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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Sunday

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w/ Almuten, Zin Vetro, DJ Matthew Storm Schrader

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

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Feb
19
Monday
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The Dirty Soul Revival

w/ Galena, The Andrew Thelston Band

9pm - $Free!

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Feb
20
Tuesday

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w/ Furnace Creek, Pale Talk

9pm - $5

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Feb
21
Wednesday
Free Show!

Wayland

w/ Jeff Santiago & Los Gatos

Doors 7:30 - $Free Show!

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Feb
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Thursday

Kitty Tsunami

w/ The Cannonball Jars, North By North, Luxury Club

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

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Saturday

Nest Egg

w/ Aunt Sis, Matt & Jon spinning Xian Records

Doors 8:30 Show 9:30 - $5

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Feb
25
Sunday

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

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Feb
26
Monday
Free Monday!

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w/ Morgan Orion, Never Getting Famous, Noel Thrasher

9pm - $Free

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Feb
28
Wednesday

Conan

w/ The Ditch and The Delta, Waft

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

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Mar
01
Thursday

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w/ Prince Daddy and the Hyena, TBA

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

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Mar
02
Friday

Arlie

w/ William Hinson

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

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Mar
03
Saturday

Stephanie Morgan and the Mercurists (Birthday Show!)

w/ "Night of Bravery"

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

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ITPOW
Mar
04
Sunday

In The Presence of Wolves

w/ GEPH, Verse Vica

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

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Mar
05
Monday

Ed Schrader's Music Beat

w/ Kreamy 'Lectric Santa

9pm - $Free

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Mar
06
Tuesday

Escondido

w/ KOLARS

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
08
Thursday

Combo Chimbita

w/ DJ Malinalli & DJ Red Iyah from Asheville FM's Ritmo Kultural, Marty Chutrovich: Club Organ

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

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Mar
09
Friday
Orbit DVD Presents...

Everything Is Terrible!



Doors 8pm, Show 9pm - $10

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Mar
09
Friday

Official Flaming Lips After-Party w/ Brothers Griiin!!!



Doors 11pm - $Free!

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Mar
10
Saturday
Harvest Records & The Mothlight Present...

A Cosmic and Earthly History of Recorded Music According to Mississippi Records



Doors 8pm, Show 9pm - $10

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MOTH
Mar
15
Thursday

The Moth: True Stories Told Live (Theme: Tests)



7pm - $10

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SoftKill
Mar
16
Friday

Soft Kill

w/ Choir Boy, Secret Shame

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

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white-oak-splits
Mar
17
Saturday

White Oak Splits

w/ The Hot Knives, The Fuzzards

Doors 8:30, Show 9:30 - $6

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Mar
19
Monday
Free Mothlight Monday!

Snail Mail

w/ Shame, BEX

Doors 8pm, Show 9pm - $Free

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Mar
20
Tuesday

Courtney Marie Andrews

w/ Matt Dorrien

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

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Mar
21
Wednesday
Stella Blue Presents...

Dead Meadow

w/ Dallas Acid, Delicious

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

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steve-gunn
Mar
22
Thursday

Steve Gunn

w/ Nathan Bowles

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

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thelma
Mar
23
Friday

Thelma and the Sleaze

w/ Kitty Tsunami, Bad Molly

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

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agent-orange
Mar
28
Wednesday
Worthwhile Sounds Presents...

Agent Orange

w/ The Atom Age

Doors 8pm, Show 9pm - $15

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Caroline Rose
Mar
29
Thursday

Caroline Rose

w/ Wasi

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

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loamlands
Mar
30
Friday

Loamlands

w/ Nana Grizol

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

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brie-capone
Mar
31
Saturday

Brie Capone

w/ The Maggie Valley Band

Doors 8pm, Show 9pm - $8

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khruangbin
Apr
04
Wednesday
The Mothlight & The Grey Eagle Present...

Khruangbin **AT THE GREY EAGLE**

w/ The Mattson 2

Doors 8pm, Show 9pm - $15adv / $17

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Apr
04
Wednesday
The Literary Council of Buncombe County Presents:

The 27th Annual Spelling Bee!



6pm - 9pm - $10

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xiu
Apr
06
Friday

Xiu Xiu

w/ TBA

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

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circuit-des-yeux
Apr
10
Tuesday

Circuit des Yeux

w/ TBA

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

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Apr
13
Friday

2018 AVL Shellac Bash II



Doors 7pm, Show 8pm - $10adv / $12

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Apr
14
Saturday

Nap Eyes

w/ She-Devils

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

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Apr
15
Sunday

Screaming Females

w/ Thou, HIRS, Teenage Halloween

Doors 8pm, Show 9pm - $15

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Apr
18
Wednesday

RLYR

w/ Fotocrime, Secret Shame

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

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MOTH
Apr
19
Thursday

The Moth: True Stories Told Live (Theme: Caught)



Doors 7pm, Stories 7:30 - $10

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Durand-Jones
Apr
24
Tuesday

Durand Jones & The Indications

w/ Major Murphy

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

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acid-mothers
Apr
25
Wednesday

Acid Mothers Temple & The Melting Paraiso UFO

w/ Yoo Doo Right

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

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Apr
27
Friday

Loma

w/ Jess Williamson

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

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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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Apr
30
Monday

Imarhan (Sadam from Tinariwen)

w/ TBA

Doors 8pm, Show 9pm - $15

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MOTH
May
16
Wednesday

The Moth: True Stories Told Live (Theme: Ego)



Doors 7pm, Stories 7:30 - $10

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pillorian
May
24
Thursday

Pillorian

w/ Shadow of the Destroyer, All Hell

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

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May
27
Sunday

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w/ Prettiest Eyes

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

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MOTH
Jun
21
Thursday

The Moth: True Stories Told Live (Theme: Endings)



Doors 7pm, Stories 7:30 - $10

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