Ashvegas weekend, holiday edition: RiverMUSIC’s here, French Broad Chocolate Factory Grand Opening


And Malaprop’s turns 30. Holiday weekend ahoy! (Special roundup for 4th of July events coming later this week!)

Loyal readers, please remember this weekend may bring all-time record-setting high temperatures approaching or topping 100 degrees. Stay hydrated, have access to water, use caution when exerting yourself outside,  PLEASE don’t leave yours critters in the car, and make sure outside pets have shade and fresh water.


Rocky’s Hot Chicken Shack One-Year Anniversary Celebration

Let’s get this party started! Join us on Saturday June 30th and Sunday July 1st to celebrate our first year in business. The Mt Saint Hell NO! wing challenge that you have all been waiting for is on Saturday afternoon, June 30th from 2-5. Come join the fun and festivities! If you can eat six xx hot wings, you will be inducted into the “Wall of Flame” with all of it’s privledges!
1455 Patton Avenue.

Mountain Artisans Art and Crafts Show
SA (6/30) & SU (7/1), 10am-5pm – The Mountain Artisans Summertime Art and Crafts Show will feature fine art, woodworking, pottery, painting, gourd art and more. Held in WCU’s Ramsey Center arena. $4/free for children under 12. Free parking available. Info:

Hellbilly Hogroast:
SA (6/30) through SU (7/1), 4pm – Bootleggers Car Club and Shovelhead Saloon present a Honky-Tonk/Americana Music Festival and Custom Car/Bike Show, featuring David Earl and the Plowshares, The Go Devils, Pleasure Chest and Southbound Turnaround. Held at Shovelhead Saloon, 2898 Highway 70, Black Mountain. A portion of proceeds benefit Our VOICE. $10 includes BBQ, hamburgers and hot dogs.

Terpsicorps: The Many Deaths of Edward Gorey
Diana Wortham Theatre
Asheville’s Terpsicorps Theatre of Dance – the untraditional ballet company who brought “Vampyre,” “The Scarlet Letter,” “The Rite of Spring,” and “Alice” – is once again bringing the quirky art of Edward Gorey to life through dance. At this Terpsicorps production, Asheville audiences are treated to some of the nation’s finest principal dancers performing innovative choreography that speaks to the Asheville audience.

June 29, 2012 – July 21, 2012
Montford Park Players
Recurring weekly on Sunday, Friday, Saturday
A constant favorite, Shakespeare’s beloved comedy portrays the adventures of four young Athenian lovers and a group of amateur actors, who are manipulated by the fairies that inhabit the forest in which most of the play is set. A fun play for adults and children alike. Join the fun for our “Cutest Dog Contest” every Saturday night at intermission. The winning dog will make a stage debut as “this dog, my dog” in the final act!


  • June 21, 2012 – June 30, 2012
  • Location: North Carolina Stage Company
  • Address: 15 Stage Lane, Asheville, NC 28801-2835
  • Venue:  North Carolina Stage Company

Featuring live musical accompaniment by Nathan Shirley.  See three amazing silent films as they were meant to be seen, with live, improvised musical accompaniment!  Three separate evenings of film – Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror, opening with the short “A Trip to the Moon” – Haxan: Witchcraft Through the Ages – The General, featuring Buster Keaton, opening with the short “The Great Train Robbery” See listings at left for specific show times.

Daylily Sale:
FR (6/29), 3-8pm & SA (6/30), 9am-3pm – A daylily sale, to benefit Child Abuse Prevention Services, will feature rare and unusual plants. Held at Sharon Road off Upper Brush Creek Road, near the Blue Ridge Parkway. Prices range from $2-$10. Info: or 254-2000.


Tickets for Andrew Bird go on sale at 12 noon!

French Broad Chocolate Factory & Tasting Room Grand Opening
The French Broad Chocolate Factory & Tasting Room is having our Grand Opening. Featuring free tours, free tastings, and general merriment. Come celebrate with us!
21 Buxton Ave.


  • June 29, 2012
  • Location: River Arts District Green
  • Address: 144 Riverside Dr., Asheville, NC 28801

Music lineup: Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds with the Krektones & Mad Tea Party. RiverLink and New Belgium Brewing present RiverMUSIC, a summer concert series in the River Arts District of Asheville, North Carolina. In our continuing efforts to bring folks to the French Broad River to enjoy its splendor, RiverLink has teamed up with New Belgium Brewing Company and Heira Productions to offer the community great live music from a variety of genres.

Unity One Love & Living is So Big Concert
2pm-10pm, Pack Square Park
An event spreading the message of life appreciation promoting unity and love between all people. Join Jon Marbois-Segall, MC as he welcomes the music lineup including Laura Reed, The Upliftas, Chuck Beattie, Jonathan Santos, Hope Griffin, De Ja Fuze, Shannon Sanders, and other local artists. Come celebrate with us, and tell your friends..
Living Is So Big & Temple of Infinite Love
Pack Sq. Park, Downtown, Asheville


July 4: Hot Springs:
SA (6/30), 2-9pm – ArtiSun Gallery invites the public to celebrate Independence Day with local ice cream, drinks, live music, more than 30 local artists and fireworks in Downtown Hot Springs. Located at 16 S. Andrews Ave., Hot Springs. Info:

Bad Wolf BBQ Concert:
SA (6/30), 11am-1pm – The Bad Wolf BBQ Summer Concert Series will be hosted by Harley-Davidson of Asheville, 20 Patton Cove Road, Swannanoa. Free outdoor concert and lunch from Bad Wolf BBQ. Info:


06/30/2012 7:00 pm
06/30/2012 9:00 pm
Celebrate Malaprop’s 30th anniversary with us! Enjoy delicious food, great music and a cash bar offering wine and beer from the Wine Studio. We’ll also hear an official proclamation dedicated to Malaprop’s founder and owner, Emoke B’Racz, read by Asheville City Council member Cecil Bothwell. Please join us!

Click Here to RSVP!

Kick Back and Listen Up: Storyteller Michael Reno Harrell Performs on Front Porch
30 Jun 2012
Take a seat with Friends of the Smokies on the front porch steps, stretch out in the grass, or prop up in the shade, and join acclaimed national storyteller Michael Reno Harrell for an afternoon of Smoky mountain stories at the Oconaluftee Visitor Center in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Harrell will bring his Southern humor and warmth to the front porch of the visitor center at 4 p.m. Saturday, June 30. The show promises hearty laughs and happy sighs for all ages, and is free and open to the public.

Harrell’s stories have been described as “Appalachian grit and wit,” but his awareness is much broader than the bounds of his boyhood home in Southern Appalachia. Having toured throughout the United States, the British Isles and much of Europe, the stories he creates reflect an insight into people’s experiences that catch the ear like an old friend’s voice. David Holt, musician and four-time Grammy winner, praises Harrell as “one of those natural born Southern musicians and storytellers who is filled with wit, charm and surprises….Michael will draw you in and entertain you, all the while making you feel right at home.”

46th Annual Shindig on the Green
A joyously spontaneous celebration of traditional and old-time string bands, bluegrass, ballad singers, big circle mountain dancers and cloggers on summer Saturday evenings in downtown Asheville, NC. Stage show and informal jam sessions. Pack Square Park on the Bascom Lamar Lunsford stage in the heart of downtown Asheville. Bring a lawn chair or blanket, family and friends. 7:00p.m. nightly. June 30; July 7, 14, 21; August 11, 18, 25; and September 1, 2012. Free. Info: or (828)258-6101 x345.



  • July 1, 2012
  • Location: Pack Square Park
  • Address: 1 W Pack Square #513, Asheville, NC 28801
  • Venue:  Pack Square Park

The Magic Love Bus cast off from Ocean Beach in San Francisco on an inspiring three month coast-to coast journey – celebrating heart conscious evolution at every turn. Our crew of LovEvolutionaries is dedicated to sharing love, food, drumming, campfires, movies, discussions, dancing, music, yoga and love parades. We are literally serving as a vehicle for LovEvolutionary transformation and a platform for free speech Come join us downtown Asheville, NC July 1st 2012 at Pack Square and be the magic.