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2016 Downtown After 5 lineup announced

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The Asheville Downtown Association today announced the lineup for the 28th season of Downtown After 5, presented by Prestige Subaru. Downtown After 5 takes place the 3rd Friday of the month May – September and is held on North Lexington Avenue.

2016 Lineup
May 20

Headliner: CHA WA

Traditional Mardi Gras Indians meets street-level funk, CHA WA combines merges Indian chants with front-porch blues. Their infectious and dazzling stage show is often described as “funk with feathers.” More info at chawaband.com

Opener: Jeff Thompson Band

Part singer/songwriter, part poet, Asheville musician Jeff Thompson’s New Orleans roots shine through in his music. With many songwriting awards to his name, Jeff’s lyrics mix with the band’s heavy grooves and unique arrangements. More at jeffthompsonmusic.com.

June 17
Headliner: Futurebirds

Hailing from Athens, Ga., Futurebirds play a high-energy, country rock-infused live show. Four-part harmonies and pedal steel guitar blend with Americana melodies to create a stripped-down rock sound. More at futurebirdsmusic.com

Opener: Raising Caine

Asheville’s own Raising Caine brings soulful music combined with heartfelt lyrics, backing vocals, pedal steel licks, guitar solos and organ flavors to the stage. More info at raisingcainemusic.com.

July 15
Headliner: Anderson East

Classic soul mixed with youthful enthusiasm, Anderson’s authentic southern R&B charms audiences across the country. Anderson tours this spring with Grammy winner, Chris Stapleton. More info at andersoneast.com.

Opener: Sweet Claudette

These vintage country Asheville ladies will captivate audiences with their 4, 5, and 6-part harmonies. Those harmonies combined with brilliant songwriting and outstanding musicianship set Sweet Claudette apart from the crowd. More info at sweet-claudette.com

August 19
Headliner: Asheville All-Stars

Bringing together some of Asheville’s best musicians, the All-Stars show has quickly become a favorite of the summer. Audiences will be treated to a mix of original songs and fun covers

Opener: Asheville Music School and LEAF Delta Jazz Band

Fitting that the openers for the All-Stars are the future All-Stars. Youth bands from Asheville Music School and LEAF Southside Drummers. More info at ashevillemusicschool.com and theleaf.org.

September 16
Headliner: Cracker

Cracker has been at for nearly 25 years. Fans will remember old favorites like “Euro-Trash Girl” and “Low,” but the band has a new album out and reviews are calling it “rock solid” and “ambitious.” More info at crackersoul.com.

Opener: The Dirty Badgers

The Dirty Badgers call themselves “the sweet spot where hard mountain blues meets old school CBGBs punk.” The band’s style has amassed a loyal local following. More info at thedirtybadgers.com.

Each summer the Asheville Downtown Association partners with five local nonprofits to sell wristbands at the event. Each group received a grant of $2000. The ADA has given more than $100,000 to area nonprofits through this program. 2016 partners include: Asheville GreenWorks, Asheville Music School, CarePartners, Homeward Bound and the YMI Cultural Center.

Downtown After 5 features local, regional and national beers on tap as well as wine by the glass. Local food vendors sell everything from BBQ to ice cream, kettle corn to vegetarian items. Downtown After 5 also partners with Asheville Plays to bring kids activities to the event.

More information on Downtown After 5 and the Asheville Downtown Association can be found at ashevilledowntown.org.