RiverMusic_2013This is the second year for RiverMusic, the musical festival down on the French Broad River along Riverside Drive. This year offers a killer line-up and a couple of new travel options. First, RiverLink is planning to build a boat dock alongside the festival grounds so folks can pull up on a boat. Also this year, the festival is offering a trolley to allow people to park downtown and ride to the festival in the River Arts District.


May 24th, 2013: StephaniesID (Indie Pop), Mary Frances & The Dirty Classics (Dirty Organ Soul), Molli Parti (DJ)

June 14, 2013: David Mayfield Parade (Energetic Roots & Americana)
Underhill Rose (Heartfelt Bluegrass Soul), feat. Brass band interludes by Empire Strikes Brass (BRASSFUNKROCK)

July 12, 2013: G.E.D. Soul Records Showcase feat.
DeRobert & The Half-Truths (Funk / R&B / Soul), AJ & The Jiggawatts (Electrifying Funk & Timeless Soul), To Be Determined
feat. Brass band interludes by Empire Strikes Brass (BRASSFUNKROCK)

August 23, 2013: Town Mountain (Bluegrass and Acoustic)
23 String Band (Old Time, Roots & Bluegrass), CaroMia, formerly The Flowers (Americana, Soul, Blues)

September 13, 2013: The Big Ol’ Nasty Getdown (Funk Supergroup feat. members of Parliament-Funkadelic, Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band, Mudvayne, The Fritz & More!) Bubonik Funk (Funk, Soul, Rock)

And here’s the trolley info:

Free trolley service through Gray Line Trolley (the red trolley) will be available from downtown Asheville to the RiverMusic series in the River Arts District this summer.

Trolley Schedule:

5pm, 6pm, 7pm, 8pm, 9pm, 10pm: Haywood Street across from U.S. Cellular Center

5:15pm, 6:15pm, 7:15pm, 8:15pm, 9:15pm: Aloft Hotel on Biltmore Avenue

5:30pm, 6:30pm, 7:30pm, 8:30pm, 9:30pm: Glen Rock Depot

5:45pm, 6:45pm, 7:45pm, 8:45pm, 9:45pm: RiverMusic



  1. Orbit DVD says:

    I think the only person complaining about too many outdoor festivals is me.

  2. schwarzcat says:

    I here you. It is definitely not as bad as having nothing to do. I just don’t want to see any events get watered down because we are splitting the populations and their respective revenues.

    Certainly the whambulance couldn’t be too far away when someone starts complaining about too many free outdoor events on a Spring weekend. It was more an observation and maybe my want to do them both. I guess they are just a bike ride away from each other and a little tenacity would allow me to support both.

  3. schwartzcat … we’ve almost gotten to the point that there is a special event or two happening every Friday and Saturday … not a bad thing imho.

  4. schwarzcat says:

    Don’t get me wrong, I love having lots of options for things to do in town but it is pretty weak they booked this on the same day the long running Mountain Sports Festival begins that is going on just down the road at Amboy Park. Typically free Asheville events of this nature try not to step on each other’s toes.

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