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"HATCHfest- Asheville" Announces Dates

Wednesday, March 18th, 2009

ASHEVILLE, N.C. – HATCHfest Asheville will launch its inaugural creative artists festival April 15-19, 2009, with events being held in prime downtown locations including Asheville Area Arts Council (front gallery), Echo Mountain Studios, Fine Arts Theatre, Pack Place and The Orange Peel. Film screenings, concerts and exhibits from groundbreaking artists from around the world will occupy these venues. HATCHfest’s mission is to encourage economic development through mentorship, educational panels and labs. All educational events will be free to the general public.

"The participation of some of the best artistic venues in Asheville is an exciting step towards this uniquely innovative and creative event," said Alison Watson, co-chair of HATCHfest Asheville. "The festival dates are set and we’re continuing to build our roster of emerging and established artists who will share their talents and mentoring abilities with aspiring artists from our community and beyond."

Watson said that the founding festival in Bozeman was an inspiration to her when she visited last October.

"The original HATCH is a great example of what creative minds can do when they collaborate. The founders are visionary and we really hope to develop a sister-city connection that nurtures artists and provides a platform for excellence."

The event will showcase some of the world’s best creative artists in film, music, architecture, technology, design, journalism, photography and fashion. Designed to develop and foster growth of creative minds through mentorship, HATCHfest has also become a catalyst for economic development.

"We hope HATCHfest is an event that contributes positively to Asheville not only from a cultural perspective but also as an economic driver," said Neal Reed, manager of the Fine Arts Theatre. "The artistic community of Asheville is a main attraction for visitors. The festival will highlight our thriving arts scene, reinforcing Asheville’s reputation as a creative hotspot."

The original HATCHfest was launched in Bozeman, Mont. and is held annually in the fall.

For additional information on HATCHfest Asheville, visit www.HATCHasheville.org

Henry Rollins coming to Asheville

Monday, December 17th, 2007
Henry Rollins

Former Black Flag front man and spoken word orator extraordinaire Henry Rollins is coming to Asheville’s Orange Peel on February 22nd at 8pm. The show will be all spoken word and is entitled "Provoked".

Tickets for the show in Asheville went on sale December 14 and can be obtained through Ticketmaster, Etix.com and Ticketweb. The show will surely incite and show insight, while also enraging and enlightening the crowd.

"Not many people can hold a crowd of hundreds transfixed for three hours using only a microphone and a flat black backdrop, but Renaissance Man Henry Rollins is one of them," said a Reno Gazette reviewer. "Rollins’ talks are so fluid, it’s hard to tell how much is planned, how much is off the cuff."

In the show, Rollins rants about current events like the war in Iraq and the media, all the while weaving in personal experiences in places like Syria and Australia.

Rollins also hosts "The Henry Rollins Show" on the Independent Film Channel. His past guests have included Iggy Pop and actor Don Cheadle.

Tickets for the Asheville show are available through Ticketweb.com.

Asheville’s Orange Peel to host Acoustic Syndicate

Wednesday, November 21st, 2007
Acoustic Syndicate

In case you haven’t heard of them, Acoustic Syndicate is a native North Carolina rock / folk / bluegrass group. Formed in 1992, the band has toured all over the United States, playing at major festivals such as Farm Aid and Bonnaroo. Their harmonies and intricate banjo playing exemplify one of the many reasons they have been successful. While most of the band’s members hail from just outside Shelby, North Carolina, bassist Jay Saunders is an Asheville native and he is coming home for Thanksgiving in a big way.

Though the band announced it was going to take an indefinite break in 2005, they reunited last spring and have decided to play their yearly homecoming concert here in Asheville at The Orange Peel. There are also rumors that the newly reunited band will record its seventh album.

Acoustic Syndicate has stated that they never had any plans to stop producing music for good, but that they just needed a break from the constant grind of touring. Before the break, the band was touring 250 days a year just to stay afloat with their record contract.

Having said they will continue to play concerts, there are no formal plans for booking any national tours in the near future. They have stated that this time around, the terms will be their own and they will pick their own shows. For right now, the band members seem to be content spending as much time as they can with their friends and families.

The concert is November 24th, with the doors opening at 8. Tickets are $15 in advance and $17 at the gate.

Nada Surf coming to Asheville’s The Orange Peel

Monday, October 29th, 2007

New York based Indie Rock band Nada Surf hits the Orange Peel Tuesday, October 30th, 2007, touring in support of their new album "Lucky". Doors open at 8 pm.

"Lucky" is Nada Surf’s fifth record and third made for Seattle’s Indie label, Barsuk Records, following the successful and critically lauded "Let Go" (2003) and "The Weight is a Gift" (2005). The band lineup for almost 12 years has been and still is Matthew Caws (vocals, guitar), Daniel Lorca (bass) and Ira Elliot (drums).

Sea Wolf is to be the opening band. Tickets are $15.00, available from Ticketweb.