Looking for things to do in Hendersonville, NC? Whether you’re a local or just passing through we’ve got loads of great tips and events to help you find your perfect adventure.

Saturday, May 28, 2022
Story Time Returns to the Library: Preschool Story Time
May 28 @ 10:30 am – 11:15 am
East Asheville Library

Buncombe County Public Libraries will start offering in-person story times the week of May 24. There will be story times for all ages spread out across the library system so you can find one that works for your schedule. There will be two bilingual Spanish-English story times for any interested families.

Join us for a story time designed for children ages 3 to 5 years as we share books, songs, rhymes, and activities.

Enjoy a Complimentary Dessert in May
May 28 @ 11:00 am – 11:00 pm
Brixx Wood Fired Pizza

During the month of May, buy one entrée and get a free dessert at Brixx Wood Fired Pizza in Biltmore Park. Mention that you saw this offer in the Town Square Reminder email newsletter and enjoy warm, friendly service over scratch made wood fired fare either in the dining room or on the spacious patio.

Brixx Biltmore Park

Splash Launch Party
May 28 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Aloft Asheville Downtown

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Are you ready to make a SPLASH with us?

Join us on Saturday, May 28th from 1PM-5PM to kickoff your summer at Splash! Featuring live music from DJ Jaze Uries, a fashion show and pop-up shop with Nest Boutique + DIY Studio, delicious ice cream from Gospel Ice Cream, beer tastings from New Belgium Brewing, and many more surprises! 🌊

Daily Pool Passes are $15/person and Seasonal Pool Passes are $250/person. Both can be purchased at the front desk.

Let’s have some fun in the sun☀️

American Craft Sake Festival
May 28 @ 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Ben's Tune Up

Japan’s top-ranking representative in the Southeast, Atlanta-based Consul General Kazuyuki Takeuchi, will attend the American Craft Sake Festival hosted by Ben’s American Sake in Asheville, NC. The Festival is the largest gathering of North American sake brewers in the country and will include tastings and lectures on sake and sake brewing from over a dozen producers from across the continent. Craft sake is a growing industry, with almost two-dozen breweries cropping up across Canada, the United States and Mexico. North American sake draws from the Japanese tradition of brewing rice, water, yeast and koji mold to create an alcoholic beverage with roughly the same ABV as wine (typically 16%)

In addition to the sake tastings, the organizers plan to hold educational seminars for sake newcomers as well as experts on sake and sake making. Consul General Takeuchi’s participation in the event demonstrates the importance of the growing American craft sake industry in deepening the cultural and commercial ties between Japan and the United States.

The American Craft Sake Fest Educational Seminars will cover the following topics:

  • “What is sake and how to drink it” with Michael John Simkin (Uka Sake)
  • “Growing sake grade rice and brewing techniques” with Whitney and Jeremy Jones (Isbell Farms, AR) and Brandon Doughan (Brooklyn Kura)
  • 3) “Koji making for American craft sake” with Andrew Centofante (NASB)
  • 4) “Sake and food: A match made in heaven” with Michael John Simkin (Uka Sake) and Byron Stithem (Proper Sake, TN)

The participating breweries are:

  • Islander Sake Brewery – Honolulu, HI
  • Proper Sake Co. – Nashville, TN
  • Tsuki Sake – Salt Lake City, UT
  • The Void – Lexington, KY
  • Sawtelle Sake – Los Angeles, CA
  • Brooklyn Kura – Brooklyn, NY
  • Den Sake – Oakland, CA
  • North American Sake – Charlottesville, VA
  • moto-i – Minneapolis, MN
  • River City Sake – Louisville, KY
  • Ben’s American Sake – Asheville, NC
PATIO SHOW: BadRabbit
May 28 @ 6:00 pm
The Grey Eagle

PATIO SHOW:  BadRabbit

The pre-pandemic brain child of JP “Jangles” Pennington and Sean “Bubs” Richardson, BadRabbit has grown by leaps and bounds in 2021. After recruiting rhythm-section veterans Jes “Clutch” Bradley, Brent ‘Dr. Detroit’ Fleury, and finally Cate “Don’t Call Me ‘Kate’ ” Bradley on the keys, JP and Sean quickly dropped all their pandemic songs on the others, and faster than a jackrabbit on a date, they got to work. The result so-far has been some of the most wide-ranging, satisfying and just plain fun songs they’ve ever collaborated on.

 

Songwriter and Arkansas son JP is all about three things – family, music and “doing redneck shit”. Oh, and whiskey. And he’s good at all four of ‘em! Inspired by the Beatles at a young age, his knack for innovative and authentic lyrics is remarkable, by any standard.

