Thursday, July 15
• Folkmoot happens annually in these parts. The week-long multi-cultural music and dance celebration brings the heritage of some 95 countries to Waynesville (and other area towns). And now that magic is captured by Asheville’s Bonesteel Films: “From the chaos of Waynesville’s opening street parade to the candlelight finale, Bonesteel captures the whirlwind of cultures, languages, exotic dances, international friendships, performances and midnight parties that swept through the mountains of North Carolina,” says a press release. “Bonesteel filmed for two weeks and culled through 50 hours of footage to create the exciting, entertaining and educational documentary that gives a colorful picture of Folkmoot’s 20 th anniversary.” Watch the film as part of the Seven Sisters Cinema series at White Horse (105C Montreat Rd., Black Mountain, 669-0816). 7 p.m., $5 adults/$3 children.
• Just because it’s called a Sticth-N-Bitch doesn’t mean it’s bitchy. “Bring your current projects, settle down with a hot cup of tea and talk shop with fiber artist Stacey Budge-Kamison,” say the Malaprop’s website. Stop by the free monthly events at 7 p.m.
Friday, July 16
• Downtown After Five returns for the third installment this summer (if you’re keeping count). This month it’s Josh Phillips Folk Festival headlining with feel-good deep-groove songs; roots/reggae/bluegrass/soul outfit Soulgrass Rebellion opens, making this a strictly local affair. Lexington Ave., near the I-240 overpass, 5 p.m., free.
• The Archrivals play danceable fun songs that, if you listen closely, make some pretty pointed remarks about society. The band also attempts to smack down a rival musician at each show. Maybe this week they’ll succeed: Tressa’s (28 Broadway St., Asheville, 254-7072). 10 p.m.
• Athens, Georgia-based Lefty Hathaway doesn’t mention in his press kit or on his Myspace where he got his nickname. But what’s important to note is that he plays roots, rock and blues. And will do so at MoDaddy’s (77 Biltmore Ave., Asheville, 258-1550). Dave Desmelik also performs. 9 p.m., $5.
• DJ collective In Plain Sight will perform at PUSH Asheville Fashion show at the Orange Peel and the later at the after-party at Bobo Gallery. “To add to the arsenal we have two very special guests playing with us this weekend,” writes the band. “Our good friend and fellow Stripped Records UK label mate Audioprone is visiting and will be throwing down with us. Last but not least, Asheville’s own dance institution Jude from Jude’s Underground Dance experience on WPVM will be kicking ass and taking names. …Please get there early as the place will fill up with models quickly!” 11 p.m., $5.
Saturday, July 17
• Showcase at Static Age (82-A N. Lexington Ave., Asheville, 254-3232): Marion-based rockers U.S. Christmas (pictured) share a bill with Little Rock’s metal act Iron Tongue and (in a potentially odd match) Memphis blues rockers Dirty Streets. See how all that works out. 8 p.m.
• There’s a lot to be said for a straight-forward, no-nonsense name: Asheville’s The Funk Messengers have just that. The four-piece outfit also has all the elements — shimmying bass, slinky guitar, brassy horns — to really deliver. They’ll be at Tressa’s at 9 p.m.
• Like experimental music? Here’s a two-fer: electronic trio Eleven & the Falcons joins forces with indie-noir band Pilgrim (pictured) at 474 Haywood. Which is, apparently, the venue and the address. Says the Eleven & the Falcons, “Two local Asheville bands lay it down for you among the gigantic portraits of famed figures. Be there or be lame.”
• Busily building a reputation (a good one, that is) and, on the heels of its recent release, Before I Go, roots rockers Jeff Markham & The Last Call take the stage at Westville Pub (777 Haywood Rd., West Asheville, 225-9782). 10 p.m., $5.