Downtown Association announces Downtown After 5 summer lineup at kickoff party at The Orange Peel

Empire Strikes Brass performs at the Downtown After 5 Kickoff Party & Lineup announcement show. (Mountain Xpress / Hayley Benton).

At a kickoff party at The Orange Peel, the Asheville Downtown Association announced the summer 2014 lineup for the Downtown After 5 music series, followed by an electrifying performance from Empire Strikes Brass.

The free downtown concert series takes place over the course of five months — from May to September, from 5-9 p.m., on Lexington Avenue near the Interstate 240 overpass.

And the lineup is… (drumroll, please):

May 16:  St. Paul & The Broken Bones w/ The Broadcast

June 20: Drivin’ & Cryin’ w/ American Aquarium

July 18:  Hayes Carll w/ Chatham County Line

Aug. 20: The Dynamites feat. Charles Walker w/ Ruby Velle & The Soulphonics

Sept. 19: The Asheville All-Stars w/ Asheville Rock Academy

Here’s what Asheville has to say about the lineup:

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