This weekend on a shoestring

Thursday, August 27
• Get a jump on the weekend: Butch Ross (below) will be playing mountain dulcimer and singing at the Westville Pub (777 Haywood Rd., West Asheville, 225-9782). Rumor has it Ross plays the duclimer like a guitar, and he rocks out with Zeppelin tunes. 9:30 p.m.

Friday, August 28
• Goombay! kicks off at 1 p.m. on “the block” (Eagle & Market Streets, Asheville). The Friday lineup includes a drumming & dancing opening ceremony at 1 p.m., Free Spirit drummers and dancers at 4 p.m., reggae band Reggae Infinity at 5:30 p.m., rapper/r&b artist Poo Folk (pictured below) at 7:15 p.m. and The Heather Hayes Band at 8 p.m. Free.

• The rockingest happy hour: Local Americana band Tennessee Hollow plays French Broad Brewery (101 Fairview Rd., Asheville, 277-0222) at 6 p.m., tips.

• Incidental Reading Series hosts novelist/poet Yesho Atil (On Freedom Street) and Walt Whitman Award-winning poet Tony Tost (Invisible Bride). 8 p.m. at 49 Brickyard Rd., Asheville. “Come early, stay late, bring drinks, food, teapots, flags, ukeleles, origami supplies, hats, whatever you want. Park in street, the driveway, the yard.”

• Country vocal group Deep River (pictured) plays the Feed & Seed (3715 Hendersonville Rd., Fletcher, 216-3492). 7:30 p.m., tips.

• Charlotte metal band Eastern Sky plays with thematically appropriate Another Day Falls and Dawn of the Dude at The Boiler Room (11 Grove St., Asheville, 505-1612). 8 p.m., $5.

• Local rockers The Poles join Raleigh’s stunningly melodic psychedelic indie rockers Birds of Avalon (below, photo by Justin Lyons) at New French Bar (12 Biltmore Ave., Asheville, 225-6445). Hammer No More the Fingers also plays. 9 p.m.

• Blast from the past: 90s rockers The Merle  (below) reunite for a Broadway’s (107 N. Lexington Ave., Asheville, 285-0400) show with contemporary rock group The Whappers. 9 p.m.

• Prog-rockers East Coast Dirt have not only a cool jammy sound, but a cool t-shirt worthy logo. Get the full affect at Hannah Flanagan’s (27 Biltmore Ave., Asheville, 252-1922). 9 p.m., $3.

• The Chuck Lichtenberger Collective rounds out the night with Friday jazz at Tressa’s (28 Broadway St., Asheville, 254-7072). 10 p.m., $5.

Saturday, August 29
• Greenlife Grocery (70 Merrimon Ave., Asheville, 254-5440) celebrates it’s 5th anniversary with two bands on the patio, great food, ABC beer, samples, raffles, games, and kid’s fun. Noon-6 p.m.

• The Goombay! festival continues on Eagle & Market Streets in Asheville. Catch a parade at noon, a community music showcase at 1 p.m., Oneaka Dance Company (pictured) at 2 p.m., r&b group Jazz Affect at 3:15 p.m., Free Spirit drummers and dancers at 4:30 p.m., r&b band Sweet Dreams at 5 p.m., dove releases at 6:30 p.m., r&b act Free Flow at 7 p.m. and reggae with Inner Visions at 8:15 p.m. All free.

• DJs, Drinks, Discounts: Hunk Clothing finishes out its all-August sale/DJ showcase. Shop (prices are 25-70-percent off), sip complimentary cervezas from Pisgah Brewery and check out DJ Daniel Milkman from 7-9 p.m.

• Local experimental duo The South French Broads and self-professed “Absurdist Gypsy Metal Folk Funk Punk” collective Sirius.B take over Pritchard Park (downtown Asheville) for Pigeons of the Park, an annual outdoor concert event. 7:30 p.m., free.

• Hickory-based grindcore + scary imagery purveyors Hatemonger (pictured) play (surprisingly) an 8 p.m. show at Westside Clippers (755 Haywood Rd., West Asheville, 505-4625). Free.

• Space-funk band The Secret B-Sides return to their roots: Sage Cafe at Warren Wilson College (701 Warren Wilson Rd., Swannanoa). This is a welcome back celebration for the college kids. 8:30 p.m., free.

• Like country? Check out Brittany Reilly and the Almost Acoustic Band (below) at Hannah Flanagan’s (27 Biltmore Ave., Asheville, 252-1922). 9 p.m., free.

• The Urban Sophisticates from Greensboro claim to play “classic material.” Find out exactly what that means at Wild Wing (161 Biltmore Ave., Asheville,253-3066). 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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