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French Broad River Festival

Posted by eemilla on May 9, 2009

We both mentioned packing the camera at separate times, but somehow it failed to get packed.  Maybe next time.  Last weekend it rained every day, and it wasn’t soft sprinkling rain.  Needless to say everything was wet and muddy caked in mud after three days of being exposed to those conditions.  However, the rain did little to dampen our spirits.  Whoo-hoo to the French Broad River Festival!  Town Mountain was smokin’, and Jen and the Juice were fun (surprised to see Debrissa from Laura Reed).  One of my biggest regrets is leaving The Trainwreks at the end of their set to see Acoustic Syndicate; Acoustic was too mellow, but The Trainwreks were hot and fun (plus the Flood Stage had one of those funky tents that I last saw at TriNum).  Brushfire Stankgrass started our Saturday right, and I also enjoyed Rosie Ledet and the Zydeco Playboys.  I had never heard Reverend Horton Heat, and I had plenty of fun, albeit in the rain, grooving (and balancing beer and umbrella) to them.  However, I think Larry Keel and Natural Bridge were my weekend favorites.  Larry was having a good time on stage, and the energy was just right.  The worst part of the festival was missing the Unifire Theatre; due the rain, their set was moved from the end of the night to some other time that we didn’t hear about.  I love fire; watching fire, especially after a good bit of alcohol, is one of my favorite things, and when the fire isn’t isolated to the fire pit and is dancing around on hula hoops and the ends of swinging chains I become entranced.

Not only is the Hot Springs Campground lovely and beside the river, the hot tubs are right across the street.  I wasn’t as energetic as I normally would have been watching Brushfire Stankgrass or Jen and the Juice as they were post soak.  My honey booked a tub early Saturday afternoon, and he took the advice of those in the know and picked the best tub available.  It had a wooden deck with plenty of room and two chairs and  a table as well as a fan and a heat lamp.  However, the best part is the infinity pool effect you get when sitting in the tub; this is compound by the fact that the water is on both sides of the tub.  While you are close enough to hear loud engines climbing a hill, one can easily drown those noises with the singing of the river.  If you have never been to Hot Springs, you will be shocked at the velvety softness the waters impart on your skin.  


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Asheville Earth Day

Posted by eemilla on April 19, 2009

I arrived at the park sometime near the end of Sol Driven Train’s set; we couldn’t decide if our last encounter with them had been overly influenced by alcohol until their final song.  We will see them again in a couple of weeks so that I can sort out whether I like them sober or how many beers I have to have before I like them.  Laura Reed is pregnant, so as the MC stated she is embodying the goddess all over the place.  The performance was enjoyable, but it didn’t compel me to my feet and get my hips shaking.  Laura is the energy for the band, and rightfully so her energy is focused elsewhere; it could also be that most of the crowd seemed to have been there all day chasing toddlers, so it wasn’t like we were sending her back a bunch of energy either.  Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe started about an hour after Laura Reed and Deep Pocket departed (thirty minutes late), but I was too tired and hungry to stay even though I did get up and wiggle my booty for a few minutes. 

Sadly enough, with the departure of the parents and daylight, the amount of litter seemed to grow exponentially.  The organizers had plenty of receptacles for trash, recycling, and compost.  All of the beverages were served in compost-able corn plastic cups, but due to health regulations vendors cannot reuse your cup.  However, at Brewgrass you are issued a taster cup, and all of your beer goes into that one cup all day long.  I guess I need to read up on the food service regulations.

I enjoyed the festival, and although I arrived later in the day I had expected to see more environmental action groups.  I look forward to next year!

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Festival Season begins

Posted by eemilla on March 27, 2009

We are starting it out with The French Broad River Festival.  I was digging the line up, then my honey said it was only sixty dollars for the early bird tickets!  I love the campground up there, and we are definitely planning to hit the hot tubs.  Another plus is Bearly Edible; I can’t wait to wolf down some pesto mozzadilla and $1 grilled cheese.

A few weekends prior, we will warm up with Asheville’s Earth Day celebration.  Its free and could involve no driving if the bus service has extended hours, and Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe and Laura Reed & Deep Pocket will be there, for free!

