Living Colour • Orange Peel • November 1, 2017

I’m so happy I made it out to the Orange Peel last night to catch Living Colour. This was the first time that I had to opportunity to make one of their legendary shows.  Their performance was beautiful and energetic.  This talented group of hard-rocking musicians has a stage presence that commands your undivided attention. The audience danced and sang along, eyes glued to the stage. I was right there with them, camera in hand. I always welcome bluesy, alternative rock with an edge into my world. The sound was loud, the solos were spectacular, and the visual experience of the performance itself was absolutely beautiful. The pleasure was mine — thank you, Living Colour!                        – Libby Gamble

– Photography By Libby Gamble Photography

Bella’s Bartok • Asheville Music Hall • June 22, 2017

Insanely free gypsy punks called Bella’s Bartok, unleashed a barrage of circus, horror and psychedelic madness on us at the Asheville Music Hall this past week. This very fun, colorful band brings us high energy performances, and the audience is fully into it, cheering along and bouncing around. I love the horns, acrobatics, and outfits. Think Gorgol Bordello with easily understood lyrics. I recommend for everyone to see this band at least once, I know we’ll be going back for more. The Asheville Music Hall has a brand new bar and the venue is equipped with fantastic sound.

– Joshua Marc Levy, Asheville Art Family

– Photography By Libby Gamble Photography

 

All Go West Festival • June 17, 2017

Photography By Libby Gamble Photography

 

Holly Bowling • Isis Music Hall • April 2, 2017

Holly Bowling plays the songs of the Grateful Dead and Phish on piano, often combining the two.  In addition to traditional playing, Holly explores unconventional parts of the piano to create original experimental sounds and landscapes. The instrument is opened up with all working parts exposed. At times she uses a small wand in the upper sections, and later a string which turns the piano into a violin at the base. Bowling has the knowledge to combine full band Dead and Phish song compositions, into a stripped-down medium without losing any emotion, only adding more love to the music. Everyone had tears pouring down their face at one point or another. The “Wharf Rat” really got me good. Our memories of Jerry, the Dead and that feeling you got when they came to town are ingrained within, and a lot of us really miss the good ol’ days. It feels good to reflect while these piano compositions are flowing and layered up into the air. Husband and tour manager, Jeffrey Bowling, does an amazing job projecting fluid water themes, rays of light and other psychedelic effects over a video screen close-up of Holly’s keys. Part of the fun of this concert experience is guessing what song is being played. We recognize the music, but then have to marry the lyrics in our heads in order to solve the puzzle,  it becomes a really fun game. Sometimes the teases are over before we can realize which of the 100’s of Dead and Phish songs we are inside of, other times it’s our favorite songs which we know immediately by the opening notes. The show features endless segues and combinations of songs. Highlights for me were: Free > Estimated > Free; Wharf Rat; China Cat > Taste > Cryptical > Other One > Piper > Rockets > Other One > Cryptical > Rider…Let’s face it, the entire show was brilliant. This is the 3rd time I have seen Bowling play, and we will be back. Thank You!

– Joshua Marc Levy, Asheville Art Family

Photography By Libby Gamble Photography

SETLIST:
Unbroken Chain
Sage& Spirit
Horn
Free >
Estimated >
Free
Wharf Rat >
Hood
China Cat >
Taste
Cryptical Envelopment >
The Other One >
Piper >
Rocket’s Theme >
The Other One >
Cryptical Envelopment >
I Know You Rider
E: Cassidy >
Squirming Coil (with Cassidy teases)

George Porter Jr. & Runnin’ Pardners • The Salvage Station • March 18, 2017

Foundation father of funk and Original Meter, George Porter Jr., blew us away at this year’s Christmas Jam downtown at the arena. Just 3 months later we are blessed with another more intimate appearance, this time at AVL’s The Salvage Station. George and his Runnin’ Pardners guided us through an emotionally charged and often timeless set of songs. Subjects of love, uncertainty and the future are sung with real heart in a raspy and mature voice. “Where are we going? Let me take you to a place of peace and love.” “I need more Time for ME to come through!” Their funky blend of New Orleans style funk is highlighted with trippy keys, unconventional jazzy drum solos, and an over-all harmonic vibe. Across the room the audience had contagious smiles. Long-time fan Heidi proclaimed “This is fucking awesome!” …and it Was. They played my personal favorite song, “He Bite Me (The Dragon)” which is funky and fierce, and had this fire dragon reporter letting loose on the dance floor. George and band ended this perfect set with a tasty cover of the Grateful Dead’s “Sugaree” which had our photographer dancing. Let’s just say everyone at Salvage was moving at some point, because you can’t escape this groove. It’s just that good.

– Joshua Marc Levy, Asheville Art Family

Photos by Libby Gamble Photography

Marcel Anton & Friends • The Salvage Station • March 18, 2017

Marcel Anton brought his original blend of “Creole Voodoo Magic” to AVL’s The Salvage Station, Featuring jazzy superstars Mike Rhodes on drums and Michael Hynes on bass. Marcel is a living legend, with rock & roll, blues and soul pouring out of him. Dressed in a funky outfit, Anton guided us through a set filled with scat singing, a “Cissy Strut” Meters cover, and electric guitar playing in the realms of Hendrix & Stevie Ray Vaughan. At one point Anton teased “Voodoo Chile” and played the guitar with his teeth. I highly enjoyed this set and won’t miss another performance.

– Joshua Marc Levy, Asheville Art Family

SETLIST
Cissy Strut
Wake Up
Everybody Needs Somebody
Not Enough
Know Better
The True
Redline/ Believe in Love

Photos by Libby Gamble Photography