Three decades from now, a documentary filmmaker in search of his next rockumentary will come across The Broadcast and realize he’s hit gold. The story of the rock and soul outfit not only comes with its own high-octane soundtrack, it hits on all the key points: Challenges are overcome, miles are logged, performances are slain and an oft-jaded music industry is enticed. There’s dancing. There’s a love story.
Over 50 years ago, Bob Dylan traveled—as many would after him—from the American heartland to New York City, singing his way to the stage at The Bitter End in Greenwich Village. For Caitlin Krisko and her band The Broadcast, the story began at The Bitter End and wound up in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Like Dylan in reverse, lead singer Krisko grew restless in the city that never sleeps and dropped everything to move to Asheville, N.C., in 2010. It was there Krisko met guitarist Aaron Austin spending the next couple of years working as a songwriting duo releasing their debut LP, Dodge the Arrow, in 2013 (recorded at famed Echo Mountain Studios with LA producer, Eric “Mixerman” Sarafin). The record was an exploration of “bombastic, larger-than-life” sounds which went on to sell over 10,000 copies independently and ranked #4 on the college radio charts.
With maturity came the desire to explore something more grounded— something rooted in the Americana sounds of their new home in Appalachia. By 2014, shifts in personnel and objective led to some serious soul-searching. It was around that time that Krisko’s relationship with guitarist Aaron Austin evolved into a romance. Despite being from vastly different backgrounds — Austin grew up in the farmland near the Outer Banks — they began co-writing and found a natural partnership.
In 2015, The Broadcast got “the call” from producer Jim Scott (Tedeschi Trucks Band, Tom Petty), and the band began recording their sophomore effort, From the Horizon, which was released in June 2016 to rave reviews from Relix Magazine, Paste, and Live for Live Music. From The Horizon embodies a new sense of home, comfortably seating The Broadcast in the company of their Americana contemporaries. With a mix of soul, blues and classic rock arrangements, The Broadcast has shared stages with Mavis Staples, John Prine, St. Paul & The Broken Bones, The Wood Brothers, Brandi Carlisle, Keller Williams, Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers, George Porter Jr. (Funky Meters), Betty LaVette, Charles Bradley and Holly Williams, among others.
When words fail, LYRIC sings.
With an enlightened mixture of pop, soul, and FUNK; LYRIC awakens an undiscovered spirit within their audience. Described by many as the best band in Asheville, LYRIC delights crowds across the region.
“Whew, lordy people, if you haven’t heard of or heard Lyric, you simply must give yourself the gift.”
Primarily influenced by Prince, Tracy Chapman, India Arie, and George Clinton, Leeda “Lyric” Jones has a voice all her own. As the frontwoman, Leeda enlivens her followers with her melodic poetry and soulful voice.
“Lyric is a group made up of natural talents that will take you to a place you can’t forget, a group that uses music as an expression of pain, joys, and hope.”
~Ben Scales, Montford Festival Co-Director
LYRIC formed in 2009 as a combination of the musical talents of Leeda Jones, William “dominion” Wynn, Dave Matthews, George Scott, and Mike Berlin. From humble beginnings as street musicians, LYRIC quickly brought large crowds together to form a following. The streets are where they thrive. LYRIC believes it has made them better musicians by teaching them to constantly adapt to various crowds. Leeda; lead singer, guitarist, and lyricist plays a funky rhythm guitar with sizzling leads accompanied by her soul gripping lead vocals. Her father, Dave Matthews, has roots in 70’s funk style slap bass and holds down the foundation with a playful flare on funk. Mike Berlin locks down the beat on drums, with influences from his hometown of South Baton Rouge, New Orleans. He plays with lock-tight precision along with Dave on bass and brings a saucy Louisiana backbeat to the mix. Mike and George are long time friends that have played together on previous projects. From his bluesy piano licks to his soulful organ sound, George is definitely a fan favorite. Not to mention his firey synth sounds!
