Back on the block

Goombay festival

The YMI Cultural Center has presented the African/Caribbean cultural festival Goombay for the past 28 years. Next weekend, Friday-Sunday, Aug. 27-29, marks Goombay’s multicultural return. Traditionally held on “The Block” — Eagle and Market Streets in downtown Asheville — some events will be at the new Pack Square Park stage nearby.

The music schedule includes an array of blues, soul and funk bands, including Atlanta-based Heather Hayes Band (daughter of the legendary Isaac Hayes, Heather Hayes was schooled by the "Godfather of Soul," James Brown himself) and local smooth-jazz musician/youth mentor Stanley Baird (his philosophy is, "Don't do drugs, get your high on soothing, inspirational music"). The free festival also includes food, art and dancing.

Here’s the full schedule:
Friday, Aug. 27

Chuck Beattie (blues/soul/R&B), noon to 1 p.m., Pack Square Park stage.

Stilt-walkers with drummers, 1:10 to 1:30 p.m., Pack Square Park and Market Street.

Turkish Belly Dancer, 1:30 to 2 p.m., Market Street.

Southern Silk (jazz/contemporary pop/ballads), 2 to 3 p.m., Market Street.

Pure Fiyah Reggae Band (reggae), 3:15 to 4:45 p.m., Market Street.

Stilt-walkers with drummers, 5 to 5:10 p.m., Pack Square Park and Market Street.

Heather Hayes (R&B, blues, funk), 5:15 p.m. to 7:05 p.m., Pack Square Park.

Stilt-walkers with drummers, 7:10 to 7:30 p.m., Pack Square Park.

The Maxx (party hits), 7:30 to 9:20 p.m. Market Street.

Saturday, Aug. 28

Welcome Parade. noon to 1:30 p.m. Begins at Pack Square Park.

Children’s area. 1 to 6 p.m. at Ray Auditorium.

Stilt-walkers with drummers, 1:40 to 2 p.m. Pack Square Park and Market Street.

Southern Silk, 2 to 3 p.m., Market Street.

Lyric (vocals/soul/folk), 3:15 to 4:15 p.m., Market Street.

Jazz Chronic (funk/fusion/rock), 4:30 to 6 p.m., Market Street.

Free Flow (Old skool/R&B/funk), 6:15 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Market Street.

Sandy B and the All Stars (R&B/Motown/oldies/beach), 8 to 9:50 p.m., Market Street.

Sunday, Aug. 29

Church Services. Ever Learning Faith Ministries. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Market Street.

Changzed (Gospel/Christian). 2:15 to 3:15 p.m. Market Street.

Stanley Baird (jazz/R&B/Latin-flavor). 4:15 to 5:40 p.m. Market Street.

Dove Release and Closing Ceremony. 5:45 to 6 p.m. Market Street.


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