Some ideas for the musically minded:
TUESDAY November 14 Shawn Colvin at the Diana Wortham Theatre, $50-$70 with VIP package options
Colvin and her band perform "A Few Small Repairs" in its entirety.
FRIDAY November 17 The Cheeksters at Isis Music Hall, $10-$12
SATURDAY November 18 Tyler Ramsey at the Grey Eagle, $17-$20
It's time for the annual November hometown show for the native Ashevillian who hit the big time as the guitarist with Band of Horses.
SATURDAY November 18 “Out Of The Blue(s)” with Alien Music Club & Peggy Ratusz – A Journey Thru The Cosmos Of Blues, Jazz, Funk & R&B. Altamont Theatre, $10
The Altamont is one of the top listening rooms in town--which makes shows in November like the one with local blues singer Ratusz poignant for fans, as it will close at the end of the year.
SATURDAY November 18 Brown Bag Songwriting Competition 2017 Finals; Asheville Music Hall 7 p.m., $10
As Asheville's premier original songwriting competition, Brown Bag Songwriting Competition promotes local songwriters on aspects such as lyrics, talent, and performance. This is the series finals for the 10 winners of the 2017 weekly competitions!
The nights 10 competitiors will all have a chance to place in 1st, 2nd, 3rd or "People's Choice". Winnings indlude: recording time at Echo Mountain Recording Studios, cash prizes, and a the opportunity to spring board their career to new levels.
MONDAY November 20 Puddles' Pity Party at the Diana Wortham Theatre, $37-$51
Today, the softhearted crooner continues to wander the world with melancholic pop anthems and free hugs for all the party people. Though his suitcase is packed with plenty of Kleenex, the show is not entirely about sadness and longing. Puddles’ set is peppered with a brilliant sense of the absurd, mixing lots of humor with the awkward, tender moments.
“Puddles gives an emotive performance that resonates with all kinds of folks,” says Geier. “The crowd really responds to him. There’s something about a giant sad singing clown that comforts us, let’s us know it’s ok to feel. And the fellowship he creates brings joy. It’s a sad and beautiful world, and we’re all in it together, even when we’re totally alone.”
More here from the Diana Wortham Theatre.
FRIDAY November 24 David Wilcox's Annual Homecoming Christmas Concert, Grey Eagle, $22-$25
Just as Tyler Ramsey does an annual hometown show in November, so too does local folkie David Wilcox.
Considered a 'songwriter's songwriter', his songs have been covered by artists such as k.d. lang and many others. In addition to his writing prowess, his skills as a performer and storyteller are unmatched. He holds audiences rapt with nothing more than a single guitar, thoroughly written songs, a fearless ability to mine the depths of human emotions of joy, sorrow and everything in between, and all tempered by a quick and wry wit.
More here from the Grey Eagle.
Spend an evening with The Lost Chord, Asheville's homegrown Moody Blues tribute band, as it celebrates the 50th anniversary of the release of "Days of Future Passed," the classic Moodies record containing the hits "Nights in White Satin" and "Tuesday (Forever Afternoon)."
Recurring on Wednesday nights: Woody Wood Wednesday! at Highland Brewing
Woody Wood is a triple threat, a hometown talent with serious skills as a singer and songwriter, as well as being a lethal guitarist.