Ashvegas weekend July 13-15: RiverMUSIC, Highland Games, Carnavalito, Ribfest, Shindig & SO MUCH MORE

Jason Sandford

Jason Sandford is a reporter, writer, blogger and photographer interested in all things Asheville.

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Just entirely too much going on in this town this weekend. The Cesspool of Sin is rockin’. We’re here to help you sort it all out.



  • July 12, 2012 – July 15, 2012
  • Location: Grandfather Mountain
  • Address: US 221 & Blue Ridge Parkway at Milepost 305, Linville, NC 28646
  • Venue:  Grandfather Mountain

Over one hundred Scottish clans and societies sponsor this celebration of Scottish dance, music, and athletics. Admission charged.

Festival of Native Peoples
FR (7/13) & SA (7/14) – The Festival of Native Peoples will feature “indigenous peoples and tribes” from throughout the country for two days of music, dance and ceremonies. Grounds open at 1pm on Friday and 11am on Saturday. Performances are held throughout the day and into the evening at Cherokee Indian Fair Grounds, 545 Tsali Blvd., off U.S. 441,… [comment / share]
Ongoing, 07/13 thru 07/14

Tour de Toubab
A community ride to Toubab Krewe’s CARNAVALITO at Pisgah Brewery in Black Mountain, NC.
The ride will be accompanied with a sag wagon to carry your camping gear to the Asheville East KOA . The campground offers a discount to those participating in CARNAVALITO.

Each Tour de Toubab participant must make his/her own reservations at the KOA and purchase tickets.
The Tour de Toubab will not return to Asheville following Friday and Saturday night show, however a shuttle bus will be provided by CARNAVALITO.

The Tour de Toubab is a 25 miles one way through WNC mountainous landscape. While the tour moves at a social pace, riding experience and a well tuned bicycle are required.


Date: July 13-14, 6:00PM-3:00PM; (Show Schedule
Venue: Pisgah Brewing Company, Black Mountain
Toubab Krewe’s CARNAVALITO, a two-day mini-fest, has been announced to take place at the Pisgah Brewing Company in Black Mountain, NC on Friday, July 13th and Saturday, July 14th, 2012. The outdoor event will feature headlining sets from Toubab Krewe as well as a different roster of supporting bands and DJs each day including Donna the Buffalo, Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk, Secret Agent 23 Skidoo, Rayna Gellert and DJ Chalice. DJ Equal will top off both nights with indoor late night sets. A shuttle system is conveniently available to travel between a local campground and the event.

Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains, a KOA campground is located just one mile from the venue. CARNAVALITO attendees are encouraged to stay for the weekend and receive a 10% discount on tent and RV camping with the code PB. All sites come equipped with water and electricity. View the map and reserve camping spaces online through

Shuttles will be traveling between the campground and venue as well as between downtown Asheville and the Pisgah Brewery. Look for shuttle details coming in May at

Tickets are $41 (two-day admission) and $26 (one-day admission) and go on sale Tuesday, May 1st through the Pisgah Brewing Company event site ( VIP packages will also be available for $76 (two-day VIP admission) and $51 (one-day VIP admission) and include early entry to the event, a private guided brewery tour and tasting, preferred stage viewing, and more. All attendees who purchase a two-day ticket by July 1, 2012 will receive an unreleased Toubab Krewe summer EP and a Toubab Krewe beverage koozie.

CARNAVALITO is a family friendly event. Kids ages 10 and under are free with a ticketed adult. On Saturday, children of all ages will dance to the rhythms and rhymes of Secret Agent 23 Skidoo, aka “The king of kid-hop.”

Toubab Krewe will donate one dollar from every CARNAVALITO ticket purchased to Instruments for Africa, a not-for-profit organization that aims to empower underprivileged and at-risk youth in Mali through the preservation of traditional music and arts. Toubab Krewe and Instruments for Africa have launched a campaign to build the Krewe House, a music school project set to break ground in 2013. For more information, visit

July 13th Lineup – Gates open at 6:00 PM
Toubab Krewe
Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk
DJ Chalice
DJ Equal (Indoor Stage – Late Night)

July 14th Lineup – Gates open at 3:00 PM
Toubab Krewe
Donna the Buffalo
Secret Agent 23 Skidoo
Rayna Gellert
DJ Chalice
DJ Equal (Indoor Stage – Late Night)

For more information on Toubab Krewe, including upcoming tour dates, please visit



  • July 13, 2012
  • Location: River Arts District Green
  • Address: 144 Riverside Dr., Asheville, NC 28801

5p.m.- 10p.m., music starts at 6p.m.
July 13th music lineup: Sanctum Sully with Bobby Miller & the Virginia Daredevils. 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 and a blend of local and national artists.

