Oh, Asheville. The weather's getting warmer, the dogwoods are blooming, the streets are getting bustly, and the drivers, as always, are getting worse. With the springing of spring comes the beginning of diurnal activities and an uptick in nocturnal fun. Don't know where to go this weekend to put the spring back in your step? We've got you covered.
Friday is, we proclaim, a day of music. There are two shows we've been eyeing, and we plan to be at both. Luckily, it works perfectly schedule-wise.
Experimental Musics. II @ Revolve
Revolve, a gallery and thinkspace in the RAD's Cotton Mill Studios, is fast becoming the hottest--and perhaps one of the most intimate--venue in town for experimental music. If you haven't been to Revolve, it's a gorgeous space on the second floor of the studios run by artist Colby Caldwell. The walls are graced with his work and other rotating exhibits, and it's a perfect spot for small shows. Tonight @ 8:30, Revolve hosts guitarists Shane Parish and Taylor Allen, two experimental musicians whose work is weird, wonderful, ambient, and improvisational. Parish is the guitarist of experimental rock group Aleuchatistas, and he was recently commissioned by John Zorn to produce of solo acoustic interpretations of folk music. Each artist will play a set. $10. Facebook page here.
Made of Oak + Oak City Slums @ The Mothlight
If you time it right, you can get to another show, happening at the Mothlight. Headliner Made of Oak is Nick Sanborn of Sylvan Esso. It's bass-pumping, energetic music of the best variety. Opener Oak City Slums is a Grit favorite. The Raleigh-based producer has been at several BEAT LIFE events and makes the best kind of hip hop infused beats. It's actually impossible not to move your body when Slums takes the stage. He's got incredible charisma, too--and it's totally infectious. Tickets are $15 in advance, $18 at the door. Facebook page here.
Loaded Up and Truckin' Food Truck Festival @ Oskar Blues' Reeb Ranch
Food. Music. Beer. It's everything Asheville loves, right? Add in a day trip to beautiful Brevard and the new Reeb Ranch, Oskar Blues' event space, and you've got a perfect afternoon set up. Loaded Up and Truckin' is a celebration--and a competition--of food trucks, live music, and adult beverages happening all day long. Things get rolling at 10 am and the last band, Shovels and Rope, goes on at 9 pm. Asheville's favorite food trucks vying for the title of winner, and you should probably try to sample everything. Full schedule available here, with set times for bands. Oh, and you can camp. General admission tickets are $30, with additional costs if you're staying over. Shovels and Rope
Orthogonal Convergence: Photographs 1982-2016 by Steve Mann @ Pink Dog Creative
Steve Mann, owner of two of the best bars in town--Lazy Diamond and The Double Crown, is also (in case you weren't aware) brilliant photographer. If you haven't seen his work but you've been to the bars, imagine that aesthetic transferred onto photos. There's a bit of kitsch, a bit of punk, and a whole lot of love. This show takes a look at Steve's career thus far and includes some of the best portrait photography we've seen, all shot in Steve's signature style, which feels saturated with color and feeling, imaginative, and nostalgic all at the same time. Steve captures moments and the people who make them across the country and especially the South, from the gritty heyday of Asheville's Lexington Ave to the festivals of New Orleans. The show went up a few weeks ago and runs until May 22. Pink Dog is open from 10-4 on Saturdays. The Boneman, Steve Mann. New Orleans, LA. 2007.
All Go Southwest--the All Go West Pre-Party @ Zia Taqueria
All Go West, a celebration of music and all things West Asheville, happens Saturday, June 25th. But you don't have to wait that long to start getting pumped about the event. All Go Southwest--the official All Go West pre-party, is happening Sunday from 6-10 pm at Zia Taqueria. In the spirit of All Go West, the music is free. Sol Vibes opens the night, followed by Appalachian and Memphis Blues musicians Ashley Heath and Patrick Dodd, and Rare Groove Funk producer DJ Heira closes out the event. Eat a taco, watch the show. Get even more excited about All Go West.