 

Put on the musical path by his own percussionist father (Edward Bradley), drummer and Tallahassee boy Jes keeps the rest of these guys in line and on time. Onstage and off, he’s the kind of guy who’s always got your back. A huge Stevie Wonder fan, he’s never at a loss for coming up with a killer beat.

 

Avowed Deadhead and songwriter, Sean learned to smoke some mean-ass ribs in his hometown of Memphis, which is also where he learned to shred that guitar! His taste in and knowledge of reggae is impeccable, and for the record… he’s pretty damn good at whiskey too.

 

Hailing from the one and only Motown, Brent first picked up a bass at age 13 and quickly and unexpectedly turned into a Metalhead. Exposed daily, growing up to jazz, classical, big band, folk and even opera by his father, he has developed a style the band likes to call… “interesting”.

 

Armed with an incredible voice and a really cool-ass keyboard, nobody works harder than Cate. Blessed with a natural talent for vocal harmonies and an abiding love for Patsy Cline, she is the linchpin of BadRabbit. Not to mention she makes the best damn cheese dip you ever tasted!

 

The Stolen Faces
May 28 @ 6:00 pm
One World Brewing West
Free concert at Firehouse Subs: Cruise + Groove
May 28 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Firehouse Subs

Super 60s performs a free concert at Firehouse Subs in Hendersonville. Classic cars will be on display from the Carolina Mountain Car Club. Free line-dance classes from Betty Busch from 5:30-6:30pm. Concert to follow from 6:30-8:30pm. Please note: no smoking, coolers or pets.

Summer 2022 Concert Schedule:
May 14 | Super 60s
May 28 | 3 Cool Cats
June 11 | Super 60s
June 25 | Fine Line
July 9 | Deano & The Dreamers
July 23 | Fine Line
August 6 | Sound Investment
August 20 | Fine Line
August 27 | 3 Cool Cats
September 10 | Deano & The Dreamers
September 24 | 3 Cool Cats
October 8 | Sound Investment
October 15 | Super 60s (Halloween event)

An Evening with Nikki Talley + Jason Sharp
May 28 @ 7:00 pm
Isis Music Hall--Lounge

Nikki Talley

https://www.nikkitalley.com

Hardworking, energetic, mountain girl with a big voice…these could all describe Nikki Talley. Raised in Ruffin, North Carolina and hailing from Asheville, it’s only fitting that her music is as eclectic as the state that boasts the mountains and the sea. Trying to pin down Nikki’s style, critics and reviewers alike have compared her to Patty Loveless and Gillian Welch, but to leave the comparisons there would be doing a disservice to her fiery stage performance, hauntingly seductive and raw gritty lyrics, lifted by a voice that harkens back to the Appalachian roots from which she was born, and shores up on the edges of contemporary country, folk, and old time that has her audiences stomping and clapping for more.

Along with her guitar & clawhammer style banjo, Nikki Talley‘s musical partner & husband Jason Sharp adds resonant lush guitar tones as well as harmonies to round out this duo’s sound

JPEGMAFIA
May 28 @ 8:00 pm
The Orange Peel

JPEGMAFIA is often praised for his ability to create music that seamlessly joins an array of emotions, sounds, and subject matter in a way that many haven’t heard up to this point. Though his approach might be new to some listeners, the LA-based rapper and producer’s journey through life, in many ways, predestined him for this kind of musical versatility. In his early years, Peggy was raised in Brooklyn, New York by Jamaican parents. Then, as a preteen, he moved to rural Alabama, a place where he’d have to face a type of racism that was unrelenting in comparison to his experiences on the East Coast. Those early, contentious encounters led a young JPEG to gravitate towards early Ice Cube records, which spoke directly to what he was dealing with at the time. Cube’s clever, intellectual, and militant approach led Peggy to making his own music in his early high school years, joining the LA rapper’s style with the flamboyance of artists like Cam’Ron back home in NYC.

After graduating high school, JPEG enlisted in the military, deploying to various corners of the world where he’d pick up a little bit of influence from each locale. None would prove to be more crucial than his move to Baltimore in 2014. A few months after he arrived, the city erupted in a fiery uprising in response to the death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray at the hands of Baltimore City Police. The city’s passion and absence of fear when standing up to local law enforcement had a profound effect on Peggy, who’d only witnessed scenes like those while on active duty outside of The States. It led him to crafting two projects that helped him catch the eyes of people across the country and the internet. 2015’s Darkskin Manson, eerie in sound and content, was his first project as JPEGMAFIA and a direct response to what he saw happening on Baltimore streets between citizens and police. Songs like “Mask on the Masters” and “Cops are the Target” featured haunting vocals that channeled his anger and mind-twisting production that only bolstered those sentiments. That project’s follow up, 2016’s Black Ben Carson, featured even wackier production and satire, poking fun at people like Ben Carson and Stacey Dash, who, at the time, were making questionable political statements that felt detrimental to black progress.