Bike-a-licious in Marshall

Friday, July 13th, from 3-10 pm.
3pm–Bicycle swap (Lapland & Judy Hagers parking lots)
4 pm- 6pm on the island stage- Rooftop Pedestrian will be playing.
5pm- until –carriage rides to and from the island, Gary Kent!!!
5 pm –Steve Garrison, Madison Co. Mgr, will be giving tours of our 100 + year old court house.
5pm-until—-Joel , Zuma Too, Cookies and Cones,
will be scooping Ultimate Ice Cream
-Pot Pie in hosting children’s activities. Face painting, etc
-Chad, at the Tattoo Museum, applying temporary tattoos.
-Zuma Coffee will be hosting an exhibit by Hannah Furgiuele and selling mugs crafted by The Potters of Madison County
–The Madison County Arts council will have an art exhibit.
–The Depot will be open for traditional, country, bluegrass, and mountain music, dancing, a cakewalk, and much fun.

Parade 6:30pm–of all things on wheels will commence on the island , The route will be from the island, over the bridge, down Back Street and up Main Street. The parade will go in the order of banjo players first, followed by children’s bikes, adult bikes and bringing up the rear will be anything motorized.

7:30pm –Awards will be presented at the court house at 7:30 pm with prizes for best child bike, best adult bike and best biker outfit. Bring out your spandex!
7pm-9pm –Sons of Ralph court house where the banjo players will unite with for their first song, “Cripple Creek.” Sons of Ralph will be performing from 7 until at least 9.
8pm–Good Stuff, Lucky James will be performing, at 8pm, and there will be an art exhibit by Dan Helgemo, Fine Art.

Sarah Jarosz at the Grey Eagle

Sarah Jarosz has as rich a skill set as anybody in acoustic music. She plays—not just one instrument, but enough of them to be a one-woman string band: mandolin, octave mandolin, clawhammer banjo and guitar. She sings—in supple tones that transcend the boundaries between folk and pop – and she writes—old-timey ballads and modern singer-songwriter ruminations alike. Raised 30 miles out of Austin in Wimberley, Tex., Jarosz blossomed within the local music scene and well beyond it, earning admirers from Austin City Limit’s Terry Lickona to acoustic music mavens Tim O’Brien and Chris Thile with her mature sensibilities. She released her debut, Song Up In Her Head, on Sugar Hill Records the year she graduated high school. What followed was a move to Boston’s prestigious New England Conservatory, a GRAMMY nomination and performances on “Austin City Limits” and “A Prairie Home Companion” as well as prestigious music festivals–Bonnaroo, Telluride and Newport, to name a few. In 2011, Jarosz channels her ever-broadening musical horizons onto her second album, Follow Me Down, which again showcases her songwriting, offers two tasty covers and includes a number of top-notch guests from the Punch Brothers to Shawn Colvin.

Opener: Jen Duke

8pm. $15 advance / $18 day of show.

Advance tickets available online and at our local outlets.

Fully seated show.

THE BROADCAST w/ SUPATIGHT at Jack of the Wood
9pm $7
With powerful and soulful melodies, polyrhythmic grooves and an uncanny ability to connect with listeners it’s no wonder The Broadcast has audiences across the country entranced. Originally formed in Brooklyn, NY in 2007, this young, six-piece soul infused rock band is known for their tight, high-energy performances that have vaulted them into the national spotlight. After their relocation to the beautiful mountainside of Asheville, NC, The Broadcast has grown into a full-time, nationally touring group. Their rise on the festival circuit has scored them press interest from such outlets as FlavorPill, VERVE and Cosmopolitan Magazine who described lead vocalist Caitlin Krisko’s voice as “drenched in honey, and dripping with soul”.

Hickory Nut Gap Farm Summer Open House
1-8 p.m.

Venue: Hickory Nut Gap Farm
57 Sugar Hollow Road ,Fairview
Join us for a fun day at the farm Friday, July 13th! Our open house is FREE and will run from 1-8 pm with farm tours at 1 and 5:30. Come visit our baby chicks, listen to live music, grab a bite from Jerry’s food truck, get your face painted, and enjoy a scoop ofImladris Farm ice cream.


  • July 13, 2012 – July 15, 2012
  • Location: WNC Agricultural Center
  • Address: 1301 Fanning Bridge Road, Fletcher, NC 28732
  • Venue:  WNC Agricultural Center

The Carolina Mountain Ribest 2012 will be celebrating our sixth year at the Fairgrounds July 13,14,15 2012. The festival features World Class professional barbecue competition Chefs from all over the country. They will be serving mouth watering, award winning BBQ Ribs, Chicken, Brisket, and Pulled Pork with all the traditional side dishes. A variety of scrumptious desserts and specialty comfort foods will also be available. The festival is packed with Fun For The Whole Family.

