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Bender Gallery’s new art exhibition, “Balanced Solutions,” creates a platform for the rational discussion of the interaction of spatially placed colors and lines and how their interpretation may effect emotion. The show features the work of Michael Hedges. The show is running through Sept. 30.

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Flat Rock Playhouse rounds out its 2019 Season with a rich yet bare-bones comedy, Rounding Third, starring FRP favorites Scott Treadway and JP Sarro. This good-humored story is about an entrenched Little League Head Coach meeting his new rookie Assistant Coach as they take their new team — h…

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Flor de Toloache – the New York City-based all-female quartet whose latest album features John Legend – will bring their boundary-breaking update on mariachi music to UNC Asheville for a 7 p.m. concert at Lipinsky Auditorium on Wednesday, Sept. 18. This concert is free with no tickets required.

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Richard Smith’s music is a feast to the ears. Featuring blues, Joplin Rag, Bach, Chopin flat-picking fiddle tunes, Sousa marches and fingerstyle jazz among his wide-ranging repertoire, the England-born guitarist is set to play at White Horse Black Mountain on Friday, Sept. 6 at 8 p.m.

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The Wortham Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Asheville has announced its 2019/2020 Season schedule, the venue’s first season following the transformation from the single-entity Diana Wortham Theatre into a newly expanded and renovated three-venue performing arts complex.

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My Grandfather’s Prayers, a multi-media theatrical performance by The Red Herring Puppets based on the life of famed cantor Izso Glickstein (1889-1947), will make its final Asheville appearance at White Horse Black Mountain on Wednesday, Sept. 4 at 7:30 p.m.

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Emma Varga knew she had to get out. It was the early 1990s, and Varga, a professional glass artist, was living in war-torn Yugoslavia. She hadn’t been able to create for years due to political unrest, and feared for the safety of her two children.

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Asheville Gallery of Art’s August show, “Simple Moment,” features the work of Sahar Fakhoury, whose paintings strike a pleasing balance between the classical and the contemporary styles of depicting the human condition. The show runs Aug. 1-31 during gallery hours, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday thro…

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Brevard Music Center (BMC), in collaboration with Mountain Song Productions, proudly announces the return of Béla Fleck for his acclaimed Blue Ridge Banjo Concert—Saturday, Aug. 17 at 7:30 p.m. at Whittington-Pfohl Auditorium.

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A Tale of Two Charlies, written by great American playwright Jo Carson who based the play on the real-life history of Charlie McKinney and Charlie Silvers in nearby Orchard at Altapass, will unfold on the stage of White Horse Black Mountain on Sunday, Aug. 18 at 7:30 p.m.

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Here’s your chance to see the band behind hits like “Can’t Fight This Feeling” and “Keep On Loving You” live in concert Friday, Nov. 15, at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort Event Center.

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HENDERSONVILLE — Celebrate a beautiful Friday evening at the Music on Main Street concert series on Aug. 16.The concert features the band Deano and the Dreamers. The evening features the sounds of the band Deano and the Dreamers, playing favorites from the 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, and 90s as well…

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Bardic Alchemy, an Asheville-based trio that has the Celtic Rock world buzzing with its introduction of psychedelic elements to the traditional Irish, Scottish and Welsh music genre, will perform at White Horse Black Mountain on Saturday, Aug. 10 at 8 p.m.

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Carolina bluegrass ambassadors Hank Smith and Pattie Hopkins Kinlaw will join forces with their new Raleigh-based “soulgrass” band, Hank & Pattie and The Current, for a tour stop at White Horse Black Mountain Friday, Aug. 9 in support of their recently-release fourth album of original ma…

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Tuatha Dea, which combines primal rhythms, melodic and ethereal ballads and screaming guitar riffs with an Appalachian/Celtic vibe born from a family drum circle, will bring their authentic tribal music to White Horse Black Mountain on Sunday, Aug. 4 at 7:30 p.m.

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UpCountry Brewing’s West Asheville location is now officially partnering with The Döner, a local German/Turkish restaurant currently located in the Asheville Mall. This will be Döner’s second location.

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Wild Ponies are passing through Asheville to Play The Grey Eagle on Aug. 5 in support of their most recent album, Galax. Released on Gearbox Records, Galax was recorded in a shed behind Doug’s grandparents farm in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia.

Although they’re based in Nashville, Wild Ponies have always looked to Southwest Virginia — where bandmates Doug and Telisha Williams were both born and raised — for inspiration. There, in mountain towns like Galax, old-time American music continues to thrive, supported by a community of fiddlers, flat-pickers, and fans.

Wild Ponies pay tribute to that powerful music and rugged landscape with Galax, a stripped-back album that nods to the band’s history while still pushing forward. Doug and Telisha took some of their favorite musicians from Nashville (Fats Kaplin, Will Kimbrough, Neilson Hubbard and Audrey Spillman) and met up with revered Old-Time players from Galax, Virginia (Snake Smith, Kyle Dean Smith, and Kilby Spencer). Recorded in the shed behind Doug’s old family farm in the Appalachians (steps away from the site where Doug and Telisha were married), it returns Wild Ponies to their musical and geographic roots.

