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Blue Goldsmiths in Biltmore Village

Shopping for Art in Asheville's Biltmore Village

“Sapphires come in seven different colors,” Susan tells me, nodding at the silver-hued band that she designed and made by hand. My Art Connections tour guide Sherry Masters models the ring, a small-yet-bold work of art, crafted from pure white gold and set with a dazzling amber-colored gem. The jewelry sparkles in the Sunday morning sun and I am genuinely enchanted by the gleam. Before

Joe Greene

African American Voices Speak of Rich History and Vibrant Future

We meet our guide Joe Greene at the WRES studio next to Jack of the Wood on Patton Avenue, as the groovy sounds of R&B, soul, and funk emanate from the station’s speakers. The music brings smiles and an occasional booty shake from passersby. Soaking in the lively bustle of modern downtown Asheville, one could easily overlook the city’s history and the voices of people who worked

Asheville Drum Circle

Asheville's Drum Circle

Every Friday night in the rounded outdoor amphitheater of downtown's Pritchard Park people join together to play thundering sounds on the drums, dance to the powerful rhythms, or just sit back and enjoy the show of individuality and diverse community. The Drum Circle is a free event all about creating harmony, both in music and with one another. The weekly ritual draws hundreds of people

Serafina

From Biltmore to the Forests: Your Guide to the Serafina Experience

Plan an escape that will bring the best-selling novel series to life In the cavernous basement of the Biltmore Estate and in the magical forests surrounding Asheville is a mythical protagonist, 12-year-old Serafina, who has captivated the attention of the nation’s readers. The first chronicle of her daring quest to solve mysteries, Serafina and the Black Cloak , enjoyed an extended stay atop

Asheville-born funk & soul musician Lyric

Homegrown Headliner: Lyric Catches the Ear of Asheville's Music Scene

Asheville native takes soul-pop sound from the sidewalks to the main stage Performing on the street in downtown Asheville’s Pack Square Park one day in 2011, Leeda “Lyric” Jones caught the attention of someone she never could have imagined. “I saw her and turned to my dad and said, ‘That’s Lizz Wright !” Jones said. Wright, an internationally-known jazz

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Music

Bright Star debuts on Broadway in 2016

Asheville Gets Broadway Spotlight in Steve Martin’s Bright Star

After retiring and stepping out of the glare of the spotlight, one of the best known standup comedians, Steve Martin, has become a chameleon in the entertainment world. Penning novella’s such as 2000’s Shop Girl -- which was later adapted to film -- tracking banjo based albums with powerhouse guest stars like Dolly Parton and Earl Scruggs, and now, in his latest

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Theater, Arts, Music

Jo Lasher Jr.

Who's Next: Asheville's Grammy Watch List

Which local musician will be next to bring home a Grammy ? There’s no shortage of promising talent. Keep an eye on rising country artist Joe Lasher Jr. who, at 19, is already splitting his time between Asheville and Nashville. And Chase Rice — the songwriter behind country megahit “Cruise” — is also an Asheville native. Jessica Tomasin, studio manager at  Echo

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Music

Steep Canyon Rangers

The Grammy Goes to... Asheville's Connections to the Most Coveted Music Awards

The red carpet at the Grammys' annual Los Angeles event may be more than 2,000 miles from Asheville, but plenty of local artists have made the star-studded stroll. In 2017, “kid-hop” artist Secret Agent 23 Skidoo — now based in California after launching his career in Western North Carolina — took home the award for Best Children’s Album. The album, Infinity

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Arts, Music

Fox & Beggar Ringleader

The New Old Razzle Dazzle

Discover Asheville’s Vaudeville Revival In Asheville, all the world’s a swirling stage of jugglers and street performers, burlesque stars and variety shows, fire breathers and acrobats. Since the early 20th century, when country yodeling star Jimmie Rodgers got his break on the local vaudeville circuit, flashy performing arts have taken center stage here. Today, the spirit of

Sense and Sensibility - Biltmore Weddings Exhibit

Costumes Return to Biltmore

New Display to Highlight Wedding Fashion from the Big Screen Long a destination for weddings and romantic getaways in its own right, Biltmore is celebrating that history with a new exhibition opening next year. “Fashionable Romance: Wedding Gowns in Film” will run from Feb. 12 through July 4, 2016 and will be included with estate admission. It follows in the successful footsteps of the