Pritchard Park Summer Series lineup announced

Hoop Jam 2017 photo by Matthew Larkin
Hoop Jam 2017 photo by Matthew Larkin

Press release from Asheville Downtown Association:

Asheville Downtown Association’s Pritchard Park Summer Series brings free, family-friendly programming to Pritchard Park several nights per week throughout the warm season. All events are open to the public and suitable for all ages. Please note, shows are weather dependent, and lineups are subject to change slightly.

2018 marks the first year the Summer Series will benefit from the City of Asheville’s recent park renovations, including new hardscapes, boulder seating, landscaping and more.

Pritchard Park Summer Series is produced in partnership with the City of Asheville as well as host organizations like Asheville Hoops and LEAF Community Arts. Sponsors include Echo Mountain Recording, Asheville FM and McGuire Wood and Bissette Law Firm.

The 2018 lineup is as follows:

Hoop Jam (Tuesdays from June 5 – Aug. 7, from 5:30-7:30 p.m.)

Bring your own hoop or borrow one of ours! Now celebrating 11 years, Hoop Jam is hosted by Asheville Hoops and features music and hooping for everybody. Practice physical fitness and meet fellow hoop enthusiasts while attending this interactive event.

Cultural Arts in Pritchard Park (Wednesdays, June 6 – Aug. 8 except July 4, from 6-7:30 p.m.)

Join LEAF Schools and Streets for cultural arts from both local and global traditions — all in the heart of downtown Asheville! Each event includes a performance aspect in addition to interactive, hands-on workshops by LEAF Resident Teaching Artists and the LEAF Easel Rider Mobile Art Lab. Follow @LEAF_Community for tweets and live updates.

●  June 6 – Nex Millen (Hip Hop Jam)
●  June 13 – Adama Dembele (African drumming)
●  June 20 – Nina Ruffini (Circus Arts)
●  June 27 – Adama Dembele (African drumming)
●  July 4 – LEAF at Pack Square Park for Ingles Independence Day Celebration
●  July 11 – DJ Kutzu (Scratchin’ & Mixin’)
●  July 18 – Erinn Huntley (Theater/Improv)
●  July 25 – Nex Millen (Hip Hop Jam)
●  Aug 1 – Bequia & Darrell Rose (Pans & Drums)
●  Aug 8 – Rain Date

Visit theleaf.org for more information on LEAF Community Arts.

Pritchard Park Songwriter Series (Thursdays, June 7 – Aug. 9, from 5-7 p.m.)

Sit back and relax as up-and-coming and established local musicians perform in the park. These stripped down, intimate performances span various genres and musical styles. The full lineup will be announced soon.

Drum Circle (Fridays until Nov. 23, 6-9:50 p.m.)

Since 2001, the beats and rhythms of the Asheville Drum Circle have pulled drummers, dancers and spectators into Pritchard Park for communal music enjoyment. Attendees are welcome to bring along their own drums to join in the fun.

For more information on Asheville Downtown Association’s events, visit https://ashevilledowntown.org/pritchard-park-summer-series.

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