Growing up, a young Doug Williams spent many an hour watching and learning as his grandfather played banjo alongside local musical legends like Snake and Kyle Dean. Although both of his grandparents have now passed away, they would surely be proud to see Doug and Telisha gathered in the shed with Snake, Kyle Dean, Kilby, and a diverse handful of the best musicians from Nashville. The result is a broad, bold approach to Appalachian music, created by a multi-cultural band whose members span several generations.

Wild Ponies proudly dive into their old-school influences with songs like “Pretty Bird” — a rendition of the Hazel Dickens original — and the traditional mountain song “Sally Anne”. Doug’s grandfather used to say that “Sally Anne ought to be the gd National Anthem.”

Even so, don’t mistake Galax for a traditionally-minded folk album. Wild Ponies offer up plenty of contemporary material, too, building a bridge between past and present. The lyrics reflect a similar mix of old and new, with Doug and Telisha Williams writing songs inspired by family heirlooms (including a wooden-bound, 70 year-old book of poems written by Doug’s grandfather, whose lines form the basis of “Here With Me”. “Tower and the Wheel” was inspired by a huge Catawba tree on the farm, the nostalgic pull of one’s birthplace, a mother’s tough love, leaving and believing, and the cyclical natures of death and love.

Although named after the town in which it was recorded, Galax looks far beyond the southwestern tip of Virginia for its source material.

“We didn’t want to go home to Virginia and just make an Old-Time record,” explains Doug. “We wanted to make something that still sounded like Wild Ponies. We asked

everybody to stretch and reach towards something new, something different. We wanted to not only reconnect with our roots, but learn how those roots can also weave into our current world.”

Once everyone had arrived at the farm, Neilson Hubbard set up a makeshift studio in the shed. Just a few nice microphones in a circle. There’s no cell phone signal on the mountain. No WiFi. No distractions. Instead, everyone focused on making raw, genuine music, filling Galax’s track list with upright bass, acoustic guitar, twin fiddles, Telecaster, banjo, pedal steel, mandolin, harmonies, gang vocals, and even some stripped-down percussion. They recorded the songs live, never once pausing the process to listen to the performance they’d just captured. It wasn’t until Wild Ponies returned home to Nashville that they finally heard the wild magic documented during those mountaintop sessions.

Released on Gearbox Records, Galax salutes Wild Ponies’ traditional roots while exploring new, progressive territory. It’s an album about the pieces of our past that stick with us, informing our present while pushing us toward a future. An album about a town, a country, and a world that’s forever spinning toward something new. An album that redefines Wild Ponies’ sound, while highlighting influences that have always rested just beneath the surface.

The show will be held at 8 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 5 at 185 Clingman Ave. Tickets cost $12 in advance, or $15 the day of the show. Purchase tickets online at http://www.thegreyeagle.com.

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The 2019 season of the Brevard Music Center (BMC) Summer Festival concludes with a breathtaking finale weekend— Aug. 2-4 —featuring three exuberant and impassioned masterworks including Rachmaninoff’s Symphony No. 2, Stravinsky’s Firebird, and Mahler 2.

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The Magnetic Theatre Company is proud to present the regional premiere of Paula Vogel’s Tony Award-nominated play, Indecent, with performances running Aug. 2-25 at the theatre’s intimate venue in the heart of Asheville’s River Arts District. 

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NYC singer-multi-instrumentalist-composer-producer Daniel Sage continues his “Summer Concert Series” for local non-profit Safelight, that provides support for survivors of interpersonal violence, sexual assault and child abuse.

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The 47th annual Village Art and Craft Fair, sponsored by New Morning Gallery and Bellagio Art to Wear will return to the green at the Cathedral of All Souls in Biltmore Village on Aug. 3-4.

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On Sunday, Aug. 11, foodies can enjoy a truly unique dining experience at the expert hands behind the restaurant Curragh Chase, the brainchild of chefs Brittany Kroeyr and Matt Brown, whose combined experience includes Curate, Restaurant Daniel, Eleven Madison Park, Next and Alinea, Gramercy…

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The Asheville River Arts District’s Mark Bettis Studio & Gallery will present a solo exhibition of stunning, thought provoking glass art by local artist Deb Williams entitled Seen and Unseen: Guardians in Glass. Williams takes the highly subjective concept of who and what a “guardian” ca…

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The 31st season of Downtown After 5, presented by Prestige Subaru, continues on Friday, July 19 from 5-9 p.m. featuring headliner Shamarr Allen of Galactic and the Underdawgs.

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Abby the Spoon Lady, a local Appalachian treasure and social media phenomenon, will return to Black Mountain for a special appearance on Thursday, July 25 at White Horse Black Mountain. She will be joined by singer and multi-instrumentalist Chris Rodrigues, another beloved Asheville resident…

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UNC Asheville’s Great Smokies Writing Program (GSWP) will present 10 courses this fall for community writers including a new course on the craft of humor, and classes in “short shorts” or flash fiction, poetry, memoir, fiction, children’s book craft, and master classes with poet Kenneth Cham…