Festival Week Summary

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Festival Lineup

Main Stage Lineup

Something for everyone … And two stages to go!

11:00 AM – 11:10 AM            National Anthem

11:15 AM – 11:45 AM            Asheville Gay Men’s Chorus

11:45 AM – 12:15 PM            Wild Bodema

12:25 PM – 1:10 PM              Rhoda Weaver and the Soul Mates

1:20 PM – 2:05 PM               The Gypsy Swingers

2:15 PM – 3:00 PM               Jangling Sparrows

3:15 PM – 4:00 PM               Modern Strangers

4:10 PM – 4:40 PM               Wanda Lopez

4:45 PM – 5:45 PM               Drag Show

6:00 PM – 7:00 PM              The Dirty Badgers

Cafe Stage Lineup

Featuring some of our best home-grown acoustic talent

12:00 PM – 12:45 PM             The Buskits

1:00 PM – 1:45 PM                  Laura Blackley

2:00 PM – 2:45 PM                  Lo Wolf

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM                  Public Forum

4:00 PM – 4:45 PM                  Valorie Miller

5:00 PM – 5:45 PM                  Aaron “Woody” Wood


11:00 AM The National Anthem

Our very own Sister Margarita del Encanto leads us in the National Anthem.

Credit: David Avigdor

11:15 AM The Asheville Gay Men’s Chorus

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Asheville Gay Men’s Chorus is a voluntary, not-for-profit community chorus, organized to provide the opportunity for gay and gay-supportive men to sing together.  It has been featured in the Blue Ridge Pride Festival in Piccolo Spoletto in Charleston, SC., and in GALA’s International Choral Festival in Denver, Colorado.

11:45 AM Wild Bodema

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A community of women who come together to form a dynamic and empowering circle through the rhythms of African drumming. Wild Bodema is open to all women regardless of experience and celebrates the ancient wisdom of feminine circles, creating a positive environment of acceptance and friendship.

12:25 PM Rhoda Weaver and the Soul Mates

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Weaver’s repertoire encompasses blues and jazz standards, classic songs from Motown and R&B hits from the ’60s through the ’90s. Her versatile voice has earned favorable comparisons to great female singers of the past, but she puts her personal stamp on every song and makes it her own. – Citizen Times

1:20 PM The Gypsy Swingers

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Founded by Mario Piccolo in Chattanooga, TN, the Gypsy Swingers is an up tempo acoustic jazz band playing in a style reminiscent of European Swing Jazz , American Early Jazz with a little South American/Latin flavor. Its music to groove on or dance to.

2:15 PM Jangling Sparrows

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“Edelman makes short work of simple but effective lyrics, driving percussion, searing guitars and hooky melodies….Hints of Springsteen and Mellencamp are balanced with Edelman’s original sound; an imperfect but comfortable voice and addictive narrative songs” – Alli Marshal-Mountain Xpress

3:15 PM Modern Strangers

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Modern Strangers is an Asheville-based rock band playing fun, high-energy, dance-friendly Melodic Rock/Jangle Pop music!  They often draw comparisons to The Beatles, REM, Elvis Costello, Violent Femmes and The Kinks.  … Don’t forget your dancing shoes! – Mountain Xpress

4:10 PM Wanda Lopez

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Wanda López La voz de Oro, Cantautora e intérprete latina, que domina a la perfección más de 30 géneros musicales de dicímiles paises. Canta en 4 idiomas. y siempre ha apoyado y seguirá apoyando diferentes causas benéficas .La música es su Pasi

4:45 PM DJ Rexx Step and DRAG Performers

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Featuring Natasha Nightly, winner of the 2018 Mx Blue Ridge Pride Pageant – our first pageant open to all forms of gender expression.

6:00 PM The Dirty Badgers

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What happens when hard mountain blues meets old school CBGBs punk.


12:00 PM The Buskits

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Young brother guitar duo from Western North Carolina.  The Beatles, Kinks, The Doors, Santana, Ray Charles… and the list goes on!  This young and talented brother duo is bringing them along their musical journey, performing on classical guitars, hits from the past into the future!

1:00 PM Laura Blackley

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An Americana group from Asheville, NC. Laura Blackley is a singer, songwriter and purveyor of high lonesome Appalachian blues and soul. She was an on-air host and producer for seven years at WNCW 88.7 FM

2:00 PM Lo Wolf

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As Lo Wolf puts it, “Smoke wee, get women, drink wine … listen to lo wolf.”

3:00 PM Public Forum

4:00 PM Valorie Miller

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Pure Carolina, from whisper to wail.  “Stark, wonderfully crafted stories of longing, escaping love’s clutches, love of her homeland in the North Carolina mountains… a beautiful girl with great stories to tell” [Larry Cordle]

5:00 PM Aaron “Woody” Wood

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Funky Mountain Soul wrapped in a skinny battered body. Woody is straight up Appalachian Soul music. Carved from a piece of the NC foothills Rock and then Rolled through the Mississippi Delta mud, he’s a cosmic cowboy who represents the powerful soul and energy of American music.