Event is Presented by 98.1 The River, Will Benefit Pisgah Legal Services’ Efforts to Combat Poverty in Western North Carolina
stephaniesid, Laura Reed, The American Gonzos, and Red June will perform at the next Poverty is Real concert, to be held September 8 at the Orange Peel in Asheville, North Carolina. Funds raised will benefit Pisgah Legal Services and their efforts to combat poverty in Western North Carolina. Tickets are available here.
“We are excited and grateful to be the beneficiaries of the first Poverty Is Real concert in Asheville,” said Tina Owen, Pisgah Legal Service’s development director. “This is a great opportunity not only to raise money but also to spread the word about Pisgah Legal Services as one of the leading antipoverty organizations in the region. The money raised will provide free civil legal aid to western North Carolinians in crisis – victims of domestic violence, families facing homelessness, disadvantaged children, and vulnerable seniors.”
PIR will also produce a commemorative CD comprised of original songs from participating artists – as well as additional contributors including David Wilcox – to be sold at the show.
“Asheville is an amazing town, filled with great musicians, businesses, and citizens who care about their community, making it a natural fit for a Poverty is Real show,” said Mike Killeen, PIR’s founder and president. “Working with Pisgah Legal Services – who are so deeply rooted in helping those in need in the Asheville community – is the start of what we hope to be a strong and lasting partnership.”
In addition to support of Pisgah Legal Services, Poverty is Real will also be donating an instrument to Asheville-based non-profit Give to the Music. Their organization makes music lessons possible for children who would otherwise not be able to afford them.
Generous support for this Poverty is Real event comes from 98.1 The River, Paste Magazine, Barnes Law Group, Hall Booth, Smith & Slover, Red Eye Gravy Records, Lenz, Inc., and Asheville Pizza and Brewing Company.
Pisgah Legal Services is a non-profit organization that has provided free civil legal aid to low-income people in western North Carolina for more than 34 years. PLS helps more than 12,000 low-income people annually to meet their basic needs such as protection from domestic violence, avoiding homelessness, finding safe housing, and accessing health care and subsistence income. Pisgah Legal Services has 18 attorneys on staff, and relies heavily on the pro bono legal services of 300-plus volunteer attorneys and the help of more than 50 office volunteers. PLS’ main service area includes six counties in Western North Carolina, with offices in Asheville, Hendersonville, and Spindale. For more information or to make a donation, call Pisgah Legal Services at 828.253.0406 or toll-free at 800.489.6144 or visit www.pisgahlegal.org.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Stephaniesid, born in 2004, lives in Asheville, NC and makes pop music for “the darkness in you that’s trying to find the light.” The band possesses all the proper tools needed to create well-crafted songs and beautiful recordings. The music explores both the melancholy and triumph of human life and love, the players being equally faithful stewards of large, intoxicating swells and infectious, danceable melodies. Recordings affix weepy synthesizers, vibraphone lines, guitars, thick bass notes, quirky keyboard sounds, horns, and coquettish, curly, tenacious female vocals. The live show is unabashed energy funneled through Iowa-birthed and Texas-raised former gymnast Stephanie Morgan (vox, guitar, synth), southerner Chuck Lichtenberger (keys/vox/bass pedals), and Maine-born Tim Haney (drums), and a collective cast of other players.
The band lives in Asheville, NC, a city widely known for its musical soul, where they have been voted “Best Rock Band” in the reputable Mountain Xpress poll 4 years in a row.
Stephaniesid has released 3 full-length albums, has had songs featured on Showtime’s “Nurse Jackie”, Team Ibex’s “The Red Helmet”, and The Weather Channel, as well as on numerous compilations. The band’s music was the subject of a rock ballet in their hometown of Asheville, NC, and the band founded the indie pop festival called POPAsheville.
South African born singer/songwriter Laura Reed has steadily been making a name for herself, captivating audiences and ears globally with her soulful vocals, vulnerable songwriting, and electric live performances. Laura is known for her genuine ability to take the struggles and heart- ache we all share, and crafting them into catchy and positive anthems. It is this type of songwriting and experience that helped her to conceive ‘Faith not Fear’, the first single off her upcoming album, The Awakening.
‘Faith Not Fear’ is a vocal offering with a vibrant message about overcoming the test and trials that all of humanity faces, but sometimes needs the encouragement to overcome. A song that Laura defines as “a kind of marching band anthem with a beat box tempo”, co-written and produced by the 2X Grammy-award winning songwriter/producer SHANNON SANDERS (India.Arie/John Legend/Pink). Shannon is also the producer for her upcoming LP and musical director.
As fore-mentioned, Laura had been cutting her teeth as a performer, previously known as the front person for the now defunct Laura Reed and Deep Pocket. Laura’s authentic “slow-cooked soul music recipe” is reminiscent of iconic music trendsetters like Erykah Badu, Lauryn Hill and the late Amy Winehouse. Since the age of 16, Laura’s music has been seasoned by influences from her background work and global travels (15 countries and three languages thus far); her delivery has hints of Samba, Reggae and African beats. Laura’s musical resume and mentorship is impressive, filled with a wide range of artists and genres including George Clinton, Ike Stubblefield, Jewel, Karl Denson, and even a chance encounter with Whitney Houston who pulled Laura aside while they were both in the studio to remind her that no matter what “never stop singing”.
THE AMERICAN GONZOS
Hailing from the mountains of North Carolina, The American Gonzos are a power trio best described as an aggressive funk rock band. The band is comprised of Andrew Thelston on guitar/lead vocals, Michael Dean on bass guitar/backing vocals and Toby Burleson on drums/backing vocals. The band was formed in the fall of 2010 where they began writing music and performing all over the southeast. In 2011, The American Gonzos recorded and released their self-titled debut album. The band has performed all over the east coast and is planning a mid-west tour in 2012.
Red June is an acoustic trio from Asheville, NC performing beautifully distilled original Americana music. They are making waves with their dynamic, yet refined sound that features striking 3-part harmonies, tasteful instrumental work, and honest, soulful songwriting that seamlessly blends old-time, bluegrass, roots rock, and traditional country music. Red June has been capturing the hearts of audiences across the country and has performed at the renowned Music City Roots live radio show in Nashville, TN as well as Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion, Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival, Suwannee Springfest and the 25th anniversary MerleFest.
Red June is Will Straughan on resonator guitar, guitar and vocals, John Cloyd Miller on mandolin, guitar and vocals, and Natalya Weinstein on fiddle and vocals. The three have been longtime friends, and first jammed together at a pickin’ party in Asheville in 2005. In late 2008 they formed Red June and went on to release their debut album, Remember Me Well, in 2010. Remember Me Well was very well received, and was voted the #1 regional release of 2010 by the listeners of the southeast’s premier independent radio station, WNCW.