This weekend on a shoestring

This is how to do a weekend right. Pretty much every kind of musical genre is represented, from electronica and indie pop to country-punk and good ol’ soul. Stick to downtown Asheville or head for the Mountain State Fair — either way you can dance your booty off without coughing up more than five bucks.

Friday, Sept. 11
• The Drone Valley Music & Art Festival makes its way back around to downtown Asheville. Three days of music (the festivities begin on Thursday; check the Web site for info) include Friday shows at The Boiler Room (11 Grove St., Asheville, 505-1612) with Spy Satellite, Darien, The South French Broads, Where the Buffalo Roamed, The White Cascade and Goodbye, Titan. 8 p.m., $5.

• Hendersonville folk singer Amy Burritt (pictured below) performs at Vaso de Vino Wine Bar (75 Long Shoals Rd., Arden, 687-3838). 8 p.m., free.

• Catch Phuncle Sam at College Street Pub (4 College St., Asheville, 232-0809). 9:30 p.m., $3.

Airiel Down (below) from Raleigh favors distressed denim, artful facial hair, driving percussion, slickly produced radio-ready pop lyrics and some unexpected instrumentation: didjeridoo, mandolin, violin and harmonica. The over all effect is both VH-1 cool and surprisingly fresh. The show is at Wild Wing Cafe (161 Biltmore Ave., Asheville, 253-3066). 10 p.m.

• Indie-folk act Now You See Them joins bluesy-folk band Erika Jane & Remember the Bees (pictured) at Stella Blue (31 Patton Ave., Asheville, 236-2424). 10 p.m., $5.

• Folk rockers Blue Jay Way round out the evening at The Root Bar (1410 Tunnel Rd., Asheville, 299-7597). 10 p.m., $3.

Saturday, Sept. 12
• The fantastically retro Space Heaters (pictured below) swing into the Grove Corner Farmer’s Market (next to Westville Pub on Haywood Rd., West Asheville) around 3 p.m. Free.

• Acoustic folk artist PJ Brunson plays a free show at Well-Bred Bakery (26 North Main Street, Weaverville, 645-9300) where, says Brunson, there are “eclairs as big as your head.” 7 p.m.

• Heading to the Mountain State Fair (WNC Ag Center, Fletcher, 687-1414)? Check out Americana trio AppalachiaSong. The band goes on at 8 p.m.; show is free with admission ticket ($5 at the gate for adults).

• If cover tunes (“Dock of the Bay,” Prince’s “Kiss”) are your guilty pleasure, get your fix at Magnolia’s (26 Walnut St., Asheville, 251-5211) where Crocodile Smile (below) performs an 8 p.m. set.

• Country-ish punk-ish rockers Wooden Toothe (pictured below) play energetic, tightly-crafted songs. Even better, they play for free at Pisgah Brewing Company (150 Eastside Dr., Black Mountain, 669-2491). 8 p.m.

• Like a lot of bang for your buck? Memphis-based Two Way Radio packs eight members into its show. That’s a lot of musicians for a mere $5. And they have quirky-cute songs like “Make Out With Me.” The group joins Asheville’s Empty Slate and Waynesville’s Five Pound Fire at The Rocket Club (405 Haywood Rd., West Asheville, 505-2494). 8 p.m.

• The Funky 4 Corners (pictured)  bring their Freddie King-meets-Van Morrison brand of bluesy soul to Tressa’s (28 Broadway St., Asheville, 254-7072). 10 p.m.

—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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