7/20/2012 - Downtown After 5 returns Friday
by Mountain XPress
Downtown After 5, presented by Harmony Motors, continues on Friday, July 20, from 5-9pm with Sol Driven Train taking the stage following local opener, Common Foundation. Taking place the 3rd Friday of the month from May through September, Downtown After 5 is located at N. Lexington Avenue and I-240 and is always free.
Hailing from Charleston, SC, Sol Driven Train seamlessly mixes Southern rock, languid world-beat, funk and downright catchy melodies with a punchy horn section adding an extra dimension of soul. Playing a blend of reggae, rocksteady and uptempo ska, and outfitted with a big band style horn section, Common Foundation is a perfect opener.
Thirsty concert-goers will find plenty to wet their whistle including local brews from Highland Brewing Company, Pisgah Brewing, Asheville Brewing Company and French Broad Brewing Company. Plus, regional favorites Sierra Nevada, SweetWater Brewing and Magic Hat Brewing as well as national brands from Budweiser and Empire Distributing will be on tap. Wine and water will also be available for purchase.
To purchase alcohol attendees will need to show a valid picture ID and buy a $2 wristband. Proceeds from wristband sales for July's event support Asheville Buncombe Youth Soccer Association. ABYSA is a not-for-profit organization providing children and families in Western North Carolina with both recreational and competitive soccer programs
From sandwiches to pizza and ice cream to tacos, food vendors offer a something for everyone's taste.
Downtown After 5 is committed to reducing its impact on the environment and features a solar-powered stage, complimentary bike corral, compostable food and beverage containers, and staffed recycling and compost bins. Since implementing its greening initiative, the event has reduced the number of bags headed to the landfill to just a handful.
Downtown After 5 is a production of the Asheville Downtown Association, a nonprofit organization committed to the preservation and improvement of the central business district.
More information about Downtown After 5 and the Asheville Downtown Association can be found online at www.ashevilledowntown.org. or by following through social media including Facebook (www.facebook.com/AshevilleDowntownAssociation) and Twitter (@AvilleDowntown).