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Asheville’s ‘Downtown After Five’ Returns – May 15th

Downtown After Five

ASHEVILLE, NC – Downtown After Five returns to Lexington Avenue at the I-240 overpass on Friday, May 15 from 5-9pm. The event lineup includes Cadillac Jones, DJ Williams Project and featured local Asheville band, Wilsin.

Always free, this year, DTA5 is stepping up with an "Entertainment Stimulus Package" and offering three great bands for one great price – FREE.

Local band, Wilsin, is the opener hitting the stage at 5:15pm. Founded by Asheville’s renowned singer/songwriter Will Hartzog, Wilsin blends a variety of musical backgrounds. The band brings innovation and experimentation to the stage and the result is a soulful sound.

Hailing from Richmond, Virginia, the DJ Williams Projekt mixes soul, jazz, R&B and hip hop to produce an unforgettable live show experience. The band’s members have shared the stage with Dave Matthews, John Legend and Karl Denson. The Projekt will start about 6:20pm.

Headliner Cadillac Jones, a funk-jazz band from Atlanta, Georgia, takes the stage at 7:45pm. Making music together since 2000, the band takes its influences from Herbie Hancock, James Brown and the Blackbyrds. Mixing driving rhythms, tight melodies and improvisational jams, the group creates a sound sure to get crowds moving.

May’s Downtown After Five marks the official CD release party for Cadillac Jones’ fourth album titled Rhythm Method.

DTA5 gives back to the community by partnering with local non-profits. The charitable organization mans the wristband sales tents and splits the money with the Asheville Downtown Association which produces the event. May’s wristband recipient is the Asheville Area Arts Council. The mission of the council is to enrich the community by educating all people in the Asheville area about the arts, advocating integration of the arts in all aspects of community life, and supporting artists and arts organizations.

Other 2009 beneficiaries include Arts2People, Asheville GreenWorks, Downtown Asheville Residential Neighbors (DARN) and Asheville Sister Cities International.

Downtown After Five is committed to continuing reducing its carbon footprint. The concert series features biodegradable food and beverage containers, staffed compost and recycling stations, a solar-powered main stage and a complimentary bike corral. DTA5 has decreased its contribution to the landfill from more than 600 bags of trash in years past to just 13 bags in 2008.

Food vendors for the 2009 Downtown After Five Series are The Lobster Trap, Nick’s, Anderson Davis Hot Dogs, Ultimate Ice Cream, One World, Rolling Stone Pizza and Sugar Momma’s Cookies.

DTA5 features a wide selection of beers including local favorites: French Broad Brewery, Highland Brewing Company, Green Man Ales, Pisgah Brewing Company and Asheville Pizza & Brewing. Regional breweries for this year’s events are Magic Hat Brewing Company, SweetWater Brewery, Big Block and Starr Hill Brewery. Attendees will also find national brands Budweiser, Bud Light, Shock Top, Kona, Bass and Guinness.

Downtown After Five is a production of the Asheville Downtown Association, a membership organization committed to being the voice of downtown. For more information, visit ashevilledowntown.org.

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