Free trolley available from downtown Asheville to the RiverMusic series

Here’s the press release from RiverLink:

Free trolley service through Gray Line Trolley (the red trolley) will be available from downtown Asheville to the RiverMusic series in the River Arts District this summer.

RiverLink is excited to announce that Gray Line Trolley has signed on to provide a shuttle between the downtown area and RiverLink’s RiverMusic in the River Arts District, with the first concert on Friday, May 24. This is being accomplished in cooperation with the Asheville Downtown Association. The trolley will loop between the event at 144 Riverside Drive (map), two stops in downtown near the Civic Center and the Aloft Hotel, and the Glen Rock Depot.

Addresses for GPS:

Civic Center –62 Haywood Street
Aloft Hotel — 51 Biltmore Avenue
Gen Rock Depot — 372 Depot Street
RiverMusic — 144 Riverside Drive

Trolley Schedule:

5pm, 6pm, 7pm, 8pm, 9pm, 10pm: Haywood Street across from U.S. Cellular Center
5:15pm, 6:15pm, 7:15pm, 8:15pm, 9:15pm: Aloft Hotel on Biltmore Avenue
5:30pm, 6:30pm, 7:30pm, 8:30pm, 9:30pm: Glen Rock Depot
5:45pm, 6:45pm, 7:45pm, 8:45pm, 9:45pm: RiverMusic

**Since this is the first time this service has been offered, these times are approximate and may be adjusted for future events.

“We’re happy to partner with RiverLink because it allows attendees to use the downtown parking decks and still experience RiverMusic in the River Arts District. It’s a great connector for our districts. Plus, offering a free trolley makes it easy for visitors to enjoy downtown’s many restaurants and bars before or after the show,” said Adrian Vassallo, the Asheville Downtown Association’s board president.

RiverMusic Lineup:
May 24:

* StephaniesID (Indie Pop)
* Mary Frances & The Dirty Classics (Dirty Organ Soul)
* Molli Parti (DJ)

June 14:

* David Mayfield Parade (Energetic Roots & Americana)
* Underhill Rose (Heartfelt Bluegrass Soul)
* Brass band interludes by Empire Strikes Brass (Brass, funk, rock)

July 12:

* G.E.D. Soul Records Showcase featuring:
* DeRobert & The Half-Truths (Funk / R&B / Soul),
* AJ & The Jiggawatts (Electrifying Funk & Timeless Soul)
* Brass band interludes by Empire Strikes Brass (Brass, funk, rock)

August 23:

* Town Mountain (Bluegrass and Acoustic)
* 23 String Band (Old Time, Roots & Bluegrass)
* The Flowers (Americana, Soul, Blues)

September 13:

* The Big Ol’ Nasty Getdown (Funk Supergroup featuring members of Parliament Funkadelic, Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band, Mudvayne, The Fritz and more)
* Bubonik Funk (Funk, Soul, Rock)

About RiverLink (

A regional nonprofit spearheading the economic and environmental revitalization of the French Broad River and its tributaries as a place to live, work and play. Since 1987, RiverLink has engaged in simultaneous efforts to address water quality concerns throughout the French Broad River basin, expand public opportunities for access and recreation, and spearhead the economic revitalization of the French Broad River and its watershed with special emphasis on the urban riverfront district.

About the Asheville Downtown Association (

Founded in 1987 by a group of business owners, residents and city staff, the ADA remains committed to the preservation and improvement of the central business district through programming, civic support and annual objectives. As the voice of downtown residents, merchants and workers, the ADA advocates for policies and practices that will best help growth and preserve the quality of life in downtown. Annually, the organization produces events including Downtown After 5, the Asheville Holiday Parade, Oktoberfest, the State of Downtown Luncheon and the Pritchard Park Cultural Arts Program. The Asheville Downtown Association Foundation carries out the altruistic goals of the ADA including the Spare Change for Real Change program.

Inspired by a grant from the Chaddick Foundation, RiverMusic is sponsored by Prestige Subaru, Pisgah Investments, Ingles, and five local craft brewers: Highland, Pisgah, Sierra Nevada, New Belgium and Asheville Brewing Co. Special thanks to Heira Productions, Asheville on Bikes, Clear Channel, WNCW, The Laurel of Asheville, and Sundance Power Systems, Inc.


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