Festivals

3 Must-Hear Free Music Events in Asheville This Spring

 

River Music Festival Asheville

Asheville has a long and storied tradition of having a deep connection to music.  Early settlers of the area brought with them musical instruments from their native countries: the fiddle from Ireland, the mandolin from Italy and the banjo from Africa among them.  The resulting collaboration of these musicians was Appalachian music, the forebear of the more modern string band sound of today.

 

Today's Asheville music tradition is not limited to the roots music of Appalachia.  Multiple genres of music are represented in Asheville's world class music venues, recording studios, and on the streets.  

 

Festivals and outdoor concerts have become a staple in Asheville area entertainment.  Here, we feature 3 free outdoor music events that you should not miss this spring!

 

River Music by RiverLink

 

River Link, an Asheville nonprofit largely responsible for improving the health of the French Broad River and the vitality of the River Arts District, hosts 5 nights of free music by the French Broad.  The events are usually held the second Friday of each month from May until October.  

 

This is not only a great opportunity to hear free local music by our gorgeous river, but you will be directly helping the community by attending!  The concert series raises funds for the non-profit's programming.

 

Asheville Downtown Association Presents Steep Canyon Rangers

 

On Saturday, June 11th, the Asheville Downtown Association will be throwing a free community concert on the lawn of the park at Pack Place.  At 6pm the concert will begin with an opening band and by 7pm, Grammy-award winning band Steep Canyon Rangers will take the stage.  

 

Asheville Downtown Association strives to advocate for the vitality of downtown.  This event marks one of the first times that this newly enhanced park has been used for a community concert.  Mosaic Realty is a  proud sponsor of this event, along with other Asheville and Western North Carolina businesses such as Oskar Blues Brewery, Alchemy Design Studio, and Platt Architecture.  

 

 

Asheville Flat Iron Musicians

West Asheville's Own: All Go West Music Festival

 

On Saturday, June 25th of 2016, the streets of one of Asheville's most hip neighborhoods will be filled with festifarians.  West Asheville's main corridor, Haywood Road, will be home to a one day community music and art celebration called All Go West Music Festival.  The festival kicks off at 11am and will be going strong until 2am.

 

The Lineup

 

This free festival features four stages and diverse genres of music.  The festival has attracted some national acts such as headliners Kool Keith, the Digs, Marcus King Band, and Floating Action.  Local favorites include the Laura Blackley and the Wildflowers and Andrew Scotchie and the River Rats.  Spanning genres from world music to rop to folk to hip hop, there are at least 35 acts on the roster to appear over the course of the day.  Approximately half of them are local bands with a connection to West Asheville.  

 

Venues

 

Venues include the main stage, sponsored by Hi-Wire Brewing, and stages at the Isis Music Hall, The Mothlight, and West Asheville's most popular gas station, the Brew Pump.

 

Festival organizer Arieh Samson aims to “get music lovers in front of new artists, build community, and encourage people to push their boundaries."  It is my prediction that this event will be a stellar success.  No community is more ready to build their musical vision and push their boundaries than that of Asheville.

 

For information on real estate in Asheville, please contact Mike Figura at mike@mymosaicrealty.com  or call him anytime at (828) 337-8190.

 

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Magical Montford, An Asheville Jewel

Historic Montford

You’d be hard-pressed to find a more walkable, picturesque neighborhood in Asheville than the historic district of Montford. Taking a stroll through this visually vibrant neighborhood is to step back in time, to a period of rich architectural influences reflective of the cosmopolitan character of the city at the turn of the 20th century. Every block brings a brilliant array of Victorian, Queen Anne and Arts and Crafts styles combined with Neoclassical, Colonial Revival and castle-like motifs; in addition, popping up are pockets of new green homes, seamlessly tying the present to the past. Joining them is an eclectic mix of restaurants, including Nine Mile (www.ninemileasheville.com), chiesa (www.chiesaavl.com) and Tod’s Tasties (www.todstasties.com).

Montford’s Rich History

Historic Montford AshevilleLocated off Montford Ave., a quick walk to downtown Asheville, and roughly bordered by I-240, I-26 and Broadway Ave., Montford is a National Register Historic District with more than 600 structures, mostly residences, built between 1890 and 1920. Asheville architect and supervising architect of the Biltmore House Richard Sharp Smith produced a number of homes in Montford. Though largely residential, Montford maintained several boarding houses and sanitaria for tuberculosis, mental disorders and other ailments. The neighborhood is home to Riverside Cemetery, 87 acres of rolling hills where authors Thomas Wolfe and O. Henry, as well as Confederate General Robert B. Vance and N.C. Gov. Zebulon Vance, are buried.

