Jason Sandford

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

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Here’s the press release. Looks like another good time, this year expanded to two days:

All Go West Music Festival brings two days of musical mayhem and merriment to the streets of West Asheville Saturday, June 17 and Sunday, June 18.

“We want to truly curate a music discovery experience with all those sounds and players and it is really exciting to present,” said festival organizer, Arieh Samson. “All stages are happening simultaneously, so people are able to check out and step out of their comfort zone to hear music that they might not be able to see otherwise…That’s the essence of All Go West.”

From traditional and bluegrass, funk and soul, rock, jazz and hip-hop, All Go West sets the stage to truly showcase the talent and musical diversity Asheville has become known for nationwide.

For the first time in the festival’s six year history, All Go West has expanded to two days – Shows start each day at noon and continue through 2 a.m. Saturday and 10 p.m. on Sunday.

“It is just such a great music experience and I want people to come open-mined and let their hair down and go check stuff out that you have never heard before,” Samson said. “It’s going to be just a smorgasbord of sound and vibes.”

This year, All Go West features five stages with music throughout the Haywood Street corridor including the Community Roots Main Stage in the parking lot of Isis Music Hall and shows at Isis Music Hall, The Mothlight, The Fortune Building and The Brew Pump.

“I think the festival speaks to the spirit of West Asheville because it is very locally-driven,” said Josephine Woody, co-owner of Isis Music Hall. “They do bring in some nationally touring acts, but it’s a lot of our local talent right here in West Asheville. It definitely keeps it weird and West Asheville is weird in all the right ways.”

A special All Go West menu from Isis’ restaurant Kitchen 743 will be available for festival-goers throughout the weekend including their signature Fried Chicken Sandwich and the reigning champ of the 2016 Best Burger in Asheville – The Isis Burger. Other easy eats from Isis will be on hand outside from their pop-up take-away tent.

Local pints and other small bites will also be available throughout the festival.

Saturday’s line-up brings “one of the very finest MCs to ever pick up a microphone” hip hop lyricist and frontman of the Bay Area’s hip hop duo Blackalicious, Gift of Gab, to the Main Stage at 8:30 p.m – joined by Asheville’s own Empire Strikes Brass.
The fest also brings over a dozen local and regional acts to the multi-stage festival including Midnight Snack, Axxas/Abraxas, The Nude Party, RBTS Win and Doc Aquatic.
Added this year is the All Go West Market; a space dedicated to highlighting the makers and businesses of the beloved neighborhood of West Asheville. The Market will be open both days of the festival and will be located directly across the street from our Brew Pump stage in the parking lot between West Village Market and the West End Bakery.
A percentage of All Go West proceeds go to benefit the Asheville-based non-profits Community Roots & Harmonia.
For more info on All Go West and the full lineup and schedule visit

Jason Sandford

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

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