The band put out an EP called Perspective in December 2015 and are working to put out new music in 2017. Opening for Grammy winner Mavis Staples was one of their biggest accomplishments for 2016. LYRIC is excited about continuing to pursue the festival circuit. To find out more about upcoming shows, follow LYRIC on Facebook (www.facebook.com/lyricfans), and check out their website at www.reverbnation.com/lyricfans.
“I am so honored, yet humbled that people really do appreciate what we do. We pride ourselves on always remaining humble and we are thankful for the opportunity to do what we love to do.”
~Leeda “Lyric” Jones
the Secret B Sides
Known in Western North Carolina as a top Soul band, the Secret B-Sides produce “solid gold baby making music.”
With the release of albums like Welcome to Soul City, Easy Magic, Flowers & Chocolate, and Live on the Mothership (not to mention lost EPisodes) the Secret B-Sides consistently create plush musical escapes. B-Sides albums also feature sincerely sexy slow-jams, thoughtful brass and woodwind arrangements, as well as articulated rap verses from some of the region’s best eMCees, including Grammy Award winning Agent 23 (AKA Secret Agent 23 Skidoo), Preach Jacobs, Chach (AKA Chachillie), and Red!nk.
Whether performing live as a quartet, or accompanied by any number of collaborators, this band is on the planet to help Earthly beings get together and have funky good times. And, despite rumors to the contrary, the Secret B-Sides are still all about flying saucers, dinosaurs, and (most importantly) LOVE!
Since conception, the Secret B-Sides have opened in direct support for Lee Fields & the Expressions, Soulive, +he Foreign Exchange, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, Talib Kweli, Dead Prez, Dwele, and many more, including a very special performance as the backing band for Gift of Gab, from Blackalicious.
the Secret B-Sides are: Juan Holladay (vocals and guitar), Shayne Heather (Fender bass), Robin Tolleson (drums and vocals), and Jeff K’norr (keys, buttons, and vocals).
Terpsicorps Theatre of Dance
Terpsicorps Theatre of Dance has been Asheville’s professional contemporary ballet company since 2003. Known for producing innovative, thought provoking, and entertaining performances, Terpsicorps is comprised of critically acclaimed dancers drawn from some of the finest ballet companies across the US and abroad. The subject matter varies, but is always deeply rooted in universal themes that convey the most basic and complex aspects of the human experience.
Laura Blackley and the Wildflowers
Laura Blackley is a singer, writer and purveyor of high lonesome Appalachian blues and soul. She plays ‘folk tunes with a rock n roll soundtrack’ with her band the Wildflowers. Look for a recording from them soon. Their forthcoming album, titled “Tell It To the Darkness” is due in April 2017.
Laura Blackley & the Wildflowers took first place in the North Carolina Piedmont Blues Preservation Society’s 31st annual Blues Challenge Band Competition back in October 2016. This win put them on the roster of artists invited to compete in the International Blues Challenge, held in Memphis, Tennessee in February 2017.
Blackley also sings classic country duets and dance tunes with The Old Chevrolette Set, a honky tonk band from Asheville, NC.
Blackley was an on-air host and producer for seven years at WNCW 88.7 FM in Spindale, NC, spotlighting contemporary regional music, blues, bluegrass, old-time and women in roots music.
She currently works (in addition to her gig schedule) as a Teaching Artist with Musicworks!, a program that utilizes music and musicianship to teach life skills to young children.
A born storyteller, she has played in many bands, traveled many back roads and interstates and enjoys digging up old tunes and hearing the stories behind them. She believes that music has a healing power and is a communal act, and is very much looking forward to the next gig.
Currently out of Asheville, NC, Supatight delivers a high energy live performance that is funk driven and appeals to a wide variety of audiences. While specializing in hard-hitting funk, their music incorporates elements of reggae, soul, jazz, and comedic country. Supatight blends intricately timed grooves with improvisational components resulting in an authentic, full sound, drawing diverse styles from every member of the band.
