2019 Performers

On The Main Stage

10:45a Whitewater Bluegrass Company For over 35 years The Whitewater Bluegrass Co. has captivated audiences throughout the Southeast with their blend of Bluegrass music, country ballads, mountain swing and down-home humor. With Whitewater, mountain culture is a celebration of music, song and dance. http://www.whitewaterbluegrassco.com/

11:30a 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 orginal album the band has produced. - http://www.buncombeturnpike.com

12:15p Powder Keg Asheville bluegrass supergroup comprised of Aaron "Woody" Wood on guitar, Don Lewis on fiddle, Mark Schimick on mandolin, Derek Vaden on banjo and the one and only Rob Parks on bass.

1:15p Billy Jonas Billy Jonas is one of those rare performers who can engage and delight both young and adult audiences. Billy's clear tenor voice is well-suited to a plethora of venues, from intimate settings and workshop sessions to large halls and outdoor festivals. For more than two decades, his creative and interactive performances have enchanted and inspired folks from all walks of life - touching hearts, souls, and minds world-wide . As a founding member of the acclaimed duo "The Billys," Billy Jonas has made innovative use of "found objects." He helps audiences discover the music within common items … and within themselves. Billy Jonas' recordings and live concerts across the US and Canada have generated an enthusiastic following. His CD "What Kind of Cat are You?!" recorded right here in Montford, received multiple awards including a First Place/Gold from AFIM (American Federation of Independent Musicians), and a Parent's Choice Gold. Jonas' videos have garnered critical acclaim, including Parents Choice Awards and a New York Times "Best" listing. http://www.billyjonas.com

2:30p Mystik Montford Krewe Mystik Montford Krewe is a "New Orleans Party Band' that was founded in Asheville, NC by Elzy Lindsey (drums). Elzy is a 7th generation New Orleanian who relocated to Asheville after Hurricane Katrina. His love of the native sounds found on the corner bar jukeboxes of his youth was the genesis of the Mystik Montford Krewe. Elzy has rounded up some of the Asheville-area's best musicians to complete the band. Now an 8-piece groove machine, Mystik Montford Krewe is ready to light up dance floors and festival stages, bringing The Meters, Lee Dorsey, Allen Toussaint, Irma Thomas, Clarence Henry, Lloyd Price, Fats Domino, Eddie Bo, and many more to the people!

3:45p Free Flow Band

According to the Mountain Xpress, the Free Flow Band members are the “The Guardians of Funk, and an Irresistible Dance Party that draws fans from across generations and social groups and if you ask their fans, they will tell you Free Flow is a dance band that doesn’t try to sound like anyone but Free Flow.” Free Flow’s line up of musicians reads like a who’s who of the best Funk Bands ever to grace North Carolina: Kazual Collins, Lil’ Rog, Black Note, and LT. “Our mission is to get people on the dance floor, the members of the Free Flow Band proclaimed during a recent interview, almost in unison. And if you’ve seen them perform, you know that they meet that mission, night after night” - Ami Worthen, Mountain Xpress.http://www.freeflowband.info/

5:00p Snake Oil Medicine Show The Snake Oil Medicine Show is an eclectic and fun mix of bluegrass, jazz, reggae, and dance grooves from all over the world. They sing songs of awareness presented in beautiful harmony. Being based in the NC Mountains gives their music a hillbilly undertone, but travels to Europe and Jamaica have greatly influenced their music. National touring has shaped this band into a musical force. Not only does this band have virtuoso power, but they have a full Art Gallery on stage with Painter Phil Cheney creating colorful characters on canvas while the band runs the musical gamut with ease. Cultivating a dynamic Art Party wherever they go, the variously textured music of Snake Oil Medicine Show finds Appalachian bluegrass and old-time coexisting in delicious harmony with early jazz styles, reggae, post-newgrass instrumental expression, and warped psychedelia. https://www.facebook.com/snakeoilmedicineshow/

6:15p WestSound 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! WestSound is quickly becoming one of WNC's hottest bands, known for their fantastic music and great energy! - https://www.westsoundproductions.com/

Near South Entrance on Montford Ave

The Asheville Buskers Collective

10a-12p Asheville City Horns
12p-2p Vaden Landers
2p-4p Kessler Watson
4p-6p Lyle Rickards