Friday, March 11
Hear the twangy sounds of the legendary Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, an American country-folk-rock band that has existed in various forms since its founding in Long Beach, California in 1966. The group's membership has had at least a dozen changes over the years, including a period from 1976 to 1981 when the band performed and recorded as The Dirt Band. The band is often cited as instrumental to the progression of contemporary country and roots music. Their music has achieved multi-platinum success including distinct honors of having their album Circle preserved by the Library of Congress.
Saturday, March 12
Portland, Oregon's experimental-rock trio Menomena is always full of surprises. Since self-releasing its debut, I Am The Fun Blame Monster!, in 2000, it's been a solid 10-year career full of innovative music. Over the past decade, the perfectionists fuse guitar, glockenspiel, bass, baritone and alto sax, keys, percussion and vocals, playing several instruments at once and swapping between songs. At their aid is their very own homemade computer program, which loops their instrumental riffs together, allowing Menomena to delicately mix punk and funk rhythms with eerie, deep melodies, and gorgeous vocal harmonies. Clearly their process is an intricate one, but it makes for quite a spectacular live experience.
Sunday, March 13
If you love the soulful sounds of old school R&B, then you will not want to miss Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings. This band played to a sold out audience the last time they visited The Orange Peel ensuring a hasty return to Asheville. This Brooklyn based band is steeped in the gilded and gritty sounds of gospel, soul, and funk. This nine-piece act continues to electrify fans, disc jockeys, critics, record collectors, and bloggers the world over with their heart-felt sound.