The Downtown After 5 festival featuring a local band and thousands of visitors.

For 2022, Downtown After 5 will take place the 3rd Friday of the month from April through September. Events are free and open to the public!

2022 Downtown After 5 Lineup

April 15 – The Fritz, Abby Bryant & The Echoes

The Fritz is a soul-driven psychedelic funk band hailing from right here in Asheville. The group’s aggressive approach to funk, soul and rock creates a sound that is uniquely their own. Their high-energy, danceable songs provide a platform for each member to shine. With powerful vocals, climactic solos, and tight grooves, The Fritz has built a devoted following and is captivating audiences everywhere.

Built around a powerful voice and hard-driving rock ‘n’ soul rhythm section, Asheville, NC’s Abby Bryant & The Echoes has secured a fast-growing foothold in the Southeast music scene. Listeners will find it hard not to hear similarities to some of the artists that inspire the two including currently touring acts Tedeschi Trucks Band, Grace Potter and Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds.

May 20 – Terrance Simien and The Zydeco Experience, Sanctum Sully

For 40 years, two-time Grammay award winning artist Terrance Simien has been shattering the myths about what his indigenous Zydeco roots music is – and is not. Simien has become one of the most respected and accomplished artists in American roots music today. He and his band mates have performed over 9000 concerts, toured millions of miles to over 45 countries during their eventful career.

A delicious stew of rock, bluegrass, funk, psychedelia, country, folk and blues. A longtime bluegrass favorite, Sanctum Sully has reemerged as an electric rock outfit that churns out an authentic sound. From frantic bluegrass licks to spaced-out ambient rock, Sully brings it, straight from the heart. They are a merry band of friends who’s love and respect for each other bleeds out through the music.

June 17 – ¡Tumbao!

¡Tumbao! is a high-energy Latin Fusion band formed by seven seasoned musicians from various genres and backgrounds creating a sound reflecting the many flavors of Latin America. ¡Tumbao! offers a taste of salsa, bossa, funk, cumbia, Latin-rock, R&B, jazz and Brass. Most recently featured on PBS, the electric sound of ¡Tumbao! keeps crossing more and more barriers captivating listeners of every age and every background.

July 15 – Asheville All Stars

The All Stars show has quickly become a favorite of the season, featuring some of AVL’s best artists making music together. Curated by local musician and producer, Josh Blake, the All Stars offer a little something for everyone – from rock to hiphop, originals to covers.

August 19 – Joslyn & The Sweet Compression
After cultivating her dynamic voice and performance skills in backup roles and stage plays, Joslyn Hampton teamed with her stepfather, Marty Charters to compose a captivating set of tunes and assemble an ace band. Joslyn & The Sweet Compression combine to deliver a hook-filled mix of funk and soul on their self-titled debut album, released in 2019. A headlining favorite at regional clubs and music festivals, they are poised to engage fans across the country with widespread touring in 2021.

September 16 – Who’s Bad: The Ultimate Michael Jackson Experience

Who’s Bad’s live performance is an unrivaled celebration of pop music’s one true King. Their power-packed performance of Michael Jackson’s expansive catalog has ignited crowds on every continent and can only be described as a jaw-dropping, musical must-see. As the longest-running Michael Jackson tribute band, and the only one to predate his untimely passing, Who’s Bad has awed even the skeptics, selling out nearly 50 venues in the United Kingdom including London’s O2 in December of 2010, the venue where the King of Pop was slated to end his career with a 50-show “This Is It” concert series.

Downtown After 5 Supports Local Nonprofits and Businesses

Each summer the Asheville Downtown Association partners with five local nonprofits to sell wristbands at the event. The ADA has given more than $225,000 to area nonprofits through this program.

Attendees will find local beers on tap including Pisgah Brewing, Sierra Nevada, Hi-Wire Brewing, Asheville Brewing Company, Catawba Brewing, French Broad Brewing, Green Man Brewery and Bold Rock Cider, as well as beers from Western North Carolina and regional and national brands. Wine, soda, water and locally crafted Devil’s Foot beverages are also available for purchase.

Please note that pets are not allowed at the event (this is a City of Asheville ordinance), and certified service dogs are the only exception.

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

Downtown After 5 is sponsored by Prestige Subaru, Budweiser of Asheville, Empire Distributors, Skyland Distributing Company, Go Minis, Ingles Markets, Gillespie Dental Associates, Explore Asheville, 97.7 The Brew, Star 104.3, Crooked Tree Creative, Central United Methodist Church, Mellow Mushroom, The City of Asheville, Hemingways Cuba, Cambria Suites, Rabbit Rabbit, Asheville Color & Imaging and Strada Italiano.

Prepared by Asheville Downtown Association.

Page last updated Sept. 13, 2022.