Saturday, April 22nd marks the 10th Anniversary of Record Store Day, our now annual hootenanny dedicated to record culture, record lovers, record makers and most of all, the amazing record stores that make it all possible. That's a whole decade's worth of a unique annual event whose purpose has been to bring folks together in support of those essential elements that make independent record stores real and thriving epicenters of their communities.

Ken Voltz

Asheville jazz musician and college instructor Jason DeCristofaro has organized a WNC Solidarity Concert Series for 2017 at The Block Off Biltmore.  On the final Sunday of each month, WNC-based musicians and ensembles perform a concert to raise money for a selected non-profit whose work supports marginalized communities as well as our regional ecosystems. For our Studio B session, Jason has gathered Bill Berg, Chuck Lichtenberger, and Cameron Austin. Join us as Roland speaks with them about the series, jazz, and beyond. 

I DRAW SLOW Live Wednesday, April 26th at 11am

Apr 21, 2017
Martin Anderson, 2014

Beautiful songwriting and sweet harmonies mark the original tunes and traditional Appalachian gems from this favorite band of ours, who returns to Studio B for the second time. They certainly have a soft spot for Western North Carolina's mountains and towns, as evidenced by some of their songs. But if you detect a bit of an Irish lilt in their voices, you are correct: they hail from Dublin. They play Isis in West Asheville on Wednesday night, and Merlefest on Saturday. 

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Shelly Swanger Photography

It's a MerleFest warm-up with Studio B sessions by a couple of perennial MerleFest headliners. We'll hear Sam Bush in our studio in 2006, and Donna the Buffalo all the back in 2000. Join Host Kim Clark at 6pm Friday.

We'll hear the Grateful Dead from their first recording session back in June 1966; singles by the Chocolate Watchband, Vanilla Fudge, and the Move; some cool Australian 45s; plus Mitch Ryder & the Detroit Wheels, Marvin Gaye, the Standells, and more.