On the western front

Despite the rain, the inaugural All Go West festival was carried off in style. Held behind the Rocket Club and in front of Harvest Records in West Asheville, the new festival presented a stellar (and strictly local) lineup including The If You Wannas, Do It To Julia, Kovacs & the Polar Bear, Uncle Mountain, RBTS WIN and many more. Some highlights: The Archrival (the alter ego of stephaniesid's Chuck Lichtenberger) announcing he was going to "take down" steel pan player Jonathan Scales; Yo Mama's Big Fat Booty Band performing with a differently-abled musician and — when the rain threatened to wash out the street party — The Rocket Club opening its doors to the Mountain Xpress stage.

Here, photographer Halima Flynt captures more unforgettable moments.

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