This weekend on a shoestring

Thursday, Dec. 16

White Horse Black Mountain (105 C Montreat Road, Black Mountain) invites you to join in an evening music and sharing with the “Box and Beer Food Drive,” featuring entertainment from The Hack Birds and Julie Harrison. Guests are asked to bring a box of nonperishable food to donate in exchange for a free beer. 6-8 p.m.

Blind Boy Chocolate and the Milk Sheiks have an awfully clever name and an old-timey jugband sound that is traditional even by Asheville standards. The band takes a break from recording for a Thursday show at BoBo Gallery (22 Lexington Avenue, 254-3426). 9 p.m.

• Arty indie rock takes over the LAB as local instrumental outfit Hello Hugo and Nashville “surrealist pop” rockers René Breton perform in the back room of The LAB (39 North Lexington Avenue, 252-0212). 9:30 p.m. $5.

Friday, Dec. 17

• Seth Kauffman and Co., a.k.a. Floating Action, bring their bouncy, feel-good rock tunes to Highland Brewery for a free show that promises to be the bargain of the weekend. Don’t miss it. 4-8 p.m.

• “Gather your favorite people and put on a pair of comfortable shoes for a fun, relaxing evening visiting downtown Brevard’s art galleries and tasting new wines,” reads the homepage for the 4th Friday Gallery Walk. This month’s tour comes a week early due to the holidays, so don’t miss your chance to catch up on that last minute Christmas shopping. Galleries open until 9 p.m.

The Get Down has quickly become the place to see live music in West Asheville. See what it’s all about as they host the sometimes dark indie-pop of If You Wannas. The Critters open. 10 p.m. $5.


Saturday, Dec. 18

• These days, Craggie Brewing Company is as much a music destination as much as a beer destination. The brewery continues its free local music series Saturday with the soaring indie folk of Do it to Julia. 6-8 p.m.

• “Known for her lush ‘song stories,’ she paints pictures with her words, lyrically exploring human suffering, personal triumphs, courage, solitude and found love,” reads Chelsea Lynn LaBate’s bio. “Her ghostly ballads combine an unchartable finger-picking style with a warbling voice that captivates and stuns.” She performs at The Root Bar under the Ten Cent Poetry moniker with Melissa Hyman. 9:30 p.m. Free.


Sunday, Dec. 19

Trinity Episcopal Church (60 Church Street, 253-9361) invites you to take in the sweet vocal harmonies of Pastyme — a local a cappella choir — at its holiday fundraiser to benefit the Church of the Advocate‘s mission of “serving the homeless, the vulnerable and the street people of Asheville and Buncombe County.” 5 p.m.

• Enjoy refreshments, kids activities, gift ideas and photos with Santa Paws as Brother Wolf Animal Rescue (31 Glendale Avenue, 808-9435) hosts a Holiday Open House at their adoption center in Asheville. 12-4 p.m. Free.




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