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Power of Music

Posted by eemilla on January 2, 2009

Earlier tonight I read a post from last year on Blue Ridge Blue Collar Girl; it was so touching, and it put me in a much better mood about Christmas.  With the right music (I will try Messiah, but it will likely be The Nutcracker), I plan to revive my holiday spirit.  Also, check out Blue Ridge Blue Collar Girl’s sweet short story, A Fish Story.

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Laura Reed and Deep Pocket saved my birthday!

Posted by eemilla on December 24, 2008

Many kudos to Laura Reed and Deep Pocket for throwing an absolutely awesome show last Friday at the Orange Peel.  They absolutely rocked and grooved.  I feel the urge to ramble so I will leave it at that, except that I am going to scrimp and cut back on drinking so that I can buy some of their music.

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Good Food and Great Music

Posted by eemilla on December 9, 2008

The Mountain Xpress Best of Showcase was a great time between the food samples and the live entertainment.

The Trainwreks kicked it all off, and everyone that wasn’t eating or waiting in line was getting down. I can’t wait to see them again when they are the main event as it seemed they may have been a bit less rowdy than they would prefer to be due to the kids in the crowd. Stephanie’s ID reminded me of why I like rock/pop, and I will definitely buy their new CD in the spring.

Asheville Aerial Arts  were actually the highlight of the event.  It was stunning to watch the performer twist and contort herself on the silk bands; her physical prowess was breathtaking, and as with all great athletes she made the effort seem minimal.  She supported herself by her arms with no leg support at one point, and at another she created a seat out of the silk.  All of her movements were controlled and graceful, and I was terribly envious of her skill.  The flowing silks, the height, the music and  the awestruck faces of the crowd created this magical ambience in which she wove a spell that seemed to end much too soon.  This is the first time I have been able to catch a performance even though I tried to catch them at TriNumeral, and I hope to be able to find out about their next event rather than stumble upon it as I did this time.

Laughing Seed, Doc Chey’s, and Jersey Mike’s brought enough food to feed the hungry masses, but when we passed through the line at not much after six Wasbai’s space contained some dishes of soy sauce; I did not see The Lobster Trap or Apollo Flame.  Being the picky discerning eater that I am, I only sampled Doc Chey’s cold peanut noodles and two of Laughing Seed’s three pizzas.  The Laughing Seed took the time to label all of their items and detail the ingredients; Doc Chey had a staffer serving their food, and she answered any questions that arose.  The best overall was Laughing Seed’s soltice pizza that had their delicious seitan soyage and butternut squash among other toppings that I cannot recall.  This was heavily my favorite over their Florentine pizza, of which I mistakenly picked up the vegan slice.  It had really strong onions and I think broccoli, but alas, all the $3 Pisgah pales I imbibed before nine have left my memory a bit hazy.

Since I had not found enough food to sate my appetite (I danced a bunch during The Trainwreks!), we strolled up the street to Kanpai Sushi Thai.  Our service was fast as it should have been in the not too full cafe space, and the food was tasty.  I feel like both my tuna tataki and hanada roll were seasoned with a heavy hand, and being in a sushi restaurant on Sunday in the mountains, it turned me off just a bit.  The avocado promised on the menu with the hanada was fairly skimp on the 10.95 roll, and the overabundance of sriracha hardly made up for the missing avocado.  The salmon and tuna on the roll were sufficient in portion, but again the burning hot chile sauce blunted my tongue so I was not able to appreciate their taste.  The tuna tataki portion was certainly fair, and I was able to take the sourness down a notch with the shredded daikon; however, the dressing was so sour and sharp that I suspected it of covering up older or less than wonderful fish.  On a repeat visit (I have a three strikes rule unless the food, price, and service are all unbearable),  I will revisit each of these dishes.  On the upside, my honey thought the Thai seafood dumplings were a steal at five dollars; I believe he received six plump dumplings (again, maybe because we visited on the day before the new seafood order)?  I did not have enough time to reasonably peruse their sake selection, but I did glance my Ingles favorite, Sho Chiku Bai (I saw the organic nama but I cannot recall if I saw the ginjo and/or the nigori).


