THE AMERICAN GONZOS
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North Carolina rockers The American Gonzos pull inspiration from all genres including rock, funk, punk and alternative to make a delicious stew of original sound. A power trio comprised of Andrew Thelston on guitar/lead vocals, Michael Dean on bass guitar/backing vocals and Toby Burleson on drums/backing vocals. The band was formed in the fall of 2010 where they began writing music and performing all over the southeast. In 2011, The American Gonzos recorded and released their self titled debut album. They are finishing up their next album, due out in 2013 along with nation wide tours.
The American Gonzos - http://www.reverbnation.com/americangonzos
The Hope Griffing Band - http://www.reverbnation.com/hopegriffin
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Asheville's lady punk band is a force to be reckoned with!
Zombie Queen - www.facebook.com/ZombieQueenAsheville
Ivan the Terribles - http://www.reverbnation.com/ivantheterribles
Pleasures of the Ultra Violent - http://pleasuresoftheultraviolent.bandcamp.com/
DISCLAIMER COMEDY PRESENTS COMEDIAN TOM SIMMONS
Who said a comedian can’t be genuinely smart, deeply caring and outrageously funny at the same time?
Take Tom Simmons. He’s got it all - and more!
Tom is not afraid to strip long held beliefs of their credibility with an unprecedented blend of searing logic and great jokes. He questions everything and everyone, respectfully but with absolutely no respect at all. Everyday situations as a father and husband, TV consumer, grocery shopper, tourist, hobby philosopher and average bystander -- Tom finds comedy wherever he takes a good look.
LARRY MITCHELL BAND
W/ TRAVERS BROTHERSHIP : BACK STAGE
Larry Mitchell is a seasoned and driven musician/guitarist currently based in San Diego, California (U.S.A.) who denotes his playing style as instrumental music with emphasis on the guitar, as one might want to hear on his most recent recording, "Insatiable". His workhorse guitars consist of an Ibanez Blazer and an Ibanez A20n. Mitchell has been playing guitar since 1969, and truthfully shares his career objective, "To keep selling my CDs around the world. To be able to tour three of four times a year."
Larry Mitchell - http://www.larrymitchell.com/
Travers Brothership - http://www.reverbnation.com/traversbrothers
DAVE DRIBBON AND THE STOMPING RAIN
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Dave Dribbon (formally of Ten Hollow) has put together a new band in Asheville, NC. The Stomping Rain consists of Tim Marsh on Lead Guitar, Pete Van Rijssen on Bass and Kent Spillman (formally of Ten Hollow) on Drums.
While Dave has kept some Ten Hollow songs in the Stomping Rain repertoire, this band is full of new material and a new sound. With Pete’s melodic lines locking in with Kent’s super dynamic playing; the rhythm section is a perfect foundation for a diverse rock performance. Tim’s outstanding lead work is a must-see-live!
Along with the roots that have brought Dave this far, it goes without saying that this new sound is a step in the rock direction. There is no doubt that Stomping Rain is the best material you've heard from Dave Dribbon thus far. Some of Asheville's most talented musicians surrounding Dave as they move into a realm of rock that is soulful, hand carved and original.
Dave Dribbon & The Stomping Rain - www.reverbnation.com/davedribbonandthestompingrain
This Mountain - www.reverbnation.com/thismountain
DISCLAIMER COMEDY PRESENTS COMEDIAN DAVE STONE
Based in Los Angeles by way of Atlanta, Dave was named one of the “12 Comics to Watch” for 2013 by LA Weekly. Dave was a semi-finalist in CMT’s “Next Big Comic” in 2012 and in 2010 was named one of the top 8 up-and-coming comics in the country by Rooftopcomedy.com. Dave can be heard voicing several characters on Adult Swim’s hit animated series “Squidbillies” on the Cartoon Network and is a co-founding member of the nationally acclaimed “Beards of Comedy Tour”, who recently released their sophomore album “Cardio Mix” on Comedy Central Records and their web series “Beards Across America” has received over 1,000,000 views on MSN.com. Since 2008, Dave has spent 175+ days a year on the road, sharing stages with some of the industry’s brightest stars, such as Brian Regan, Patton Oswalt, Maria Bamford, Doug Benson, Marc Maron, Greg Proops and John Mulaney. Dave’s laid back and self-deprecating style make him a hit with a wide variety of audiences, transcending age, race, class, gender, height and weight.
