Avett Brothers returning to Asheville
The popular Avett Brothers band is headed back to Asheville for a two-night Halloween weekend run, concert promoter Ashley Capps said Friday.
The Americana rockers play Oct. 31-Nov. 1 at the U.S. Cellular Center arena. The band’s past shows here have sold out quickly. Tickets will go on sale July 18 at the U.S. Cellular Center box office and Ticketmaster. The price is $35, $41 and $45 plus service fees. It is not known if there will be an opening act. For this show, 5,300 tickets will be sold each night.
It’s the first real Asheville concert by the Avetts since 2010. The band also made a surprise appearance at the 2012 Warren Haynes Christmas Jam. They’ve also played sold-out shows at Wolfe Auditorium and the Orange Peel. Their first Asheville show was in 2002 when they performed at the Westville Pub for just $4.
Their Halloween shows come on the same weekend that Capps used last year for his Mountain Oasis Electronic Music Summit festival and for three years before that, his production of the Moogfest music festival.
This year, Moogfest was held April 23-27 and booked by a different promoter. Capps chose not to continue with Mountain Oasis, saying that the event had not been as financially successful as he would have liked.
But it was the Avett’s decision to pick that weekend for the Asheville shows, Capps said. “This is something that has been planned for months,” he said. “This fit into their plans. And Halloween is a fun occasion. People enjoy dressing up.”
Originally from Concord, brothers Seth Avett (guitar), Scott Avett (banjo), Bob Crawford (double bass) and Joe Kwon (cello) have rocketed to the top of the Americana world. The band released its first album in 2002, and by 2007, had won the Americana Music Association’s duo/group of the year. In 2009, Rolling Stone magazine named them the act to watch that year. They are now working with the famed producer Rick Rubin on a new album due out next year.