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Remember Rabbit’s Motel? Entrepreneurs plan to pay homage to Asheville’s Black history

Since 2004, a property on McDowell Street in Asheville has been a drive-by source of curiosity. Judging from the appearance of the building, it might be hard to imagine what the Rabbit’s Motel meant to folks — especially, the Black community. Caption: WLOS.

Ween’s Claude Coleman Jr. Revives A Beacon Of Black Culture With SoundSpace @ Rabbit’s [Interview]

Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, Asheville may not be as famous as another similar-sounding city in Tennessee, but it still holds its own unique music history. The soil of Western North Carolina has long proven fertile for bluegrass music, with people like Bill Monroe and, later, Doc Watson cultivating the development of “mountain music.”

Black business owners navigate distinct challenges and opportunities

“I believe that opportunity is everywhere at all times,” says J Hackett, who co-owns Grind Coffee Co. in the River Arts District with Gene Ettison. “We just have to recognize it.” Turning opportunity into business success, however, has historically been more difficult for Hackett and other Black entrepreneurs than for their white counterparts.

Black chefs forge their own paths in Asheville’s food scene

Soon after it opened in late 2018, Benne on Eagle became the subject of laudatory profiles in national publications and nabbed the No. 6 spot in Esquire magazine’s list of 2019’s Best New American Restaurants.

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The Green Book Landmark Celebrates 50 Years of Black Entrepreneurism in Asheville’s Southside Neighborhood

A three year revitalization project taking place inside of Asheville, North Carolina’s historic Southside neighborhood has come to fruition with the opening of SoundSpace @ Rabbit’s, the city’s first public access music rehearsal facility.

SoundSpace at Rabbit’s Now Open – The 828

SoundSpace @ Rabbit’s, the first community-focused rehearsal space in the area, is now open for business. The practice rooms are converted motel rooms from the original Rabbit’s Motel, a Black-owned business in the heart of Black Asheville on the Southside of town.

Music Business Spotlight: Claude Coleman Jr. & Brett Spivey Open SoundSpace At Rabbit’s Motel, Asheville’s First Public Access Music Rehearsal & Arts Studio – Music Mecca

This past Saturday on December 5th, Asheville cut the ribbon to its first public access music rehearsal studio in the historic Rabbit’s Motel in the southside of the city. Leading the charge for this multi-use music and arts facility known as SoundSpace, is Asheville resident Claude Coleman Jr., widely known as the drummer for legendary New Hope, Pennsylvania, rock band Ween, along with fellow lifelong musician and arts proprietor Brett Spivey.

Former Rabbit Motel Renovated Into SoundSpace Rehearsal Studios

In the 1950s and ’60s, the Rabbit Motel in Asheville’s South Slope drew touring black musicians to the four tiny rooms out back and the soul food restaurant facing McDowell Street.

Southside’s historic Rabbit’s Motel transformed into a multi-use artist space

Church basements, Boy Scout troop huts, shipping containers, unheated warehouse spaces and buildings’ roofs are just a few of the spots where Asheville-based musicians Claude Coleman Jr. and Brett Spivey have rehearsed in the past.

Asheville’s First Public Access Studio to Open – The 828

SoundSpace @ Rabbit’s, Asheville’s first public access music rehearsal studio is set to open its doors on Saturday, December 5th. The project, spearheaded by resident Asheville musicians Claude Coleman, Jr. of the rock outfit Ween and Brett Spivey, will transform the historic Rabbit’s Motel into a multi-use facility and soul food kitchen for local and touring artists alike.

SoundSpace, Asheville’s first public, multi-use artist space, celebrates grand opening

What was very old gets new life, in the form of Asheville’s first music rehearsal facility. The grand opening of SoundSpace@Rabbit’s was celebrated Saturday, Dec. 5 — the site of what was once the Rabbit’s Motel and soul food cafe. Caption: SoundSpace, Asheville’s first public multi-use artist space, celebrates grand opening.

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SoundSpace @ Rabbit’s, Asheville’s first public access music rehearsal studio is set to open its doors on Saturday, December 5th. The project, spearheaded by resident Asheville musicians Claude Coleman, Jr. of the rock outfit Ween, and Brett Spivey, will transform the historic Rabbit’s Motel into a multi-use facility and soul food kitchen for local and touring artists alike.