This weekend on a shoestring

Word among economists (at least the ones on Good Morning America, for what that’s worth) is that the recession is over. But, since it might be a while before we’re all making bank and rolling around in gold-plated Hummer limos, there’s no sense blowing a whole week’s paycheck on one night out. Right? So here’s another roundup of budget-friendly music options. From benefits to new bands; from honky tonk to hip-hop (like Funk-Sway, pictured), there’s nothing on this list over $5 (except for one worthy show—but even it comes with a get in free option).

Friday, May 22
• Indie-electro duo Sydney and Boston (they’re actually local) audition at 10 a.m. for the Senior Skits to be held on Class Day at Enka High School in Candler. Free.

Brushfire Stankgrass brings bluegrass to the French Broad Brewery (101 Fairview Rd., Asheville, 277-0222). 6 p.m. free.

• Zirconia, N.C.-based David a.k.a. “Krucifyd” hosts “Holy Hip Hop” night (performers TBA) at The Encouraging Cup (3099 Hendersonville Rd, Fletcher, 329-8210). 8 p.m., $3.

• Local experimental rockers Spy Satellite play co-bill with The Death of Analog and Two Planes in a show “bound to rock the f**k right out!” It’s at the Boiler Room (11 Grove St., Asheville, 505-1612). 9 p.m., $5.

• Jamband Chesterface will be at the Shovelhead Saloon (2898 Hwy 70, Swannanoa, 669-9541). 9 p.m., free.

• Fletcher-based Alien Music Club perform “great blues and R&B with Peggy Ratusz and Daddy Longlegs” at Razcal’s (831 Old Fairview Rd., Asheville, 277-7117). 9 p.m., $5.

Groove Collector plays indie-rock at Fred’s Speak Easy (122 College Street, Asheville, 281-0920). 10:30 p.m., $3.

Saturday, May 23
• Quirk-pop trio Now You See Them kicks off Saturday with a noon set at the very first Lexington Avenue Bazaar (Lexington Ave. Courtyard, Asheville). It’s free.

Humdinger Records holds a benefit show for Joel of Static Age and TV Eye who suffers a back injury. Held at Izzy’s Coffee Den in West Asheville (373 Haywood Road, 258-2004), bands include Witch Hunt, Flies Around It, Kakistocracy, Soft Opening, Ahleuchatistas, Resistor, Sunshine SS and more. There’s a also a raffle (buy tickets in advance at Static Age, Harvest Records or Izzy’s) for goods and services from Harvest Records, Hip Replacements, Rosetta’s, Doc Chey’s and more. 4 p.m.

Chris Cates (of The Master Plan) performs a free solo acoustic set for the dining crowd at Sadie’s Seafood Pub (54 Patton Ave., Asheville, 505-3364). 6 p.m.

• Honky tonk + lobster? Why not! Cary Fridley and Down South entertain at the Lobster Trap (35 Patton Ave., Asheville, 350-0505). 9 p.m., free.

• Breaking with the $5 rule here, but bear with me: The Evergreen Charter School benefit at Stella Blue (31 Patton Ave., Asheville, 236-2424) with Erica Jane & Remember the Bees, The Imperial Fire, Summertime Whiskey Band, Galaxy Jam, Vandelay Studios and Mabrak Sound Systems is $7 at the door. But, if you bring an instrument to donate, you get in free. As Erica Jane puts it, “Do you reallly need that old tambourine?” 9 p.m.

The Machiavillains all the way from South Asheville, make an appearance at Firestorm Cafe (48 Commerce St., Asheville, 255-8115) “with our good friends the Spy Satellite.” 9 p.m., $2.

• Greenville, S.C.‘s Retro Vertigo gets funky at Wild Wing Cafe (161 Biltmore Ave., Asheville, 253-3066). 10 p.m., free.

• Hip-hop-funk-jazz act Funk-Sway (pictured) takes over Emerald Lounge (112 N. Lexington Ave., Asheville, 232-4372). 10 p.m., free.

—Alli Marshall, A&E reporter

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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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