May 19, June 16, July 21, August 18 and September 15, 2017
Downtown After Five provides free live outdoor music concerts in downtown Asheville every third Friday 5-9 PM from May through September. Thousands gather on North Lexington Avenue near the I-240 overpass to enjoy local and national beers and a variety of food vendors. To purchase alcohol, show a valid picture ID and buy a $2 wristband.
- May 19: High & Mighty Brass Band, a dynamic krewe with the unique ability to combine classic New Orleans Funk and R&B with more modern Afro-Beat and Hip Hop influences. Opener is Josh Phillips Big Band.
- June 16: Sonny Knight & The Lakers, a seven-piece powerhouse band that blends throwback soul, Gospel and country into their own unique sound. Opener is The Northside Gentlemen, with old soul classics and great instrumental New Orleans funk.
- July 21: Asheville All-Stars brings together some of Asheville’s best musicians a mix of original songs and fun covers. Opener is Rock Academy, with young student musicians learning with the professionals.
- August 18: Cedric Burnside has blues running through his blood and is regarded as one of the best drummers in the world. Openers are Lyric and The Stump Mutts, local bands with rock, pop, soul and funk
- September 15: Billy Strings, an IBMA-winning guitarist and singer taking the acoustic bluegrass scene by storm at the age of 24. Opener is Whiskey Shivers plays bluegrass-fueled Americana infused with punk rock energy.
Beer & Food
Find plenty of local ciders and beers including Pisgah Brewing, Sierra Nevada, Hi-Wire Brewing, Asheville Brewing Company, Catawba Brewing, Green Man Brewery, Bold Rock Cider, Appalachian Mountain Brewing, Boojum Brewing, Lo-Fi Brewing, Nantahala Brewing Company and Natty Greene’s Brewing. Local food vendors and trucks will include D.O.G.S., Gypsy Queen Cuisine, Kernel Mike's Kettle Corn, Moe's Original BBQ, The Grubbery Food Truck and others.
Each summer the Asheville Downtown Association partners with five local nonprofits to sell wristbands at the event, giving each a $2,000 grant.