By D. Lanier Shook August 31, 2013
There are a lot of great groups coming to the Mountain State Fair next week and here are a few more of them for you to check out. If you see some you like then click here to visit the Fair’s website for more information about ticket prices and the stage locations.
SHARKADELICS 5-7 pm Thursday, September 12 on the Bojangles Music Stage
The Sharkadelics are a four man band from here in Asheville that have been rockin’ the town for about twelve years. They play a brutal schedule of three or four nights a week but it looks like they and their audiences enjoy every minute. This group plays straight up serious rock and roll. Click here to visit their website where you can find out more about them, find out where they’ll be next, and see if your photo is in the Shark Tank,
CONTAGIOUS 8-10 pm Thursday, September 12 on the Bojangles Music Stage
Contagious is a local group who’s opened for a few folks you may have heard of, like Confederate Railroad and the Kentucky Headhunters. They play great rock music and they play it alot. Fortunately you can catch them at the Mountain State Fair or you can click here to visit their really neat website. That’s where you can watch a video of them, see their schedule, and check out photos of them on stage.
Ryan “RnB” Barber 5-7 pm Friday, September 13 on the Bojangles Music Stage
Unfortunately we’re all limited by time and money and that means I don’t get to meet as many of these wonderful performers as I’d like. Ryan “RnB” Barber is one I’m been blessed to hear on stage. Back in March I was privileged to hear him and TurboProProject at the One Stop on College Street and you can read about the awesome experience by clicking here.
Ryan “RnB” Barber brings a mix of r&b, jazz, and hip hop to the Fair. For more information about his remarkable music career click here to visit his website, watch a video of him, and listen to some of his music. If you like what you hear click here to hear more of his tunes.
There are two tunes Ryan performs I really like. The first is “You Can Keep the Fame,” which expresses his love of music, and the other is “Carolina Stomp,” which I heard on his SoundCloud page.
KAYLA MCKINNEY 8-10 pm Friday, September 12 on the Bojangles Music Stage
Kayla McKinney is a local singer/songwriter. She’s performed with the group Twisted Trail at various local venues. These have included Harrah’s Cherokee Casino, Tall Gary’s Cantina, and the Benefit for Captain Jeff Bowen. You can find out more about her by clicking here. Or click here to learn about Twisted Trail and watch videos of both them and Kayla McKinney in action.
MICHELLE LEIGH 5-7 pm Saturday, September 14 on the Bojangles Music Stage
If you like country music you need to go see Michelle Leigh. She’s from Bakersville, graduated from UNCA and she lives in Nashville where she collaborates with well known names to produce her CDs. The Charlotte Music Awards nominee is a strong supporter of several charitable causes, including Brother Wolf Animal Shelter and No Excuse For Abuse. You can learn more about her, see photos, see videos, listen to her music, and find out where she’s playing by clicking here to visit her website, which is where you can find out about her new single “Blood Water,” coming out in January.
JODY MEDFORD 8-10 pm Saturday, September 14 on the Bojangles Music Stage
Jody Medford is a local boy (from Enka) and has one of the lowest voices around. He’s gotten around, performing in Branson, Dollywood, and — most importantly— at the 2013 Mountain State Fair. You can learn more about him by clicking here to visit his homepage where you can see nifty videos and photos of he and his band. That’s also where you can see the video for his new hit “Moonshine.”
ULTIMANOTA 5-8 pm Sunday, September 15 on the Bojangles Music Stage
Ultimanota is a five piece band with a great Latin sound. You’ll be on your feet when they bring awesome atmosphere and excitement to the stage. To get a taste of what you can look forward to click here and visit their website where they’ve got music and video samples.