by Sue Ford
Playing music and singing with other people is a powerful way of creating community. Harmonizing with voices and instruments is a beautiful expression of synergy. Synergy is “the interaction of two or more ingredients to produce a combined effect greater than the sum of their separate effects.” When we make music as a group, we have the potential to tap into an archetypal power of music. I am not talking about engaging in the profession of music, I am referring to making music with others for the love of music and community.
Different Strokes! Performing Arts Collective Inc. is a 501(c) 3 certified non-profit organization which purposes to increase and sustain opportunities for more diversity within the Western North Carolina performing arts community, by producing, and working with other performance artists or groups to present works which confront issues of social diversity in a provocative way; and by providing opportunities for audiences to explore visions of our diverse world.
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Asheville has a vibrant music community, but reading through dozens of venue websites can be tedious and time consuming. With so many shows happening each week, it can be easy to miss one of your favorite bands. Asheville Music Guide (AMG) is an independent, locally developed online resource that aims to help fans of live music stay up to date with shows happening at all of the venues in Asheville.
Being avid concert goers, musicians, and Asheville residents, we realized the need for something to keep track of upcoming concerts in the area, and then decided to build it. From intimate acoustic sets to dirty rock ‘n roll bands to nationally-known headlining artists, AMG is the home for all things Asheville Music. But, we’re more than just your run of the mill online event calendar. We recognize that you have certain preferences and your own eclectic music taste. Build and save a personalized schedule of your can’t-miss shows, favorite musicians, and go to venues. There’s an everest of music out there, let us be your guide.
Angry old white men sittin’ on the bench.
Angry old white men clingin’ to your power
But the karma’s gonna come on down.
Lies are lies, not alternative facts.
Lies are lies, and the truth’ll come out.
Lies are lies, you better clean up your act
Cause the karma’s gonna come on down
The karma’s gonna come on down.
The karma’s gonna come on down real soon.
Do unto others what you want done to you,
Cause the karma’s gonna come on down. Oh, yeah.
Since 2000, cellist Yo-Yo Ma has brought together musicians from all over the world with his Silk Road project.
Video of the performance after the screening by part of The Silk Road Ensemble. The concert on YouTube The Trailer for the Music of Strangers Yo-Yo Ma, Kathryn Stott – Ave Maria (J.S. Bach/ Gounod)
Asheville’s artists and entertainers shape the soul of this community. Our stage is expansive, spilling out the stage doors and onto sidewalks, into verdant parks and summer meadows, and large enough to accommodate a regular cast of all ages all year long. No matter what sparks your interest—be it Shakespeare or Sketch Comedy, Gershwin or Garage Rock, Ballet or Bluegrass—our spotlights and streetlamps will ignite your passion no matter what form it takes. There’s a show about to start. Discover the power of performance. Let LiveWire light the way.
Welcome to one of the treasures of Western North Carolina. The Haywood Arts Regional Theatre, founded in 1985, is a volunteer-based community theatre showcasing the talents of the people of the region. HART, under the leadership of Executive Director Steven Lloyd, has grown into one of the most active theatres in the Southeast, producing a year-round schedule of plays and musicals from its home, The Performing Arts Center at the Shelton House. Opened in 1997, and funded by the support of people throughout the community, HART’s home is a stunning facility constructed in the style of the traditional Summer Stock playhouses of the 1920’s. Architect Joe Sam Queen and builder Pat Burgin used native materials to create a facility that is both grand and informal. Click here for seasonal shows Haywood Arts Regional Theater
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The natural wonders of the North Carolina mountains, like the arts themselves, evoke powerful feelings and uplift the human spirit. Western Carolina University’s Bardo Arts Center channels that emotion and provides a fresh and inspiring venue for world-class performers and artists. Here is the focal point where all of the disciplines of the arts come together to inspire, to engage and to excite audiences and artists alike. Join us for some of the highest caliber performances you’ll ever experience.
The elegant 1,000-seat performance hall, with its finely-tuned acoustics and state-of-the-art lighting system, plays host all year long to a series of arts events by regional, national and international guests. In this setting, you’ll be transformed as the lights go down and the artist takes the stage. Imagine the silence of rapture during a concert, the moments of shared emotion upon a dramatic twist of plot or the post-performance buzz in the lobby. How will the next live performance touch your soul? Click here to plan your visit
See the debut episode of MUSE: The Arts Show featuring Weaverville’s master puppeteer Hobey Ford. Join host Laura Ritchie as MUSE: The Arts Show takes you across the country, and all around North Carolina, showcasing the artists, craftspeople and local groups putting their talents to work in their communities. Hobey Ford| Master Puppeteer | UNC-TV Arts | PBS
LaMotte’s first album in a decade offers twelve new songs played by three dozen musicians from six continents. A fusion of cultural influences, from blues to bluegrass and from Latin to African, are mixed together by LaMotte and his two co-producers, Chris Rosser and Tom Prasada-Rao, to create an aural travelogue that mirrors LaMotte’s own geographical journey in the last ten years. The songs are also informed by his personal journey—becoming a father, living and working around the world, and exploring his own capacity for positive impact in questions of justice and peace.
MY GRANDFATHER’S PRAYERS premiered this past Sunday, June 18th to a full crowd. The feedback has been very moving and encouraging. We have a few more bookings over the Summer and will begin marketing the show to other locations. If you have connections within the community that would help us, please send them along. If you know people in the Cleveland, Boston, or Mpls. area, please let them know about our upcoming performances. Ticket price is $15.
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We believe Asheville is ready to support a unique, multicultural, progressive, vegan gathering spot for activists, artists, educators, community organizers, and others. Here we can come together to socialize, dream, and to create positive social change in Western North Carolina and beyond – over reasonably-priced sustainable wines, artisan beers, classioc craft cocktails, and light, vegan, organic fare. THE BLOCK off biltmore functions as a local melting pot for people who thirst for a more just, inclusive, and peaceful world.
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The Asheville Symphony Orchestra performs and promotes symphonic music for the benefit, enjoyment and education of the people of Western North Carolina. The Asheville Symphony was established in 1960. At that time, all musicians performed on a volunteer basis and the Symphony was without a resident conductor or manager.
Duo Vela’s goal is to transport audiences to distant lands by playing music from many cultures, displaying the beauty of diversity that exists in the world.
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MAGNETIC THEATRE is a not-for-profit production company that gives original works and the people who make them a home to share with enthusiastic audiences. We are proud to be the only professional theatre in the southeast (that we know of) dedicated to world premieres, and one of the few in the country.
“Girls Rock Asheville is a nonprofit camp dedicated to empowering girls, trans* youth and ladies of all backgrounds and abilities through music education. As mentors, we provide a supportive space to encourage participants to express themselves through performance, positive identity development, musical experimentation, peer collaboration and DIY production.”
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