TGIF: Asheville's The Broadcast opens the season's first installment on Downtown After 5. Photo courtesy of the band

Five o’clock world

Fridays are worthy of celebration in any week. The daily grind gives way to the wide-open window of the weekend and, in warm-weather months, downtown Asheville’s streets take on a festive atmosphere of buskers, shoppers and diners claiming patio seating. So Downtown After 5 — held the third Friday of each month, May-Sept. — capitalizes on what’s already a party-in-the-making.