Don’t forget! The 1st Downtown After 5 2009 is tomorrow!
Downtown After Five returns to Lexington Avenue (between Hiawassee Street and I-240) on Friday, May 15 from 5-9pm. The lineup includes Cadillac Jones, DJ Williams Projekt and Wilsin. Always free, this year, DTA5 is stepping up and offering three great bands.
Local band, Wilsin, is the opener hitting the stage at 5:15pm. Founded by Asheville’s renowned singer/songwriter Will Hartzog, Wilsin blends a variety of musical backgrounds. The band brings innovation and experimentation to the stage and the result is a soulful sound.
Hailing from Richmond, Virginia, the DJ Williams Projekt (not a DJ, its his name) blends soul, jazz and R&B to produce an unforgettable live show experience. The band’s members have shared the stage with Dave Matthews, John Legend and Karl Denson. The Projekt will start about 6:20pm.
Headliner Cadillac Jones, a funk-jazz band from Atlanta, Georgia, takes the stage at 7:45pm. Together since 2000, the band takes its influences from Herbie Hancock, James Brown and the Blackbyrds. Mixing driving rhythms, tight melodies and improvisational jams, the group creates a sound sure to get crowds moving and grooving.
May’s Downtown After Five marks the official CD release party for Cadillac Jones’ fourth album titled Rhythm Method.
DTA5 gives back to the community by partnering with local non-profits . The charitable organization mans the wristband sales tents and splits the money with the Asheville Downtown Association which produces the event. May’s wristband recipient is the Asheville Area Arts Council. Other 2009 beneficiaries include Arts2People, Asheville GreenWorks, Downtown Asheville Residential Neighbors (DARN) and Asheville Sister Cities International.
Downtown After Five is committed to continuing reducing its carbon footprint. The concert series features biodegradable food and beverage containers, staffed compost and recycling stations, a solar-powered main stage, organic cotton staff and souvenir tee shirts and a complimentary bike parking corral.
Food vendors for the 2009 Downtown After Five Series are: The Lobster Trap, Nick’s, Anderson Davis Hot Dogs, Ultimate Ice Cream, One World Vegetarian, Rolling Stone Pizza and Sugar Momma’s Cookies.
Downtown After Five is a production of the Asheville Downtown Association, a membership organization committed to being the voice of downtown. For more information, visit http://ashevilledowntown.org.