Kanpai Sushi Urban Spoon

Kanpai Sushi Urban Spoon



Overall we had a fantastic time enjoying the food and the performances; I look forward to next year’s Best Of Showcase.

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Go see live music!

Posted by eemilla on December 6, 2008

Other than the festivals in May and August, Bele Chere, one Downtown After Five, and a poor sound quality Barrel House Mamas show, I haven’t seen as much live music this year as I have really wanted; however, the next two weeks will help cure this drought.  Sunday, we are going to the 2008 Best of Showcase at The Orange Peel; I am looking forward to grooving to Stephanie’s ID and the Trainwreks.  I know my honey will be getting rowdy after football and the good live music, but alas I will be driving us home due to no bus service and the thirty some dollars a cab ride from downtown to our house would cost.

Then just twelve days later, we will be back at the Orange Peel to catch Laura Reed and Deep Pocket at the Winter SOULtise with Josh Phillips Folk Festival.  It’s my birthday so I don’t have to worry about driving, and I think we might do dinner at Green Tea!  Although I guess Kanpai might be a better walkable destination.

Whoo-hooo!  December is looking good.

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Posted by eemilla on November 27, 2008

In the tradition of Thanksgiving, I want to put it out there.  

I love my husband and the almost ten years that we have been together.  We met young, and we have evolved; I could not be so happy without him.  I look forward to the next fifty years together, traveling and having a merry time.  He has expanded my tastes in food, and he patiently taught how to ski.

Thanks to my wonderful four legged fam for all the wet noses and furry head-butts.




Millie & Mr

Millie & Mr







My hereditary people fam aren’t too bad either; our wedding was met with such joy, love, and support. and wow, the cake was delicious.


Amaretto Cream Cake

Amaretto Cream Cake



Blessed be, Brother Otis.  Although I only embeded the part of the festival that made me fall in love with Otis Redding, I recommend watching all three videos in the series; better yet, you should purchase the entire recorded performance.  I have to give credit to VH1 for airing the entire recorded performance sometime in 1999-2000 which turned me on to Brother Otis.  

I cannot think what my life would have been like without the music that I sing when I am pissed or happy.  I have tried to include a good groove like a good mixed tape to put you in the right mood.  This is a somewhat random pick of my favorites, but I cannot claim it is comprehensive in any sense of the word.

Screenwriter’s Blues

Subterranean Homesick Blues

Freddie Freeloader

Gloria (as performed by Patti Smith)

Devil Woman

Half Moon

Fortified Live


Lawdy Mama

Got to Give It Up 

Professor Booty

A Day in the Life


Small Axe

What A Diff’rence A Day Made

Rock the House

Down by the Seaside

Power of Love

We A Rockers

Police and Thieves

Split Open and Melt

Does Everyone Stare

Street Talkin’


Apache Rose Peacock

Happy Phantom

Dance Lesson Number Two

I know I am leaving off a bunch (Billie Holiday, Grateful Dead, Erykah Badu, Laura Reed) as I am so bad at picking favorites.

Here’s to having a lovely, snowy winter.  I am looking forward to lots of good, southeast skiing and plenty of fires in the fireplace.

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Dorky Fun Music Survey

Posted by eemilla on August 22, 2008

Thanks to Licensed to Blog for this great little music survey.  My answers are below.


If someone new were in your car, what song on your player would you be quickest to skip out of embarrassment: 

I still have a lot of my husband’s songs as I am trying to be maybe hear something I may have previously missed in his White Zombie, Pantera, Widespread Panic, Tupac, or Wyclef albums.  Of my own songs, I would confess to my neverending nostaglia for my entire Cypress Hill mix.

What song or songs is/are most “atypical” on your player? I have a few Hank Williams, Jr songs (see the above for why).

What song(s) on your player turns you on? Erykah Badu’s Boogie Nights from her live one and Otis Redding’s Try a Little Tenderness from Monterey Pop.

If you wanted to get a member of the opposite sex in the mood, what song would you program to come on when they are in the car? Let’s Get It On by Marvin Gaye as the only member of the opposite sex I am looking to turn on is my husband, and this would have a sweet High Fidelity reference for us.