Lindsey Kelley Dance Company
Savannah Smith and Southern Soul
Savannah, North Mississippi Soul singer-songwriter and guitarist, who has been making waves in the Country/Americana scene since her start in 2012.
Since then she has played alongside members of the Steep Canyon Rangers, Town Mountain, and The Honeycutters. She was also a finalist in the Chris Austin Songwriting Contest at iconic Merlefest for her song, Mississippi.
Savannah Smith and Southern Soul are based out of Asheville, North Carolina, and bring their soulful southern energy to whatever stage they grace. Armed with an uncanny ability to create powerful melodies and lyrics, Savannah captivates audiences with her strong soulful vocals paired with the fierce backings of some of Asheville’s top musicians. Together, they evoke strong emotional responses, wowing audiences with fiery tunes that have folks out on the dance floor all night.
Hustle Souls is a high-voltage Soul-Jam act based in the hills of Asheville, NC who have earned a reputation from Tennessee to New York City as one of the most exciting acts on the rise in the South. With undeniable originality, the music pushes the nostalgic sounds of Memphis and Muscle Shoals, into modern and refreshing territory. The band combines passionate song-craft, deep funk grooves, 4 part vocal harmony, New Orleans trumpet, vintage keys and ripping guitar solos to create a sound you won’t soon forget.
The 4 piece band is: Billy Litz (vocals/keys/trumpet), Chris Everrett (guitar/vocals) Sean McCann (Bass/Vocals), Tommy Moore (Drums/vocals) formed in the growing music-mecca of Asheville, NC in 2015.
Hustle Souls released their second EP titled “Don’t Blink” in October 2016 and are currently road testing new material which will comprise the debut LP to be released next year.
The Moon and You
The Moon and You is a folk/soul band based in Asheville, NC that tours the Eastern US and Western Europe. At its core are married songwriters and multi-instrumentalists Ryan Furstenberg (banjo, guitar) and Melissa Hyman (cello). The band released its debut album A White Light That Sings in June 2016, to critical acclaim. They recently celebrated their second full-length release, Endless Maria on March 19 with a live string quartet and rock rhythm section bringing the album to life onstage.
At once excitingly inventive and cozily familiar, the Moon & You continues to craft a compelling, acoustic Americana sound. The duo’s ever-evolving output encompasses a wide range of American roots music, flavored by contributions from a rotating cast of very talented friends. Their onstage synergy and warmth invite audiences in, offering a peek into a strange and joyful universe of their own.
Photo credit: Wotan Wahnwitz
Angela Easterling and Brandon Turner
Angela lives with her musical partner and their two young sons on the Greer, SC farm that has been in her family since 1791. Her most recent release, 2015’s “Common Law Wife”, went all the way to number 1 on the Roots Music Report Americana Country Airplay Chart, and remained in the top 5 on that chart for nearly 2 months, closing the year out as #12 on the top 100 albums, and earning much praise in the press. Her album, “BlackTop Road”, produced by Will Kimbrough, remained on the Americana top 40 airplay chart for 7 weeks, and was chosen as a top pick in both Oxford American and Country Weekly. She was selected for an official Americana Convention Showcase, official showcases at both NERFA and SERFA (Folk Alliance) and is a three-time Kerrville New Folk Finalist (2009, 2010, 2015) a 2011 Telluride Troubadour and a two-time Wildflower Performing Songwriter Top 10 Finalist (2012 & 2015). The Boston Herald named her song “The Picture” “Best Political Country Song” in their Year’s best music picks. Angela’s music was featured in commercials (Southwestern Bell) and several of her songs were used in the series “Horsepower” on Animal Planet. She was invited to appear on the WSM-hosted stage at the CMA Music Festival/Fan Fair, where her entire set was broadcast live. Angela has appeared on the nationally broadcast public radio program “Michael Feldman’s Whad’Ya Know”, the popular ETV show “Making It Grow”, Sirius XM Outlaw Country’s “Buddy and Jim Show” with Buddy Miller and Jim Lauderdale, and was also interviewed by noted NPR journalist Bob Edwards. She was invited to perform at the Smithsonian Institution’s exhibit New Harmonies: Celebrating American Root’s Music, as well as the 2015 Woody Guthrie Folk Festival.
