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Groovin' with P Groove in Asheville, NC

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Our contributor Rachel headed up to Black Mountain, NC to catch Perpetual Groove on their comeback tour. The Asheville/Black Mountain area is one of our favorite weekend getaway locations and an awesome area to catch shows and spend sometime in the great outdoors. Plus we love us some P Groove. Read up on details from her trip below!

For the last month or so, work on the upcoming movie "The Do Over" has totally taken over my life.  So this past Friday I decided to take a half day and catch a ride with some of my favorite show going companions Jessie, Patrick, and Tristan up to Black Mountain, NC.  The band was Perpetual Groove, Savannah-born jam band who after almost a 2 year hiatus have come back in strong. The first show scheduled in the comeback tour was at the Georgia Theater in Athens, GA, which was also the location of their final show before the hiatus, bringing things full circle for the band and fans alike. This show sold out so quickly that the band soon announced a second night, and while I wasn't able to make it to either show, the reviews told me that I needed to make their show at Pisgah Brewing a priority.

Pisgah Brewery ended up being an amazing outdoor venue.  When we first drove up we were all surprised because from the road it looked like some uninteresting industrial buildings or warehouses.  But when you enter the premises you suddenly feel like you're at a remote mountain music festival far away from the stresses and distractions of everyday life.  There was plenty of space to dance and some incredible beers to choose from.  You can bring your own chairs, blankets, etc in so once Jessie got her infamous glow stick encirclement around our setup we all felt right at home.

Photo: www.pigsahbrewing.com

Six piece Greensville, NC jam band, The Mantras, got the show going and even had the guys of P Groove sit in on a few songs.  P Groove didn't disappoint us.  They sounded better than ever and had us on our feet dancing all night.

P Groove's Brock Butler sitting in with The Mantras on guitar

P Groove's Matt McDonald sitting in with The Mantras on keys

The after party was at Asheville concert hall, Isis, where Widespread Panic drummer Todd Nance and friends kept the ball rolling.  Also a really great spot I'd love to return to for another after party, main event, or seated dinner cabaret style show.

Jessie and I rocking some Mamie Ruth gear at the show

On Sunday we stopped in Asheville and shopped in some cool little hippie stores while we waited for a table at scratch made southern brunch favorite, Tupelo Honey.  We hit the road after brunch but didn't head straight home until we had done a few hangover curing runs down the giant natural water slide, Sliding Rock just outside of Asheville.

The Black Mountain/Asheville area is such a great concert destination and we will all definitely be back very soon.  From the venues to the amazing food, shopping, and scenery that surrounds, it was the perfect weekend retreat.

xoxo, Rachel for Mamie Ruth

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