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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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David Gans and Friends

Tuesday April 27th ~ The Rocket Club ~ Asheville, NC
Wednesday, April 28th ~ The Blind Tiger ~ Greensboro, NC
Thursday, April 29th ~ MoDaddy’s ~ Asheville, NC
Friday, April 30th ~ The Reel House Cinema ~ Boone, NC


David Gans has had a long career as a media multi-hyphenate: singer-songwriter-guitarist-radio producer/host-author-journalist-record producer-photographer. That he can juggle so many balls in the air is nothing short of astonishing; that he does it with such skill, passion, assurance, wit and grace is even more remarkable.

Along with his stories and music, David has wrangles up a fine group of musicians to play with him while he is out this way: Jay Sanders on bass (Acoustic Syndicate), Dave McCracken on Keys (Donna the Buffalo), Billy Cardine on Dobro (Biscuit Burners), Mike Rhodes on Drums (The Blue Rags), and Bobby Miller on mandolin (The Virginia Dare Devils), amongst other special guests. There will be different configurations of musicians on the different days…

Known far and wide as the light behind the widely syndicated Grateful Dead Hour radio program, several books on the Dead and a number of intriguing CDs relating to the band and its music (see discography below), David has in recent years developed a solid following nationwide for his compelling songs and music. In fact, despite the economic downturn, David says he’s had his best year ever out on the road: “I’m having great gigs! Creatively, I’m as satisfied as I can be. I’m in complete control of my own musical destiny and I’m doing it on my own terms. I don’t have any executives telling me they ‘don’t hear a single,’” he laughs. “I’m not at anybody’s mercy.”

But “skilled solo performer” fills only one page of David’s artistic resumé. Besides playing in all sorts of bands through the years—from the fondly remembered Reptiles to the Honky Tonk Hippies, to his recent forays jamming on Beatles songs with Chris and Lorin Rowan (and friends) in a group called Rubber Souldiers—he’s also sat in with an amazing range of fine musicians, such as Phil Lesh, Donna the Buffalo, Henry Kaiser, New Riders of the Purple Sage, Ollabelle, the late great Vassar Clements, Jim Lauderdale, The String Cheese Incident, Peter Rowan, and moe., to name just a few.

He has also written songs with a host of others, including Jim Page, Lorin Rowan, and Robert Hunter. And his live repertoire is peppered with an incredibly broad (and unpredictable) range of cover tunes by old and new musical heroes. Pressed to list some of his own songwriting influences not too long ago, David reeled off Bob Dylan, The Beatles, Neil Young, Jackson Browne, Steve Goodman, John Prine, CSN, Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, Holland-Dozier-Holland, Mann & Weil, Carole King, Gram Parsons, Elton John & Bernie Taupin, Robbie Robertson, and the Grateful Dead; quite a list. But he’ll also tell you that in recent years, as he’s toured extensively and played with so many superb musicians at festivals and in other settings, he’s discovered a whole new generation of songwriters and players who are inspiring him.

As both a player and a fan, he understands the indefinable transformative power of music—how it feeds our very life-force, bonds us together in obvious and unseen ways, teaches us, heals us, makes us better citizens of this fragile planet.

As David notes, “I came up in the time when we thought music could change world, and I still think it can—the only way the world can be changed: one person, one soul at a time.”

He’s definitely doing his part!

Check out this great review of David’s  new single release, “Life is  Jam”

David Gans on the web:
Blog: http://cloudsurfing.gdhour.com
Web site: http://www.dgans.com
Photos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/dgans
Music: http://www.cdbaby.com/all/dgans


David Gans Show details:

The Mindtopnic Music Series: David Gans, Jay Sanders, Billy Cardine, Bobby Miller & Tim Haney
Tuesday, April 27th, 2010
The Rocket Club

$5, 9pm
401 Haywood Rd.
Asheville, NC. 28806
828.505.2494
http://www.therocketclub.net

David Gans, Jay Sanders, Bobby Miller, Dave McCracken, and guests
Wednesday, April 28th, 2010
The Blind Tiger

$7, 9:30 doors
2115 Walker Ave
Greensboro, NC 27403
336-272-9888
http://www.theblindtiger.com/

David Gans, Jay Sanders, Billy Cardine, Bobby Miller & Mike Rhodes
Thursday, April 29th, 2010
Mo Daddy’s

$5, 9pm
77-B Biltmore Avenue
Asheville, NC
828-258-1550
www.myspace.com/modaddysbar

David Gans, Jay Sanders, Bobby Miller & Mike Rhodes
Friday, April 30th, 2010
The Reel House Cinema
The Lost Ridge Band opens

$5, doors 10pm
828-262-3222
215 Boone Heights Drive
Boone, NC 28607
-Turn at the Burger King, they are across from the Wellness Center
http://www.thereelhouseboone.com/

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