RiverMusic Festival 2016 in Asheville: Floating Action, Greyhounds, Patrick Sweany, more


Here’s the press release via RiverLink. This is gonna be fun, especially now that New Belgium is open right across the river.

RiverLink’s RiverMusic moves into its fifth big year in 2016 starting this Friday, May 6. As always, there will be live music from local and national acts, local beer and

The Greyhounds headline May 6 foodtrucks, free parking and admission, and the sun setting over the beautiful French Broad River. RiverMusic wouldn’t happen without sponsors and volunteers, and this year’s sponsors are Prestige Subaru, The Chaddick Foundation, AC Hotels by Marriott, Allegra Printing, and Mountain Xpress.

The May 6 RiverMusic offers three bands whose groove- heavy sounds range from the Afro-Caribbean world music of Asheville’s Les Amis to the smoky soul, funk and blues of Austin’s highly regarded Greyhounds. In between, Major and the Monbacks will kick up their retro, driving, rocking soul.

Volunteers are still needed! Take a look at the signup and get a beverage token, a tote bag and heaps of gratitude as you help RiverLink keep its momentum going!

The May 6 RiverMusic will take place at the RiverLink Sculpture and Performance Plaza, located at 144 Riverside Drive in the River Arts District (map). Gates will open at 5 p.m. and the good times roll until 10.

The stage for all of these events will be powered by Sundance Solar again. We’ll also have the trolley service making a circuitous route between the concert venue and the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce (map).

Attendees can also paddle up to the river access we have installed, and there are bike racks available onsite. If you must drive, parking is available on both sides of the event site. Please don’t bring dogs, food or outside beverages into the venue.

Here’s a look at the full RiverMusic/Fest schedule:

Friday, May 6, an evening of world/funk/soul
5:30: Les Amis (members of Toubab Krewe & Zansa)
6:45: Major and The Monbacks
8:15: Greyhounds

Friday, June 10, Friends of Widespread Panic Day, with jams to follow at The Grey Eagle
5:30: Randall Bramblett Band
6:45: Jerry Joseph and The Jackmormons
8:15: Bloodkin

Friday, July 8, enjoy Rock-n-Roll/Soul/Blues
5:30: Tim Easton
6:45: Aaron Lee Tasjan
8:15: Patrick Sweany

Saturday, August 13 (RiverFest), local eclectica
2:30: Grits & Soul
3:45: Sirius.B
5:15: Floating Action

Friday, September 9 is all Bluegrass
5:30: Buncombe Turnpike
6:45: Tellico
8:00: Love Canon

Friday, October 7, an evening of Blues and Rock-n-Roll
5:30: Get Right Band
6:45: The Broadcast
8:00: Blitzen Trapper