2017
Existing While Black: Part II – The Road to Liberation
November
12
Sunday
Doors 7:30pm, Show 8pm - $Donations
Existing While Black: Part II - The Road to Liberation
Existing While Black: Part II - The Road to Liberation is the second installment in the Existing While Black series. This is a spoken word show that could be deemed as the cousin to "Color ME Brown: Conversations with unmuted voices", a documentary (2012) by Nicole Townsend that posed the simple question: "What is it like to be brown in Asheville, NC." The film gave a unique platform that allowed for Black and Latinx folks residing in Asheville, NC to share their stories related to navigating through a white progressive southern city.

Spoken word is an oral art that focuses on the aesthetics of wordplay and intonation and voice inflection. The show will unapologetically dig deep into the realities of navigating through a white supremacist society while existing in a black body. Attendees should expect to be challenged, as they will not be pacified.

Host: Sheneika Smith (she/her) is a native of Asheville, NC. She left the city in the late 90's to pursue higher education and eventually began to work in the mental health field. After being away from Asheville for over 12 years, she felt a calling to journey back. As soon as she re-rooted, she pulled up her sleeves and began working on the "Date My City" initiative, which is dedicated to the inclusion and empowerment of Black Asheville. Sheneika can often be found mentoring and creating space that allows for leaders of color to develop their skills and talents.

Poet: Nicole Townsend (she/her) is a community organizer and poet currently living in Asheville, NC. She was born and raised in the bootheel of Missouri and is a proud Missourian. Nicole is unapologetically Black and Queer. Her people are migrants from Mississippi Her people are sharecroppers, homemakers, cooks, factory workers, nurses, military personnel, d-boys, addicts, and dreamers. Her journey into movement work came many years before she attended her first organized action. At the age of 11, her family suffered a tragic loss which pushed her to learn about social justice. During this time, she became extremely close with her older brother Raheem who was incarcerated in a federal prison. He taught her about some of the most powerful Black radicals, who have all helped shaped her political ideology. Nicole is currently wearing many hats as she collectively fights for the liberation of Black folks, of Undocumented folks, of Queer folks, of Trans folks, and of Poor folks. She is affiliated with SONG, Asheville Writers in Schools, Bountiful Cities, CIMA, and the Grassroots Equity Alliance. When she is not putting in work, she likes to snuggle with her beagle Roscoe and her cat Willow.

Musician: LYRIC (she/her) is a singer-songwriter, musician, and music teacher. She was born and raised in Asheville, North Carolina. After going through the motions of college, she soon realized that it wasn’t the path she should be on, so she took to Youtube and taught herself how to play guitar. Lyric began busking with only two songs, an original titled “Stride”, and “Halo” by Beyonce. Since taking to the streets, Lyric has shared the stage with legends such as Amy Ray (Indigo Girls), Mavis Staples, Fred Wesley, Count M’Butu and Warren Haynes; and she just wrapped her first North East Tour with Lizz Wright. She draws inspiration from India Arie, Tracy Chapman, and Lauryn Hill. Which isn’t surprising once one hears the way she gracefully intertwines Soul, R&B, Funk, and even a little Hip-Hop - the best portrayal of this intertwinement can be heard in “You Can Win”, which is on her “Perspective” EP.
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Dec
18
Monday
Free Monday!

Goldlight & Snakemusk

w/ Fortune Teller, 2 Slices, Livingdog

9pm - $Free

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Dec
19
Tuesday
Harvey Leisure's Second Interstellar Installation

Debtors Prism

w/ Falcon Mitts, Bill Coonan, Wes Tirey

Doors 8:30, Show 9:30 - $5

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Dec
20
Wednesday

Glass Bricks

w/ Shadow Show, The Half That Matters

Doors 8:30, Show 9:30 - $5

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Dec
21
Thursday

The Moth: True Stories Told Live. (Theme: Dirt)



Doors 7pm, Show 7:30 - $10

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Dec
22
Friday
A Welcome Winter Party!

Lil Meow Meow

w/ Andy Loebs, Spit God, Alex Brown

Doors 8:30, Show 9:30 - $Free!

