I normally make what I like to call a “concert friend” during live shows.
My concert friend is usually a person standing in line beside of me looking for someone to talk to during the wait.
During last Saturday’s Nikki Lane show at the Grey Eagle in Asheville, my concert friend was dressed in head-to-toe rockabilly wear.
I started our conversation.
“Have you seen Nikki Lane before?”
Her eyes lit up and she shared that her 10-year-old daughter had sung with Lane two years before after being brought on the stage by the songstress. And that she had seen Lane several times.
The line started moving and my new acquaintance moved ahead while sharing with me that “this would be the best show I had seen” and that Lane “had a way of making you feel at home” during her shows.
She was right. Lane and her family made the whole evening a swinging event with several tender moments on stage.
At one point, Lane and her mother shared a duet about a daughter making mistakes and needing her mother for strength, which pulled at the crowd’s heartstrings. In fact, a few trace tears could be seen flowing down Momma Lane’s face.
A lighter moment during the show was when Lane yelled “Deddy, come get your dog off stage!” When the pooch decided to take the stage with Lane before the start of a song.
The way Lane, her family and band interacted made the huge audience feel as though they were sharing something really special, something completely genuine that was filled with soul and heart.
If you ever have a chance to catch the dark-haired singer, do. Her concert will be something I always remember.
MACA—50 S. Main Street, Marion. March 10, 11, 17, 18 and 19, “Picasso at the Lapin Agile.”
MARION DEPOT — 58 Depot St., Marion. Thursdays, Marion Mountain Music, 7 p.m. Admission Free.
WOODY’S MOUNTAIN MUSIC — 3354 U.S. 70 W., Marion. Friday, Traditional Acoustic Mountain Music, 7 p.m. Admission Free.
Grille at Lightening Lanes—Finley Road, Marion. Tonight, Dance/Karoake Party with DJ Chris, 9 p.m.; Satruday, Dance/Karoake Party with DJ Chris, 9 p.m.
South Creek Vineyards—2240 S. Creek Rd, Nebo. March 11, Thomas Garlow, 1 p.m.; March 18, Joel Curtis, 1 p.m.; March 18, Fifty Shades of Green St. Patrick’s Day celebration, 11 a.m.; March 19, Stop, Sip, Savor Wine Hop, 1 p.m.; March 25, Todd Greene, 1 p.m.
MOUNTAIN GATEWAY MUSEUM — 102 Water St., Old Fort. Sundays, Traditional Mountain Music Jam, 2-4 p.m.
DOWNTOWN MARION—May 6, Sidewalk Yard Sale, 7 a.m. ; May 20, Donut Festival, 10 a.m.; June 3, Liver Mush Festival, 5 p.m.; June 16, Sock Hope at Marion Tailgate Market, 6:30 p.m.; July 4, Independence Day Celebration, 6 p.m.; July 21, Country Western at the Marion Tailgate market, 6:30 p.m.; Aug. 1, National Night Out, 6 p.m.; Aug. 5, Sidewalk Yard Sale, 7 a.m.; Aug. 18, Beach Bash at Marion Tailgate Market, 6:30 p.m.; Oct. 14, 34th Mountain Glory Festival, 9 a.m.; Oct. 31, Fall Festival & Downtown Trick or Treat, 3:30 p.m.; Nov. 19, Christmas Parade, 3 p.m.; Dec. 7, Melodies on Main, 5:30 p.m.; Dec. 31, New Year’s Eve Celebration, 9 p.m.
WHITE HORSE BLACK MOUNTAIN — 105C Montreat Road, Black Mountain. http://www.whitehorseblackmountain.com. March 11, The Asheville Jazz Orchestra, 9 p.m.; March 12, Rupert Wates, 7:30 p.m.; March 17, St. Patrick’s Day concert; March 18, Steel City Jug Slammers, 8 p.m.; March 24, Broadway Revue, 8 p.m.; March 25, Open Mic, 8:30 p.m.; April 1, Carolina Ceili, 8 p.m.
PISGAH BREWING CO. — 150 Eastside Drive, Black Mountain. http://www.pisgahbrewing.com/events/. Tonight, Andrew Scotchie and the River Rats, 9 p.m.; Saturday, Raelyn Nelson band, 8 p.m.; March 10, Urban Soil, 8 p.m.; March 11, Citizen Mojo, 8 p.m.; March 17, The Lazybirds, 8 p.m.; March 31, Chris Jamison’s Ghost, 8 p.m.; April 8, Black Mountain Greenway Challenge, 2 p.m.
