ASHEVILLE NC – The Asheville Downtown Association is pleased to announce that Harmony Motors of Asheville has signed on as the presenting sponsor for the 24th annual Downtown After 5 concert series. Today’s annual Downtown After 5 Kickoff Celebration included volunteer orientation as well as unveiling the music lineup for the season. In the continued spirit of providing top-shelf entertainment throughout the downtown area, Downtown After 5 will return to the same location on North Lexington Avenue between Hiawassee Street and I-240 on the third Friday of the month May to September from 5-9pm.
Headliner: Velvet Truckstop featuring keyboardist Tom Constanten (Grateful Dead) – Soul-infused Carolina rock n’ roll, velvettruckstop.com
Opener: Kellin Watson Band – Black Mountain’s raw and powerful blend of soul and folk,
Headliner: Space Capone – 70’s-style grooves mixed with 80’s-inspired funk with a fresh twist,
Opener: The Secret B-Sides – Asheville-based smooth, progressive soul and R&B, thesecretb-sides.com
Headliner: Sol Driven Train – Genre-defying mix of horns, percussion, strings and rotating vocals,
Opener: Common Foundation – Spirited blend of reggae, rocksteady and uptempo ska,
Headliner: Simplified – Exploring elements of rock, reggae rock, island vibe rock and roots, simplifiedmusic.com
Opener: Shane Pruitt Band – Combining the musical traditions of Delta blues, gospel and southern rock, shanepruittband.com
Headliner: The Black Lillies – Rustic blend of Americana and Appalachian sound, theblacklillies.com
Opener: The Buchanan Boys – Countrified rock n’ roll with a twist from Haywood County, reverbnation.com/thebuchananboys
Each year, the Asheville Downtown Association selects five non-profit organizations to receive proceeds from the event’s wristband sales. This year’s recipients are: Asheville GreenWorks (May18), Katy’s Kids/MANNA FoodBank (June 15), Asheville Buncombe Youth Soccer Association (July 20), Homeward Bound (August 17) and Blue Ridge Pride (September 21).
The Asheville Downtown Association continues its commitment to reducing the carbon footprint of its events. Downtown After 5 features compostable food and beverage containers and with the aid of Danny’s Dumpster has reduced the amount of waste taken to the landfill to a handful of bags per event. Sundance Solar is again providing the solar array that powers the main stage performances and Asheville On Bikes will be onsite with valet bike parking.
2012 Downtown After 5 corporate partners also include Budweiser Distribution of Asheville, Empire Distribution Company, Highland Brewing Company, Pisgah Brewing Company, SpringHill Suites and Courtyard by Marriott, Go Mini’s Storage Containers, ARC Printing, The Orange Peel, Lexington Avenue Brewery, Mountain Xpress, Asheville Citizen-Times, Deal Chicken, WLOS ABC-13, Asheville Radio Group and Clear Channel of Asheville.
Downtown After 5 is a production of the Asheville Downtown Association. Celebrating its 25th year serving the downtown community, the Asheville Downtown Association is a non-profit, membership-based organization committed to being the voice of downtown.
More information about Downtown After 5 and the Asheville Downtown Association can be found online at ashevilledowntown.org or by following through social media including Facebook (facebook.com/AshevilleDowntownAssociation) and Twitter (@AvilleDowntown).