What is the longest song on your player? Mountain Jam from The Allman Brother’s Eat A Peach (I didn’t include any classical music because it isn’t in the general shuffle)

What do you think is the silliest song on your player? I Want to Get High Cypress Hill, or I also have two Michael Jackson tracks from Off the Wall: Workin Day and Night and Don’t Stop Til You Get Enough.

What did you most recently add to your player? Our computer is too new; therefore, no new music until we pay it off.

What did you most recently delete? Some of my husband’s stuff like Mystikal.

What is your favorite song on your player that is from a movie? Deep Blue Day Brian Eno Trainspotting and Across the Universe Fionna Apple Pleasantville

Is there a song on your player that is only there for someone else’s benefit? Fortunately I don’t have a song on the player that is just for someone else as when we travel we have enough shared music to avoid the Pantera and Tori Amos.

What song or artist do you find yourself skipping most frequently and therefore should probably delete?  I skip lots of stuff, but only because I listen to what fits my mood.  Ani DiFranco and Patty Smith may work on Monday, but I may need Outkast and Slick Rick come Tuesday.


Which is your most played song and is this your favorite song or is does the player have favorites? Love the Life You Live Midnite; while this song is great, I had to create a super random playlist that won’t play any song that has been played within the last month just to avoid hearing this and the Dead’s Althea every time I ran through a playlist.  This question is my contribution to the survey.

Without cheating, start your player and list the first 10 songs that come up in random play.

1. Rock n Roll Led Zeppelin LedZep IV

2. Surf Wax America Weezer, blue album

3. So Fresh, So Clean Outkast, Stanokia

4. Love the Life You Live Midnite 

5. X-Factor Lauryn Hill The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill

6. Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds The Beatles Sgt Pepper

7. Blowin’ in the Wind Bob Dylan The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan

8. Da Art of Storytellin Part 2 Outkast Aquemini

9. Glass Onion The Beatles white album

10.  Give Up the Funk Parliament Greatest Hits


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I love hippie music festivals!

Posted by eemilla on August 11, 2008

I spent the weekend at the Trinumeral music festival at lovely Deerfields in Mills River, NC.  We had a great camping spot below the Ocho stage with grass rather than dirt underfoot.  The weather was absolutely amazing, especially since we are in what are normally the dog days of summer.  Attending festivals like Trinumeral restore my faith in humanity.  It just feels so good to dance and play surrounded by such beauty in both the natural surroundings and the people.  My least favorite part is the litter and the trashing of the porto potties.

This time we were also blessed with Bearly Edible; their grilled cheese is “world famous” because not only does it provide a tasty breakfast, lunch, or dinner, but it is cheap (they sell for $1 a pop before tip).  I was quite happy to enjoy their pesto mozzadilla a good deal more than the grilled cheese.  It was only five bucks, but the pesto was so fresh and good that it was worth more.  Last week we planned on using pesto for our pizza only to discover that our garden didn’t have enough basil.  We ate some store pesto, and it was not at all satisfying.  I think last week’s experience definately made the Bearly Edible’s pesto that much more delightful.  Our last festival experience was marred by the absence of BE, and they saved us this time as our planned burritos went for a swim when the crappy, plastic freezer bags failed to stay closed (I might add these bags are the stupid more expensive named brand).

Although I enjoyed seeing most of the bands (I must exclude Lotus and Particle from this), Laura Reed and Deep Pocket were my favorite I’ve never listened to band.  The worst scheduling conflict occurred on Saturday night when we had to decide between Midnite and Stephanie’s ID, but really Stephanie’s ID had no chance as we have numerous occassion to see them (in fact we caught them at Bele Chere a couple of weeks ago).

Today I am attempting to come down from the clouds and get grounded again so I can do some laundry and grocery shopping.  However, I really think I am going to make my very own hula hoop because I always enjoy watching the hoopers get down.  I have a whole year or more to practice my moves for the next awesome festival that comes to town.

Thanks Trinumeral, Laura Reed and Deep Pocket, Deerfields, Bearly Edible, Midnite, Custard Pie, GZA, Galatic and Boots Riley, EOTO, Artvandalay, Incognito Mosquito, East Coast Dirt, Secret B Sides, and Snake Oil Medicine Show.

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