The popular — and free! — Downtown After Five street parties are back. Same time (kicking off around 5:30 p.m. on the third Friday of the month, May-September), same place (on Lexington Ave., near the I-240 overpass). Food and drink vendors, a bicycle corral thanks to Asheville on Bikes, and plenty of free music. Here’s who’s playing:
Wristband sales on May 21 are donated to the YMCA strong kids campaign.
Wristband sales on June 18 are donated to Asheville on Bikes.
Friday, July 16
• The most local of these shows, this DTA5 features two in-town acts. Eclectic roots-fusion group Soulgrass Rebellion gets the evening started; roots/folk/soul/r&b/reggae artist Josh Phillips Folk Festival (pictured) headlines.
Wristband sales on July 16 are donated to LEAF in Schools & Streets.
Friday, August 20
• Local salsa band Nuevo Montuno (pictured) warms up the dancers; continuing the Latin theme, “Miami’s hardest working” Latin funk/electronic/improv horn-driven outfit Spam Allstars headlines.
Wristband sales on August 20 are donated to Asheville Community Theatre.
Friday, September 17
• Okay, so Larry Keel & Natural Bridge (pictured — in Asheville!) aren’t strictly local. They live in Virginia. But the bluegrass band plays Asheville so regularly they almost count as a local headliner. New Orleans-based southern rocker Grayson Capps opens.
Wristband sales on September 17 are donated to The Moogseum.