Christine Garvin Dance + Transform
Ian Ridenhour writes smart, piano-driven alternative rock music with pop sensibilities and a dark streak, or as Sav Buist of The Accidentals puts it: “like Jack White and Ben Folds had a baby.”
Ian is a unique performer. 2016 marks not only his sixteenth birthday, but also ten years as a professional musician. He began drumming with Bismarck, ND-based band Blind Mice at only six years old, the youngest band member by thirty years. He added songwriting the next year, and has never looked back.
In the decade since, Ian has shared the stage with artists like David LaMotte, BJ Leiderman, and The Accidentals, composed classical and jazz music for concert and big band ensembles, been nominated in the same year for Best Percussionist and Best Keyboardist at the North Dakota Music Awards, played on albums by David LaMotte and Bronwyn Holmes, and recorded his own album, 2014’s Quietly Making Noise. In February of this year, he was the biggest winner on Who Wants to Be A Millionaire’s Whiz Kid week. Those winnings funded the new album Cry About It, produced by Michael Hynes at Nomatic Studios in Asheville, as well as two music videos, directed by award-winning Asheville filmmaker Kira Bursky.
David LaMotte says, “It is thrilling to watch an artist begin a public career with as much promise as Ian’s,” which is perhaps what jazz legend Jimmy Cobb meant when he said of Ian, “In a couple of minutes, he’s gonna be a monster.”
SIYAH (a backronym for Strugglin’ Improves Your Ambitious Hustle) is a 26 year old Hip-Hop artist who promotes positivity, honesty and originality. Raised in Oakland, SIYAH spent his summers in Los Angeles until his move to the Carolinas (currently residing in Asheville, NC).
His goal in his music is to preserve the art of Hip-Hop while being true to himself. SIYAH will continue to grow in his career with his incredible commitment to progressing as an artist and a person.
Combs and Company
Based in Asheville and performing for audiences all-over Western North Carolina, the recently-formed Combs & Company is a modern Americana ensemble with singer/songwriter Stevie Lee Combs on vocals/guitar/harmonica. Current members: Adam Tanner a multi-instrumentalist, performer, and teacher on mandolin/fiddle/guitar. He brings craft, experience, knowledge and vintage instruments. Also, featuring the Bass/Tuba skills of Landon George who is a student of Creative Writing, Music, and Farming at Warren Wilson College. He brings a progressive voice, a rooted heart, and a youthful perspective. Dempsey Jones, a mysterious blues man new to Asheville on washboard/drums/percussion. He brings Kung Fu finger picks and raw energy.
Combs & Co. explores and expands upon a variety of American musical genres like string band, jug band, blues, and folk traditions. Fronted by Stevie Lee Combs, this group has also become a vehicle for developing his original compositions. Combs & Co. is a platform for social, musical, and historical commentary as well as a refuge for progressive beliefs, ideals, and individuals. We strive to be genuine rather than authentic; raw rather than refined.
Aslan Cray and Amber Victoria
Aslan and Amber work to combine cultural awareness with sacred ceremony to highlight the ability for the arts and music to facilitate collective community healing. As a duet, they bring decades of experience in theater, circus, and dance to each performance. Aslan is the founder of Flow Event Services LLC and is an active singer/songwriter and composer in the creative Asheville community. Amber Victoria teaches dance at Empyrean Arts and performs with Trillium Dance Company. This potent couple will bring a dance and drum ceremonial performance to Xpand Fest in 2017 which is not to be missed!
