Arts and entertainment summer edition
ASHEVILLE – LEAF Global Art’s annual summer festival lit up the heart of downtown Asheville as more than 30,000 people gathered to enjoy music, dance, games, art and food since its debut in 2015.
The new event venue is operated by Gray Eagle Events, Asheville’s oldest live music venue, and features 2.5 acres on the French Broad River with space for two stages. LEAF Down by the River, as this year’s event is called, will be the first festival held at the new venue and will run from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on August 20.
The event will be more intimate than in previous years, as the riverside venue can only accommodate 600 to 1,000 people, according to LEAF artistic curator Otto Vazquez. Since the festival began, total attendance has ranged from 15,000 to 30,000 people, according to Kincaid.
A new downtown event is about to debut with exclusive offers and unique experiences for everyone.
Grove Arcade will host its first summer festival from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. on July 30. The event will include indoor and outdoor games for all ages, live demonstrations and musical performances, food and drink specials, and surprises.
The new annual series is to provide local artists, artisans and retailers with the opportunity to showcase their artwork and products, she said. It also invites customers to try a new food or beverage business or revisit a favorite destination. More so, it is about rekindling a sense of community in downtown Asheville.
Built in 1929, the Grove Arcade is now inhabited by contemporary retail on the ground floor with residences on the upper levels.
Asheville Community Theater Auditions
The Urban News, Staff Reports, 07/20/2022
Auditions for Our city: July 25-26, 2022
Asheville Community Theater will hold auditions for Our city Monday July 25 and Tuesday July 26 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on the Mainstage. The director is looking for a large cast of all ages. Tattoos, piercings and extras are welcome! Actors of all ages, gender identities, races, ethnicities, and disabilities will be considered for any desired role listed on their audition sheet. The director encourages those auditioning to prepare a one-minute memorized monologue of their choice, but it is not required. If you don’t have a monologue, you will be asked to read the sides during the audition. No prior experience is required to audition. Directed by Robert Arleigh White.
Auditions for chapter two: August 9, 2022
The Autumn Players will hold auditions for chapter two Tuesday, August 9, 2022 from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on the Mainstage at ACT. Neil Simon’s Chapter Two will be presented as reading theatre. The director is looking for 2 men and 2 women. No prior experience is required to audition. All audition materials are provided during auditions. Directed by Elliot Weiner.
Auditions for Elf the Musical: August 15-16, 2022
Asheville Community Theater will hold auditions for Elf the Musical Monday August 15 and Tuesday August 16 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on the Mainstage. The director is looking for a large cast of all ages. Please consult the website for audition details. No prior experience is required to audition. Directed by Jeff Catanese.
Find more details on ashevilletheatre.org/get-involved/audition
Things To Do In Asheville This Weekend – July 22-24, 2022
Here are some ideas for things to do this weekend:
Southern Highlands Craft Fair
Sound Healing Concert
Hi-Wire Brewing 9th Anniversary Party
Shindig on the green
Live music, comedy, dance and theater (17 events)
From studio to store, Citizen Vinyl is a one-stop-shop for recording artists
My 40 years, Derek Bryant, WLOS Photojournalist, 07/22/2022
Citizen Vinyl opened in October 2020, amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We decided to open the doors for businesses just to get ahead and get started even though it was a very difficult time,” said Founder and CEO Gar Ragland.
Located in the historic old Citizen-Times building in downtown Asheville, Citizen Vinyl has three disc presses on site. “We’re a relatively small operation,” Ragland said.
Vinyl records are made from PVC vinyl and are formed between two pads.
“It’s what contains all the sonic information that’s pressed into the record,” Ragland explained. “So while the final record you’re listening to on your turntable at home has a little groove that your needle follows on the turntable, that’s the negative of that.”
Raw PVC vinyl starts out as a hockey puck. It’s placed in the press with the center label up and down for sides A and B. “It’s just a fancy waffle iron,” Ragland described, adding “he just flattens it and presses it into the grooves of the stamp to create the recording.”
Around Town: Folkmoot Summerfest Returns to Waynesville
Mountain Express, Flora Kanz, 07/19/2022
When the dr. Clinton border traveled with a local square-dancing team to a folk festival in Sidmouth, England in 1973, an inspirational hit. The Waynesville surgeon became determined to hold an international folk festival in the remote mountains of western North Carolina, an area rich in heritage but lacking in diversity.
Eleven years later, with the help of international contacts and community leaders, Folkmoot USA was born. Since then, the organization has hosted more than 8,000 artists from 200 countries. And in 2003, it was ddesignated by the NC General Assembly as an official state international folk festival.
“It was always about bringing people from different cultures together in this region where culture and tradition have always been an essential part of identity,” says the executive director of Folkmoot. Evan Hatch.
Folkmoot Summerfest runs Thursday through Sunday, July 28-31, at the Folkmoot Friendship Center, Maggie Valley Festival Grounds, and downtown Waynesville. This year’s list of performers includes dance troupes and musicians representing the cultures of Ukraine, Venezuela, Africa, Cuba, Ireland and other countries, as well as local traditions from southern Appalachians and Cherokee.
The bands will perform throughout the weekend, starting with a fundraising banquet and gala at the Folkmoot Friendship Center on Thursday, July 28 at 5:30 p.m.
Cost of Creativity: Jen Murphy in the latest Street Creature Puppet Collective show
Mountain Express, Johanna Patrice Hagarty, 07/20/2022
For Jen Murphy, a founding member of the Street Creature Puppet Collective, his interest in gardening and foraging has often influenced his work. This is the case of the last production of the collective, The Earth is alive!a family musical and puppet show celebrating Appalachian plant medicine and magic.
Written by Josh Fox and produced by Murphy, The Earth is alive! first premiered at the Spring 2022 LEAF Festival. On Saturday, July 23, at 4 p.m., the collective offers the public an encore performance at Jubilee! Community, a place that Murphy and his fellow Street Creature puppeteers have called home since May 2021.
“It’s a good fit, like [Jubilee! has] a strong environmental and social justice approach and an appreciation for the arts,” she says. “Our Puppet Clubhouse is located on their lower level, next to their new JAMS micro-shelter for homeless women.
Three local bands celebrate milestone anniversaries
Mountain Express, Bill Kopp, 07/22/2022
Three beloved Asheville-based bands are celebrating their anniversaries this summer. Andrew Scotchie & the River Rats and Empire Strikes Brass have both reached the 10-year mark, while all-female country band Deep River are celebrating 30 years of music together.
Xpress caught up with members of each act to discuss their band’s origin story, some of their early struggles, and the secrets of a long musical career.
Empire strikes brass
In May 2012, Pauly Juhl was approached by a friend who wanted a New Orleans style second line jazz band to play at a wedding rehearsal. A veteran of Dixieland jazz since his high school days, Juhl says he “jumped at the chance.”
Andrew Scotchie and the River Rats
Spinal Tap-like misadventures. A little over a decade ago, Andrew Scotchie was one of many buskers on the streets of downtown Asheville, singing and playing acoustic guitar, accompanied by schoolmate Andrews Adams on harmonica. The experience, Scotchie says, was a departure from his previous musical orientation.
“I had just come out of a punk rock trio,” he recalls. “I wanted to try something on the other end of the spectrum.”
In 1991, Sharon Lewis sang and played drums for the all-girl band Amethyst Country. She says the band broke up the following year because “the other three women were up for playing smoky bars, and I wasn’t”.
But Lewis already had another group concept in mind. “I decided to create a group consisting of three female singers: a soprano, a first alto and a second alto – for maximum vocal range,” she explains. But that was not all. The band she envisioned would also include three male instrumentalists, and Lewis would continue to provide the back beat. “The perfect yin yang,” she says. “In the early summer of 1992, Deep River was born.”
Thanks for reading and contributing, I hope you enjoyed this review of things to do that will make your toes tap and your face happy. Oh, and there’s a juggler most weekend nights on Cherry Street in downtown Black Mountain.