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2018 Performers

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We’re really excited about this year’s festival, which will be held on Saturday May 19, 2018. We’ll block off Montford from Chestnut to Waneta, and all of Soco, too. Art and crafts booths and other non-food vendors will fill the space between Cullowhee and Chestnut, and food and beverage vendors will be in between Cullowhee and Waneta.

We’ve got a bunch of new committee members, and things are starting to come together nicely. We still could use more help planning and executing this huge event, so if you’re interested in being part of our tremendous team, please contact me at

This year’s music combines a bit of star power with wide diversity of styles we’ve all come to expect from this festival. As always, every act has direct ties to our neighborhood.

Here are a few of the performers we have booked:

David Holt and his Lightning Bolts - David Holt has spent his life learning and performing traditional American music. It has taken him from the most remote coves of southern Appalachia to the bright lights of TV studios and the Grand Old Opry stage. A four-time Grammy Award winner, David is a musician, storyteller, historian, photographer, television host and entertainer. He plays ten acoustic instruments and has released numerous award-winning recordings of traditional mountain music and southern folktales.

David is well known for his television and radio work. Currently he is hosting the PBS series David Holt’s State of Music, featuring some of the regions finest musicians including Rhiannon Giddens, Steep Canyon Rangers and Balsam Range. David can also be seen as a musician, strumming a mandolin and dancing around in the popular film, O Brother Where Art Thou.

See their website.

WestSound - The sensation of most of the past years’ festival, WestSound will once again rock the avenue with high-energy Motown, blues, R&B, and soul that had everybody humming, singing, and dancing. WestSound was formed many years ago by three brothers: Randy, Oscar and Cecil Weston. They have performed locally and abroad. WestSound has performed in the Indiana Black Expo, Goombay, Harambee, Bele Chere, Eden Fest, LEAF and more! Don’t miss them!

See their Facebook page.

Lyric - With an enlightened mixture of pop, soul, and FUNK; LYRIC awakens an undiscovered spirit within their audience. Described by many as the best band in Asheville, LYRIC delights crowds across the region.

See their Reverbnation page.

Buncombe Turnpike - Lead singer and bass player Tom Godleski began Buncombe Turnpike in the fall of 1997. Buncombe Turnpike plays a variety of heartfelt tunes ranging from traditional and contemporary bluegrass to gospel and hand-crafted Buncombe Turnpike originals. With their crowd-pleasing demeanor, seasoned musicianship, and powerful vocals, the band has made a name for themselves among traditional and contemporary listeners alike. It is no surprise that their 2004 sophomore release ‘Blackwater Bottom’ made waves on the air and on the stage proving yet again that one of the premier bluegrass bands from the musical hotbed of Asheville NC. Their fifth album, "Forever It Will Be" is the first all original album the band has produced.

See their website.

More acts are being added, and we hope the day will provide a little something for everybody for our 15th Annual celebration of all things Montford.

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