This weekend on a shoestring

Thursday, June 16

• Black Mountain hosts the Swayback Sisters, a local roots trio featuring Nikki Talley, Laura Blackley and Lyndsay Wojcik, as park of Park Rhythms, a free monthly music series held at Lake Tomahawk Park (401 S. Laurel Circle Drive). 7 p.m. 

Friday, June 17

• Take advantage of cooler temperatures on an easy two-mile hike along the Blue Ridge Parkway that will highlight wildflowers and birdcalls. Trip departs from Black Balsam parking area at the end of Forest Service Road 816, 1 mile south of Graveyard Fields, mile post 420. Bring water. 10 a.m. Info: 298-5330.

• Local singer/songwriter Sherri Lynn “has been performing since she was five years old,” according to her bio. “She has developed an ear for harmony that is truly amazing. To quote legendary banjo player Bobby Anderson, ‘Sherri Lynn could harmonize with a dog whistle.’” Lynn performs with her band, The Mountain Friends, at The Hop (640 Merrimon Ave., 254-2224). 6:30 p.m.

If You Wannas’ bio simply describes the band as “minimalist pop music for cannibals,” but there’s much more to the story, including a brand-new album that looks like an old-school Nintendo cartridge. The band celebrates the release of that record, Electric Toaster and the Battle Axe, at Emerald Lounge (112 N Lexington Ave., 232-4372). Kovacs and the Polar Bear opens. 10 p.m. $7.


Saturday, June 18

• Historic downtown Hendersonville will host the 20th annual Sidewalk Antique Show, featuring “top-quality antique dealers from throughout the Southeast, who bring their best to the shady sidewalks of Hendersonville’s charming Main Street.” 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Free.

Asheville Community Theatre (35 East Walnut St.) hosts an evening of African folktales performed by Akili. The show features “imaginative costumes and lots of audience participation,” according to a release for the event. “These stories bring to life the vastness of the African landscape and a variety of clever animals and include valuable character-education themes. Celebrate world cultures, literature and the art of African storytelling!” 10 a.m. $5.

• Take in the gorgeous views and get a free lesson at “Fishing With a Ranger,” held at Linville Falls Campground (717 Gurney Franklin Road). 9 a.m.-noon. A presentation, “Big Game Hunting in the Ice Age,” will be hosted at the camps amphitheater at 7:30 p.m. Both events are free. Info:

• “Full Moon Farm is an organization dedicated to the well being of the wolfdog (wolf hybrid),” reads the organization’s website. “Situated on 17 beautiful mountain acres in Black Mountain, N.C., we operate as a federally recognized not-for-profit organization for abused and refused wolfdogs who find themselves in need of love, shelter and care through no fault of their own.” This weekend, Full Moon opens its doors to the pubic with its monthly “Howl-In” open house. 3 p.m. Free. Dinner available for $5.

• According to Rising Appalachia‘s bio, “Sisters Leah and Chloe tear into sound with sensual prowess as stages ignite revolutions and words light up spirit fires. Listen to their beautiful sound for poetic harmonies, soul singing, spoken word rallies, banjos, fiddles, many beats of drums, kalimbas, washboard rants, groove and community building through SOUND.” Catch them at BoBo Gallery (22 Lexington Avenue, 254-3426).


Sunday, June 19

• The Westville Pub (777 Haywood Road, 225-9782) hosts a benefit for recent tornado victims, featuring music by Taylor Martin’s Engine, Diesel Daiquiri, John Stickley Trio, Max Melner Orchestra, The Hillbillionaires, Laura Thurston and more. Proceeds go to Hearts With Hands, a local disaster relief organization. 3 p.m.


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One thought on “This weekend on a shoestring

  1. dave

    Mega regional industrial rock showcase at the Garage, tonite, Saturday the 18th. Mecanikill? (Raleigh), Shadowbunny (the sticks of NC), 180 Degree Mason (Brooklyn, NY)and The Death of Analog (Asheville) w/ DJ Johannes between sets. Zombie face painting and Zombie Go Go dancers. Doors open at 9, show starts at ten. $5 21 and up, 18 and up is $8. It’s pretty cool that you can be 18 and go to a show, ain’t it?

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