Tales and Ales:
FR (7/13), 7pm – Tales and Ales, a storytelling open mic, will be held at Anam Cara Collective, 203 Haywood Road. Free. Beer and wine available for suggested donation. Info:

R. Carlos Nakai and Peter Kater

Free Planet Radio and Billy the Sea in Concert
Altamont Theatre
Free Planet Radio and Billy the Sea share the stage at the Altamont Theatre on Saturday July 14th 8pm for a richly unique night of World Americana, smooth Jazz blends, rhythmic adventures and improvisational mastery. Join us in the afternoon for workshops with the musicians on the topics of Global Melodies (with Chris Rosser & Billy Caridine) World Percussion (with River Guerguerian) and Groove Construction with the Modern Bass (with Grammy Award winner Eliot Wadopian & Jake Wolf). Tickets available at the Altamont Theatre.
For more info:

Comedian Gilbert Lawand at Elaine’s Piano Bar inside Grove Park Inn
Fri., July 13, 2012 at 8 p.m.
Gilbert Lawand has performed in clubs all over the country including the Hollywood Improv, Los Angeles), Comedy Store (Los Angeles), San Jose Improv, Denver Improv, Comedy Works (Denver), as well home based Atlanta clubs the Punchline, Funny Farm, and Laughing Skull. He has shared the stage with comedy greats Greg Proops, Maria Bamford and Todd Barry.


9pm $5
Taylor Martin brings you music with a beating heart. Gritty, real and powerful, his new band Taylor Martin’s Engine is filled with music born of genuine experience painted true and honest with raw and uncommon sincerity. This is music as it should be. This is music for those who wish to be moved. Engine. A word that despite many uses is almost always tied to motion. Taylor’s music and writings are also in the business of motion. Unconcerned with the fickle demands of fashion this Engine is as timeless and dynamic as the word itself. To listen to the project or to see him live impresses the listener with the importance of such groundbreaking music by a young musician relatively new to the American music world.

Toy Boat Community Arts Space Grand Opening
8:00pm until 11:00pm
101 Fairview Road, Asheville NC, 28801
Grand Opening with performances by members of The Tango Orchestra, Runaway Circus and Forty Fingers & a Missing Tooth! Hor ‘dourves and beverages. Beer & wine cash bar. Please come dressed in your finest “Galaball” attire!

Shindig on the Green
Pack Square Park

Bring your instruments, families, friends, lawn chairs and blankets and join us for good times at the new Bascom Lamar Lunsford Stage. In 2012 Shindig on the Green, which features a stage show and informal jam sessions around the park, continues at its original location — formerly known as City County Plaza, now transformed into the new Pack Square Park. Locals and visitors alike come together downtown “along about sundown,” or at 7:00pm for those who wear a watch, until 10:00p.m. Free. Info: or (828)258-6101 x345.


  • July 14, 2012
  • Location: Highland Brewing Company
  • Address: 12 Old Charlotte Highway, Asheville, NC 28803
  • Venue:  Highland Brewing Company
  • 4-8 p.m.

BBQ and Beer Dinner Fundraiser for FEAST (Fresh, Easy, Affordable, Sustainable and Tasty). Enjoy live music, great local food and beer. Food provided by: Okie Dokies Smokehouse, Sunny Point Cafe, Rosetta’s Kitchen, Westville Pub, Junction, WALK, Southern Fryz, Short Street Cakes and West End Bakery. FEAST is a non-profit organization teaching hands on cooking skills using fresh, seasonal, and local ingredients while focusing on creating healthy eating habits. FEAST is a project of Slow Food Asheville.

2-4pm – “Movie Matinee at the Library:” Night at the Museum. Hosted at the East Asheville Library.

Community Carnival
Charles D Owen Park
Swannanoa, NC
10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Games, inflatables, rides, activities, food, entertainment and more. Prices for games and rides vary; all-day wristbands will be available.

Comedy Open Mic at Wall Street Coffee House and Emporium
9:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
No cover. Hosted by the lovely Allie Steinhoff. Anyone can sign up. Everyone gets 6 minutes to try to make the audience laugh.

Bellyak Launch
SA (7/14), 11am-4pm – Asheville Adventure Rentals, 704 Riverside Drive, will host a bellyak launch party featuring demos, music, beer and a raffle to support Riverlink. Free. Info:

RAD Second Saturdays
SA (7/14), 10am-6pm – Asheville River Arts District’s Second Saturdays will feature artist demonstrations, classes, open studios and more. Free. Info and map: [comment / share]


Outward Hounds Hiking Club
Sun, July 15, 9am – 12pm
To Craggy Gardens (map)
DescriptionThe Outwards Hounds Hiking Clubs meets at the BWAR Adoption Center, every Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday morning to take some sweet shelter dogs to great local hiking locations throughout WNC. A wonderful enrichment activity for the shelter pups and a chance to explore some of the best hiking trails in the southeast! Contact for more details.

Jason Sandford

Jason Sandford is a reporter, writer, blogger and photographer interested in all things Asheville.

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