This weekend is chock-full of amazingness, from live music to art installations and the downtown LEAF Festival. Here’s our rundown of what we’re thrilled about. And we’re running a ticket giveaway! The person that hits the most spots and events from this weekend’s edition of the GritVegas Update will win two tickets to the Friday and Saturday runway shows at Asheville Fashion Week, happening August 5th and 6th. To participate, tag @ashevillegrit in your Instagram posts while you’re out and about this weekend. We’ll announce the lucky fashionista next week.
What are your plans, Asheville? Anything we missed? Leave us a comment!
Thursday July 28
A talk and performance of a composition for string quartet and electronics from Chris Kincaid and Leslie Clements, inspired by the connection between weaving coverlets with folk art techniques, which fed into the creation of this musical composition
Gospel Night @ the Double Crown
The Brooklyn Allstars, who have been performing since 1950, take the stage and take over the Double Crown in this installment of the dive bar’s popular gospel night series! $10.
Friday July 29
Jerry Garcia Birthday Bash @ Isis Music Hall
Celebrated Jerry Garcia Band cover band JGBCB (Jerry Garcia Band Cover Band!) brings their love for Jerry to Isis for the 4th iteration of this birthday bash! $10.
Tinderbox Circus Sideshow @ the Crow and Quill
All the way from Lexington, KY, the Tinderbox Circus sideshow, the troupe with a punk rock Dirty South sensibility, performs acts that will shock and amaze you. Doors at 8, performance starts at 9!
Saturday July 30
The Odditorium in West Asheville invites you to this free yardsale, where you can “unload your trashy treasures or pick up your next conversation piece.” The bar opens at 9 am. Get your day drankin’ on, y’all.
LEAF Downtown (happening through Sunday!) @ Pack Square Park
Music, arts, food, and fun in downtown Asheville! This year, LEAF’s theme is Soul Town. Live music from headliners WAR, Big Sam’s Funky Nation, The Broadcast, Secret Agent 23 Skidoo, the Jon Stickley Trio, and much much more. Yoga, busking, circus arts—you don’t want to miss the 2nd annual downtown LEAF! There’s a pre-party with Papadosio happening Friday night @ the New Mountain Amphitheatre if you can’t wait until Saturday to get your LEAF on.
Folkmoot International Dance Party @ The Orange Peel
Dance the night away to the sweet sounds of DJ Oso Rey and the fantastic moves of internationally acclaimed “dance ambassadors” from all over the world, including Ghana and Japan.
Sunday July 31
Flea for Y’all @ the Salvage Station
You can be thrifty all weekend! The Flea for Y’all happens Sunday out on the banks of the French Broad. $2 to sort through glorious treasures. There’s a shuttle, food, beer, mixed drinks, and more.
Jazz Brunch @ the Imperial Life
Follow up the Flea For Y’all with the Imperial Life’s Jazz Brunch. Food from Table, cocktails from Imperial Life, live music from the Roaring Lions. $12 and free coffee (and of course free jazz!).
Tell us what you’re excited about this weekend in the comments, and always feel free to share your events for consideration in the weekend update through and www.ashevillegrit.com!