Tags:Friday, June 4
• The second downtown art walk of the season is already upon us, with Asheville Galleries opening their doors starting around 5 p.m. Learn more here; read about the event here. Among the openings: Daniel Nevins' Namaste Project at Blue Spiral 1 (38 Biltmore Ave.), Greenward Turn: A Faerie Romp book launch at Sean Pace Gallery and The Wine Bar (5 Walnut St.), Fertile Ground: works of Liz Sparks and Darrell Loy Scott at American Folk Art & Framing (64 Biltmore Ave.), Innerscapes featuring the work of Gil and Jacquelyn Leebrick at Castell Photography (2C Wilson Alley). Free to view.
• Americana singer/songwriter Paul Cataldo puts in an early appearance at Pineapple Jack’s (643 Haywood Rd., Asheville, 253-8860). 6 p.m., free.
• Brevard-based bluegrass quintet QuarterHouse at UNC Asheville (1 University Heights, Asheville), 6 p.m.
• Joshilyn Jackson is a regional favorite at Malaprop's (55 Haywood St., Asheville, 254-6734) where she'll read from her novel, Backseat Saints. 7 p.m., free.
• 2009 Carolina Music Award winner Chad Mackey is a bit of a surprise if you've never heard him before. He writes cute, sweet songs (makes sense, as he's cute and sweet). He plays guitar and ukulele and sings these bubbly feel-good tunes that would provide the perfect soundtrack for peddling a beach cruiser along the surf. He holds his CD release show for If The World Is Listening... at Firestorm Cafe (48 Commerce St., Asheville, 255-8115). 8 p.m.
• Writes singer/songwritr/performer Jason Ross Martin, "I am opening for The Hundred Hands at The Boiler Room (11 Grove St., Asheville, 505-1612). This is going to be an incredible show, as The Hundred Hands have been preparing to release a new album of material that is amazing. After a period of hard feelings among us stemming from the demise of the group Poisonedarts over the past 3 years, we have reconciled. Jazz guitarist Royce Guinn will also be a part of the reunion show, reprising his role in an even earlier incarnation dating back to 2000." (You know, there are zillions of songs about breaking up but only one about reuniting. Cheers to this particular reunion!) 9 p.m.
• According to the Churchkey Records publicist, "two awesome Durham bands will be in Asheville" this weekend. Hammer No More The Fingers (pictured) is "an indie rock trio in the classic vein of Archers Of Loaf and Built To Spill, and they're riding a wave of ever-expanding notoriety" and "Free Electric State personifies "big music" in the best way possible. Often huge, often lush, the group's engrossing sound is a blissfully dense wall of swirling guitars, steady drums and the gorgeously mournful vocals of Shirlé Hale." Both will play the New French Bar at 9 p.m.
• RiYeN RoOtS☮ offers up a fresh, bluesy take on roots music. And a 9 p.m. set at Tall Gary's College Street Pub (4 College St., Asheville, 232-0809).
• Local rocker The If You Wannas perform at the Pisgah Brewing Company (150 Eastside Dr., Black Mountain, 669-0190) at 9 p.m. Free.
• Indie-pop trio Shod My Feet plays for the wine drinking crowd at Flat Rock Wine Shoppe's Back Room (2701 C Greenville Hwy., Flat Rock, 697-6828). 9 p.m.
Saturday, June 5
• Two events at Malaprop's (55 Haywood St., Asheville, 254-6734): Tiffany Laufer reads from her children's book about a dog, Bellaboo, who dreams of saving the earth through recycling. 3 p.m. And at 7 p.m., Leah Stewart discusses her novel, Husband & Wife.
• From the Greensboro-based band's own Myspace page: "The Family Eversole was formed in 2007 on the heels of Never Eversole's debut record release entitled, Creature. During and after the recording, he found that the same talented and versatile musicians that helped create the record, would also form an extremely good band." The Fam plays Feed and Seed (3715 Hendersonville Rd., Fletcher, 216-3492). 6 p.m., free.
• From a press release: "Summer Music in Flat Rock will present a special concert Saturday, June 5, featuring local singer/songwriter Tom Fisch [read a review of Fisch's music here]. This free outdoor concert is presented by the Flat Rock Merchants Association with sponsorship help from The Village of Flat Rock as part of Celebrate Flat Rock! Day. The concert will be held in Flat Rock on Little Rainbow Row’s back deck (behind the colorful shops, corner of Greenville Highway and West Blue Ridge Road) from 6-8 p.m."
• Another Day Falls, from Charlotte, shares a bill with White Widow at The Boiler Room (11 Grove St., Asheville, 505-1612). 8 p.m.
• Says that Brooke Clover Band, "We play electric gypsy roots rock. We have a stellar line up with Lindsey Pruett on electric violin, local bass hero Zack Page on Bass and Brian Festa from Dashvara on drums. We’ll be incorporating gags, comedy and theatrics and a an acoustic gypsy cover of Twisted Sister’s 'We’re not going to take it.'" Mo Daddy's (77 Biltmore Avenue, Asheville, 258-1550), 9 p.m.
• East Coast Dirt cals it's particulare fusion of rock, jazz and jam "sneaker boogaloo." Find out exactly what that means at Hannah Flanagan’s (27 Biltmore Ave., Asheville, 252-1922). 9 p.m.
• Athens-Nashville-Los Angeles Southern Rocker Boo Ray comes to the LAB (39 N. Lexington Ave., Asheville, 252-0212). 9:30 p.m.
• Rafe Hollister brings bluegrass/Americana/rock to The Town Pump (135 Cherry St., Black Mountain, 669-4808) around 9:30 p.m.
• Recently back from European tour, and with a four-star Scottish review to boot, Woody Pines (pictured here, with Billy Joe Shaver) brings swinging, ragtime, country blues and viper jazz to the Westville Pub (777 Haywood Rd., West Asheville, 225-9782). 10 p.m., $5.
• Noise In Print joins It's Just Vanity for a 10 p.m. show at Fred’s Parkside Pub (122 College St., Asheville, 281-0920).