ALEX KRUG COMBO ANNOUNCES KICKSTARTER LAUNCH PARTY IN SECRET LOCATION

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Asheville, NC, April 6, 2018 — In advance of an upcoming Kickstarter campaign, local favorite dream-rock group, Alex Krug Combo, will be hosting a concert at an undisclosed venue in walkable West Asheville on Sunday, May 6.

The six-piece ensemble, led by Brown Bag grand-prize winner Alex Krug, has been performing together for nearly four years now. The multi-generational group, which includes legendary drummer Bill Berg (Bob Dylan - Blood on the Tracks, Cat Stevens - Gold), transcends genre and stylistic labels. Since banding together, Alex Krug Combo has demonstrated excellent lyricism, tight harmonies and percussion, and compelling melodic arrangements show after show. Their first record, Gentle Spotted Giants was recorded at Echo Mountain Studios and produced by 35 year music business veteran Michael Selverne, who has worked with the likes of India.Arie and Guns n’ Roses.

After performing at multiple festivals and events throughout the country, band leader and visionary Alex Krug has accumulated a myriad of new material, and the group is ready to put fresh songs on wax.

In order to finance the forthcoming record, the band will be running a 30 day crowdfunding campaign via Kickstarter. The pledge page will go live the morning of May 6, and later that night, a kick-off party, set in a secret West Asheville location will ensue.

Says Krug, on her decision to keep the venue classified:

“We’ve been working so hard to make this campaign a reality. Amidst all the madness of preparations, we have to remember to have a little fun. Everyone wants to feel like they’re in on a secret. We want our listeners to really feel connected to this project. After all, this art would have nowhere to go if it wasn’t for them.”

Those who would like to pay witness to the exclusive performance must purchase their $11 ticket in advance, $9 if you buy before April 21. The official address will be disclosed to patrons via email the day before the show.

Ticket Link: https://tinyurl.com/yc7aqr7a

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1495356540587302/

2018 CREATIVE SECTOR SUMMIT

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Asheville is growing fast, in particular its music scene, and has garnered national attention from media and tourists alike in recent years. This rapid development has spurred many in the creative sector to wonder how we can ensure the social and cultural capital of our community keeps its unique and powerful draw while also increasing support for it. The Economic Development Coalition and many music partners collaborated on a study measuring the impact of the music industry on the local economy. Their findings were astounding, and indicated that Buncombe County’s music industry grew 52 percent from 2010-2016. The Asheville Area Arts Council’s 8th annual Creative Sector Summit, presented by Buncombe County Tourism Development Authority, will feature keynote speaker Bob Boilen, several panels made up of locals who will discuss the economic impact case study of the Asheville music industry along with new collaborative initiatives to expand data on arts and culture to better understand and advocate for the creative sector of Buncombe County.

Event Schedule:

9:00 – 9:25 am  |  Welcome & Introductions

9:25 – 10:30 am |  Keynote Speaker, Bob Boilen
Bob Boilen, creator and host of NPR’s All Songs Considered and Tiny Desk Concert. Boilen will bring his stories and viewpoint as a journalist and artist on the music industry and the opportunities and challenges Asheville might expect as its music scene explodes.

10:30 – 10:50 am  |  Coffee Break

10:50 am – 12:30 pm  |  A Composition of the Local Music Scene
Ashevillle’s music scene has received an enormous amount of national attention over the last few years. Along with our area’s beauty and wider arts and cultural scene, the music of our region draws visitors from near and far to spend their dollars in our community creating a huge economic impact. This panel made up of locals who work in various areas of Asheville’s music scene will explore the cadence of our musical landscape, including efforts and connections underway, discuss the needs that exist, and offer ideas of what we can work towards.

Moderated by Matt Peiken, Arts & Culture Producer, Blue Ridge Public Radio

Panelists: Ehren Cruz, Performing Arts Director, LEAF; Danielle Dror, Artist Manager & Consultant, Sabra Music; Andrew Fletcher, Musician and Advocate; Kelly Kelbel & Tony Rolando, Make Noise; Jeff Santiago, Operations Manager, The Orange Peel

1:30 – 2:30 pm  |  Understand Your Impact on the Local Economy

The arts are a huge part of our community, but only recently have we begun to acquire the tools to illustrate how important they are to Buncombe County’s economic impact. Panelists from AAAC, Center for Craft, City of Asheville, Asheville Chamber of Commerce, and the River Arts District will discuss economic data encompassing the music industry, the need for living and work space for area artists, and the vitality of our non-profit and for-profit art and culture industries.  Learn about what has been done to measure the impact of the arts, what is planned, and how you can help shape the use of this data.

Featuring: Stephanie Monson Dahl, Strategic Development Office Director, City of Asheville; Stefanie Gerber Darr, Executive Director, Asheville Area Arts Council; Mike Marcus, Assistant Director, The Center for Craft; Heidi Reiber, Director of Research, Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce – Economic Development Coalition; Wendy Whitson, River Arts District Artists; Janelle Wienke, Grants Manager, Asheville Area Arts Council

2:30 – 4:00 pm  | Resource Happy Hour at 14 Riverside Drive