Where we’re going after 5 p.m.

Going big: Local phenoms Jon Scales Fourchestra, above, and funksters Lubriphonic, below, are just two of the bands that’ll get concert-goers moving at Downtown After Five this year.

The weather’s warmer, the days are longer and downtown’s packed again. Sure as the season, Downtown After Five kicks off Friday, May 20. With live music, food and drink and a lot of community spirit, DTA5 has become a summer staple.

The series continues at its Lexington Avenue location, where it’s been held the past few seasons (and with great success). Park out and walk in, because they close the street down from Hiawassee Street to the I-240 underpass. The logistics and acoustics work well at that spot. What else works? The diverse and exciting lineup, with genres from Americana to funk, from country to straight-up rock ‘n’ roll. There’s a mix of national and local, but all the bands should get the crowd moving — even in the summer swelter.

It’s fun, not just for you, but for the nonprofits that benefit: $ from every $2 wristband sold goes to local organizations that need that cash. Last year, the Asheville Downtown Association (which sponsors the series) gave more than $10,000 in donations.

Want to sponsor or volunteer? Check out ashevilledowntown.org.

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