Ah, the 80s! While many were getting their first personal computers and cellphones, I was busy changing diapers and working my way up the corporate ladder.
Every once in a while I would turn on the radio to listen to Michael Jackson, Prince and Madonna. Music had changed drastically from the classic rock era of the 70s. There were synthesizers and something called New Wave, which I never really understood.
It wasn’t until the movie “Back to the Future” that I realized that the “Decade for Me” (the 70s, according to Tom Wolfe) was dead and gone.
The “decade that made us” (and my kids) was a time of Duran Duran, lip sync, money and more money, break dancing and “where’s the beef? “
If you’re an ’80s kid and looking for big hair, there’s a new band in town – Lazrluvr – that’ll bring you back, like a jet-powered DeLorean.
Some of the best musicians in western North Carolina have come together to jog your memory. Check them out this Sunday at Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. It’s guaranteed to be full bodied.
How do you pronounce the name of your band and how did you come to have it?
“Laser Lover” is how the name of our band is pronounced! Honestly, the idea just popped up to us as we imagined what an unforgettable 80s night would look like!
Who are the members of the groups and what do they do?
Eric Congdon, guitar and vocals; Mariah Martin, vocals; Walker Astin, bass; Brad Curtioff, keyboards and synthesizer; Franklin Keel, electric cello; Sam Frame: percussion; and Boy Roca, vocals
When, how and why was this group formed?
2020 has been a devastating time for many people, and we were hoping to put on a show that would bring joy back to our community. We chose the 80s because of the community and the warmth of nostalgia. So we wanted to get it right and have a collaboration for the books!
What kind of music do you play?
We are a tribute to the 80s ensemble, performing all the genres of the 80s.
Comment on: It looks like your band is made up of established local musicians who come together to form a new band.
At first, we decided that if there was to be a post-COVID comeback, it would have to be loud and proud to get people to come out and enjoy the vibes of live music again! So we knew we had to put something together with some well-known artists.
Brad Curtioff is the key player of the Floyd Philharmonic, Citizen Mojo and The Mojo Blues Brothers. Eric Congdon is a very well known guitarist for several groups.
Sam Frame, drummer of the De Janiero Trio, was also in Strange Avenues with our singer, Boy Roca, who was in Floyd Philharmonic with Brad Curtioff for a year.
Walker is a bassist playing with Andrew Thelston, Ross Osteen, Eric Congdon and many more.
Mariah Martin of the Blue Ridge Pistols sang in many acts and of course Franklin Keel of Sirius B. Upland Drive and the Asheville Symphony Orchestra were thrilled to have the opportunity to collaborate as well!
What makes LAZRLUVR special or different from other bands?
We are unique in our song choices and our commitment to aesthetics. We made sure to say from the start that while we would play familiar songs, we would want to do the ones that no one else is playing.
Having engaged synth keys and an electric cello with 4-way harmonies paired with an incredible range of electric drums and powerful vocalists gives us a lot of versatility, and we’re thrilled to be constantly evolving.
What has been the feedback from people and places so far?
We only played three concerts. Our first two shows had record sales for Oklawaha Brewing and Dry Falls Brewing. At Oklawaha Brewing, we had a capacity for our debut and were able to release our DeLorean, which we’re happy to say will be showing this Sunday as well.
Our third show was the North Carolina Apple Festival. The feedback from the sites was of course exceptional.
The fan feedback has been some of the best we have all been privileged to receive. We are humble, blessed and grateful for the success we are seeing with this wonderful set!
What is the group’s mission or objectives?
Our mission is to bring joy to the community, paired with tasteful nostalgia and inventive sound. Our goals are to pursue our own happiness and to continue producing amazing shows for amazing people.
If someone didn’t know anything about LAZRLUVR, how would they feel at one of your concerts?
We have been told several times how surprised people are with the sound. Without expectations or familiarity, we anticipate a breathtaking nostalgic experience of the 80s!
Tell us anything you think is important for people to know about LAZRLUVR.
If people are interested in booking us, we invite them to email us at [email protected] Our tribute to Jump by Van Halen is available on YouTube, along with a short clip of us performing Safety Dance by Men Without Hats.
We also invite people to like us on Facebook and spread the word! Come see us, grab some T-shirts and take a photo with us and the DeLorean. It truly is a night you will never forget!
The Sierra Nevada Brewing Company.
100 Sierra Nevada Road, Mills River
Sunday September 12, 2 p.m., Lazrluvr, 80s music
305 Salon & Restaurant
305 N. Main St., Hendersonville
Every Tuesday and Thursday, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Bob Sherrill, singer, songwriter, guitarist
Every first and third Friday evening, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., geriatric jukebox, husband and wife sing oldies but goodies
Every Wednesday, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Mark Fisher, classic country, southern rock, oldies rock
1898 Auberge de Waverly
783 N. Main St., Hendersonville
Thursday, Sept. 9 6:30 p.m., Gangster funeral, musical, dinner theater, $ 69
Appalachian Ridge Craft Hard Cider
749 ch. Chestnut Gap, Hendersonville
Friday, September 10, 6 to 9 p.m., Scott Moss and the $ 100 Handshakes, Americana, originals
Saturday September 11, 3 p.m.-6 p.m., Excellent Duo by Bill & Tad, acoustic duo, from blues to Beatles
Sunday September 12, 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., Sunlight Drive, acoustic duo, Americana, blues, folk, classic rock covers, originals
Blue Ghost Brewery
125 Underwood Road, Fletcher
Saturday October 9, 1 p.m. to 8 p.m., Harvest Festival, live music by Hope Griffin (singer, 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.), Dirt Yard Choir (swamp roots rock, 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.), Knob Creek Incident (bluegrass, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.)
