Win Tickets to Teatro del Gusto at the Orange Peel, July 24th

The Orange Peel and the creators of ABSfest return for the 3rd annual Teatro del Gusto, a uniquely Asheville performance celebrating circus cabaret, local food, and live music. Enjoy a delicious evening — complete with complimentary dessert at intermission — of comedy, acrobatics, aerial artists, juggling, live music, and a splash of burlesque at Asheville’s premier venue. Witness these masterful vaudevillains as they delight and astonish throughout an evening of talent, beauty, and carnal charm.
Femcee extraordinaire Carmel Clavin, impresaria of The Shenandoah Fringe Festival and Spectacle & Mirth’s Teacup Cabaret, conducts this confluence of confection whilst the Orange Peel serves you your just desserts at intermission. The first Teatro happens at 8pm on Sunday, July 24th and we’re giving away 2 tickets (a $42 value).

Win Tickets to the Kruger Brothers in Asheville

Orange Peel Events welcomes the Kruger Brothers to the Sanctuary at Central Methodist Church (27 Church St in Downtown Asheville) on Friday, June 24, at 8pm. Frugal Backpacker is giving away a pair of tickets to see the bluegrass/folk/classical ensemble, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting Wild South, a wonderful regional non-profit that works to promote and protect wild lands.


Seated concerts at the Sanctuary are intimate experiences, open to less than 700 guests and featuring a fully seated, climate-controlled concert setting with knock-your-socks-off acoustics. Food and drink is not allowed inside this historic space, but stay tuned for more information about a fun Asheville-style reception open to ticket holders outside on tree-lined Church Street before doors open at 7pm on June 24. This show begins at 8pm and tickets are open to all ages. Don’t forget to stop by Frugal Backpacker before heading to the show to make sure you’re outfitted in summer style.

In 2013, the Kruger Brothers appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman, performing their instrumental piece “Jack of the Wood” — named after Asheville’s very own Jack of the Wood! — accompanied by Steve Martin, who played clawhammer banjo. Jens Kruger, the band’s banjo player, has been described as, “one of the world’s most musically sophisticated and technically accomplished five-string banjo players.” In 2013 he won the Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass Music. Here’s a clip of that performance.



Music Monday Josh Ritter

You don’t want to miss the excellent folk pop show coming to the Orange Peel May 18th: 98.1 the River presents Josh Ritter and the Royal City Band. Josh Ritter’s storytelling style of songwriting calls to mind greats of the modern music age like Springsteen, Dylan, and Simon. He’s representing the trials, tribulations, and exaltation of his generation, with songs that tell the stories of being a young adult in America: loneliness, love, spirituality, traveling on to the next adventure. His emotional and malleable voice overlays a music style that’s a little bit folk, a bit rock-and-roll, and a touch twangy Americana. He is touring a new album,”Sermon on the Rocks,” and it’s getting acclaim from fans and critics everywhere he goes. If you’re a music lover, you’ll want to be in the audience for this one. Of the many, many accolade Ritter has received, some highlights:

  • “How refreshing and inspiring it is to encounter a young artist whose achievements match his ambitions.” — The Washington Post
  • “The 10 Most Exciting Artists Now” — Entertainment Weekly
  • “100 Best Living Songwriters” — Paste Magazine

To listen in on samples of our Ritter favorites, we recommend the very Graceland-evocative track, Homecoming, off the new album, and an older favorite, Wait for Love, which finds Ritter in a echo-y, dreamy mood.

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