Montford Festival is this Saturday

The annual Montford Music & Arts Festival, now in its ninth year, returns this Saturday, May 19. Think of it as a giant neighborhood block party — only you don’t have to live in Montford to be invited. Nope, all you have to do is show up between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m., rain or shine, in the vicinity of Montford Avenue and Soco, Cullowhee and Waneta Streets (aka near Nine Mile).

Here’s what to expect: A full day of live music, arts and crafts, food vendors and dance performances. According to the Facebook invite, apparel designers, non profits, massage therapists, acupuncturists and green vendors will also be represented.

And it’s free. Here’s a hint: Don’t bring your pets, and bike, walk or carpool to the festival if possible because parking is limited.

The lineup:
Montford Stage
• Kon Tiki, 11 a.m.
• Ira Bernstein & John Herrmann, 12:15 p.m.
• David Holt & the Lightning Bolts with Reggie Harris, 1:15 p.m.
• Buncombe Turnpike, 2:30 p.m.
• Snake Oil Medicine Show, 3:45 p.m.
• Free Flow Band, 5 p.m.
• WestSound, 6:15 p.m.

Soco Stage
• Evergreen EMBE Marimba band, 10 a.m.
• BitterSweet, noon
• The Secret B-Sides, 1 p.m.
• The Judas Horse, 2 p.m.
• Lyric, 3 p.m.
• Jahman Brahman, 4 p.m.
• Pick Your Switch, 5 p.m.
• The Swayback Sisters, 6 p.m.

Photo by photobug_fred.

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About Alli Marshall
Alli Marshall is the arts section editor at Mountain Xpress. She's lived in Asheville for more than 20 years and loves live music, visual art, fiction and friendly dogs. Alli is the winner of the 2016 Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize and the author of the novel "How to Talk to Rockstars," published by Logosophia Books. Follow me @alli_marshall

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  1. Christian Zamarra

    And Asheville on Bikes will be on hand offering a FREE bicycle corral!

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