This weekend on a shoestring

The pickings are a little slimmer this week. I’m guessing it has something to do with that spendy holiday — the one with the chocolates and hearts and dinners out and fancy undies. But there’s nothing wrong with taking your highfalutin drawers on the town for a bargain-priced concert, right? In that spirit, here are some sweet deals for the coming weekend.

Friday, Feb. 13:
• Not feeling the $45 ticket price for Rhonda Vincent at the Bluegrass First Class Festival? Here’s your twang fix: Charleston, S.C.‘s acoustic country duo Union County plays Black Bear Coffee (318 N. Main St., Hendersonville) at 7 p.m. $5.

• Local country/Americana septet Deep River will be at Feed & Seed (3715 Hendersonville Road, Fletcher) at 7:30 p.m. By donation.

• Experimental/psychedelic act King Tut plays a free show at BoBo Gallery (22 Lexington Ave., Asheville) with La Strada and Birdlips. 8 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 14:
• Recently wed (‘cause love is in the air) and returned to Asheville, Sweet Water Revolver (duo Ashleigh and Rama, also the founders of eco/social mission The Love Seed Perma-Culture Project) will be at West Side Clippers (755 Haywood Road, West Asheville) at 4 p.m. Anyone who’s heard the stunning harmonies that Ashleigh and Rama achieve knows the magic of this world-traveling couple.

Chris Cates & the MasterPlan (pictured) was named “2008 Earthday Asheville Rockband of the Year.” Front man Cates is something akin to a Carolina Jimmy Buffet, his easy-going rock incorporating elements of folk, shag and soul into his sometimes-sentimental and always place-oriented songs. The group plays a free “Intimate Valentine’s Show” with “a special focus on his love songs” at CornerHouse Cafe (54 Patton Ave., Asheville). 6 p.m.

• More budget romance: Soul act The Secret B-Sides plays a free show at Warren Wilson College’s Sage Cafe (701 Warren Wilson Road, Swannanoa). 10 p.m.

Sunday, Feb. 15:
• Looking for a little salvation (or at least some good gospel)? On Sunday, The 14th annual Bluegrass First Class is free to all. The gospel concert kicks off at 11:30 a.m. with Brothers 4 Him at Crowne Plaza Resort (1 Resort Drive, Asheville).

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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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