The Asheville Downtown Association announced the lineup for the 30th anniversary season of Downtown After 5, presented by Prestige Subaru. Downtown After 5 takes place the 3rd Friday of the month May – September and is held on North Lexington Avenue. Events are free and open to the public. More information here.
West Coast hip hop outfit, The Pharcyde’s debut album racked up more than a million sales and was widely praised as one of the most influential hip hop albums of the 1990s. Today, The Pharcyde is still performing and touring the globe as they continue to hone their individual abilities yet carry on the original legacy. They still seduce their audience with the same boyish charm, but now it’s combined with the knowledge that has been bestowed upon them as men who have risen to the challenge of the rap game. The end result of this hard work is a band that’s still influencing hip hop artists and sounds and will continue to for many years to come.
Opener: Free the Optimus
Asheville’s own, Free The Optimus is a hip hop collective focused on bringing improvisational lyricism to jazz-influenced boom bap soundscapes. The jazz / hip hop mindset of free form collaboration is a vital component to the FTO live experience, as songs and structure are often tossed aside in favor of the energy and groove of the moment.
Beer and wine is available for purchase, with a variety of local and regional options. To purchase alcohol, attendees will need to show a valid picture ID and buy a $2 wristband. 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 $100,000 to area nonprofits through this program. 2018 partners include: Asheville Youth Villages (May), Girls on the Run (June), Big Brothers Big Sisters of WNC (July) and Guardian Ad Litem of Buncombe County (August) and Asheville Museum of Science (September).
Thanks to all of our sponsors!
Prestige Subaru, Budweiser, Sierra Nevada, Pisgah Brewing, Hi-Wire Brewing, Go Mini’s, Explore Asheville, The Matt and Molly Team, The City of Asheville, Renaissance Hotel, 98.1 the River, Rock 105.1, Asheville Citizen Times, CPI Security, Diamond Brand Outdoors, Crooked Tree Creative, Theology Pub, Dig Local Asheville, Mellow Mushroom, Asheville Color and Imaging.