Downtown After 5 Heats Up This Friday

Downtown After 5 Heats Up This Friday
The ever-popular Downtown After 5 series continues this Friday featuring the talented Aaron Wood and Jonathan Scales Fourchestra. The event kicks off at the Lexington Ave. stage on July 15 going from 5:00 until 9:00 PM. There will be plenty of food, drink and shopping vendors available.

Tips for a great experience:
1. Bring cash for everything
2. Bring an ID
3. Leave your pets and coolers at home

Here's more about the artists from the Downtown Association's website.

Aaron 'Woody' Wood
The skinny white boy from the mountains of Western North Carolina carries around more soul in his restless bones and battered guitar than most of use could ever dream of. With a background as diverse as his music, Aaron converges elements from all walks of life to create music that we all can connect with.

One look at the long list of artists he has shared the stage with exemplifies his diversity, not to mention respect from his musical peers. From Jimmy Martin to Leon Russel, R.L. Burnside to Warren Haynes, Sara Evans to Carlos Santana, Aaron has played and learned from some of those who have helped shaped music into what it is today. 

Jonathan Scales Fourchestra
Steel pannist and virtuoso composer, Jonathan Scales, formed his 'Fourchestra' in 2007 as a means to deliver his musically complex, but somehow accessible ideas to anyone willing to listen. Since then, Scales has released two well received, full-length works, 2007's One-Track Mind and 2008's Plot/Scheme which features the likes of Jeff Coffin (of Dave Matthews Band), Joseph Wooten (of Steve Miller Band), and Jeff Sipe (of Aquarium Rescue Unit). 2011 will usher in Character Farm & Other Short Stories. Scales' versatility and innovative nature have allowed him to share the stage with acts like The Wooten Brothers Band, Larry Keel & Natural Bridge, The Duhks, Everyone Orchestra, Toubab Krewe, Ben Sollee, Casey Dreissen, and Futureman.

Scales has been called a "...rising star of the steel drums..." by Traps Magazine, while Pan on the Net refers to him as "the Real Deal" and having "A Thelonius Monk-like attitude with a Mozart creativity that works." When Steel Talks sums it up with, "At the end of the day, Scales is going to be a major play in rewriting the books on steelpan music outside of the box."

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