A few dozen local teens gathered at Collision — a Christian youth center on South Lexington Avenue — Saturday afternoon for what was scheduled to be an all-ages battle of the bands. But as the growing crowd began spilling into the streets, they caught the attention of the Asheville Fire Department, who quickly arrived to pull the plug.
As organizers pleaded their case, the anxious teens mulled around in the street, chatting on cell phones and waiting for a decision. For a moment it seemed the event might go on, but after nearly 10 minutes of deliberation, the fire marshals emerged with organizers who simply said, “It’s over guys.”
The visibly irritated crowd did leave the building, but they were not quick to disperse. Before long, in a short-lived act of defiance, one band took their show to the street, performing a percussion routine on spray-painted trash cans and shouting, “You can’t shut us down!” That didn’t last though, and organizers were left scrambling to accommodate the increasingly impatient crowd.
Photos by Jonathan Welch