP), DJ Yella, and MC Ren. Rebels in their own time and world, banned by mainstream radio for speaking the truth about the drugs and gang violence going on in their neighborhoods.  One of their most popular songs was “Fu.. The Police” where they rapped about the war against law enforcement in their City.

Here is a poster of the event Sunday March 6, 2011 at the Hole N Da Wall in downtown AVL, right behind the Asheville Police and Fire Department.

I SAID, YEAH!: ASHEVILLE’ S WEEKLY RADIO SHOW DEDICATED TO GREAT MUSIC AND DISCUSSION

I Said, Yeah! (ISY) is 103.5 Main-FM’s newest program. Co-hosts Aaron and James introduce weekly music picks ranging from brand new releases, old classics, and rare, seldomly heard tracks. Each song is introduced, discussed, and broken down in a fun, entertaining way. ISY airs every Saturday night at 7pm. It can be heard live on 103.5 FM or streamed at www.mainfm.org.
Since its first episode aired on February 12th, 2011 the show has seen a steady increase in fans and, consequently, feedback whether by email, social networking, or correspondence through their website www.isaidyeah.com.
ISY is eclectic, which allows for listeners of every type to enjoy the show. In just the past three episodes, Aaron and James have played songs from genres including indie/rock, soul, oldies, reggae, country, gospel, folk, and hip hop. Anyone tuning into the show is bound to hear something they enjoy – and hopefully something that they have never heard before.
I Said, Yeah! started as a podcast in 2010 and has since been picked up by Main-FM as part of its primetime Saturday lineup. The show offers great music, interesting information, and an entertaining dialogue between Aaron and James.



Jonathan Scales Fourchestra releases NEW Album “Character Farm & Other Short Stories”

Jonathan Scales Fourchestra releases NEW Album “Character Farm & Other Short Stories”

Celebrate at the Emerald Lounge April 1st with Casey Driessenopening the show!

Jonathan Scales Fourchestra
Casey Driessen (opening)
Friday, April 1st, 2011
Emerald Lounge

9pm, 21+
$7 cover / $15 gets you a copy of the new album AND ticket
828.232.4372
112 N. Lexington Ave.
Asheville, NC
www.emeraldlounge.com

The steel pan, an amazing musical discovery born in the Caribbean nation of Trinidad & Tobago, is often times associated with sandy beaches, tropical climates, and cruise ships: that’s not exactly what you get at a show by the jazz-fusion quartet, Jonathan Scales Fourchestra. Modern Drummer Magazine recognizes, “… Jonathan Scales makes the pans fit in unconventional musical spaces…” and Jazz Times goes on to state that Scales’ brings forth a “new vitality to the traditional Caribbean instrument… picking up where Othello Molineaux left off 20 years ago with Jaco Pastorius.”

Here you have a classically trained composer turned steel pan maestro and front man of the Fourchestra, Jonathan Scales, heavily influenced by the complexity of banjo virtuoso Bela Fleck to the hustle of Jay-Z. Gritty blues guitarist,Duane Simpson, and fusion-chops bassist, Cody Wright, provide the harmonic support for Scales’ sound, while jazz/hip-hop drummer, Phill Bronson, drives the time-shifting, modern grooves. The cast of Charactershold this mind-bending concoction together with jazz edge and classical sensibility.

The 3rd installment in the Jonathan Scales’ musical saga, Character Farm & Other Short Stories, is a 45-minute dive deeper into the compositionally-twisted work of steel pannist Jonathan Scales.  The nine original instrumental “stories” on the album take listeners from the primal Jam We Did to the lush Hallucinations of the Dream Chasers. The title trackCharacter Farm takes the audience into a chilled, ‘worldly’ ride after the frantically emotional The Longest December.   Guest appearance on the record include Jeff Coffin (of Dave Matthews Band / Bela Fleck & the Flecktones), Yonrico Scott and Kofi Burbridge (of Derek Trucks Band fame) and the dazzling work of fiddle virtuoso Casey Driessen. The Fourchestra also produced a music video for the song Muddy Vishnu from the album which you can see at http://www.youtube.com/Jonathanscalesvideos

Steel pannist and virtuoso composer, Jonathan Scales, formed his ‘Fourchestra’ in 2007 as a means to deliver his musically complex, but somehow accessible ideas to anyone willing to listen. Since then, Scales has released two well received, full-length works, 2007’s One-Track Mindand 2008’s Plot/Scheme which features the likes of Jeff Coffin (of Dave Matthews Band), Joseph Wooten (of Steve Miller Band), and Jeff Sipe (of Aquarium Rescue Unit). 2011 will usher in Character Farm & Other Short Stories.  Scales’ versatility and innovative nature have allowed him to share the stage with acts like The Wooten Brothers Band, Larry Keel & Natural Bridge, The Duhks, Everyone Orchestra, Toubab Krewe, Ben Sollee, Casey Dreissen, and Futureman.

Scales has been called “”…rising star of the steel drums…” by Traps Magazine, while Pan on the Net refers to him as “the Real Deal” and having “A Thelonius Monk-like attitude with a Mozart creativity that works.”  When Steel Talks sums it up with, “At the end of the day, Scales is going to be a major play in rewriting the books on steelpan music outside of the box.”