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Downtown After Five Concerts in Asheville

Also See: Events | Shindig on the Green | Downtown Asheville | Top Summer Festivals
Asheville Downtown After Five
Asheville Downtown After Five
Asheville Downtown After Five
Asheville Downtown After Five

May 16, June 20, July 18, August 15 and September 19, 2014

Downtown After Five provides free live music concerts in downtown Asheville every third Friday, May through September. Thousands gather on North Lexington Avenue near the I-240 overpass, 5-9 PM for the free event, celebrating its 25th year!

Thirsty concert-goers find local brews from Highland Brewing Company, Pisgah Brewing, Asheville Brewing Company and French Broad Brewing Company. Plus, regional favorites Sierra Nevada and SweetWater Brewing as well as national brands from Budweiser of Asheville and Empire Distributing will be on tap. Wine and water will also be available for purchase. To purchase alcohol, show a valid picture ID and buy a $2 wristband. Proceeds from wristband sales benefits local non-profits.

From sandwiches to pizza and ice cream to tacos, food vendors offer a something for everyone’s taste.

Downtown After 5 is committed to reducing its impact on the environment and features a solar-powered stage, complimentary bike corral, compostable food and beverage containers, and staffed recycling and compost bins.

2014 Concert Schedule

May 16
St. Paul And The Broken Bones is gaining national exposure with a recent feature on NPR’s Morning Edition and a shout out from Rolling Stone Magazine. The band’s Southern soul sound is described as gritty, elemental and tight, and that sound translates to their high-voltage live show sure to enrapture the crowd.

The Broadcast was also recently featured on NPR (All Things Considered), opening band, The Broadcast is making regional waves. Drawing much of their ambiance from 70’s classic rock, they’re a band with an explosive female lead singer, riffing guitar, mood-altering keys and a rock-solid rhythm section.

Nonprofit Wristband Partner: Homeward Bound

June 20
The last time Drivin’ N’ Cryin headlined the Downtown After 5 stage, it was the largest crowd in the history of the music series. Playing their own style of Southern rock since the 80s, DNC has shared the stage with Lynyrd Skynyrd, Sonic Youth and Neil Young. Their new album “Turntable” is being touted as the band’s best work in two decades.

Hailing from Raleigh, American Aquarium has spent the last six years on the road building a fan base from coast to coast. Whether you call it alt-country, Americana or roots rock, one thing is for certain-their music is a fresh voice that borrows from many forms of the American songbook.

Nonprofit Wristband Partner: LEAF Community Arts

July 18
Hayes Carll is wildly literate, utterly slackerly, impossibly romantic, absolutely a slave to the music, the Texan is completely committed to the truth and unafraid to skewer pomposity, hypocrisy and small-minded thinking. Playing honkytonks and rock clubs, Bonnaroo and SXSW, Carll has been featured in Rolling Stone Magazine, the LA Times and on NPR.

Chatham County Line is selling out shows across the country and overseas, bluegrass veterans Chatham County Line serve up traditional, old-time flavor with a fresh twist. They’ve been seen on the stages of Merlefest, Rockygrass and The Winnipeg Folk Festival.

Nonprofit Wristband Partner: United Way 211

August 15
The Dynamites featuring Charles Walker take very seriously their sacred mandate of carrying the torch of "real" soul music forward. Charles Walker continues his age-defying prowess, at the top of his powers; strong and getting stronger. The Dynamites continue their relentless commitment to the greatest, most positive and celebratory musical art form in America.

Ruby Velle & The Soulphonics roots are embedded in the rich sound and history of Georgia soul, beginning with the early 50’s and 60’s R&B. Having performed countless gigs since 2005, the band has already contributed heavily to the steadily increasing awareness of genuine rhythm and blues music that exists today.

Nonprofit Wristband Partner: Asheville City Schools Foundation

September 19
Asheville All-Stars will include members from Yo Mama's Big Fat Booty Band, The Asheville Horns, Molli Party, The Hermit Kings, Bayou Diesel, Mary Francis and The Dirty Classics, The Tuesday Night Funk Jam House Band, and many more. As a testament to the abundance of musical talent in Asheville, this year's Asheville All Stars Band boasts an almost entirely new lineup when compared to the cast of last year’s inaugural show.

Asheville Rock Academy gives young musicians the opportunity to meet and play together while learning from professional musicians. They may be young, but these kids rock!

Nonprofit Wristband Partner: MANNA FoodBank


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