Poet Radio began in a Northern Michigan basement, when two former members of The Vermeers, frontwoman and songwriter Madison Maxwell and drummer Ryan Cole got together to turn some of the former’s original acoustic songs into something poppy and electric.
Since adding North Carolina native, bassist Kevin Freeman, the band’s sound has evolved into something a bit darker, often described as occult psych. However, there’s still a strong pop sensibility in much of the music they’re writing these days. These songs are danceable, singable, and memorable, despite covering topics like witchcraft, drugs, politics, and bondage.
If you’re a fan of the Zombies, the Doors, the Black Angels, Siouxsie and the Banshees, or even the White Stripes, check out Poet Radio. Follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, and expect a new EP mid-summer 2017!
Start with a strong dose of lyrical singer-songwriter acoustic folk. Add a helping of catchy hooks mixed with modern rock arrangements and searing, soulful vocals. Then package everything in a hot-rod Americana string band format featuring some of the Southeast’s finest bluegrass pickers and rockers. The finished product is a smooth Americana blend like fine whiskey, called Soul-Country Pimpgrass!
Over the course of his career, Jed has recorded, opened for, and/or shared the stage with an extremely wide range of artists including members of Steep Canyon Rangers, Ben Folds Five, The Spin Doctors, Leftover Salmon, The Infamous Stringdusters, Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder, Town Mountain, Jon Stickley Trio, Rotary Connection, Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band, The Duhks, The Waybacks, The Mantras, Marshall Tucker Band, New Riders of the Purple Sage, Seth Yacovone Band, Hayseed Dixie, Big Ol’ Nasty Getdown, Underhill Rose, 23 Skidoo, Big Something, The Blue Rags, and Songs From the Road Band.
A Tennessee native currently living in Raleigh, NC, Jed’s third release, Stronger, is his most personal recording to date. It tells an abstract tale over the course of 5 songs that focuses on his struggles as a nomad-troubadour; allowing fate, faith, and the allure of his artistic muse to dictate a random course across the eastern portion of the United States. Fusing styles ranging from bluegrassy ragtime and gypsy jazz to crooning singer/songwriter folk and Unplugged era grunge rock, Jed cooks a potent acoustic brew.
Jed’s music was also recently featured in the A&E reality television smash, Duck Dynasty, and in Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s new show on TNT, Wakeup Call.
Carpal Tullar describes both the recording project operated exclusively by Chris Tullar of Asheville, NC, and the live band that plays Carpal Tullar songs for the enjoyment of the people and for the enjoyment of themselves. Chris has been recording music in his home studio for many years. Some of the songs are brand new and others are old enough to vote, so there is a wide variety in the band repertoire. The music is infectious and upbeat rock, lyrically witty, spattered with influences from the greats of the 1960s and 70s.
Chris is joined on bass by Rob Heyer, who has played in many Asheville-based bands over the past twenty years and most recently Noonday Sun, and John McKinney on drums, who is also a long-running Asheville musician, a multi-instrumentalist, but mostly plays keyboards for local bands and various projects in the area, most recently Station Underground and The Astral Plainsmen.
Carpal Tullar has been played on WNCW, appeared on NPR’s All Songs Considered podcast, and even made a musical appearance on Car Talk.
Born down on the Bayou of Southeast Louisiana, music and dancing were always a sizable part of life for Gracie’s family- something she always assumed was “normal.” At the age of four, she and her family moved (back) to Arkansas to be near her mother’s folks. It was there that Gracie eventually realized her need to create music.
A wonderful, centrally located melting pot, this middle-of-nowhere existence served as the perfect blank canvas upon which to mold her style. Building upon the foundation her parents laid, from which Gracie took favorites such as Neil Young, Fleetwood Mac, The Beatles, and The Band, she found herself deeply drawn to the works of Texas singer- songwriters such as Townes Van Zandt and Guy Clark, Delta Bluesmen Mississippi John Hurt and Robert Johnson, Americana heavy hitters Emmylou Harris and Gillian Welch, and sweet soul music, the likes of Sam Cooke, Etta James, and Otis Redding.
