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“Embrace the culture of West Asheville! Also, eat Luella’s BBQ, drink beer, and listen to some of Asheville’s best local bands,” describes Blog Asheville about All Go West on Saturday April 23rd in Asheville, NC. Here is what the Mountain Xpress had to say in previewof the event:

West is the best

All Go West Fest returns with BBQ, beer and indie music

by Nathaniel H. Axtell
Mountain Xpress www.mountainx.com
. . .   . . .    . . .This year, Samson and festival director Jimmy Hunt (also of Boone’s Music on the Mountaintop festival) are adding a second outdoor stage and offering a beer-and-barbecue tasting that pairs brews from Pisgah and Craggie with Luella’s BBQ.

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What they want, say promoters, is a free, community-minded festival that boosts West Asheville’s profile and economy while promoting a wide range of up-and-coming, local artists not often heard at larger fests in the area. This year, the local artists include a preponderance of indie folk-rock acts, including For The Birds, 10 Cent Poetry, Uncle Mountain and Do it to Julia (Uncle Mountain and Do it to Julia played last year as well).

“It has turned out that way, but not intentionally,” Samson says. “I like the idea of giving bands a chance that don’t always get spots at other festivals that I really respect … these musicians, what they’re writing and the boundaries they’re pushing … they deserve to be heard.”

Getting exposure at a festival like All Go West is perhaps most important to independent artists, Hunt says, because, as the music business has gone more online, unsigned bands increasingly rely on live shows to build a buzz. Jam bands and world music artists are well-represented at many local festivals; not so with most indie acts.

“These artists can do a record in their basements,” Hunt points out. “They don’t need a big label to be successful. But a band has to have that one-on-one relationship with their fans, and the best way to do that is to play live in front of bigger crowds.”

Even more established acts, like this year’s headliner, Josh Phillips Folk Festival, see gigs like All Go West as crucial to their marketing success. In a phone interview from California (where his new album is being mixed by Ben Harper engineer Eric Serafin), Phillips says “The more hype a show you play, the more you can hype it up online and create a buzz.”

Folk Festival fans who attend All Go West will get a sneak peek at the new album, due out by September, which Phillips describes as “less world-vibe, more rockin’ than the first album. There are a couple of ska tracks, some klezmer-y sounding songs and a couple of folk-y tunes Debrissa [McKinney] and I sang in an echoing room. It’s definitely all over the map, but more heavy-hitting.”

“All over the map” describes Phillips’ supporting cast at All Go West, as well. The festival’s lineup encompasses genre-bending acts, reggae-ska, electronica, soulful songwriters, punk-thrash, funky hip-hop, Americana and more.

Hunt acknowledges that closed streets full of vendors and festival crowds may be stressful for some of the West Asheville shops near the performance area — but he hopes the festival’s community focus will more than compensate for any inconvenience.

“Hopefully, people will walk up the road and buy an album from Harvest, they’ll get a cup of coffee at Izzy’s, they’ll get a bite at the Admiral,” he says. “This really is about the betterment of the community, by supporting both independently owned businesses and independent music.”

— Nathaniel Axtell is an Asheville-based freelance writer.

READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE: http://www.mountainx.com/ae/2011/042011west-is-the-best

Big thanks to Ashvegas Blog for posting the release as well: http://ashvegas.squarespace.com/journal/2011/3/22/all-go-west-music-festival-in-west-asheville-set-for-april-2.html

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All Go West Music festival to take on its second installment, located in the streets west Asheville NC. On April 23rd, 2011, The Festival will uniquely offer an array of musical talent, BBQ, and local Brew. Free!

In the second annual running of All Go West, anticipation builds for the integrating a great deal of local artistic talent to create a superior festival based upon community. The street party takes place on April 23rd, 2011 from 12 PM until 10 PM in west Asheville, in front of Harvest Records. All Go West is a festival embracing ideals of Asheville’s naturally creative progression, offering local art, food, beer vendors, and musicians. The festival’s admission remains free, hoping to enrich the cities ethos as an outstanding venue, gifted in a strong imaginative talent.

This year, All Go West is excited to introduce the newest installment, Beer and BBQ Tasting, featuring Luella’s Barbeque. The 2011 Beer vendors include Pisgah Brewing, Highland Brewing Company, Foothills Brewery, Forty Back Brewery, and more TBA. The city of west Asheville has opened up the streets of Waynesville Road and Westwood Place to local vendors, fashion boutiques, and artists for the public to contribute their own artistic venture.