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Dec
23
Saturday

Drayton & The Dreamboats

w/ Krektones

Doors 8pm, Show 9pm - $8

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Dec
26
Tuesday
Harvey Leisure's Second Interstellar Installation

Harvey Leisure Solo

w/ Smoke Bellow, Alec Sturgis

Doors 8:30, Show 9:30 - $5

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Dec
31
Sunday

New Year's Freak Out #12 Dance Party! w/ ZenSoFly & DJs Abu Disarray (Total Gold), Bridal Parti Burcardi, Debbie Fred



10pm - $10adv / $15

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Jan
04
Thursday

The Eccentrics

w/ Carolina Wray, Slugly

Doors 8:00, Show 9:00 - $5

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Jan
05
Friday
A Benefit for the Blue Ridge General Defense Comittee

Siyah

w/ P.T.P., Sk, The Novelist, Free the Optimus

Doors 8:30 Show 9:30 - $5

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Jan
06
Saturday
Blue Mountain Mischief Productions Presents:

Telic

w/ Chaos Among Cattle, Fractured Frames

Doors 8:30 Show 9:30 - $5

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Jan
09
Tuesday

Coma Cinema

w/ Pictures of Vernon, Mineral Girls, Cheem

Doors 8:00, Show 9:00 - $5

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Jan
12
Friday
Stella Blue Presents:

Charlie's on Acid

w/ Gutterhound, Strange Avenues

Doors 8:00, Show 9:00 - $10

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Jan
13
Saturday

Disco Sweat XXXVI



10pm - $5

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Jan
16
Tuesday

David Dondero



Doors 8pm, Show 9pm - $8adv / $10

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Jan
24
Wednesday

The Nude Party

w/ Kitty Tsunami, Jon Dwyer

Doors 8pm, Show 9pm - $10adv / $12

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Jan
29
Monday
Free Monday!

Tombstone Highway

w/ Dropshot, Spearfinger, Styrofoam Turtles

Doors 8:00, Show 9:00 - $Free

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Feb
01
Thursday

Jens Lekman



Doors 8:30, Show 9:30 - $15

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Feb
08
Thursday

H.C. McEntire

w/ House & Land, Ryan O'Keefe

Doors 8pm, Show 9pm - $10adv / $12

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Feb
09
Friday

Bombadil

w/ The Moon and You

Doors 8:00, Show 9:00 - $10adv / $12

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Feb
16
Friday
Worthwhile Sounds Presents...

Phoebe Bridgers

w/ Soccer Mommy

Doors 8:30, Music 9:30 - $10adv / $12

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Feb
22
Thursday

Kitty Tsunami

w/ Ouroboros Boys, North By North, Luxury Club

Doors 8:00, Show 9:00 - $5

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Feb
25
Sunday

Diet Cig

w/ Great Grandpa, The Spook School

Doors 8pm, Show 8:30 - $13adv / $15

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Feb
28
Wednesday

Conan

w/ The Ditch and The Delta

Doors 8:30, Show 9:30 - $12adv / $14

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Mar
02
Friday

Arlie



Doors 8:30, Show 9:30 - $10

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Mar
06
Tuesday

KOLARS

w/ Escondido

Doors 8:30 Show 9:30 - $12adv/ 15

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Mar
07
Wednesday

Shopping

w/ French Vanilla

Doors 8:30, Music 9:30 - $10adv / $12

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Mar
09
Friday
Orbit DVD Presents...

Everything Is Terrible!



Doors 8pm, Show 9pm - $10

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Mar
19
Monday
Free Mothlight Monday!

Snail Mail

w/ Shame

Doors 8pm, Show 9pm - $Free

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Mar
22
Thursday

Steve Gunn



Doors 8:30, Music 9:30 - $13adv / $15

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Caroline Rose
Mar
29
Thursday

Caroline Rose



Doors 8pm, Show 9pm - $10adv / $12

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Apr
15
Sunday

Screaming Females

w/ Thou, HIRS

Doors 8pm, Show 9pm - $15

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Durand-Jones
Apr
24
Tuesday

Durand Jones & The Indications



Doors 8:30, Show 9:30 - $12adv / $14

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acid-mothers
Apr
25
Wednesday

Acid Mothers Temple & The Melting Paraiso UFO



Doors 8:30, Show 9:30 - $12adv / $14

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Apr
28
Saturday

The Soft Moon

w/ Boy Harsher

Doors 8:30, Show 9:30 - $13adv / $15

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