Mark your calendar: Friday, Dec. 7 is one of those days in Asheville where everything is happening. Art openings, music and a sing-a-long are all on the agenda.
• The December downtown Art Walk runs from 5-8 p.m. Exhibits include Comfort & Joy with “new twists on familiar themes” including wreaths made of old hymnal pages and corn shuck figures at American Folk Art & Framing; and Salon 2012, a group show with work by Timothy Pakron, Justine Reyes and Roger Ricco at Castell Photography.
• Diana Wortham Theatre announces “Winter Songs,” part of its Sing Together series. Beth and Jim Magill lead this family-friendly singalong in the Forum at Pack Place. “Regardless of your religious affiliation, you will learn seasonal songs to share with the entire family to create a warm holiday season. Mulled apple cider and cookies are included. Bring the kids and help them cut out a snowflake to take home.” 6:30 p.m., $8 for adults and $5 for children under 12.
• Singer-songwriter and Donna the Buffalo founding member Tara Nevins is on tour in support of her latest solo album, Wood and Stone. She plays The Grey Eagle at 9 p.m. $10 in advance or $12 day of show.
• The Claire Lynch Band (Lynch is the two-time winner of the International Bluegrass Music Association’s “Female Vocalist of the Year” title) landed the coveted slot of debut performer at the newly-opened Isis Restaurant and Music Hall (743 Haywood Rd., West Asheville). According to a press release, “Lynch will be previewing new songs from a forthcoming album in 2013.” 9 p.m. $18 advance or $20 at the door.
• At Jack of Hearts it’s a “Cajun Zydeco a Honky Tonk Dance Party” with Jackomo and Hearts Gone South. 9 p.m., $8.
• Sol Driven Train returns to Asheville Music hall with its happy, jammy, groove-rich mix of island, calypso, soul, funk, reggae and rock. Dangermuffin, from Folly Beach, opens the show. 9 p.m., $10 in advance or $12 day of show.
• Emerald Lounge hosts the Exam Jam reggae rock tour, featuring Jay D Clark (Philadelphia, Penn.). Of Good Nature (Charlotte, N.C.), Sun-Dried Vibes (Rock Hill, S.C.) and TreeHouse! (Myrtle Beach, S.C.), also perform their own sets, as well as back up Clark. 9 p.m., $5.
• Rock trio Cusses returns to Asheville and, while their local date isn’t listed on their tour schedule, we know they’ll be at the Get Down. Probably at 10 p.m.-ish. Watch the Cusses perform “Worst Enemy”: