The 30th anniversary season of Downtown After 5, presented by Prestige Subaru, continues on Friday, June 15 with headliner Town Mountain and opener Sanctum Sully. Downtown After 5 takes place on North Lexington Avenue at I240 from 5-9pm and is always free.
Local favorites, Town Mountain, are returning to the Downtown After 5 stage. Their unique bluegrass sound is spiced with country, old school rock and boogie-woogie. With influences ranging from the Grateful Dead's Jerry Garcia and the ethereal lyrics of Robert Hunter, to the honest, vintage country of Willie, Waylon and Merle, the band has shared the stage with Greensky Bluegrass, Ralph Stanley, Jim Lauderdale and Asheville’s own The Steep Canyon Rangers.
Opener: Sanctum Sully
A delicious stew of rock, bluegrass, funk, psychedelia, country, folk and blues, Sanctum Sully has reemerged as a 6-piece electrified unit that combines their many influences to form a unique and authentic sound. From frantic bluegrass licks to spaced-out ambient rock, Sanctum Sully churns it out straight from the heart.
The season continues:
July 20 - Fantastic Negrito with opener The Get Right Band
August 17 - Southern Avenue with opener The Fritz
September 21 - The Pharcyde with opener: Free the Optimus
Each summer the Asheville Downtown Association partners with five local nonprofits to sell wristbands at the event. Each group receives a grant of $2000. The ADA has given more than $180,000 to area nonprofits through this program. 2018 partners include: Asheville Youth Villages (May), Girls on the Run (June), Big Brothers Big Sisters (July), Guardian Ad Litem of Buncombe County (August) and Asheville Museum of Science (September).
Lots of local beers on tap including: 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, water and locally crafted Devil’s Foot beverages also available for purchase.
We're serving up plenty of local yumminess with food vendors: Delia’s Tea Time, D.O.G.S., Gypsy Queen Cuisine, Kernel Mike's Kettle Corn, Moe's Original BBQ, The Grubbery Food Truck and Sunshine Sammies.
Downtown After 5 also features a kid’s area with fun games and activities from Asheville Plays.
More information on Downtown After 5 and the Asheville Downtown Association can be found at ashevilledowntown.org.