At age 19, after an encouraging read of Jill Andrews’ biography, Gracie decided it wasn’t too late to pick up an instrument. She bought her first acoustic guitar and taught herself to play, thereby turning her poems into songs and breathing new life into the words she’d been writing for years.
Despite an almost complete lack of a music scene in the small town where she lived, Gracie was able to find a few like-minded folks at sparse open mics and gatherings. This eventually led to the formation of The Jaypan Fans- a three piece comprised of Gracie on rhythm guitar and vocals, Amanda Rodriguez-Olivo on rhythm guitar, bass, and vocals, and Ryan Dickerson on lead guitar. The trio played as many events and music nights at the locals bars as they could get their hands on, focusing heavily on harmonies and a southern sound. The trio occasionally rounded out their sound with Matthew Beavers on drums and Amy Leigh on dobro.
Eventually, joined by a desire to do more with their music, Gracie and Amy started working on a sound as a duo, with an initial focus on Gracie’s songwriting and Amy’s trinkly dobro accompaniment. The duo grew exponentially together, building a fan base across the Midwest and relationships with many other musicians.
Now living in Asheville, North Carolina, Gracie is enjoying the challenges and triumphs of being a solo musician, and allowing this decompression time garner more focus on her songwriting. She does enjoy striking up a hot band, though.
Santos and the Soul Evolution
The sounds of Santos Soul music can be described as Inspirational, Soulful, with elements of R&B, Hip Hop, Funk, and Spoken Word! Jonathan Santos’s soothing vocals and Poetic Lyricism are water for your mind and spirit …over any beat!
The Latest Project, “Soul Evolution” is a blend of Electronic production, signature acoustic guitar, strong percussion, bass, and guest collaborations by like Vibe MC’s, Poets, and vocalists. The ensemble and forthcoming EP of the same tittle pay homage to the expression and evolution of Soul music across the diaspora, while narrating an individual’s SOUL journey and inner evolution referencing Tai Chi, GUng Fu, Yoga, and ATR concepts.
In Flight first began performing under the name in 2015, at an open mic frequented by founders Bryce Robertson and Ian Taylor. The music can be labeled with various titles. From the likes of minimalism, music of the Americas, Avant-garde, and many traditional and world music genres. In Flight, is most definitely, a device to create and perform music that pushes the boundaries of exploration, while still paying close attention to the rich histories of musical origination. On many occasions, the music is improvised and shaped by the surroundings in which it is performed. This is In Flight.
Rims and Keys
The innovators of Gangsta-Jazz, This duo is bridging the gap between the hot beats of the dirty south and the smooth sensual movements of John Coltrane and Miles Davis. Rims & Keys features Jay Rims and Jordan Adams, two brothers who decided to join together to combine the many genres that has inspired them over the years from Big Band to Hip hop to rock and roll and everything in between into one electrifying sound adding elements of both live band and production this duo is sure to please even the pickiest of music lovers.
What is Gangsta-Jazz?
Gangsta-Jazz is simply the bridge that connects Smooth sensual Jazz movements to the swing of Hip-hop, the intensity of Drum and Bass and the simplicity of House.
It is a new form of jazz that allows complete and total expression of ones soul. Gangsta-Jazz is a statement, you don’t have to be a band/producer and stick to a certain genre/brand. You can dive into uncharted waters and play it all… No limitations.
You might be thinking to yourself, this sounds like just another jamband duo, but there is nothing ordinary about this duo at all. Rims & Keys effortlessly flows with the crowd like they are reading the minds of their audience. Imagine listening to a full band or live Dj playing electronic music and all of sudden you think to yourself, “I wanna hear some Hip hop” well before you can even finish your thought process Rims & Keys has already flipped the script and your listening to the freshest hip hop and You can’t help yourself.. You just have to dance.
