"High country reggae": Chalwa boasts a diverse lineup of performers from local bands like Josh Phillips Folk Festival, Asheville Horns and Hope Massive, pooling influences for a folk-infused blend of mountain roots reggae. Catch the band at Pisgah Brewing Company on Thursday, Aug. 29.
Toe tappin' tunes: The French Broad Playboys (featuring members of One Leg Up, Firecracker Jazz Band and The Blue Rags) are masters of infectious Western swing, performing a dance-inducing mix of standards and originals it calls "hillbilly jazz." The band plays Jack of the Wood on Saturday, Aug. 31.
Trap pop: Detroit’s Jamaican Queens is known for dark, experimental pop and innovative hip-hop beats, or, as the band says, songs about “intense violence, hopelessness and drug use — juxtaposed with honest tales of love, a lack thereof and the pursuit of a reason to live.” The duo plays Apothecary on Wednesday, Aug. 28.