There’s something about spring that makes me want to crank up a podcast. Fortunately, there are more than a few local podcasts to educate, entertain, and enlighten you. A perk of living during this podcast renaissance?From music + food to finance + travel, there’s truly something for everyone.
🎧 Band of the Sky Local music lovers shouldn’t miss this podcast, which explores Asheville’s unique music history from the 1960s-’90s. It goes beyond musicians, songwriters, and venues, delving into how social movements such as the Asheville schools’ integration affected local music.
🎧 Fireside Crime Formerly the podcast Murder Me, this show examines local + national crimes ranging from murder to misdemeanors. Hosted by locals Cheyenne Flying and Jennifer Bradley, it’s similar to the popular My Favorite Murder podcast, but better on account of the local flavor and focus they bring.
🎧 Her Two Cents Hosted by local financial advisors Laura Webb + Faith Doyle, this podcast offers a multigenerational perspective on empowering women financially.An added bonus? The hosts’ approachability and warmth make even potentially stuffy and/or intimidating topics entertaining and, I dare say, fun.
🎧 How Are You Healing? Are you interested in ways to boost your quality of life that don’t come from a prescription pad? Explore unorthodox avenues to improve your health and better your life (like shamanism and equine therapy) with this podcast, which is hosted by Dr. Michael Fortini through the WNC Holistic Center.
🎧 Speaking of Travel Now entering its eighth season, this podcast — hosted by travel lover + marketing maven about town Marilyn Ball — takes you around the world by highlighting the ways travel affects our lives for the better. Go ahead and pack your bags, because these stories will give you travel inspo galore.
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Weather ○ 45º |Sunny | 2% chance of rain
Announced ○ The 5th annual Cat Fly Film Festival will take place August 26-29. The Asheville-based film festival shares work from up-and-coming indie filmmakers across the Southeast. Got a vision? Submit your best films for consideration here. 🎞️
Coronavirus ○ Check out the latest COVID-19 stats for NC from the Department of Health and Human Services here. As of Thursday afternoon, 16,466 cases and 304 deaths have been reported in Buncombe County. See more Buncombe County-specific info, including waitlist numbers and vaccines distributed, here.
TryThis ○ TheAstronomy Club of Asheville is offeringprivate star gazes on Grassland Mountain. Participants can view a sunset, the Earth’s shadow, the Belt of Venus, observe galaxies + more. The viewing is $150 per hour group charge. Proceeds will support the educational club. ⭐
WaterCooler ○ Roy Williams, University of North Carolina Men’s Basketball coach, has announced plans to retire. Williams spent 33 seasons as head coach and netted 903 wins + three NCAA championships. He is also a 2007 inductee to the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame. Thanks Coach. 🏀
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Back in December, we shared plans that Amtrak would be expanding its service in the Tar Heel State to potentially include Asheville. Now, we’ve received a new update. Come 2035, Asheville might *finally* have its own Amtrak railway stop,according to March 31 plans released by Amtrak.
While details on the new project are sparse, this map illustrates a new stop in Asheville that would directly connect to Salisbury and allow simple access to cities like Charlotte, Greensboro + Greenville.We are definitely all aboard this train. 🚂
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Show ○ The Lazybirds| Fri., Apr. 2 | 7 p.m. | Isis Music Hall, 743 Haywood Rd. | $15 | Classic American roots band. Seated show with dinner, reservations highly recommended. 🎶 ○ Patio Show: Brother Smith| Fri., Apr. 2 | 7 p.m. | The Grey Eagle, 185 Clingman Ave. | $12 | A mix of country, funk + soul. 🎺 ○ Dr. Bacon| Fri., Apr. 2 | 5-9:30 p.m. | One World Brewing West, 520 Haywood Rd. | $20 | Six-piece Appalachian funk, grass + rock & roll band. 🎻
Art ○ Clear as Mud| Fri., Apr. 2 | 12-1 p.m. | Virtual | $10 | Join Sarah Reincke for an interactive conversation about ceramic pieces in the Asheville Art Museum’s collection + more. 🍶
Saturday ○ NC Small Batch Beer Festival| Sat., Apr. 3 | Various Times | Hi-Wire Brewing, 2A Huntsman Pl. | $50+ | Small batch brews, live music + more. 🍺 ○ Adult Easter Egg Hunt| Sat., Apr. 3 | 11 a.m.-10 p.m. | Bold Rock Hard Cider, 72 School House Rd. | Free | Order the right cider + you may receive a mystery egg with prizes. 🥚 ○ Chris Ferree & Medicine Crow| Sat., Apr. 3 | 7 p.m. | Isis Music Hall, 743 Haywood Rd. | $15 | Americana rock, world + instrumental vibes. Seated show with dinner, reservations highly recommended. 🎸 ○ Black Sea Beat Society| Sat., Apr. 3 | 5-8 p.m. | One World Brewing West, 520 Haywood Rd. | $5 Cover | Dance it up to Balkan + Turkish classic tunes. 🎵
Sunday ○ 5j Barrow| Sun., Apr. 4 | 5-8 p.m. | One World Brewing West, 520 Haywood Rd. | Free | Enjoy soulful tunes + evocative lyrics from this New York-based band. 🎷 ○ Sunday Market| Sun., Apr. 4 | 12-4 p.m. | Wagbar, 320 Merrimon Ave, Weaverville | Free | Browse local vendors that supply goodies for your furry friend + more. 🛍️
Find more of this week’s local events in our April PlanAhead.
Disclaimer: It is up to readers’ discretion to determine whether they feel comfortable participating in any mentioned events based on COVID-19 protocols and precautions. If you have questions, please contact the event’s organizers directly.
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