Dave Stone - http://www.davestonecomedy.com/
W/ THOMAS MCNEELY : BACK STAGE
Layered, textured, complex, melodic -
Coastwest Unrest’s third album High Times
on Lowly Streets (out April 23 on Reclaim
Records) is equal parts electric and acoustic
with an underlying hum of punk - and
surprises await in every song. Robert Root,
who had worked extensively with The Killers,
co-produced the album with the band.
Kicking off the record, “Remembrance of
Things Past,” Noah Dickie (band leader, guitars and vocals) said, “I knew going in that I wanted
it to be that hectic, frantic, chaotic intro that just comes to that abrupt stop where all you hear is
that beautiful guitar progression and then BOOM--the band comes flying in when the drums
The main character of the album is Las Vegas where the band is based. Coastwest Unrest members are: Noah Dickie (Guitar, Bass, Harmonica, Vocal), Alex Barnes (Violin, backup vocals), Josh Dickie (Percussion), and Zoe Kohen Ley (Cello, Backup vocals). “No one notices the blood on the floor…In this valley the wind is watching…” warns Coastwest Unrest lead singer Noah Dickie in the song “The Wire Birds On Charleston Blvd” – a dark but upbeat nod to the bands hometown.
Coastwest Unrest - http://www.reclaimrecords.com/
BRUCE NEMEROV'S THE FEDORA BROS
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Bruce’s earliest musical memory is of his mother Dorothy playing The Beautiful Blue Danube on the family piano while he crouched under the instrument, his ear pressed to its rosewood side. This early attraction to sound set Bruce on his musical journey.
After a half-dozen years of training as a pianist, Bruce discovered the joy of improvised music in the folksong explosion taking place in California where his family relocated at the start of his teen years. Taking advantage of the Bay Area’s diverse cultural climate, Bruce heard and met many musicians — Son House, Bill Monroe, Muddy Waters, Wade Mainer, Mississippi John Hurt, Almeda Riddle, Mance Lipscomb and the Clara Ward Singers were among his favorites. They may have played in differing styles but were united in the strength of their personal expression.
Bruce has composed and performed music for film and television and produced and recorded albums for a variety of companies, including Warner Bros., Flying Fish, RCA Victor, and Rounder Records. He was an original cast member of Public Radio’s comedy show Riders Radio Theater starring Riders in the Sky, and now tours as a solo guitarist and in a vocal and guitar duet called The Fedora Bros.
Bruce Nemerov's The Fedora Bros - http://www.brucenemerov.com/
Circus Mutt - http://www.reverbnation.com/circusmutt
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Levee Daze is a jam machine in funk central, an ethereal expedition into a sonic wonderland. Based out of Baton Rouge, LA.
Levee Daze - http://www.reverbnation.com/leveedaze
Brotherbrother - https://www.facebook.com/brotherbrother
THE ALARM CLOCK CONSPIRACY
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The Alarm Clock Conspiracy is a multifaceted, indie rock, power pop quartet with musical influences from the 60’s and 70’s. Based out of Asheville, NC, The Alarm Clock Conspiracy has been exciting audiences and steadily building a crowd base of dedicated fans with their high energy performances, and genuine musicianship. The Alarm Clock Conspiracy pride themselves on good song writing with songs that are to the point and infectious. One thing that sets The Alarm Clock Conspiracy apart from most bands out there is their ability to fuse dynamic rock and roll with soulful acoustic music.
The Alarm Clock Conspiracy - http://www.alarmclockconspiracy.com/
Temperance League - http://temperanceleague.bandcamp.com/ Zip the Hippo - http://zipthehippo.com/
W/ SUN BROTHER, POET RADIO: BACK STAGE
Asheville NC art and music collective join forces and release their first effort as Mystery Cult. As we glare at the vast conspiracy that consumes us and gaze into the cauldrons of our soul..allow these songs to remind you of the hidden place that always haunts just below the surface. We can roll the bones and read the cards...but at this point in the voyage, the secret of Mystery Cult will have to remain a mystery.