The most significant feature to the festival is the broad range of musical talent to take over the Mountain Xpress and Pisgah Stage located on Waynesville Road. Spanning a vast range of different genres, All Go West incorporates everything from hip-hop, blue-grass, electronic, and even rock.

This year’s installment includes the musical likes of:

Josh Phillips Folk Festival
Floating Action

Do it to Julia
Uncle Mountain
The New Familiars

Supercollider

RBTS WIN
Wages
Sirius B
Secret B Sides
The Critters
Aaron “Woody” Wood
Doc Aquatic
Common Foundation
10 Cent Poetry
For The Birds
Lyric

www.allgowest.com

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All Go West Music festival to take on its Second installment, located in the streets west Asheville NC. On April 23rd, 2011, The Festival will uniquely offer an array of musical talent, fashion, BBQ, and local Brew. Festival Remains Free To Patrons.

Asheville,  NC – In the second annual running of All Go West, anticipation builds for the integrating a great deal of local artistic talent to create a superior festival based upon community. The street party takes place on April 23rd, 2011 from 12 PM until 10 PM in west Asheville, in front of Harvest Records. All Go West is a festival embracing ideals of Asheville’s naturally creative progression, offering local art, fashion, food, beer vendors, and musicians. The festival’s admission remains free, hoping to enrich the cities ethos as an outstanding venue, gifted in a strong imaginative talent.

This year, All Go West is excited to introduce the newest installment, Beer and BBQ Tasting, featuring Luella’s Barbecue. The city of west Asheville has opened up the streets of Waynesville Road and Westwood Place to local vendors, fashion boutiques, and artists for the public to contribute their own artistic venture.

The most significant feature to the festival is the broad range of musical talent to take over the Pisgah Stage located on Waynesville Road. Spanning a vast range of different genres, All Goes West incorporates everything from hip-hop, blue-grass, electronic, and even rock.

This year’s installment includes the musical likes of:
Josh Phillips Folk Festival
Floating Action

Do It To Julia
Uncle Mountain

RBTS WIN

Wages

Sirius B

Secret B Sides

The Critters

Moses Atwood

Doc Aquatic

Common Foundation
10 Cent Poetry
For The Birds
Lyric
The 2011 All Go West Festival is Sponsored by Pisgah Brewing,The Mountain Xpress, WNCW, The River,The Mountain & Sunny Point

www.allgowest.com www.yellowdogent.com

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So excited about All Go West tomorrow 4-24 in West Asheville!

We got a great mention on CNN news today in an article about Asheville surrounding Obama’s vacation:

Asheville offers Obamas food, folk, fun

By Jim Kavanagh, CNN
April 22, 2010 9:18 a.m. EDT

Read it here: http://www.cnn.com/2010/TRAVEL/04/22/asheville.attractions/index.html

The Asheville Citizen Times  did a nice writeup of the festival:

Go West … Asheville, that is: Haywood Road district gets its own festival on Saturday

Carol MotsingerCMotsinger@CITIZEN-TIMES.com • published April 23, 2010 12:15 am

WEST ASHEVILLE – Long gone are the days when West Asheville was written off by residents as “Worst Asheville.” That frontier off Haywood Road has been settled by artists and entrepreneurs, hipsters and hippies.

This transformation into a bustling creative neighborhood is what the All Go West festival is celebrating from noon-10 p.m. Saturday.

…“It’s a benefit for the area,” said Jimmy Hunt, All Go West festival co-director and West Asheville resident. “West Asheville is very cool, it needs attention economically and some people aren’t really as familiar as they should be with the area.”

Performers include Stephaniesid, Do It To Julia, Brushfire Stankgrass, The If You Wannas and Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band.

Derrick Johnson, a trombone player with Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band, views West Asheville as an area that projects “more the true spirit of Asheville.”

“West Asheville definitely keeps it weird,” Johnson said. “It’s kind of like the hipster area. There are neat little bars; everybody is really chill.”

READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE: http://www.citizen-times.com/article/20100423/ENT/304230007/1005/ENT

I posted previously about the Mountain Xpress Article about All Go West, but if you missed it you can find it here:

http://www.mountainx.com/ae/2007/042110lets_all_go_west/

Michael Muller (@michaelfmuller on twitter) posted this blog about the festival as well:

http://www.mountainx.com/blogwire/2010/all_go_west_festival_this_weekend/

Thanks Michael for the compliment on the website, “very cool and well-designed website”; we appreciate it!

