This week brings new venues (Sadie’s Seafood Pub; Cancun), benefit shows, group shows, a surprising amount of Southern rock, a notable side project, a couple DJ shows and plenty more for dirt cheap.
Friday, May 8
• Black Mountain’s Christian rockers Chasing Eternity take the stage to benefit Relay For Life at the Montreat College Soccer Field in Black Mountain. 6 p.m., free. Click here for more info.
• Americana act The Leigh Glass Band plays at French Broad Brewery (101 Fairview Rd., Asheville, 277-0222) at 6 p.m. Free.
• Sadie’s Seafood Pub (54 Patton Ave., Asheville, 505-3364)—formerly The CornerHouse—hosts singer/songwriter Kevin Scanlon at 6 p.m. Free.
• Blue Jay Way brings folk rock to College Street Grill (4 College St, Asheville, 232-0809). Press for the 6 p.m. “Thank God it’s Freakin’ Friday show” reads, “Experience downtown Asheville the way it is meant to be…on the ‘Front Porch’ of College St. Pub and Grill. Hoist a pint and tap your toes to some good ol’ rockin’ blues and sing along to songs you know by heart. College St. Pub is right in downtown Asheville by Pritchard Park (drum circle).”
• The Peg Twisters play old-time at Blue Mountain Pizza (55 N. Main St., Weaverville, 658-8777). 7 p.m., free.
• Punk outfit Sunshine SS plays the Spring Swing Kick-Off at New French Bar (12 Biltmore Ave., Asheville, 225-6445). Other (not so spring-sounding) bands on the bill: Flies Around It and Gut Wrenching Terror. Sunshine writes that the show is the “night before we leave for tour… party and make some gas money.” 8 p.m., $5.
• Southern rockers Jerrico Hill make a 9 p.m. showing at Moose Lodge 781 (1 Mooseheart Lane, off Leicester Highway, Asheville, 253-6733). Free.
• Wayne Stewart’s No. 7s Band performs psychedelic Americana at The Pocket (389-A Merrimon Ave., Asheville, 258-9828). 9 p.m., free.
• Local guitarist Jim Seem plays alternative folk rock with cellist Melissa Hyman at Mo Daddy’s (77-B Biltmore Ave., Asheville, 258-1550). 9:30 p.m., $5.
• Ivan the Terribles (a side project of The Davids’ David Clegg) joins Solito for a 10 p.m. show at Fred’s Speakeasy (122 College St., Asheville, 281-0920). $3
• The Deep Asheville Dance Party with Earthtone Soundsystem gets underway at 10 p.m. at BoBo Gallery (22 Lexington Ave., Asheville, 254-3426). Cover is $3.
• Cancun Nite Spot (164 Tunnel Rd., Asheville, 505-3951)—formerly HAMS—hosts latin, club and reggaeton. Celebrate Loco Fridays starting at 10 p.m. with hip-hop, dance remixes, top-40, 80s and 90s music. $5.
• A Social Function plays a standing 10 p.m. engagement at Magnolia’s ( 26 Walnut Street, Asheville, 251-5211). What sets this free performance apart is it’s also the 26th birthday of keys player (and local singer/songwriter) Aaron LaFalce.
Saturday, May 9
• Get up early and get your veggies: Folkie Tyler Herring (pictured) performs at Asheville City Market (Public Works building, 161 S. Charlotte St., Asheville, 236-1282) starting at 9:30 a.m. Free.
• Americana artist Richie Valentine plays for the lunch crowd, beginning at noon, at Catawba Vale Cafe (32 East Main St., Old Fort, 668-9899). Valentine says, “Come and enjoy original and traditional acoustic music while having lunch in historic downtown Old Fort.”
• More Christian rockers do good: Ignite 12:29 lends its talent to Rodney’s Auto Ride for a Cure to benefit breast cancer research. Motorcycle rally starts at 11 a.m. at North Buncombe Middle School; Ignite 12:29 performs at the Barnardsville Community Center (Dillingham Rd., Barnardsville). Free.
• Picnics (371 Merrimon Ave., Asheville, 258-2858) hosts performance artist Cyprian Kane at 6 p.m. Free.
• Swing band The Space Heaters appear at The Back Room (2701 C Greenville Hwy., Flat Rock, 697-6828). 9 p.m.
• Prog-funk sextet Discordian Society rocks Westville Pub (777 Haywood Rd., West Asheville, 225-9782) starting at 9 p.m. $5.
• It’s free Americana and rockabilly at Hannah Flanagan’s (27 Biltmore Ave., Asheville, 252-1922) with Brittany Reilly and Almost Acoustic Band. 9 p.m.
• Indie-pop group The Baker Family Band round out a showcase with Peace Jones and Now You See Them at The Garage at Biltmore (101 fairview Rd. Asheville, 505-2663). 10 p.m., $5.
• Cancun Nite Spot (164 Tunnel Rd., Asheville, 505-3951) wraps up the evening with Sabados de Rumba (that’s “Rumba Saturday”) with Salsa, Merengue, hip-hop, reggaeton and bachata music. 10 p.m., $5.
—Alli Marshall, A&E reporter