This seems to be the weekend for small, homegrown festivals. The sort where you take the kids and a cooler (check on the rules first; some of these festivals don’t allow cervezas) and ease into a lawn chair along Main Street somewhere. People watching, music listening, sandwich eating—it’s cheap entertainment. But if, say, Tryon’s Summer Tracks isn’t quite your scene, there are plenty of less family- and lawn chair-oriented happenings (still under $5).
Friday, Aug. 7
• Brushfire Stankgrass (below) jump-starts the weekend with an early show at The French Broad Brewery (101 Fairview Rd., Asheville, 277-0222). 6 p.m., free.
• Fox & Fiddle bed and breakfast in Candler is starting up regular “Acoustic music events & art gatherings — a fun and creative place for sharing community and arts.” Drop by Fridays from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m., and bring instruments for jamming and artwork to share. South Carolina folk singer Anna Douglas will be at the first gathering. Free. 665-9830.
• Asheville’s Mix 96.5 House Band performs as part of the Music on Main Street series (201 S. Main St., Hendersonville, 693-9708). 7-9 p.m., free.
• Atlanta’s Delta Moon plays swampy blues and Brian Ashley Jones (above) performs Americana as part of the Summer Tracks in Tryon series (Rogers Park amphitheater on W. Howard St., Tryon, 894-2324). 7-10 p.m., free.
• Brother Fatback knows all about rootsy grooves and bluesy swing. Get schooled at Mo Daddy’s (77 Biltmore Ave., Asheville, 258-1550). 9:30 p.m., $5.
• The deliciously dark Hellblinki Sextet (below) brings its spooky carnival-esque sound and theatrics to Broadways (107 N. Lexington Ave., Asheville, 285-0400). Albatross Party shares the stage. 10 p.m., $5.
• Local r&b collective A Social Function has a standing Friday night gig at Magnolia’s (26 E Walnut St., Asheville, 251-5211. 10 p.m., free.
• Party band The Plaids come to Wild Wing (161 Biltmore Ave., Asheville, 253-3066). 10 p.m.
• Trance project The New Cosmic Band (with members of Silver Machine and pretty much every other jam/psychedelic/experimental band in the Asheville area) gets its groove on at College Street Pub (4 College St., Asheville, 232-0809). 10 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 8
• Singer/songwriter Ash Devine plays for donations at the North Asheville Tailgate Market (1 University Heights, Asheville, 712-4644), starting at 8 a.m. Says the performer: “Ash Devine and Friends Share the farmers market scene. Bubbles, clowns, fun, farmers and merchants. Building community.”
• Black Mountain’s 32nd annual Sourwood Festival includes arts, crafts, live music, dancing, food, games, rides, honey making, bee demos and children’s activities. 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. (and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 9). Free. Info: 669-2300.
• Local singer/songwriter Angi West (above) performs as part of Concerts on the Creek (Held in the pavilion at Bridge Park in downtown Sylva). 6-9 p.m., free. Info: 800-962-1911.
• Americana act Locomotive Pie creates atmosphere for the dining crowd at Blue Mountain Pizza (55 N. Main St., Weaverville, 658-8777). 7-9 p.m., free.
• Catch an outdoor screening of Murders in the Rue Morgue at Pritchard Park (Patton Ave. and College St., downtown Asheville). 8 p.m., free.
• Turntablists True Believers (the project of Bobby White and Relik) spin for donation at Firestorm Cafe (48 Commerce St., Asheville, 255-8115). 8 p.m.
• Indie rockers/brothers The Enemy Lovers (above) will be at the Black Bear Coffee Company (318 N. Main St., Hendersonville, 692-6333). 8 p.m., $5.
• Lebanon, Va.-based alt-rockers Fire on High play The Boiler Room (11 Grove St., Asheville, 505-1612). 9 p.m., $5.
• Alt-country act The Humbuckers (below) make an appearance at Westville Pub (777 Haywood Rd., West Asheville, 225-9782). 10 p.m., $5.