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From local writer and publicist Lindsey Grossman, a treat for WP fans as the band plays a two-night stand in its home away from home, Asheville.

All photos by Dave Grossman.

WPWidespread Panic in Asheville, November 8 2013

Widespread Panic loves its Asheville fans, and it showed last night with a fun setlist that matched their energy on stage. After 27 years together, you can just tell that these guys still truly love what they do. As someone who hasn’t seen them play in eight years, I was pleased to see bass guitarist Dave Schools smiling face still glowing and his silky hair still blowing in box-fan wind (one of these days I will find out what product he uses).

With approximately 4,000 in attendance, the arena was crowded but not sold-out claustrophobic (wait for that tonight), although being right up front it felt a lot more intimate.

The first set started off strong with “Ain’t Life Grand,” and they threw in some personal favorites including “Walkin’” and “Space Wrangler,” ending on a high note with a killer rendition of “Chunk of Coal.”

The highlight of the second set was an appearance by Karl Denson, who joined in on “Stag-O-Lee” and “Slippin’ Into Darkness,” and played an aftershow at the Orange Peel.

Eight years ago, I would’ve had the aftershow dilemma of choosing between Denson at the Peel and DJ Logic at Asheville Music Hall. Last night, it was more like “pizza or burger?” before passing out at a reasonable hour.

Panic plays tonight to an almost sold-out crowd and will no doubt bring it again. As for those naysayers who doubted I would appreciate the live Panic experience almost a decade older and with a clear head, I’m happy to prove them wrong. It wasn’t the drugs (at least not entirely). Panic’s just that good.

Here’s the complete setlist from last night:

Set 1: Ain’t Life Grand > Walkin’ (For Your Love) > Tickle the Truth > Good Morning Little School Girl > One Arm Steve > Saint Ex, Space Wrangler > Chunk of Coal

Set 2: Little Kin, Sometimes, Time Waits, Stag-O-Lee, Slippin’ Into Darkness, Machine > Barstools and Dreamers, I Walk on Guilded Splinters, Bust it Big > Conrad
Encore: Dream Song, The Take Out > Porch Song

Tickets are still available for tonight’s show, through Ticketmaster and at the U.S. Cellular Center box office for $37.50.


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UPDATE  11:30 a.m.: Media reactions have begun. From Gawker:

Yelton attempted to explain away the charges of racism — always a good idea — by: 1. Insisting that one of his best friends is black; 2. claiming that the photo of Obama dressed as a witch doctor that he shared on his Facebook page was making fun of his “white half”; recalling how, when viagra pharmacy usa he was young, black people were called “negras”; and bemoaning the fact that black people can use the word “nigger” but buy cialis cost he can’t.

Speaking later with the Mountain Xpress, Yelton seemed aware that his interview might make him seem racist.

“The questions were such that the answers can be canada cialis online played with. I expect them to play with my answers for racism,” he told the paper.


The Daily Show recently filmed here, interviewing local Tea Partier and controversial conservative activist Don Yelton.

Other interviews, with local Young Democrats, didn’t make it into the finished segment in which Daily Show “correspondent” Aasif Mandvi interviews Yelton about N.C.’s new voter laws, which invalidate provisions of the landmark 1965 Voter Rights Act, and are the subject of a federal lawsuit. From NPR:

Federal authorities are challenging four parts of the state law, passed soon after the Supreme Court invalidated a key part of the landmark 1965 Voting Rights Act in June. Those provisions include: the state’s decision to cut back on early voting by a week; the elimination of same-day registration during that early voting period; the prohibition on counting certain provisional ballots that are not prepared in a voter’s specific precinct; and the adoption of a strict photo identification requirement without protections for voters who lack that required ID.

Background here from on Mandvi’s visit.

Here’s the five-minute Yelton segment.

And here’s the whole show.

There’s a Buncombe County Young Democrats watching party tonight (Thursday) at PULP downtown, 6-8 p.m. Details here.

Here’s the word from Daily Show Producer Juliet Werner about what happened to the other local


“Just a heads up – I just saw the piece as it will air and I’m very sorry to say the man-on-the-street portion of the segment got cut for time. So sorry, that’s just how in flux things are. If you tune in you’ll see the direction the producer went in. Thanks again for everything.”

