ZZ Top, new venue opening, Jerry’s 80th, Chvrches
This small group of blues from Texas comes to make Asheville vibrate.
ZZ Top, a band that blended blues and rock and found a home and a massive following thanks to MTV, will play at 8 p.m. on August 3 at the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium.
The Hall of Fame band includes founding members Billy Gibbons (guitar, vocals) and drummer Frank Beard. Longtime bassist Dusty Hill passed away on July 28, 2021, so former guitar tech Elwood Francis now fills that spot in the trio.
The band is known for such classics as “Sharp Dressed Man”, “Legs”, “La Grange” and many more.
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Opening of a new outdoor space
The Gray Eagle will open its new outdoor stage at the Asheville Adventure Company at 521 Amboy Road with a show at 7 p.m. on July 30.
Staten Island’s Budos Band will perform to christen the new space.
The Budos Band mixes afrobeat, funk, soul, jazz and other genres for its signature sound. The group formed in 2005 and released six albums, including 2020’s “Long In The Tooth”.
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Tribute to Jerry Garcia
Two local venues will celebrate the 80th birthday of Jerry Garcia of The Grateful Dead with tribute shows.
Dirty Dead, Asheville’s tribute act to the Grateful Dead and the Jerry Garcia Band, will play at 10 p.m. July 30 at Asheville Music Hall. This show is actually two days before Garcia’s birthday.
Salvage Station will host his tribute on the guitarist’s birthday, with The Very Jerry Band and The Captain Midnight Band playing back-to-back sets on the indoor stage. This event is scheduled for 8 p.m. on August 1.
Scottish pop band play Orange Peel
Chvrches, a Scottish synth-pop band, broke through in 2012 with the song “Lies”. Since then, the group has released four albums, including “Screen Violence” in 2021.
The trio of Lauren Mayberry, Iain Cook and Martin Doherty have enjoyed international success over the years.
They will perform at 8 p.m. on July 30 at The Orange Peel.