Bold rock cider
72 School House Road, Mills River
Saturday Sept. 11 6 p.m., Karl Lauber, enhanced acoustic soloist, multiple instruments, singer
Scorched Shirt Vineyards
2695 Sugarloaf Road, Hendersonville
Friday September 10, 3 p.m.-6 p.m., Everyday music, covers, originals
Saturday September 11, Grape Stomp, Wayne Taylor (bluegrass, noon-3:30 p.m.), Tom Brown (one man band, 4 p.m.-7 p.m.)
Sunday September 12, 2 p.m.-5 p.m., Ben Phantom, singer, songwriter, eclectic, originals, covers
Brewing Company D9
425 N. Main St, Hendersonville
Friday September 10, 7-10 p.m., Dave Desmelik, lyrical and instrumental singer
Dry Falls Brewing Co.
425 Kanuga Road, Hendersonville
Friday September 10, 7-10 p.m., Mojomatic, funk-a-fied rockin ‘blues
Saturday September 11 7 pm-11pm, Twisted Trail, rock band
Etowah Valley Golf & Resort
470 Brickyard Road, Etowah
Thursday September 9, Eric Levy, classic rock
Saturday September 11, Ashlie Rose, 80s tunes
415 8th Avenue East, Hendersonville
Friday September 10, 7-9 p.m., Sunlight Drive, acoustic duo, Americana, blues, folk, classic rock covers, originals
Saturday, September 11, 7 p.m., Tribute to Elvis Presley by Bobby Ellis
Hendersonville Farmers Market
650 Maple Street, Hendersonville
Saturday September 11, 9 a.m.-12 p.m., Apple Country String Band, bluegrass
Mills River Brewing Co.
336 Banner Farm Road, Mills River
Sunday September 12, 2 p.m., The Get Right Band, psychedelic indie rock power trio from Asheville, originals, jams
Oklawaha Brewing Company
147 1st Avenue E. Hendersonville
Friday September 10, 8 p.m.-11 p.m., Ben Phantom, singer, songwriter, eclectic, originals, covers
Saturday September 11, 8 p.m.-11 p.m., Blue Ridge Pistols, classic rock from WNC
Sunday September 12, 4-7 p.m., Human Ladder, singer, guitarist, songwriter, eclectic, acoustic
4210 chemin Brevard, horseshoe
Saturday September 11 5 pm-8pm, Myron Hyman, soloist, singer, guitarist, eclectic
Rhythm & Brews Concert Series
S. Main St., between Allen and Caswell
Third Thursday of the month, 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., free
September 16, Mike and the Moonpies, with Kenny George Band as the opening act
The Saint Paul Mountain Vineyards
588 ch. Chestnut Gap, Hendersonville
Saturday September 11, 3 p.m.-6 p.m., Letters to Abigail, husband and wife duo, southerner, roots, originals
Sunday September 12, 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., Brian Ashley Jones, soloist, guitarist, classic country, blues, originals
Saint Paul Mountain Vineyard in Flat Rock
2698 C Greenville Highway, East Flat Rock
Sunday September 12, 2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m., geriatric jukebox, husband and wife rock nostalgia
Sawyer Springs Vineyard
124 Sandy Hill Ln., Hendersonville
Friday September 10, 5-8 p.m., Myron Hyman, soloist, singer, guitarist, eclectic
Saturday September 11, 5-8 p.m., High Sierra Trio, covers from the 60s to today
Southern Appalachian Brewery
822 Locust Street, Ste. 100, Hendersonville
Thursday September 9 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Howie Johnson and Bill Mattocks, classic rock, blues
Friday September 10, 7-9 p.m., The New Rustics, country fusion, folk, bluegrass, rock
Saturday September 11, 7-9 p.m., Second Souls, grainy originals, eclectic covers, rhythms and grooves
Sunday September 12, 4-6 p.m., Carver & Carmody, acoustic duo, blues, country, originals
South Rock Sports Grill
830 Greenville Road, Hendersonville
Saturday Sept. 11 8 p.m.-midnight, Fine Line, rock band, bike party
2nd Act coffee, wine and craft beer bar
101 E. Allen Street, Hendersonville
Friday September 10, 7-9 p.m., Christina Chandler and Sarah Easterling
Saturday September 11, 7-9 p.m., Threee (sic) Hour Tour, acoustic tunes from the 70s
The Dugout Sports Bar & Taphouse
430 N. Main St., Hendersonville
Thursday September 9 from 8 p.m. to midnight, open jam
Friday September 10, 8 p.m. to midnight, Twisted Trail, county, rock, dancing
Saturday September 11, 8 pm-11pm, Graywind, quartet, classic rock covers, originals
La Serre Moto Café
4021 Haywood Road (Highway 191) Mills River
Friday September 10, 8 p.m.-11 p.m., Virginia and the Slims with Sugah and Thuh Cubes, jump blues, swing, Chicago blues
Saturday Sep 11 8 p.m.-11 p.m., The Baggage Brothers, duo, jazz fusion classical / progressive, Americana
Sunday September 12, 3 p.m.-6 p.m., Tools on Stools
The Poé House
105 1st Avenue West, Hendersonville
Sunday, September 12, noon and 3 p.m., drag show, lip-syncing queens
Wooden ax throwing
218 Duncan Hill Road, Hendersonville
Friday September 10, 6-9 p.m., Shooting Creek Trio, country, southern rock, originals
Triskele brewing company
340 7th Avenue East, Hendersonville
Thursday September 9, 7-9 p.m., microphone open
Want to be included in “Live Music? »Email your information to Steve Wong at [email protected] by 8:00 am Monday for upcoming Thursday-Sunday. Remember to send details about your performer as well as a good high resolution photo.