Downtown After 5 is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. Presented by Prestige Subaru, the event started in 1988 as a small event to bring people to Downtown Asheville and has since grown significantly bringing an average of 5,000 per event to Downtown Asheville.
It is a production of the Asheville Downtown Association, a nonprofit organization committed to the preservation and improvement of the central business district. The next upcoming show will take place on Friday, Aug. 17 with an opening performance by The Fritz, followed by the band Southern Avenue.
Hailing from Memphis, Southern Avenue is also the name of a fiery young Memphis quintet that embodies soul, blues and gospel traditions, while adding a youthful spirit and dynamic energy all their own. Southern Avenue features five young but seasoned musicians who came from diverse musical and personal backgrounds to create music that spans their wide-ranging musical interests, while showcasing the powerful chemistry that the group has honed through stage and studio experience.
The Fritz is a soul-driven dance/rock band with an 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.
The concerts are free and take place on North Lexington Ave. in downtown Asheville.