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Local Music Makers are coming out to play in the “grateful” month of November

In September I debuted at one of our newest breweries; a cool spot called The River Arts District Brewing Co. The guys I was playing with that night, and I noticed that as it got closer to downbeat, very few of our fans or their regular patrons were present on this beautiful late summer evening.

As we ended the first song and our small but mighty crowd applauded, the bassist told us that Live Music Asheville listed 99 different local music happenings on that very evening alone.

I don’t know why that came as a surprise but it did. There are constantly new places to play and new local musicians to discover. I’ll dive into the pros and cons on how this affects Asheville as a whole on a future feature.

For now let’s concentrate on some of the hardworking folks who will be appearing on local stages in the grateful month of November:

The Moon and You, bouncy pop duo featuring new parents Melissa Hyman & Ryan Furstenberg plays November 3rd at Mars Hill First Friday Music Series 5-8pm, November 11th at the Purple Onion with Ménage at 7:30pm and November 19th at Sierra Nevada 2-5pm.

Indie Appalachian Folk band, Tina and Her Pony are playing Story Parlor 7-9pm on November 11th.

Grab a dance partner and go see Mary Kay and The Moonlighters at The Alley Cat November 30th at 8:00pm.

See rustic Blues & Jazz vocalist Linda Mitchell at the Root Bar November 3rd 9-11pm and Bush Farmhouse November 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd & 30th 6:30-8:30pm.

Rock guitar goddess, Sal Landers and Party RX band will be curin’ what ails you at Asheville Guitar Bar November 11th 7:30- 9:30pm, at the Joint Next Door from 7-9pm November 16th and the Wheels Through Time Vintage Motorcycle Museum in Maggie Valley November 18th 10:00am-2:00pm.

Newcomer & prolific Whitney Monge will be part of the Highland Brewery Black Friday winter beer release November 24th.

From 6:30-9:30pm, Cosmic Americana jam band, Velvet Truck Stop will be at Sierra Nevada November 11th.

Em Hurley, Kim Butler and Linda Shew Wolf, 3 members from the neo psychedelic band Ovadya, will share the Cedar Mountain Canteen stage in Brevard November 17th, 2-4pm.

Americana/Roots trio, ‘Carver, Carmody and McIntyre,’ will play Burntshirt Winery Chimney Rock November 10th 5-8pm and at St. Paul Vineyards 3-6pm November 11th. Mare Carmody’s Songwriters Sessions will feature Nikki Talley and Peter Berglund at the Brandy Bar in Hendersonville November 19th, 7-9pm.

Deep River plays a mix of Eagles, Linda Ronstadt and Fleetwood Mac at White Horse Black Mountain November 11th, 8pm.

Melody Cooper brings her beatnik approach to Jazz night at Southern Appalachian Brewery November 8th, 7-9pm.

Throwback sounds are in the hands of Adrianne Blanks and The Oracles. Hear them November 3rd at the Meadowlark Speakeasy in Maggie Valley 7-10 pm & November 11th at Trailside Brewing in Hendersonville, 6-9pm.

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60s/70s hippie feel-good band Quickchester have two performances in November: The 11th 6-9pm at Mills River Brewing and a show called “Laurel Canyon East” at One World West November 18th at 4pm.

Females-fronted band, The Feels (indie R&B/Soul/Rock) is playing from 2-5pm at Sierra Nevada Brewing November 4th.

Pinkish Floyd band plays the White Horse Black Mountain November 18th at 8pm.

Hope Griffin’s wins for best songwriter will be on display November 10th at Mudpuppies Sushi and Sports 8-11pm and November 24th at Asheville Bier Garden 8-10pm.

They refer to themselves as a “quality Punk Rock band” and they call themselves The Deathbots. They’ll be provin’ it at Fleetwoods Saturday November 11th at 8pm.

“The Project’’ is a harmony driven cover band with drummer David Cohen. They’ll be at the DFR Room in Brevard November 11th 7:30 pm.

The smooth pop sounds of duo Vollie & Hank can be heard at Battery Park Book Exchange & Champagne Bar November 9th 5:30-7:30pm.

Hear youthful energy with singer Izzi Hughes at Leo’s Italian Social November 9th too, 6-9pm.

November 22nd’s Southern Appalachian Brewery Jazz jam features Ruth Cooney, Connor Law and Jonathan Pearlman, 7pm start.

I call them ‘the band with a conscience’ & they call themselves ‘The Get Right Band.’ They’re making waves & winning awards so go see them at Salvage Station November 18th, 8pm.

Rapper Kool Keith will also be performing at Salvage Station on November 12th with local support from Spaceman Jones and The Motherships! 8pm.

November 11th it’s Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band, led by our beloved Mama Funk. Be there! Salvage Station at 8pm.

Self-described ‘hard Blues and Funk’ outfit Swanny, Crowe & The Monk play Mills River Brewing November 11th 2-5pm and the Town Pump in Black Mountain November 15th 6-9pm.

Do you like Phish? The Lumpy Heads play every Thursday at The One Stop at Asheville Music Hall 9pm.

5 Walnut Wine Bar has music every night of the week:

Mondays: Caromia with Rahm & Friends (Jazz, Reggae, Americana)

Tuesdays: The John Henry’s (Gypsy Jazz & Standards)

Wednesdays: Bam-A-Lam (Lo-fi R&R)

Thursdays: Pleasure Chest (Surf, R&R)

Every Other Sat: Will Hartz & Friends (Sweet Soul with Southern ‘twang)

Sundays: Mood Ring (90’s Grooves)

Every Monday is a JLloyd Mashup at One World West. It’s the whole funk & nothin’ but the funk, so help you funk. Check it, 8pm.

A downtown Jazz jam started recently described as “magical.” It’s all the buzz at Leaf Global Thursdays 7-10pm.

Every Wednesday at The Inn on Biltmore is me! With my talented accompanists, Patrick on piano and Jeff on bass we play Jazz & Blues 6-9pm. November 4th Peggy Ratusz & Daddy LongLegs Blues & Dance Band - The Pillar Rooftop bar 6pm. My trio will play November 11th 7pm at Highland Brewing Downtown and November 10th at River Arts District Brewing, 6pm.

Every last Sunday of the month I host ‘Sunday Funday’ 4-6pm at Southern Appalachian Brewery.

Every first Saturday of the month starting in 2024, I will host my Invitational Blues Showcases 4-7pm at One World West.

I can speak for every working musician when I extend a ginormous “Thank you!” It’s not lost on us that we couldn’t do what we do without your generous support. By generous, I not only mean from your pockets, but by spreading the word where your favorite people are performing.

We see you!


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