Mystery Cult - http://www.reverbnation.com/mysterycult
Sun Brother - http://www.reverbnation.com/sunbrothersc
Poet Radio - http://www.reverbnation.com/poetradio
WHAM BAM BOWIE BAND
DAVID BOWIE TRIBUTE : BACK STAGE
The Cheeksters front man, Mark Casson, recreates a tribute to David Bowie. Casson channels the spirit of Bowie in an uncanny way. You don't want to miss it!MAY 3110:00 pm$10.00
GROWN UP AVENGER STUFF
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A quick description of Grown Up Avenger Stuff's sound could be "Hard Indie Rock" - perhaps Queens of the Stone Age mixed with Yeah Yeah Yeahs. What's so special about them? Their music has, even in the most dark intense moments, an embedded smile - a wish that the music touches your heart in a way that makes you feel happy to be alive and good about who you are. In the meantime, we want to get your heart pumping, your feet dancing, and spark a musical love affair with us for life.
Grown Up Avenger Stuff - http://www.reverbnation.com/grownupavengerstuff
Camp David - http://campdavidmusic.bandcamp.com/
Doss Church - http://www.purevolume.com/dosschurch
EAST COAST DIRT
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This Asheville, NC-based sonic monster takes the listener on a space-age rollercoaster ride with funky bass, thick organs, silky synths, edgy guitar riffs, and a driving drum and percussion section matched with creative songwriting and vocals. Elements of rock, soul and funk are the initial ingredients for ECD’s self-coined “Sneaker Boogaloo” - a danceable music-blender of styles, sounds and personas that extends well into the outer realms where progressive meets pop. ECD has been crafting their sound with spontaneity and structure since early 2007 when original members Wilson Hawes (bass, guitar), Brad Boughton (drums, vocals) and Will Little (keyboards, guitar) added Travis Bossler (percussion) and Alex Robertson (guitar) to the lineup to complete a collective chemistry with improvisations and compositions taking place simultaneously, all while connecting to the crowd, keeping everyone smiling and on the dance floor. Ranging from Knoxville to Charleston, and Atlanta to Virginia, music lovers have continuously shown their love and support for the band over the past five years, and now their music is reaching an even broader fan base as they explore many new venues in support of their self-titled release. The album was recorded at Asheville's Collapseable Studios, and showcases all aspects of their growth as a band. The album reached Relix Magazine’s national radio charts in April 2011. In 2013, the band presents their Hair of the Dog NC Brewery Tour, traveling to local and regional breweries to explore new flavors and new sounds. All in all, East Coast Dirt is a rock-n-roll band for the coming days, bringing with them the spirit of the classics we often miss in today's modern music.
East Coast Dirt - http://www.reverbnation.com/eastcoastdirt
Orphan Tree - http://soundcloud.com/espavl/shining-by-orphan-tree
THE FOX FIRE
A close knit folk rock quartet from Brevard, a little town nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains of western North Carolina.
The Fox Fire - http://www.reverbnation.com/thefoxfire
W/ ELIJAH HOOKER BAND, TWIST OF FATE : BACK STAGE
Gutterhound is a rock band from Asheville,N.C.,formed in 2010 by former members of Flopchopper,Mother Soul,and Ironside.The band consist of seasoned musicians Joel Shaffer(Lead Vocals),Joey Cain(Guitar),Scot Calloway(Guitar),Sloan Brigman(Bass&vocals),and Mike Hunnicutt (Drums&Vocals).Gutterhound plays original hard smacking rock 'n' roll mixed with a jolt of headbanging metal.Bringing a touch of old school, composed of blistering leads,big rock hooks,thundering drums and bass,and Bon Scott esque vocals.
Gutterhound - http://www.reverbnation.com/gutterhound
Elijah Hooker Band - http://www.reverbnation.com/ElijahHookerBand
W/ TREEHOUSE : BACK STAGE
Marrietta's Palm is a Reggae/Rock band based out of Asheville, NC who has been featured on WNCW and 98.1 The River. We stretch the boundaries of Reggae and Rock by incorporating Jazz, Blues and the resounding echoes and ambiance of what most consider Dub.
Marietta's Palm - http://www.reverbnation.com/marriettaspalm
Treehouse - http://www.treehousetheband.com/
REASONABLY PRICED BABIES
IMPROV SKETCH COMEDY : BACK STAGE
Founded in 2011, RPB is a group that hopes to change the world through the power of improv...or not.
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FrazierBand is an original, multi-genre, acoustic/electric quintet from East Nashville, Tennessee, USA started in 2010 by composer/singer/multi-instrumentalist John Frazier. The band’s first full-length recording project was recorded and released in 2011, and the band is touring in support of the debut while preparing to re-enter the studio in the fall of 2012. In addition, FrazierBand is working on a live album which is being recorded this summer and includes some of the band’s cover repertoire and obscure original material.
