Thursday, Aug. 5
• Three very different songwriters take the stage at Pulp (103 Hilliard Ave., Asheville) Holiday Childress, Moses Atwood & Jeremy Indelicato. Childress fronts theatrical art-rock band The Goodies, Moses Atwood performs both solo and with local groups, Indelicato is a drummer-turned-guitarist. The trio performs starting at 8 p.m.
• Asheville indie rockers Doc Aquatic opens for recently-of-Brooklyn-now-of-New Orleans/recently-a-trio-but-now-an-avant-soul-duo The Mumbles. MoDaddy’s (77 Biltmore Ave., Asheville, 258-1550). 9 p.m., $5.
Friday, Aug. 6
• Castell Photography announces the opening of its newest exhibit Storm Season: Photography of Louisiana’s Wetlands; the work of Daniel Kariko. Says a statement for the show: “Kariko’s works are an investigation of the impact of manmade alterations to the Mississippi Delta upon the rapidly eroding Louisiana barrier islands. In a post-Katrina world, Kariko’s austere presentation of the tensions between society and ecology are stark and arresting.” 5-8 p.m. with light hors d’oeuvres and wine. The opening happens concurrent with the August Downtown Art Walk; this show remains on display through September 25.
• Rocker Aaron Woody Wood joins his dad, A.L. Wood, for an early show at French Broad Brewery (101 Fairview Rd., Asheville, 277-0222). 6 p.m., tips.
• Sacred steel/family band The Lee Boys take the stage at Pisgah Brewing Company (150 Eastside Dr., Black Mountain, 669-0190). 9 p.m., free.
• Drummer Clayton Jones writes, “Big Eye, Small Robot has a show on Friday August 6th at the LAB (33 Lexington Ave., Asheville, 252-0212). You Dirty Rats and The Go Devils are also on the bill. This show should be fantastic, all the bands are great in their own right but diverse. We also have some new songs up on our Big Eye Face Book page.” 9:30 p.m., $5.
Saturday, Aug. 7
• The Skyland Library Used Book Sale (260 Overlook Rd., Skyland, 250-6488) runs Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. According to a press release, “There will be a preview sale for Friends members on Friday from 6-7:30 p.m. There will be a wide variety of books at great prices and all proceeds will benefit the Skyland Library.”
• Nashville singer/songwriter Sally Barris performs at the free outdoor concert presented by the Flat Rock Merchants Association, held in Flat Rock on Little Rainbow Row’s back deck. Barris is, according to press, “an A-list Nashville songwriter who has been covered by such top-level artists as Kathy Mattea, Martina McBride, and Lee Ann Womack and Kelly Pickler. 6 p.m.
• Montreat band The Nanz Brothers debut at White Horse Black Mountain (105C Montreat Rd., Black Mountain, 669-0816). About the band: “The Nanz Brothers (Erica, Jason, and Toren) are a power trio hailing from the mountains of Montreat NC. Their rich vocal harmonies, virtuosic string playing and love for unique song arrangements come together to put new twists on old time favorites. Joined by the box beating Jim McCarl and breath-taking Amanda Hill on Djembe this line up will paint soundscapes bound to leave listeners wanting more.” White Horse owner Bob Hinkle opens. 8 p.m., $5.
• James Justin & Company has a really sweet website. There’s a quilt motif and a picture of the band with its resident chocolate lab. If that alone doesn’t send you racing to their show (MoDaddys, 9 p.m., $5, Pierce Edens and the Dirty Work opens) maybe knowing that track two of their debut album, Southern Son, So Far features Ben Bridwell of Band of Horses on backing vocals.