This weekend on a shoestring

We just checked and, yes, it’s still winter, “economy” is still a dirty word and (here’s the good news) there’s still more to do around Western N.C. than any sane person can accomplish in a single weekend. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try.

This week’s roundup includes a bassoon concert, free tunes served alongside some of Asheville’s best pie, and a showcase or two. All for $4 or less. Got $5 to spend? Check the last entry for each date — that’s where you’ll find the big-ticket acts.

Friday, Feb. 20
• Rock Hill, S.C.-based acoustic artist PJ Brunson is at Well-Bred Bakery (26 North Main St., Weaverville) starting at 6 p.m. Free.
Now You See Them stops by Picnics (371 Merrimon Ave., Asheville) for a 6 p.m. gig. The band suggests that fans “buy some pie.”
• Classical instrumentalist duo Tuple (pictured: Rachael Elliott and Lynn Hileman, who both play bassoon) perform at St. Matthias Episcopal Church (1 Dundee St., Asheville). The 8 p.m. concert is by donation.
• Three bands for four bucks: Steamboat Theory with Steep Winding Road and Gypsy Hangup at The Rootbar (1410 Tunnel Road, Asheville). 9 p.m.
• Hendersonville folk-rocker Damian LeMaster plays a 10 p.m. show at The Rocket Club (401 Haywood Road, West Asheville) with The Broomstars. It’s totally — if inexplicably — free.
• Okay, big spenders, here’s the $5 lineup: Blitch at Shovelhead Saloon (2898 U.S. Hwy. 70, Black Mountain), 9 p.m.; Sonmi Suite at The Boiler Room (11 Grove St., Asheville), 9 p.m.; Sons of Ralph at Jack of the Wood (95 Patton Ave., Asheville), 9 p.m.; Brother Fatback at Mo Daddy’s (77-B Biltmore Ave., Asheville), 9:30 p.m.; Tim Alimena at Town Pump (135 Cherry St., Black Mountain), p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 21
• Religious folky David Eck plays “Music of the Eagles” as part of the Midday Musicals at First Congregational United Church of Christ (Oak St., Asheville). The 12:30 p.m. performance is free.
• At 6 p.m. Picnics (371 Merrimon Ave., Asheville) hosts Juan Holladay of Asheville’s The Secret B-Sides. For free.
• Prog-metal quintet Shake Azalia plays a house party (32 Piercy St., Asheville) with As Sick As Us and Decree of Annihilation at 6:30 p.m. $3 cover.
• And here’s what to do if you’ve got five dollars burning a hole in your wallet: The Kase Project at The Encouraging Cup (3099 Hendersonville Road, Fletcher), 8 p.m.; Melissa Hyman at Westside Barber Shop (755 Haywood Road, West Asheville), 8 p.m.; Arms and Sleepers at The New French Bar (12 Biltmore Ave., Asheville), 8 p.m.; The Space Heaters at Westville Pub (777 Haywood Road, Asheville), 9:30 p.m.; The John Douglas Company at Fred’s Speakeasy (122 College St., Asheville) 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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