Friday, Feb. 12
• Bluegrass fusion group Brushfire Stankgrass starts off the weekend at Highland Brewery (12 Old Charlotte Hwy., Asheville, 299-3370). 6 p.m., tips.
• Experimental duo Princess Iron Fan (below) plays a show “solo and duo with I dm theft able and also sys hex and others” at Izzy’s Coffee Den (74 North Lexington Ave., Asheville, 258-2004). 7 p.m., donations.
• Jazz artist (and All That Jazz creator/promoter/performer) Sharon LaMotte will be at Decades (81 Broadway St., Asheville, 254-0555). 7:30 p.m.
• Country/Americana act The Adam Pope Band (pictured) takes the stage at the Feed & Seed (3715 Hendersonville Rd., Fletcher, 216-3492) at 8 p.m. Donations.
• Michael Burgin & The Drinker’s Union performs at the New French Bar (12 Biltmore Ave., Asheville, 225-6445) at 8 p.m. Open Windows shares the bill, along with Raleigh’s Richard Bacchus & The Luckiest Girls. $5.
• Local jazz musician Lucas D. Nelson puts in a performance at Ed Boudreaux’s (48 Biltmore Ave., 48 Biltmore Ave., 296-0100). 8 p.m.
• Steel pan jazz fusion act Jon Scales Fourchestra joins Turbo Pro Project for a 10 p.m. show at Mo Daddy’s (77 Biltmore Ave., Asheville, 258-1550).
• Finish the night at the now-nonsmoking Broadways (120 N. Lexington Ave., Asheville, 285-0400) with Joshua Carpenter (pictured; Cobra Horse, Floating Action) and his 90s cover band. 10 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 13
• Folk singer Valorie Miller (below) plays a set at Sprout Garden Cafe (105 Richardson Blvd., Black Mountain, 669-4442). Excellent songs + a Goddess Garden Sandwich. Nice. 6:30 p.m.
• Also in Black Mountain: singer/songwriter Jenne Sleuder at Straightaway Cafe (1722 NC Hwy 9, 669-8856). 7 p.m.
• Experimental rockers (and, according to them, “Asheville’s best kept secret”) Wax Poets (pictured) play the Hookah Bar (50 Commerce St., Asheville, 252-1522). 8 p.m.
• Nashville-based Rayland Baxter (pictured) is “a gentleman, a singer of song, a teller of tale, a picker of strings, a thinker of things.” He’s also sharing a bill with local country act The Honey Cutters at Westville Pub (777 Haywood Rd., West Asheville, 225-9782). 9 p.m., $5.
• Flutes and funk group Peace Jones makes its way to The Beacon Pub (204 Whitson Ave., Swannanoa, 686-0006) for a 9 p.m. show. “Valentine’s Day love jams promised for all you dancin’ romanticos.”
• Take in some local psychedelic rock with The Hundred Hands at Fred’s (122 College St., Asheville, 281-0290) They promise, “two sets of crazy good music from The Hundred Hands with special guest Dave Lee from The Silver Machine! Do not resist this show! This shit is where it’s at!” 9:30 p.m.
• Talented and well-traveled country/soul musician Joshua Singleton returns to Tressa’s (28 Broadway St., Asheville, 254-7072) with his Funky Four Corners. 10 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 14
• Bluegrass First Class is a weekend long ticketed event held at the Crowne Plaza Resort (1 Resort Drive, Asheville, 254-3211). The Sunday morning gospel performance, held in the sunken lobby of the hotel, just so happens to be free and open to the public. 9 a.m.
• Asheville’s annual Mardi Grad parade (boasting the theme “Wild at Heart”) lines up on the corners of Walnut and Market Streets at 1 p.m.; steps off at 2:37 p.m. (yes, you read that correctly). Learn more at the Mystic Mountain Krewe page.
• Two holidays in one show: Krektones Valentine’s Birthday at Lexington Ave. Brewery (39 N. Lexington Ave., Asheville, 252-0212) celebrates the birthday of multi-instrumentalist Jason Krekel (pictured; Mad Tea Party, Screaming Jays) and the archery efforts of Cupid. 4:30 p.m.
• The DeCristofaro Quartet performs jazz at Barley’s (42 Biltmore Ave., Asheville, 255-0504) at 7:30 p.m. Free.
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—Alli Marshall, A&E reporter