Photos and writing courtesy of AskAsheville Music Correspondent Robert Forte.
Unique Night of Music at Isis Music Hall Featuring Dangermuffin, Weather & Waves (featuring Brock Butler of Perpetual Groove), Les Amis and More Thursday September 3rd
The true litmus test regarding any live music venue should rest solely in the metric that sits atop most avid concert goers’ checklists, how does the venue actually sound?
Although I have individual soft spots for the litany of live music hamlets within the greater Asheville area, if I were to be asked to rank each of them by the dulcet barometer alone there would be a clear champion, ISIS Music Hall and Restaurant in West Asheville.
Despite being a known commodity in Asheville, ISIS Music Hall may be miscast as being dedicated more towards an older demographic versus being one of the only locales in the city that has a 450 seat capacity, offers distinct dining experiences, hosts music of all varieties and provides a listening experience that is second to none.
On Thursday September 3rd the ISIS Music Hall will host a unique night of music featuring Dangermuffin, Weather and Waves (featuring Brock Butler, front man for Perpetual Groove) and Les Amis (featuring members of Toubab Krewe and Zansa).
Les Amis, a collective of globally inspired musicians whose members include players from West African- and Appalachian-influenced outfit Toubab Krewe as well as Afropop and African folk music band Zansa, will start things off at ISIS’s upstairs lounge at 7:00 PM.
ISIS’s upstairs lounge offer patrons an intimate space to dine as well as to take in one-of-a kind musical performances. Only 50 tickets will be sold to this portion of the evening. Reservations are recommended should you plan on attending and taking in a meal from the venue’s superb restaurant, Kitchen 743.
Beginning at 9 PM the ISIS Music Hall will host Dangermuffin, a self described “organic, sand blasted roots-rock band with a sweet jam spread”, as well as Weather and Waves.
Weather and Waves, Brock Butler’s Perpetual Groove side project originally called P-Grass, will serve as the downstairs show opener. The band will be making their Asheville live music debut on the evening.
Listeners familiar with Perpetual Groove can expect to hear some of P-Groove’s music but with a more traditional “new-grass” spin to it as the band spurns electric instruments in favor of acoustic guitars, stand up bass and the banjo. Sonically and improvisational driven Weather and Waves will quench the thirsts of most any fan of jam band and blue grass music alike.
Show headliner and feel-good trio Dangermuffin offers up a mellow combination of both folk and jam band sounds. Dangermuffin, who recently put on a sublime performance earlier this summer at the inaugural LEAF Downtown festival, takes the blue print their studio material provides and injects new life into it via many of their trade mark extended jams. The band also isn’t afraid to tackle inspired covers of other artists’ music ranging from the reggae sounds of Bob Marley to the psychedelic grooves of Pink Floyd.
On the ISIS outdoor patio starting at 6 PM, modern jazz will fill the air with the sounds of bassist Danny Iannucci and drummer Micah Thomas, both of Asheville-based Brushfire Stankgrass.
Amazing sound quality, check. Superlative dining options, check. World-class music, check. ISIS Music Hall and Restaurant in West Asheville knocks all of these criterion out the park and then some. Come judge for yourself this Thursday September 3rd.
When: Thursday September 3, 2015
Where: Isis Music Hall and Restaurant 743 Haywood Road, Asheville
Who: Les Amis / 7:00 PM – Upstairs Lounge / Dinner Available / $7
Dangermuffin & Weather and Waves / 9:00 PM – ISIS Music Hall / $10 advance – $12 day of show