ASHEVILLE MUSIC HALL — 31 Patton Ave., Asheville. Tonight, Big Mean Sound Machine, 9 p.m.; March 17, St. Patty’s Party, 9 p.m.; March 18, Black Stone Cherry, 7 p.m.; March 25, The Fritz, 9 p.m.
THE ONE STOP — 55 College St., Asheville. Saturday, Guy Marshall, 10 p.m.; March 17, Astronautica, 10 p.m.; March 25, Sol Seed, 10 p.m.; March 31, The Mighty Pines, 10 p.m.
THE GREY EAGLE — 185 Clingman Ave., Asheville. www.thegreyeagle.com. Tonight, Julian Lage and Chris Eldridge, 9 p.m.; Saturday, A benefit concert for Food Connection, 6:30 p.m.; Sunday, Tall Tall Trees, 8 p.m.; March 10, Jon Stickley Trio, 8 p.m.; March 11, Delicate Steve, 9 p.m.; March 12, Dan Baird and Homemade Sin, 8 p.m.; March 17, Monsters of Japan, 9 p.m.; March 18, David Grisman Bluegrass Experience, 8 p.m.; March 19, Reverend Horton Heat, 8 p.m.
THE ORANGE PEEL — 101 Biltmore Ave., Asheville. www.theorangepeel.net. Tonight, Shovels and Rope, 9 p.m.; Saturday, Shovels and Rope, 9 p.m.; Sunday, Jimmy Eat World, 8 p.m.; March 12, Waltz Night, 6 p.m.; March 17, Donna the Buffalo, 9 p.m.; March 18, The Breakfast Club, 9 p.m.; March 19, Secret Agent 23 Skidoo, 2:30 p.m.; March 19, Zumba fitness Party, 6 p.m.; March 24, Hippie Sabotage, 9 p.m.; March 25, Kid Hop Hooray, 10 a.m.; April 1, Drew Holcombe & The Neighbors, 8 p.m.; April 7, Corey Smith, 9 p.m.; April 8, Town Mountain, 9 p.m.
ISIS RESTAURANT & MUSIC HALL — 743 Haywood Road, Asheville. http://isisasheville.com/calendar/. Tonight, Wood & Wire, 7 p.m.; Tonight, Dynamo and Window cat, 9 p.m.; Saturday, Me and Molly, 7 p.m.; Saturday, Saturday Night Dance Party with Jim Arrendell, 9 p.m.; Sunday, Aaron Price Trio, 5:30 p.m. Sunday, John Gorka, 8:30 p.m.; March 1o, Travelin’ Kine with Atlas Road Crew, 9 p.m.; March 10, Jon Shain, 7 p.m.; March 11, David Bromberg, 9 p.m.; March 11, Rob Ickes and Trey Hensley, 7 p.m.; March 12, Lunasa, 7:30 p.m.; March 17, Quiles & Cloud, 7 p.m.; March 17, Friday Night Dance Party with Jim Arrendell, 9 p.m.; March 18, Sarah Clanton, 7 p.m.; March 18, David Earl & Black robin, 9 p.m.; March 19, Dara Tucker, 7:30 p.m.; March 9, Heather Pierson, 5:30 p.m.; March 24, Jackson Grimm Band, 7p.m.
THE MOTHLIGHT — 701 Haywood Road, Asheville. www.themothlight.com. Tonight, Landlady, 9:30 p.m.; Saturday, Allison Crutchfield, 9:30 p.m.; Sunday, Terry and the Zydeco Bad Boyz, 5:30 p.m.; March 10, Crocodiles, 9:30 p.m.; March 11, Axxa Abraxas, 9 p.m.; March 12, Priests, 9 p.m.; March 17, Oathbreaker, 9 p.m.; March 17, Waxahatchee and Kevin Morby, 8 p.m.; March 18, Hans-Joachim Roedelius, 9 p.m.; March 24, Beatlife, 9 p.m.; March 25, Natural Born Leaders, 9:30 p.m.; March 26, James McCartney; March 31, Tina and Her Pony, 9 p.m.
HARRAH’S CHEROKEE CASINO RESORT—777Casino Drive, Cherokee. tinyurl.com/zqoqwnu. March 18, The Price is Right Live; March 25, Rodney Carrington; April 29, Alice Cooper; May 12, Lee Brice; May 19, Old Dominion; May 25, Chris Rock; June 10, Billy Currington.