This weekend on a shoestring

The combination of a tight budget and post-holiday cabin fever can get ugly. But before you yourself into a stupor, check out just how far you can stretch the change in your couch cushions with this round up of free (or almost free) entertainment:

Thursday, Jan. 8
• For the price of a drink and a tip, check out the pop and rock tunes of Aaron LaFalce at Vincenzo’s Piano Bar (10 Market St., Asheville, 254-4698). 7:30 p.m.
• The Nova Echo and Einstein’s Dream play the weekly “Winter Cash Flow Relief Show” at Stella Blue (55 College St., Asheville, 236-2424). 8 p.m. Cover is $5; PBR is a mere 50-cents.
• Three bands for $3: The Judas Horse with Shane Perlowin and Body of John the Baptist at Brevard Place (78 Brevard Rd, Asheville). 8 p.m.
• Four bands for $5: Sonmi Suite with Moving Temple, Peripheral and Bookworm at The Boiler Room (11 Grove St., Asheville, 505-1612). 9 p.m.
• De Capo Trio brings live jazz to BoBo Gallery (22 Lexington Ave., Asheville, 254-3426) for $3. 10 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 9
• Jenny Greer of Jen and the Juice puts on a free, solo performance at the Asheville Arts Council (11 Biltmore Ave., Asheville) at 6 p.m.
• Acoustic duo Higher Ground takes the stage at the Well Bred Bakery (46 N. Main St., Weaverville) for a free show. 7 p.m.
• Jason Ross Martin’s oddSTAR announces a Purple Flag CD release party at The Birdhouse (65 King St., Asheville). No cover. 8 p.m.
• Also free: A Social Function at Magnolia’s (26 Walnut St., Asheville, 251-5211). 10 p.m.
• Got $3? Fred’s Speakeasy (122 College St., Asheville, 281-0920) hosts”Beer, Boots & Bitches: The debut of Asheville’s only all girl honk-a-billy band.” 10 p.m.
• Got $5? Try the Skew Records showcase at the new French Bar (12 Biltmore Ave., Asheville, 225-6445); cover band The Sharkadelics at the Hangar (Holiday Inn Airport, Fletcher, 684-1213); and qirky trio Now You See Them at Hookah Joes (38-B N. French Broad, Asheville, 252-1522).

Saturday, Jan. 10
• Billing themselves as “a band for hire,” bluegrass outfit QuarterHouse plays for donations at Feed & Seed (3715 Hendersonville Rd., Asheville, 216-3492). 7:30 p.m.
• Tennessee Hollow headlines a local showcase with Wood Pines and The Humbuckers at The Orange Peel (101 Biltmore Ave., Asheville, 225-5851). $5.  9 p.m.
• Also $5: The Secret B-Sides holds its CD release party at BoBo Gallery (22 Lexington Ave., Asheville, 254-3426). For another $5, take home the CD, Live On The Mothership. 10 p.m.

—Alli Marshall, A&E reporter

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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