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Tofu usually gets the spotlight, but to be truly epic, vegetarian connoisseurs look to tempeh. That’s what organizers of last year’s Epic Tempeh Reuben Challenge found out when more than 250 folks showed up for an afternoon of entertainment, refreshment, and, of course, delicious food. Based on the enthusiasm for that event, the same crew has come together to produce this year’s EPIC TEMPEH TACO CHALLENGE on October 13 from 2:00 to 6:00 at the Asheville Music Hall. Each $15 ticket includes the chance to sample tacos from 10 different restaurants as well as drinks donated by Highland Ales and Buchi Kombucha.

Neo Burrito, Rosetta’s Kitchen, Westville Pub, One Stop Deli, Trailhead, Local Taco, Over Easy Cafe, Thirsty Monk, West Village Market, and Green Sage will all be offering contest entries using tempeh donated by Smiling Hara Tempeh. All of the proceeds from the event will benefit MANNA FoodBank. “As a local food company, we have received incredible support from this community,” said Sarah Yancey of Smiling Hara. “This is our opportunity to give back in a way that speaks to our greatest passion: feeding people.”

According to recent studies, almost 15% of people in Western North Carolina don’t get enough food on a regular basis to live a healthy life. “It’s ridiculous that, in the United States, we have so many people who are struggling to put food on the plate,” said J. Clarkson, an event organizer. “Not to mention that 27% of children in our community are growing up in homes where there is not enough to eat.” Every dollar raised at the Epic Tempeh Taco Challenge will allow MANNA to provide enough food for three meals. “We could not pass up the opportunity to be a part of such an exciting event that also makes a terrific impact,” said Katherine Powell of the Asheville Music Hall.

The Epic Tempeh Taco Challenge brings local food producers and local restaurants together to support local efforts to end hunger. June Thomas, an event organizer and partner in the Nine Mile restaurants, said her involvement is personal, “Of course, we don’t want anyone to leave our restaurant hungry, and we don’t want kids in our community to go to bed hungry either. This event gives us the chance to try new, delicious foods while working to make sure that everyone eats.” To find out who has the most Epic Tempeh Taco in Asheville, purchase your ticket at or visit
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As the weather turns to fall, Asheville has one more spot for hot pizza: This tasty indie restaurant in the former Silver Dollar/Asheville Public location more here started with just dinner service, but expands viagra online canada to offer lunch starting Friday, October 4.

This isn’t NY style pizza: more Asheville-style, with organic local flour, local mozzarella and a sausage-kale pizza. Papa John’s, it’s not.

If you haven’t been, expect wood-fired pizza, salads, shrimp and polenta, sandwiches and dessert. All Souls is open Mon.-Sat. Dinner service is 5 p.m.-10 p.m., and the new lunch service is 11:30-2, Tues.-Sat.

Here’s what we had to say about All Souls in July.



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Like Christmas Day chewable viagra tablets for residents who have waited for years, Trader Joe’s opening day in Asheville arrived with leis for everyone, cheers, live Hawaiian music, Cookie viagra online Butter, dunkers and $2.99 wine.

Merrimon Avenue may be going straight to hell, but a little Cookie Butter, a chunk of cheese, some South African Smoke Seasoning

and a bag of coffee takes the edge right off.

Some photos by Asheville photographer Cindy Kunst of CLicKs Photography.

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Congrats again viagra online to Curate, winner of many accolades, and also to the new kid, Seven Sows Bourbon & Larder on the honor, as voted by OpenTable diners. Here’s more from OpenTable, a restaurant reservations website:

Many OpenTable diners consider themselves to be foodies – no prescription they are informed, adventurous and, above all, appreciate unique dining experiences. We have asked our diners to tell us buy cialis which restaurants they consider to be the most “Fit for Foodies.”

The list of winners is based on more

than 5 million restaurant reviews submitted by OpenTable diners for more than 15,000 restaurants in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Check out the OpenTable Top 100 here.

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The Black Mountain location is still open, but this happened on Friday:


Instagram photo by @Skippyhaha

Ole’s was viagra online discount a locally-owned pair of Mexican restaurants, now down to just one. The closed location is at 1235 Tunnel in Oteen/East Asheville. The remaining location is at 401 E. State Street.

Ole’s website

Ole’s on generic viagra 100mg Facebook

Lucky for Ole’s fans, there’s still another Ole’s left. Eat local and support the restaurants you love.

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After a horrific festival and event body count in a year that saw Bele Chere, Goombay and LAAFF all go down, it’s good to know we still have the community-lovin’ organizers of the Big Love Fest.

The popular free celebration of local craft, local biz, local music, food, beer and good times was moved from May to this weekend after this year’s nonstop weekends-only rain ruined the May event with high winds and heavy buy viagra online rain. Ugh.

But you apparently can’t keep head Big Lover Franzi Charen or the Asheville Grown Business Alliance down, and after nonstop summer storms, a sewage spill, and the death of Bele Chere, Big Love will happen this Sunday, 1 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Here’s to great community events and the hard-working people who make them happen.

From Charen:

…we have an amazing group of about 150 artisans, makers & local food & beer purveyors.  Free festival, plenty to explore for all ages, right in the heart of downtown Asheville.

From the Big Love website:

Sunday, September 15, 2013
1pm – 8pm
Free & Fun for all ages

Where: Pack Square Park (from the courthouse steps to the Vance monument)

The Big Crafty and Asheville Grown Business Alliance are putting on a celebration of unchained and independent Asheville. This festival is sponsored and made possible by local and independent businesses, crafters, artists, restaurants, breweries & non profits. The mission of the festival is to support independently-owned businesses in the community and to celebrate their vital economic, social and cultural role in our vibrant local economy.

Enjoy local beer, food, entertainment and music on two stages, fun family activities and the BEST local arts and crafts from the area!

Vendor list

Music schedule

See you all Sunday for crafts, lemonade, Hop ice cream, live local music & food buy viagra online truck fun!

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DishcrawlAsheville Dishcrawl photo.

I attended the first Asheville Dishcrawl last month, in which participants meet at a downtown restaurant and then walk, pub-crawl style, to a series of three more restaurants. At each stop we met chef-owners and dined.  Plates ranged from a tasty gazpacho served with a lovely, pre-fallish sweet potato dish at Laurey’s, to generous bowls of three kinds of gourmet pasta at Strada.

Last I checked, there were only eight tickets left for the latest event, which happens Tuesday (Sept. 10, tomorrow). I found Dishcrawl to be a great way to learn more about the local restaurant scene, make new friends, and spend a fun weeknight out trying new things and sipping gazpacho, beer and cocktails.

Looks like restaurants change with each event; my four were The Green Room, Laurey’s, Strada and Chestnut, where chef/owner Joe Scully gave diners some great insider info about his restaurant and served an over-the-top ice cream dessert.

Host Chris Alexander is a charmer. Tickets are $45, and don’t include beverages, alcohol or your tip. Tip is included! Recommended:

Dishcrawl is doing it again!  After its sold out August debut, Dishcrawl heads back to Downtown antibiotics for sale Asheville in September to guide adventurous foodies to four distinctive restaurants in one night.

On Tuesday, September 10th at 7pm, Dishcrawl will take to the streets of Asheville’s city center where, for only $45, food lovers will gather to try four restaurants in one evening.  Direct link to tickets here.

Part of the fun… Participating restaurants are kept secret until two days before the event, at which time the first location is revealed to ticket holders.

Dishcrawl’s mission is to bring together fans of great food to socially engage with each other while giving exposure to Asheville’s impressive roster of restaurants. “We’ve been thrilled with the enthusiastic response to our first Downtown Crawl,” says Asheville Dishcrawl Ambassador, Chris Alexander. “So we wanted to make sure that folks had another opportunity to get to know the incredible scene here in the heart of the city”.

For more information about Asheville’s upcoming Dishcrawls visit, check out our facebook or follow @DishcrawAVL.

About Dishcrawl

Dishcrawl creates dining experiences and events to satisfy anyone’s craving.  Our mission is to show food lovers the best dishes in local restaurants.  You can find your local Dishcrawl Ambassador leading you through progressive dinners, prix fixe dinners, and other fun food events!  Visit for a local dining experience.

And from the Asheville Dishcrawl website:

With an abundance of vibrant, beloved restaurants, we’re headed back to the center of the city to celebrate Asheville’s incredible dining scene. Join us on Tuesday, September, 10th for another great tour of Downtown’s culinary wonders.

Where will we be dining? We’re keeping the names of the restaurants we will be visiting a secret for now, but here and there we’ll give you some hints. Follow us on Twitter @DishcrawlAVL and be the first to know!

Where to Meet Us: All ticket holders will be notified of meeting location via email, 48 hours prior to the event.

I’m a Vegetarian: Vegetarian options are available, however we may not be able to accommodate other dietary restrictions. If you have any particular requests or have questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Beverage cialis online drugstore Policy: Drinks not inclusive the ticket Generic cialis price price. Drink specials and pairings may be available at discretion of the participating restaurant.

Cancellation Policy: Cancellations are taken only if given 48 hours advance notice. All Dishcrawl events are held rain or shine.

About Dishcrawl: Re-imagining the way you think about food, drink, and your community.  Join us for a variety of culinary experiences at! 


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