ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT: Peel Away Your Stress At the Orange Peel

By D. Lanier Shook                                          March 11, 2014

Have you been to the Orange Peel recently? Have you been to the Orange Peel’s website? Whatever your answer was you need to click here and visit their website right now. The Orange Peel is Asheville’s premier music venue and can provide you with top notch entertainment options without top notch fuel bills. Its website is the place to find out about that top notch entertainment and pick up tickets before any one else can grab them. (You’d be surprised how often they sell out.) Its also a great place to find their awesome podcast, great merchandise, and even streaming music.

The Orange Peel brings entertainment from around the world and around the corner. On Thursday from 8pm to 11 pm the Slice of Life Comedy Open Mic will bring the best of Asheville’s humor to you for only five bucks. Its located at PULP, which is in the Orange Peel’s basement just around the corner from the main entrance. Asheville comedian, Minori Hinds will be their feature comic and the show will be hosted by Johnson City’s Hunter Roberts. For more information about all the Slice Of Life Comedy Open Mic click here to visit their website. You can click here to follow Minori Hinds on Twitter or click here to connect with Hunter Roberts on Facebook. with Doors open on Thursday at 7:30 pm, the fun starts at 8, tickets are 8pm, and you have to be 21 to get in.

On Friday Jim Quick and Coastline bring their unique blend of humor and southern music to the Peel. Jim has played nearly 300 shows a year for 15 years. He’s released 11 albums and has won the Carolina Music Awards “Entertainer Of The Year Award” nine times. For more information about this impressive performer click here to visit his website. That’s a great place to learn about him, read his blog, find out where he’ll be, and get a taste of what he brings to the stage. Friday night the doors will open at 7 pm and the music starts an hour later. Tickets are $15 the day of the show and you can save three bucks by buying them early. Music lovers of any age are welcome at the show.

Saturday brings the Infamous Stringdusters to the Orange Peel. This group — lauded by the New York Times’ Jon Pareles — brings an energetic fusion of guitar, bass, fiddle, dobro, and banjo to the stage. If you like toe tapping then you’ll want to enjoy this show. To understand just why click here to visit their website and sample their music. They’ll be joined by Fruition, a Portland based group that marries “…three part harmony infused, melody rich rock, country, folk and soul.” For more of their amazingly good music click here to visit their website. The doors open — to folks 18 and up — at 7 and the music starts at 8. Tickets are $19 on Saturday, but $16 if you buy them earlier.

On Sunday the Peel present Indigo Girls, the Grammy winning duo of Amy Ray and Emily Saliers. This Grammy winning pair has fourteen albums to their credit. These two met in High School and have been charming audiences ever since. To hear their award winning sound click here to visit their website. They’ll be joined by Hannah Thomas, a very busy musician who’s played 200 shows in the past 18 months. She’s performed at the Atlanta Falcon’s halftime and to hear why her edgy, Southern, rockin’ sound was voted best singer-songwriter by Atlanta’s Jezebel Magazine  click here to visit her website. On Sunday the doors will open at 8 pm — if you’re at least 18 — and the music starts at 9. Tickets will be $35 that day, but you can save five bucks if you buy them before then.

Of course, make sure to enjoy the full Orange Peel experience by clicking here to visit their website. That’s where you can find out what’s coming and get tickets for it. The Glitch Mob is playing the Peel on Monday, but tickets are already SOLD OUT. So click on over to the website and make certain you’re not missing out on something you want to hear.

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