Forget Memorial Day as the official start of summer! In Asheville, summer starts with the first Downtown After Five concert. Check out this year’s line-up of free summer concerts:
May 21, Stephaniesid and Jennie Arnau: Stephaniesid is a local indie-pop favorite that’s been featured on NPR’s “World Café” and “All Songs Considered” while Jennie Arnau offers a blend of Americana, Alt-country and rock.
June 18, Drivin’ and Cryin’ and Velvet Truckstop: Drivin’ and Cryin’ brings their brand of Southern rock and folk blues to the stage. Velvet Truckstop offers southern rock jams with a hint of electric blues.
July 16, Josh Phillips Folk Festival and Soulgrass Rebellion: Josh Phillips takes the audience back with a pure take on roots, folk, soul, R&B, rock and reggae. Soulgrass Rebellion is known for a high-energy show that blends roots, reggae, bluegrass and soul.
August 20, SPAM Allstars and Nuevo Montuno Salsa Orchestra: Straight from Miami, The SPAM Allstars takes the stage with their Latin sounds. Nuevo Montuno Salsa Orchestra gets the crowd moving with Puerto Rican-style salsa.
September 17, Larry Keel & Natural Brige and Grayson Capps: Larry Keel & Natural Bridge offer an acoustic Americana performance followed by Southern soul and roadhouse blues from Grayson Capps.