Though he relocated to Los Angeles in late 2017 to further his music pursuits, Baltimore City is still the foundation and main source of inspiration for Peggy’s artistry. In a 2018 documentary by The FADER based around his relationship to the city, he said, “The music out of this scene, I felt it the most out of anything. It’s something deeper — it’s harsher, it’s more painful, it’s more soulful. It’s still something different about it to me.”

It was in Los Angeles that JPEG released his breakthrough album, Veteran, at the top of 2018. In comparison to his first two projects, which were conceptual pieces, Veteran essentially served as Peggy’s autobiographical introduction to the world and his most versatile display of his skillset up to that point. The album established JPEGMAFIA as one of the more exciting artists that rap has to offer, due to his ability to make political commentary and the concerns of American millennials engaging, humorous, and informative all at once. The album changed his life. In the year following Veteran, he became a mainstay in American media, the festival circuit, and soon would begin receiving praise and admiration from musical titans such as Rick Rubin and James Blake, among others.

Now, after one of the more impressive introductory runs for a new artist in recent memory, JPEG is mastering his ability to strip the music down to a point of being more transparent, all while maintaining what made people fall in love with him in the first place. That’s where his new album, All My Heroes Are Cornballs, comes in. The 18-track project follows in the footsteps of his earlier work, in that, as a listener, you step into uncharted territory whenever you press play on any of Peggy’s songs. The beautiful remnants of jazz piano in the first half of album cut “Keenan vs. Kel” serenade you to a relaxed state before pounding drums and bass come into play. He appropriately ends that song with an ominous declaration — “You think you know me” — which is a fitting way to frame the rest of the album.

“When I went into this I had a completely blank head. I didn’t want to think about anything,” JPEG says of All My Heroes Are Cornballs. “I didn’t wanna go into it with no preconceived anything. I just knew I wanted to make something in a space and time. When you just leaving it all out there, it kinda happens that way.” That creative approach may explain why the album has more naturally personal moments than last year’s Veteran, but even with that addition, in true Peggy fashion, it mostly shows up in spurts. “Prone!” spends the majority of its duration being a platform for JPEG to let off steam and frustration, but by its end, he slyly fits in interpolations of Jamaican singer Wayne Wonder’s hit “No Letting Go.” Directly after, 61-second cut “Life’s Hard, Here’s a Song About Sorrel” is a short love letter to a drink popular in Caribbean households. Both instances are a subtle nod to his heritage. Moments like these are sprinkled all throughout All My Heroes Are Cornballs and they suggests that, while JPEGMAFIA will remain the cerebral off-kilter jack of all trades (take the title track that goes from referencing Drake melodies to name dropping both Anne Hathaway and Ann Coulter), he’s entering a space where it feels necessary to bare more of himself to those who’ve gotten him to this point.

That way of thinking, he says, comes after finally breaking into an industry he’s been targeting for the better half of his life, only to realize that so many of the people he idolized are disappointingly disingenuous. All My Heroes Are Cornballs is, in some part, him grappling with that lightbulb moment, but more importantly, him making sure he doesn’t replicate their deficiencies. “When you put the scope of today — when we know more about people’s intentions — and you put it back on some of these people, you realize that they’re not really who you thought they were in any way, shape, or form,” he says. “This album is my real-life realization.”

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Alien Music Club Presents “Leonard Cohen: The Deep Cuts”
May 28 @ 8:30 pm
Isis Music Hall--The Main Stage

What you will hear: Thought provoking, meaningful songs of love, hate & redemption. Original interpretations/arrangements of songs by this late, great Canadian singer/songwriter, many you’ve not heard before but will not soon forget. A songwriter & poet often compared to the likes of Bob Dylan, Tom Waits, Roger Waters & Paul Simon.

Hypnotic performances comprised of rich textures and virtuosity by a stellar lineup including Jonathan Pearlman (Musical Director/guitars/vocals), Ryan Kijanka (basses), Micah Thomas (drums/percussion/vocals), Scott Sharpe (pedal steel/guitar), Franklin Keel (electric cello/vocals). Don’t be afraid of the dark!

