Smart bets: Sidecar Honey, Mangas Colorado and The Sun Cans

Three bands, five bucks — that’s the basics of the local showcase taking the stage at The Orange Peel on Friday, April 3, at 9 p.m. The lineup offers elements of Americana, newgrass, folk, rock and pop. Sidecar Honey features the songwriting of Dave Dribbon and is as rootsy as it is polished and pop-savvy. Mangas Colorado (bonus point for the historic name reference) started as a busking act and cites influences from The Eagles to The Avett Brothers. Pop-rock outfit The Sun Cans is actually made up of brothers, and their sound borrows from retro rock, delivered with a wink. Before the show, Asheville Music Professionals hosts a free gear-repair workshop (facilitated by Sherwood’s Music and Guitar Mama) and swap, 3-6 p.m. Email to register or for info. Photo of Mangas Colorado courtesy of the band

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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