May 20, June 17, July 15, August 19 and September 16, 2016
Downtown After Five provides free live outdoor 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. Enjoy local and national beers and a variety of food vendors. To purchase alcohol, show a valid picture ID and buy a $2 wristband. The Asheville Downtown Association partners with five local nonprofits to sell wristbands at the event, each receiving a $2,000 grant. 2016 partners include: Asheville GreenWorks, Asheville Music School, CarePartners, Homeward Bound and the YMI Cultural Center.
Here's the line-up for 2016:
Headliner: CHA WA, Traditional Mardi Gras Indians meets street-level funk.
Opener: Jeff Thompson Band, New Orleans roots shine with the heavy grooves.
Headliner: Futurebirds, high-energy, country rock-infused live show.
Opener: Raising Caine, soulful music combined with heartfelt lyrics and guitar solos
Headliner: Anderson East, classic soul mixed with youthful enthusiasm.
Opener: Sweet Claudette, vintage country harmonies
Headliner: Asheville All-Stars, featuring some of the best local musicians, a favorite of the summer.
Opener: Asheville Music School and LEAF Delta Jazz Band with youth all-stars.
Headliner: Cracker, with old favorites like “Euro-Trash Girl” and “Low."
Opener: The Dirty Badgers, hard mountain blues meets old school CBGBs punk.