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A Taste of Bavaria in the Mountains
Saturday, November 1 - 7 p.m.-
with the Mountain Top Polka Band.
German music, food and drink. $35, meal and show
Munich is renowned for its Oktoberfest, a 16-day celebration of food, beer and Bavarian culture. For those who couldn’t manage a trip to Germany this fall, Oktoberfest is coming to Western North Carolina as the White Horse Black Mountain hosts the Mountaintop Polka Band on Saturday, November 1 beginning at 7 p.m. Authentic German food for the event is provided by Berliner Kindl Restaurant and Deli, a Black Mountain favorite.
Unlike big northern cities like Chicago, Milwaukee and Cleveland with large Central European immigrant populations, polka music didn't take root in the Appalachian mountains. Mountaintop Polka Band co-founder Hans Meulenberg, the grandson of German immigrants, believes that the area is ready for the infectious polka beat. The group grew out of Emmanuel Lutheran Church in West Asheville’s decision to stage an Oktoberfest some years ago, and its success encouraged the band to continue playing. They’ve since gone on to play festivals and Oktoberfests throughout the region, embracing polka in its German, Czech and Polish incarnations and adding over 100 songs to their repertoire. The Mountaintop Polka Band lineup includes accordion, vocals, tuba, clarinet, bells, hammered dulcimer, zither, guitar and drums. So, dust off those dirndls an lederhosen,and get ready to grab front seat at the southern polka revival with good music, good food, good beer and good fun.
Show begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are $35 for meal and show.
Piano and Violin “Take Two” in Jazz Duo Series
Monday, November 3 - 7:30 p.m.-
Dr. Bill Bares, piano
Lyndsay Pruett, violin
The White Horse Black Mountain presents pianist Dr. Bill Bares and violinist Lyndsay Pruett in the monthly “Take Two” jazz duet series. A project launched by Bares, the concerts pairs the UNC professor’s piano with a changing cast of WNC’s finest jazz performers in a format that allows both players maximum creative space. Dr. Bares’ artistry in improvising with a wide range of players and instruments is prodigious, and each guest artist brings a unique sensibility to the mix. Every performance features at least one composition written by Bares specifically for the guest artist, and a recording of the best of each night’s music is planned.
November’s guest artist is genre-bridging Asheville violinist Lyndsay Pruett. Trained as a classical violinist, she also socialized with musicians that played by ear, prompting her to explore playing “off the page”. In Nashville’s Belmont College she found a school that would allow her to pursue both jazz and classical violin, and her time spent in Nashville’s music scene launched her career as a freelance fiddler. After several post-college years gigging on the road she felt the pull of Asheville’s creative vibe, relocating here in 2009. She’s since established herself as a member of several bands, local and otherwise, including Futureman’s (Bela Fleck and the Flecktones) Black Mozart Ensemble, Johnson Crossroads, the Jon Stickley Trio, Galen Kipar Project, Taylor Martin’s Engine and the Asheville Tango Orchestra. Her familiarity with a range of styles and adventurous improvisational spirit means that a typical week might include teaching lessons, bluegrass sessions, funk jams, and gigs as an in-demand soloist. In a happy turn of events, Lyndsay recently celebrated the return of a much loved stolen violin with a musical extravaganza featuring her many musical friends.
Show begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $12/$6 students w/ID.
Wednesday, November 5 - 7:30 p.m.-
Liars Contest, storytelling. $10
The Cherokee word for storytelling, gagoga, loosely translates as “s/he is lying”. This doesn’t mean that there’s no truth to be found in stories, but that the relationship between teller and hearer is dynamic; the listener discerns the significance of what’s being said for themselves. Even in the digital age the art of oral storytelling has experienced a revival, and it’s best enjoyed in a social setting. On Wednesday, November 5 at 7:30 p.m. the White Horse Black Mountain will host a Liars Contest, a gathering of some of the area’s finest artistic dissemblers. Keep your fingers crossed.
Show begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10.
DON'T MISS THIS BIG EVENING
OF ENTERTAINMENT !!!
Saturday, November 8 - 8 p.m.-
Mars Hill Jazz Ensemble, big band jazz,
Any given style of music is only a generation away from oblivion. Although jazz no longer holds the central place it once occupied in American music it remains a vibrant and creative art form, and the student players of the Mars Hill Jazz Ensemble are ready to carry into the future. The ensemble, under the direction of Mars Hill University faculty member Dr. John Entzi, is an auditioned group of brass, saxophone and rhythm section players that plays for campus and community events. The band has the personnel to tackle big band classics from the swing era, but their repertoire spans many decades, incorporating more recent rock and funk influenced jazz compositions.
Show begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10.