Come enjoy an evening of live music, food and drinks at Isis Music Hall. Advanced Reservations are highly recommended.

BOMBINO
May 28 @ 9:00 pm
The Grey Eagle

BOMBINO

Born in 1980 in the nomadic Tuareg encampment Tidene, just outside Agadez, Niger, Bombino (born Goumour Almoctar, also known as Oumara Moctar) came of age during much political upheaval, fleeing with his family to Algeria by 1990, teaching himself guitar by watching videos of his heroes Jimi Hendrix, Dire Straits, Ali Farka Toure and Tinariwen, and returning to northern Niger’s largest city, Agadez, seven years later, when he took on music professionally. After years of honing his skills back home and spending time as a shepherd in Libya, he first left Africa and traveled to California in 2006 as lead soloist on tour with Tidawt. There he recorded a desert blues take on the Rolling Stones classic “Hey Negrita” alongside Keith Richards and Charlie Watts. The following year, filmmaker Hisham Mayet captured Bombino and his electric band for the recording Music from Niger: Guitars from Agadez, Vol. 2, released in 2009 on Sublime Frequencies, Bombino’s first official album release.

 

As the political landscape heated up in Niger again in 2007 and two of his friends and bandmates were accused of being ‘Tuareg rebels’ and presumed killed by the government, Bombino fled to Burkina Faso, where in 2009 he was tracked down by another filmmaker, Ron Wyman. Ron wanted to help the artist make a proper record. Released in 2011, that record, Agadez, showcased Bombino’s captivating vocals, his hypnotic, awe-inspiring guitar playing and evocative rhythms, cited as one of NPR’s best discoveries of the year. For his second album, 2013’s Nomad, Bombino traveled to Nashville to record with the Black Keys’s Dan Auerbach. The result was a marvelous set, full of grit and funky elegance that firmly established Bombino as a star on the world stage and one of the world’s best guitarists. Bombino went to upstate New York to record his third album, Azel, with his band and producer David Longstreth of Dirty Projectors. It was on Azel that Bombino introduced a new genre he dubs ‘Tuareggae’ – a blend of Tuareg guitar with reggae rhythm – to the world.

 

His next studio album, Deran, was recorded in Casablanca, Morocco in fall 2017 with just his band and his long-time manager, Eric Herman (who produced the album). The album received rave reviews from across the globe including a full page feature in the New York Times which dubbed Bombino ‘The Sultan of Shred.’ On December 7, 2018, Deran was nominated for a Grammy award (Best World Music Album), the first-ever Grammy nomination for an artist from Niger. Thousands of proud Nigeriens attended a parade to welcome Bombino home from the Grammy Awards upon his return to Niamey.

 

His latest album, ‘Live In Amsterdam’ was recorded at a performance in November 2019 and released in November 2020 (Partisan Records). Bombino dedicated the album to his dear friend and bandmate Illias Mohamed who tragically passed away just a few weeks before the release of the album. The concert in Amsterdam from which the album was made was one of Illias’ final performances. Regardless of the challenges life throws at him, Bombino marches ever forward on his mission to use music to spread love, understanding, and the beauty of Tuareg culture throughout the world.

 

Sunday, May 29, 2022
Enjoy a Complimentary Dessert in May
May 29 @ 11:00 am – 11:00 pm
Brixx Wood Fired Pizza

During the month of May, buy one entrée and get a free dessert at Brixx Wood Fired Pizza in Biltmore Park. Mention that you saw this offer in the Town Square Reminder email newsletter and enjoy warm, friendly service over scratch made wood fired fare either in the dining room or on the spacious patio.

Brixx Biltmore Park

Jazz Sunday Jam
May 29 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
One World Brewing West

Jazz Sunday at One World Brewing West is a modern jazz jam held every Sunday afternoon from 1-4pm. Previously known as Jazz Monday, the jam has been running non stop since July, 2018 at the West Asheville brewery and is hosted weekly by The Fully Vaccinated Jazz Trio, consisting of Ray Ring on guitar, Jason DeCristofaro on drums, piano and vibraphone, and Connor Law on bass. Jazz Sunday typically features a guest artist for a short set and then welcomes jazz musicians of all levels to sit in for the remainder of the afternoon on One World’s spacious outdoor stage.

Off Topic: Paths to Equitable Inclusion of BIWOC in Beer
May 29 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Burial Beer Co.

Join us for an Off-Topic conversation with the Lifting Lucy Foundation, supporting Black, Indigenous, and all Women of Color (BIWOC) in beer industry events and educational opportunities. Panelists include Lifting Lucy Co-Founders Tranice Watts and Ashlie Randolph, Maui Brewing’s Sarah Perez, Salud Cerveceria’s Dairelyn Glunt, Resident Culture’s Amanda McLamb, and Burial Beer’s Jess Reiser.