Jay Sanders built the site:  http://mindtonic.net (@mindtonic )

Jenny Greer did all the graphic design:  http://soundssmindmedia.net (@Jenandthejuice )

Also a big Thank You to Ashvegas Jason Sandford for his posts abut ALL Go West: here, here, and here.

If you have not seen the great video by AskAsheville Check it out:

HUGE thanks to all of the radio stations that sponsored,interviewed, and/ or reported info:

98.1 the River, 880 the Revolution, Main. Fm, Asheville.Fm

Also thanks to all the tweeters, facebookers, bands, sponsors and other people that are helping to make this event a success!


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Check out this great writeup of the inagural All Go West Festival in Asheville by the Mountain Xpress:

Let’s All Go West

The most fun part of town gets a new festival

by Alli Marshall in Vol. 16 / Iss. 39 on 04/21/2010 Mountain Xpress

When Jimmy Hunt relocated from Boone to West Asheville, he noticed a void. “That’s the part of town I live in. That’s where all my buddies live. That’s where I go out and have dinner and beer and walk my dog.” he says. “But there was no big festival.”

It’s a vacuum that comes and goes. West Asheville has been home to a number of music and arts street parties, such as the now-defunct West Fest, a short-lived turn with Fiesta Latina, and holidays-related gallery and boutique crawls. But Hunt — who started Music on the Mountaintop, an ecologically minded large-scale music festival in Boone three years ago — felt like what his new neighborhood needed was a local festival to call its own.

It was at Music on the Mountaintop that Hunt, who manages indie-rock band Do It To Julia, met Arieh Samson, who manages Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band. Samson had been considering producing a funk festival in downtown Asheville; when he and Hunt brainstormed, All Go West Festival (to be held in West Asheville behind the Rocket Club and in front of Harvest Records) was born.

The event, which Hunt describes as “having multi-facets: music, art and beer” brings together some of the best of what the area has to offer. West Asheville, according to Hunt “is so friendly and has that hip scene. We’re going around to every business and saying, ‘This is what we have to offer. How can we pair up?'”

The result, for the inaugural year, is a collection of interactive nonprofit booths (plus, a portion of the proceeds from All Go West benefits the Dogwood Alliance), a Kidz Zone, food and a group of about 15 local artists, as well as music happening on two stages.

The bands, for this first festival, were hand-picked by Hunt and Samson. “We selected the bands based on what we’ve been digging the past couple of months,” says Samson. “I’ve been in the scene for five years now, and have fantasized about a festival. I knew what bands I’d start with.”

The culmination of playlists and fantasy rosters resulted in the Booty Band and Do It To Julia, of course, but also pop group stephaniesid, steel-pan fusion act Jonathan Scales Fourchestra, eclectic newgrass/rock outfit Brushfire Stankgrass, live-electronica bands RBTS WIN and Marley Carroll & The Melanaster Band, folk duo Underhill Rose, jazz/rock project The Archrivals, indie-folk groups Kovacs & The Polar Bear and Uncle Mountain, jazz-jam act Vertigo Jazz Project, indie-rockers If You Wannas, Voodoo Wedding and Open Windows, and Americana group Tennessee Jed Band.

“We really like this town so much that we just wanted to embrace it,” Samson says. “Instead of booking national acts, we’re giving back to the bands here that have been paying their dues.”

“We wanted to touch on every type of music that’s represented in Asheville,” Hunt says. Some genres (say, classical and world beat) aren’t on the list, but indie rock — often neglected at festivals in favor of crowd-pleasing funk and jam — makes its presence known. “One of our goals with this festival was to touch on the emerging music. There’s a new indie folk-rock scene coming out of Asheville right now,” Hunt points out.

And while festival-goers are sampling, there’s All Go West’s Asheville craft beer tasting from 12 to 3 p.m. While that particular aspect of the event is ticketed, it’s a great chance to pick favorites and check out new offerings. “The beer tasting was an idea I took from Blues & Brews,” Hunt says of the Telluride Festival. But — like the approach the All Go West organizers took with the bands — they decided to stay local in scope. “This event is all about staying local,” Hunt says

READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE: http://www.mountainx.com/ae/2010/042110lets_all_go_west

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Find out more details about the Craft Beer tasting in the Mountain Xpress article: Brews News: Foaming into Spring edition

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