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The Montford Music & Arts Festival is Here Again! May 18th.

May 17th, 2013 by abedofroses

An Eclectic Selection of Vendors at the Festival

An Eclectic Selection of Vendors at the Festival

For the 10th year in a row our Historic Montford District is hosting the best and largest one-day festival just a block from A Bed of Roses. Asheville is home to many great arts and music festivals but this is our favorite. The local art and crafts displayed by over 100 vendors is eclectic and of the highest quality. The music is fantastic and runs continuously on two stages, one on Montford Avenue and one on Soco Street from 10:15 in the morning to 6:15 in the evening. Several bands will be returning this year including WestSound which has been a great hit for the past four years, Ira Bernstein, a world-class percussive step dancer who is one of the founders of the festival and Free Flow Band playing “Old skool R&B and Funk”. There will be everything from “Global Americana” music from The Billy Sea to Paul’s Creek acoustic string band and the garage pop duo, The Mad Tea. The artwork displayed is always a wonderful mix of fine arts, jewelry, wearable art, sculpture, wood crafts, glass and pottery. There will even be body art this year.

Tribal beads of africa  from Gem on a Wire

Tribal beads of africa from Gem on a Wire

And of course there will be food. Nine Mile, a favorite neighborhood restaurant with Jamaican food is in the heart of the festival but there will also be a wide range of food trucks, from El Kimchi to Gypsy Queen Cuisine as well as MacDaddy’s Lemonade and lots of icecream and gelato. It’s looking to be a great day in the neighborhood!

A Bed of Roses is a proud sponsor of the Montford Music & Arts Festival again this year. See picutres of last years festival in our photo gallery!

LAAFF: The Lexington Avenue Arts and Fun Festival is Back This Weekend Sept 1st and 2nd!

August 30th, 2012 by abedofroses

Girl with face painted

Face Painting and Hoola Hoops

If any event personifies the Spirit of Asheville in all of its quirkiness it’s the LAAFFfestival. This weekend Lexington Avenue will be full of interactive art, costumed characters galore, great music and food, as well as vendors showing off their incredibly creative wares and services. There will be 8 soundstages each with its own unique vibe and events like the bike circus and the Hoola Hoop Jam. There’s even a Pre-LAAFF-A-Thon Pub Crawl on Saturday.

Costumed woman

The vendors are colorful.

Look for Faeries on stilts, puppetry and kids making Tutus. This event features all local talent and art and there are sure to be plenty of surprises.

Street performer

All sorts of creatives come out for LAAFF

This is the 11th year that Arts 2 People, a non-profit group, has been promoting local creative entrepreneurship through this annual end of summer festival. Their “manifesto” is to support and protect alternative culture and foster arts and culture as a “viable economic industry”. Asheville is known for it’s art scene and attracts a huge number of talented artists of all types so this festival showcases some highly creative people. Bill and I wouldn’t miss it. We had a great time last year as you can see from our pictures. You can see more photos of last year’s LAAFF in our photo gallery.

This year the Mountain Xpress is providing live LAAF coverage on your smartphone! Just go to Mountain Xpress’ AvlLive.com. You can Tweet your own updates using #avllive and #laaf. See the great music that will be onstage during the festival and when and where they’re playing.

Asheville Area Events – Free Concert Series Thursdays 6:00pm – 8:00pm in Prichard Park

May 26th, 2011 by abedofroses

Prichard Park Concert Series

Free Concerts at Prichard Park

Yet another reason to visit Asheville mid-week! Homegrown in Prichard Park is a new free concert series featuring local singer-song writers every Thursday night throughout the summer. Presented by 98.1 the River, the series starts this Thursday with Jenny Greer of Jen & The Juice. Prichard Park is right in the center of down town Asheville so it is easily accessible and a vibrant part of the eclectic Asheville scene.

Homegrown in Prichard is part of the Prichard Park Cultural Arts Programs put on by the Asheville Downtown Association. This year they are partnering with WNC magazine and 98.1 the River, a great independent radio station, to put on events all summer long.

Other events in the park are Hoop Jam Tuesdays from 5:30 – 7:30pm and the Saturday Umbrella Market from 10am to 2:00pm. Asheville Hoops with Melanie MacNeil entertain and instruct you to music by George Pond on Tuesdays. The umbrella market features homegrown arts, crafts, jewelry, photography, flowers, tomatoes, herbs, and more!

Friday Night Drum Circle

The Friday Night Drum Circle

Prichard Park is also home to the famous Friday night Drum Circle. For nine years people have gathered in the park to dance and make music together. It’s a wonderful tradition and a memorable one. Dozens of drums resonating in this mini-amphitheater created by rock faces and trees!  Bring a drum and join in!

 

 

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