$10 tickets include access to the conversation, a glass of your choice, and a guided beer tasting. Tickets are not needed to listen in. 100% of the tickets sales will be donated to the Lifting Lucy Foundation.

Red Clay Strays
May 29 @ 8:00 pm
The Grey Eagle

Red Clay Strays

Can’t make it to the show!? The Grey Eagle and our streaming partners Mandolin have you covered! Plus, your live streaming ticket gets you unlimited on-demand replay for 72 hours after the broadcast ends! ** CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE LIVE STREAM VIA MANDOLIN **

RED CLAY STRAYS

5 years on the road, Red Clay Strays are the hardest working band in the industry. True hell-bent road warriors with old souls, these men of music have it in their bones to give the world the best music and experience it has ever had. Based out of Mobile, AL, the band tours the country non-stop. The band released their debut single, “Good Godly Woman”, in 2019 and followed it with “No Way To Know” in 2020. After 5 years in the making their debut album, “Moment of Truth” is set to be release in April of 2022. Saddle up folks! You are in for a hell of a ride with Red Clay Strays.

JUSTIN CLYDE WILLIAMS

Armed with a flat top or backed by a full band, Justin Clyde Williams takes listeners on an emotional journey with his songs and stories you can relate to no matter where you call home.

 

Capturing the full spectrum of life, the good times and the bad, most of his songs you’ll hear serve as a soundtrack to his own experiences with love, death, heartache and that one time he “ate just a little bit too much of that gummy bear”

 

Raised on the sounds of traditional country and bluegrass music with a variety of influences, when he’s not performing himself, its not uncommon to see Clyde playing side man for one of his buddies or appearing with Tyler Hatley in the Dick and Tammy show.

 

Justin Clyde Williams always leaves people wanting more with an unwavering experience that is blunt, therapeutic, candid and above all – unforgettable.

Monday, May 30, 2022
Enjoy a Complimentary Dessert in May
May 30 @ 11:00 am – 11:00 pm
Brixx Wood Fired Pizza

During the month of May, buy one entrée and get a free dessert at Brixx Wood Fired Pizza in Biltmore Park. Mention that you saw this offer in the Town Square Reminder email newsletter and enjoy warm, friendly service over scratch made wood fired fare either in the dining room or on the spacious patio.

Brixx Biltmore Park

The Grey Eagle and Sierra Nevada’s 4th Annual Crawfish Boil
May 30 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Asheville Outdoor Center

Crawfish Boil, live music, proceeds go to Mountain True

Music Bingo Mondays
May 30 @ 7:00 pm – 8:15 pm
Down Dog Yoga Studio and Dog Bar

Music Bingo Mondays

Join us every Monday night for Singo (Musical Bingo)!

Singo will run from 7-8:15 pm.

No reservations needed, just get ready for a good time and a chance to win some Down Dog prizes!

Tuesday, May 31, 2022
Enjoy a Complimentary Dessert in May
May 31 @ 11:00 am – 11:00 pm
Brixx Wood Fired Pizza

During the month of May, buy one entrée and get a free dessert at Brixx Wood Fired Pizza in Biltmore Park. Mention that you saw this offer in the Town Square Reminder email newsletter and enjoy warm, friendly service over scratch made wood fired fare either in the dining room or on the spacious patio.

Brixx Biltmore Park

PATIO SHOW: Liam Purcell + Cane Mill Road
May 31 @ 5:00 pm
The Grey Eagle

PATIO SHOW: Liam Purcell & Cane Mill Road

Rapidly rising on the bluegrass scene, Billboard-charting artists Liam Purcell & Cane Mill Road perform internationally and stateside winning both industry awards and the hearts of fans who turn out to see them at some of the industry’s most iconic venues.

 

Named Momentum Band of the Year by IBMA in 2019, Liam Purcell & Cane Mill Road have been recognized as one of the fastest growing bands in the industry. Their latest release “Roots” debuted at #6 on the Billboard Bluegrass Album Charts, joining their three previous albums for a total of 12 weeks in the Top 10.

 

Growing up just down the road from Doc Watson, Liam Purcell leads Cane Mill Road as they rock the traditional bluegrass standards they were raised on, yet boldly write original music with roots in the fertile grounds of bluegrass, old-time, and Americana. Their powerful arrangements and dynamic stage presence have landed them main stage slots at legendary festivals across the country.