Today on EverythingAVL I talk with Andrew Fletcher

I hang with Andrew Fletcher today as part of a two part series. Andrew is an Asheville famous local pianist who has also become an activist on behalf of the local buskers. He has a seat at the table with city council to advocate for busker rights and help determine self-policing, rather than having laws enacted.

Because of his dedication to the downtown businesses, he has taken an interest in the FlatIron situation and vote which happens today. Listen in a EverythingAVL.com on BizRadio 1350am at 5:30p and join us this Thursday for a continuation of the conversation!

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Vacation over but still feeling the vibe

I had a great vacation to New Orleans Jazzfest with my 12yr old daughter and Matt. I am originally from that area but have not been back in 5years since I was diagnosed with renal failure and went on dialysis.

I was happy to stay with my college friend Will and his beautiful wife who live in the heart of uptown New Orleans off Audubon Park. It was also great to go to Jazzfest again, to hang with my best friend Barbie and her family, it also for the crawfish Monica, crawfish Bread and soft shell crab poboys.

pictures by Zoe Scheve

We next headed to by brother’s condo in Perdido Key Florida. It was a tradition to make the trip to the beach at the same time as NOLA. It was as beautiful and peaceful as ever. Zoe and Matt played in the waves, we ate every meal at the next door Shrimp Basket. It was exactly what I needed.

Queen Bee and the Honeylovers release their ‘Asheville’ album

queen_bee_honeylovers_by_joe_bruno2-1100x750(Mountain XPress) Traditionally, concept albums have been almost exclusively within the rock idiom. But Asheville-based singer and songwriter Whitney Moore has breathed new life into the form by applying it to a very different musical style: jazz. Celebrating the release of the local history-themed Asheville, Moore’s band, Queen Bee and the Honeylovers, will play a show at Isis Music Hall on Saturday, April 27.

Moore formed Queen Bee and the Honeylovers with double bassist Trevor Stoia in late 2016. From the beginning, the band focused on early and swing jazz. “This was right after the [presidential] election,” Moore recalls. “And sweet, nostalgic music was very healing and therapeutic in an otherwise dark moment.”

But rather than exclusively playing classics from the pre- and postwar jazz eras, Moore decided to take Queen Bee and the Honeylovers in a different direction. “I love writing, so any project I had was going to have some original music,” she says. “And as we started to write music, I was looking around for inspiration.” She found it close to home.

Read the full feature by Bill Kopp HERE>

[UPDATE: The Saturday, April 27 show is now sold out, but the band has announced an encore performance on Friday, May 3, at 8:30 p.m., also at Isis Music Hall.]

Everything Asheville with Michele Scheve

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