Trillium Dance Company
Trillium Dance is an Asheville-based company, performing choreography and providing ambient entertainment at local and regional events. Trillium is a group of passionate creatives, versed in all aspects of performance and production. Trillium members offer dance as storytellers in order to create atmosphere, ignite passion through movement, and invoke a mood. Trillium has inspired and entertained at many festivals and events in the Southeast since 2013.
Trillium performers also “bring the vibes” as freestyle dancers adding to grooves performed by local and touring DJ’s. The dancers journey through event spaces, create artistic tableaus at set locations, and perform pieces that, while artistically significant, are appropriate to enjoy as part of the background.
Trillium Dance Company’s signature style is known as “Liquid Hip-Hop”, a fusion of techniques which blend popular club styles with hip-hop, modern, contemporary, and jazz technique.
In 2017, Trillium Dance Company and Lucy Howard opened Asheville’s newest movement studio: Tribe Dance and Pole. At Tribe, everyone is a dancer! Anyone can be a part of Trillium by taking technique classes taught by company members and teachers from the wider, Asheville movement community. To learn more, please visit www.Tribe-DanceandPole.com
Trismalux is a genre melting, 4 piece band from Charlotte, NC. After forming in 2016 and a year of incubation, the tastes, styles and backgrounds of 4 very different musicians fused into a unique blend of Jazz/Funk, Hip Hop, Rock & Roll fusion. With the improvisational tendencies of Jazz musicians, the lyrical inclinations of a Rapper and the structure of a rock band, Trismalux strives to reach their branches into the electronic future with their roots firmly planted in live instrumentation. Often asking “what would Jazz be if it were born today?”.
Chaz Harris the drummer of TLUX builds his own drums from scratch. Conrad Harvey, hailing from Asheville, NC is the lead singer and also a commercial voice actor. Mikey Marrero the guitar player is also a music teacher and classical composer. Alex Kalicinski is a semi-pro disc golfer and bass maestro. They live in Charlotte, NC.
Street Creature Puppets
Full Circle Flow Arts
Asheville Music School's Suzuki Squad
Dr. Suzuki, who developed the Suzuki Method of learning music, believed that to teach a child to play an instrument was to teach the whole child. It was not just about playing violin but about creating a more beautiful person. Holley strives to exemplify his teaching with all her students, including the importance of the ensemble.
Students in the Suzuki Squad learn to cooperate, have integrity and commitment to the craft, to listen and respect one another, to be a good leaders and followers, while always striving to be fine musicians whatever their playing level. Holley’s students have weekly individual lessons, at which parents are encouraged to attend, and an optional monthly group lesson. Group lessons often include students at various playing levels. This type of group encourages the beginning students by demonstrating what their musical future may hold and allows the advanced students to support, musically and educationally, the less experienced ones.
Clan Destiny Circus
Clan Destiny Circus, based in Asheville NC, is a group of circus artists, dancers, musicians, and visual artists, who come together to create new works of circus theatre. Not content with the more traditional vaudeville and variety show style of circus, Clan Destiny aims to use circus as a medium for stories that are socially relevant, inspirational, and meaningful to modern audiences. Clan Destiny Circus was formed in early 2011 by members of the Surreal Sirkus, Dreamtime Circus, the Runaway Circus’ Loose Caboose troupe, Baraka Mundi, Accidental Circus, Logos, and other local, regional and national performance troupes and acts. Clan Destiny is a part of the “Department of Circus Arts” performance group, a collective of circus artists, dancers, musicians, and visual artists, that have come together to create a tight-knit performance group that can perform Circus shows with a variety of flavors and stylizations: children’s entertainment, live music concerts that feature performance art, family entertainment, edgy avant-garde performance art, thought-provoking Circus Theatre, exhilarating fire performance, and acrobatic dance. Based in Asheville NC, Clan Destiny aims to promote the region as a hub of creative circus activity, by providing world-class performance, and participating in teaching circus arts to children of all ages.