Press release from the Asheville Downtown Association:
The 31st season of Downtown After 5, presented by Prestige Subaru, returns Friday, June 21 from 5-9pm. Downtown After 5 takes place the 3rd Friday of the month May – September and is held on North Lexington Avenue. Events are free and open to the public.
Headliner: Tameca Jones
Austin native, Tameca Jones’ powerful vocals fill the air. Her debut single, Hot and Bothered, has an old-school Motown vibe that makes the singer’s vocals shine bright. Jones’ sweet, honeyed, soulful got her pegged as the “queen of Austin soul” and crowned best female vocalist at the 2018 Austin Music Awards.
Support: Secret B-Sides
Locals the Secret B-Sides produce a fresh sound, rooted in the classic feel of R&B and soul music, updated with the modern sensibilities of hip hop.
Support: April B. & the Cool
Opener: Natural Born Leaders
Support: The National Reserve
Opener: Emma’s Lounge
Asheville All Stars
Opener: Rock Academy
Each summer the Asheville Downtown Association partners with five local nonprofits to sell wristbands at the event. Each group receives a grant of $2000. The ADA has given more than $200,000 to area nonprofits through this program. June’s partner is Children First of Buncombe County. Other 2019 partners are: Asheville GreenWorks, Food Connection, Open Hearts Center and REACH (a fund of Homeward Bound).
Lots of local beers on tap including: Pisgah Brewing, Sierra Nevada, Hi-Wire Brewing, Asheville Brewing Company, Catawba Brewing, French Broad Brewing, Green Man Brewery and Bold Rock Cider, as well as beers from Western North Carolina and regional and national brands. Wine, soda, water and locally crafted Devil’s Foot beverages are also available for purchase.
We’re serving up plenty of local yumminess with food vendors: Delia’s Tea Time, D.O.G.S., FroZen Monkey, Gypsy Queen Cuisine, Kernel Mike’s Kettle Corn, Moe’s Original BBQ and Sunshine Sammies.
More information on Downtown After 5 and the Asheville Downtown Association can be found at ashevilledowntown.org.