May 18, June 15, July 20, August 17 and September 21, 2018
Downtown After Five provides free live outdoor music concerts in downtown Asheville every third Friday 5-9 PM from May through September. They celebrate their 30th year in 2018. Thousands gather on North Lexington Avenue near the I-240 overpass to enjoy local and national beers and a variety of food vendors. While admission is free, you must buy a $2 wristband to purchase beer, hard cider and wine.
Band 2018 Line-Up
May 18, 2018
Asheville All-Stars: Comprised of some of Asheville’s best musicians, this show has quickly become a favorite. Expect original songs mixed with fun covers with a nod to 1988, Downtown After 5’s first year.
June 15, 2018
Town Mountain: Their unique bluegrass sound is spiced with country, old school rock and boogie-woogie. Opener is Sanctum Sully's rock, bluegrass, funk, psychedelia, country, folk & blues.
July 20, 2018
Fantastic Negrito: Incarnation of a musician reborn playing songs from a long hard life channeled through black roots music - blues harnessed, forged in realness. Opener is The Get Right Band, featured on NPR’s World Café.
August 17, 2018
Southern Avenue: Fiery young Memphis quintet that embodies soul, blues and gospel traditions, while adding a youthful spirit and dynamic energy all their own. Opener is The Fritz, a soul-driven dance rock band with an aggressive approach to funk, soul and rock.
September 21, 2018
The Pharcyde: West Coast hip hop outfit’s debut album racked up more than a million sales and was widely praised as one of the most influential hip hop albums of the 1990s. Opener is Free the Optimus, a hip hop collective focused on bringing improvisational lyricism to jazz-influenced boom bap soundscapes.
Beer & Food
Lots of local beers and hard ciders on tap from Pisgah Brewing, Sierra Nevada, Hi-Wire Brewing, Asheville Brewing Company, Catawba Brewing, French Broad Brewing, Green Man Brewery and Bold Rock Cider, as well as beers from Western North Carolina and regional and national brands. Wine, soda and water also available for purchase.
Food vendors and trucks include D.O.G.S., Gypsy Queen Cuisine, Kernel Mike's Kettle Corn, Moe's Original BBQ, The Grubbery Food Truck and Sunshine Sammies.
No pets or bikes allowed. Bring your chair, but no coolers or tents. The Asheville Downtown Association partners with five local nonprofits to sell wristbands at the event, giving each a $2,000 grant.