Montford at Play

Riverside CemeteryToday, many residences in Montford have found second lives as bed and breakfasts. Grand manors provide peaceful stays while at the same time allowing visitors to easily explore the walkable neighborhood.  

Montford is replete with activities for residents and visitors alike. A stop at the Asheville Visitor’s Center (36 Montford Ave.), at the neighborhood’s edge, can provide you with all the resources and direction necessary for getting the most out of Montford, and Asheville in general. The Montford Recreation Center, in the heart of the neighborhood, features the Montford Climbing Wall, a gym and two multi-purpose rooms. The center is surrounded by the Montford Complex, boasting a playground, tennis court, lighted ball field and the Hazel B. Robinson Amphitheater. The amphitheater is home to the Montford Park Players , N.C.’s longest running Shakespeare festival, which presents free Theatre in the Park under the stars all summer long.

Historic Montford AshevilleMontford is also home to popular annual festivals and tours:

·      Montford Arts and Music Festival  – Held in May, this festival is one of the largest one-day free music and arts festivals in Asheville, with more than 100 vendors of art, crafts and food, and two stages of entertainment.

·      Greek Festival  – Montford’s Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church hosts a fall fest full of traditional dancing, music and, of course, food – fest-goers enjoy a range of Greek specialties – think lamb shank, pastichio, spanakopita and baklava.

·      Montford Holiday Tour of Homes  – Heralding the holiday season, the Tour of Homes gives attendees a first-hand look at the rich architecture the neighborhood is famed for.

For a personally guided tour of the Montford area, or for more information on real estate here or anywhere in Asheville, please contact Mike Figura at Mike@MyMosaicRealty.com or call him anytime at (828) 337-8190.

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Summer Festivals in Downtown Asheville are Getting Warmed Up

LEAF Festival Downtown Asheville

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Photo credit: David Simchock

With summer right around the corner, the weather isn’t the only thing heating up in Asheville: festival season is about to kick into high gear. Downtown Asheville boasts a range of festivals to fit just about every interest – and Mosaic Community Lifestyle Realty, an ardent supporter of cultural events that create community, is sponsoring three of the biggest.

Xpand Fest

Asheville Downtown FestivalThe inaugural outdoor event for Asheville-based arts non-profit Xpand Your Vision, Xpand Fest comes to the South Slope June 10. The free street festival, stretching along Banks and Buxton Ave., will feature a variety of vendors, artist booths, live music and other performances. Musical guests include The Broadcast, The Secret B Sides, and Supatight; the local food vendors and special festival brew provided by Bhramari Brewhouse will keep attendees sated. Xpand Fest highlights music and arts as an innovative tool toward inclusive development and believes the arts are a powerful platform for social change. Xpand Fest will include information on the Sustainable Development Goals created at the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit and will highlight local organizations that are making conscious business decisions to better our community. http://xyvision.org/xpand-fest

Shindig on the Green

Celebrating the toe-tapping music and dance traditions of Southern Appalachia, Shindig on the Green kicks off its 51st season July 1 on Roger McGuire Green at Pack Square in downtown Asheville. Drawing scores of locals and visitors alike, the free event, which will run most Saturdays until Sept. 2, features a stage show and informal jam sessions around the park from 7-10 p.m. With concessions available from Okie Dokies Smokehouse and The Hop Ice Cream Café, you can bring your blanket or lawn chair and make an evening of it, listening to long-standing house band The Stoney Creek Boys and other bluegrass and old-time string bands, and watching cloggers from around Western North Carolina.

LEAF Downtown AVL

Pack Square Asheville Festivalsphoto credit: K2 Media

Celebrating local community, this popular family-friendly festival brings Downtown Asheville’s Pack Square alive on Aug. 4 and 5 with three stages featuring a dynamic range of national, regional and local talent. LEAF Downtown, a free event in its third year, starts early afternoon Friday, and on Saturday kicks off at 9 a.m with an all-ages LEAF Art Dash 5K. Festival-goers can enjoy eats from local food trucks while engaging with family and friends and tuning into a rich range of music including old-time, folk, hip hop, Americana, blues, and deep Appalachian. Rounding out the fun are Easel Rider (Asheville’s Mobile Art Lab), costume tents, roaming kids’ artists, puppets, jugglers,face-painting, parades and circus arts. Enrichment activities, cultural exchanges, and civic engagement will also take place at the Voices of Asheville Tent through a series of collaborative community alliances. Festivities wind down when the park closes at 10 p.m.

For more information about our area, or about real estate in Asheville, contact Mike Figura at (828) 337-8190, or email him at Mike@MyMosaicRealty.com

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