“FrazierBand seamlessly blends bluegrass and americana with jam-rock and jazz fusion, and turn it all into killer tunes with catchy hooks, straight-from-the-heart lyrics, funky rhythms, and virtuoso solos. These dudes rock!” -J Bryan Dill, The Nashville Collective
FrazierBand - http://www.frazierbandmusic.com/
Jon Stickley Band - http://www.jonstickley.com/
W/ WHALEBOAT, WARM THE BELL : BACK STAGE
Members of Pawtooth are Penelope Zing on vocals, Dee Wulf on guitar, Nickey Pete on drums and backing vocals and JLee on bass and backing vocals. Collectively the members have performed at notorious venues up and down the East Coast from Florida to New York City, including famous venues in New York such as CBGB, The Continental, The Pyramid & The Luxx. Also their collective resume includes performances at the 9:30 Club and The Black Cat in DC, The Masquerade, The Riviera, Eye Drum and Dark Horse Tavern in Atlanta (just to name a few from GA), Art Bar, New Brooklyn Tavern and Ground Zero in South Carolina, and many venues in Asheville including our own Lexingotn Avenue Brewery, Emerald Lounge, The Pulp, Stella Blue, Vincent's Ear, The Get Down and too many more to mention in The Carolinas, Georgia, Tennessee, Florida, Virginia, Baltimore, DC.
Penelope Zing has been compared to a mixture of Karen O from Yeah Yeah Yeah's , Amanda Palmer from Dresden Dolls, PJ Harvey meets Grace Slick inspired melodies with vocal styles reminiscent of early Siouxsie & The Banshees; Big, pronounced and unique.
The band's first EP, "Your Bullets Be Damned", avavilable only on Band Camp at the moment, gives us the post punk ,80's influenced ear candy of such straight ahead, hard hitting and energertic songs like the political "Unit 22" (named after a concentration camp in North Korea), "the Ride" an anti-ruphenol date rape song, and the rock gothic "Pariah". The first EP has primarily been a post punk, power pop affair, with some forays into raw garage rock stylings.
Along with the "Your Bullets Be Damned", Pawtooth plans to release a full length album this spring on the usual commercial outlets . This next release will have more groove heavy, danceable songs, still with an early 80's influence, but generally not quite as aggressive as their first cuts on the EP. Expect more orchestration, samples, backing vocals and keyboards, along with their usual power trio arrangement.
Pawtooth - http://www.reverbnation.com/pawtooth
Whaleboat - www.reverbnation.com/whaleboat
Warm The Bell - http://www.reverbnation.com/warmthebell
DISCLAIMER COMEDY PRESENTS COMEDIAN KYLE KINANE
Kyle Kinane is originally from Addison, Illinois, and has been performing for 10 years. He has been seen on NBC’s Last Call with Carson Daly and BBC’s The World Stands Up. He has performed in the Aspen Rooftop Comedy Festival, LA Comedy Fest, the Vancouver Comedy Festival, the DC Comedy Fest, and the Leicester Comedy Festival in the United Kingdom.
He now resides in Los Angeles. He’ll have you know he was rated #5 in the Top 10: Emerging Comedians list on Askmen.com.
Kyle Kinane - http://www.kylekinane.com/
THE LUXURY SPIRIT
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The Luxury Spirit is an Alternative/Indie Rock band from Asheville, NC. Moments of slight progressive leanings and shoe-gaze daydreaming can be heard in their sound with spacey melodic rock and major key melancholia. Drawing heavily on the sounds from their youth with bands like Hum, Sunny Day Real Estate, and Dinosaur Jr they craft huge songs with lush arrangements.
The Luxury Spirit - http://www.theluxuryspirit.com/
The Beast of Riverdale - https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Beast-of-Riverdale/389262077838744
TURCHI specializes in kudzu boogie, at the crossroads of American roots music, a blend between slide-guitar fuzz and rhythmic trances of the deep South, the remnants of a trainwreck between Mississippi Fred McDowell, Randy Newman, Jimi Hendrix, and RL Burnside. The band’s debut album “Road Ends in Water” (released March 2012 on Devil Down Records), featuring guest appearances by Luther Dickinson (North Mississippi Allstars, Black Crowes) was compared to the early work of the Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan in terms of songwriting, vocals, energy, and spirit, as well as with the White Stripes, Drive-By Truckers, and Black Keys.
Turchi - http://www.theturchi.com/