4/15/2008 - Asheville has Top 5 Music Venue per Rolling Stone
ASHEVILLE The Orange Peel music club has hosted some surprising big-name shows concerts by Bob Dylan, the Indigo Girls, Ben Harper, the Flaming Lips and a nine-show residency by the Smashing Pumpkins. Now, its been named one of Americas top five music venues by Rolling Stone magazine.
The magazine lists the Peel alongside venues in New York, Detroit, Austin, Texas, and Norfolk, Va., in its Best of Rock issue, coming Friday. No one at the magazine could be reached for comment on Monday night.
Reporters from Rolling Stone contacted Orange Peel management to get information about the club, and they told us it was going to be a best clubs article. But we didnt realize it was such a small number, said club spokesman Liz Whalen. Its a big honor. Its amazing. I think (the clubs momentum) has built on itself over the years.
The news surprised Knoxville-based promoter Ashley Capps, who has booked shows into The Orange Peel since it opened in 2002. Thats awesome, said Capps, who also brings many shows to Thomas Wolfe Auditorium and around the Southeast, and stages the huge annual Bonnaroo festival in Manchester, Tenn.
We have always been excited about the Orange Peel since the beginning, Capps said. It is a place that is just right. Its a great experience for the artists and a great experience for the audience. It really is one of the finest music venues in America.
The honor completely makes sense, said Asheville musician and music publicist Will Bradford of the band SeepeopleS. Its a venue that caters to the diversity of the community, which is tough to do. A lot of clubs fit a niche. The Orange Peel pretty much covers everything. I love going as a fan and its my favorite place to play.
Orange Peel named one of America's top five clubs by Rolling Stone by Tony Kiss published April 14, 2008 6:46 pm ACT