First Friday for June features live music from Brushfire Stankgrass and BBQ from Big Boned BBQ! BBQ fires up around 5 with tunes kicking off at 6! Brushfire Stankgrass is an Asheville-based bluegrass fusion group featuring brothers Ben & Will Saylor (banjo/guitar/vocals), Micah Thomas (drums) and Daniel Iannucci (bass.) The band, now in their tenth year with its current lineup, has released four studio albums to date, and has two more albums currently underway, tracked at Asheville’s famed Echo Mountain Studios. Exciting live shows and cutting edge studio material is at the forefront of their musical product. “The Rich Cache” was released in 2021 and is just that, a collection of buried tunes that the band has performed on stages great and small for over a decade, and finally, lovingly, self produced into a full length album. Featuring fan favorites like “Appalachian Snow “ and “The Party Suite” the album evokes a true sense of the group’s history and evolution, and is a celebration of some of their most unique and lasting creations. From traditional acoustic mastery to deep space synth vibes, their entire range is on full display. Tracked at Echo Mountain Studios in 2018, “City of a Thousand Hills” is the culmination of countless hours of practice and collaboration, consternation and celebration. It is a rueful love letter to their mountain home, as well as a fervent call to action, continuing the band’s urgent message of preservation and conservancy in “Pretty Ass Blue Ridge Mountain Shit” that began with 2013’s Microclimates. With contributions from much loved local talents and the engineering mastery of the good folks at Echo Mountain, the album represents the groups greatest achievement to date, both creatively and technologically.
Summer is (almost) here and Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams is throwing a party to celebrate. Called “Hello Summer,” the event will be held nationwide at Jeni’s scoop shops on Monday, June 5th from 7 pm until close. See below for what’s in store. FREE ICE CREAM Jeni’s Splendid Rewards members get free scoops (up to a signature) during the event To become a member, download the Jeni’s app and sign up SWAG BAGS The first 25 folks in line at their neighborhood scoop shop will receive swag bags filled with Jeni’s merch SNEAK PEEK Jeni’s has some new things coming down the pipeline—and all partygoers get a first look To round out Jeni’s kickoff to summer, their popular Wedding Cake ice cream returns on Thursday, June 8th. The flavor features vanilla cake with lemon, blackberries, and buttercream icing. The local Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams shop can be found at 501-A King Street.
Creative Flow: Yoga in the Gallery - This weekly, donation-based yoga class is held in the main gallery at Redux Contemporary Art Center. Join us for a creative approach to Vinyasa yoga practice surrounded by artwork in our light-filled space. As Redux is committed to cultivating our creative community, this class will always remain donation based. . $15 members/ $20 non-members suggested donation. (Donate with Cash or Venmo in-class) Bring your own mat! What to bring Bring your own mat and mask/face covering.
You are invited to the ribbon-cutting ceremony for Nautical Bowls, operated by Mark and Monique Wallace. The ceremony will take place on Tuesday, June 6 at 2:00 p.m. This local business offers superfood bowls as quick meals that do not compromise your healthy lifestyle
Get Up! Comedy Open Mic - Hosted by Shawna Jarrett @ First Thursdays WE'RE BACK, BAYBEEEE. Free comedy at Tin Roof! The show is at 9:00! Comics, sign up at 8:30. OR come early and work on material - writer's group starting at 7:30 on the patio. Old timers, first timers, part timers: Let's get weird!
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