Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Downtown After Five is Back Downtown

After Five returns to Lexington Avenue at the I-240 overpasson Friday, May 15 from 5-9pm. The event lineup includes CadillacJones, DJ Williams Projekt and featured local Asheville band, Wilsin.Always free, this year, DTA5 is stepping up with an "EntertainmentStimulus Package" and offering three great bands for one great price -FREE. Local band, Wilsin, is the opener hitting the stage at 5:15pm. Foundedby Asheville's renowned singer/songwriter Will Hartzog, Wilsin blendsa variety of musical backgrounds.

The band brings innovation andexperimentation to the stage and the result is a soulful sound. Hailing from Richmond, Virginia, the DJ Williams Projekt mixes soul,jazz, R&B and hip hop to produce an unforgettable live showexperience. The band’s members have shared the stage with DaveMatthews, John Legend and Karl Denson. The Projekt will start about6:20pm. Headliner Cadillac Jones, a funk-jazz band from Atlanta, Georgia,takes the stage at 7:45pm. Making music together since 2000, the bandtakes its influences from Herbie Hancock, James Brown and theBlackbyrds. Mixing driving rhythms, tight melodies and improvisationaljams, the group creates a sound sure to get crowds moving. May’s Downtown After Five marks the official CD release party forCadillac Jones’ fourth album titled Rhythm Method. DTA5 gives back to the community by partnering with local non-profits.

The charitable organization mans the wristband sales tents and splits the money with the Asheville Downtown Association whichproduces the event. May’s wristband recipient is the Asheville AreaArts Council. The mission of the council is to enrich the community byeducating all people in the Asheville area about the arts, advocatingintegration of the arts in all aspects of community life, andsupporting artists and arts organizations. Other 2009 beneficiaries include Arts2People, Asheville GreenWorks,Downtown Asheville Residential Neighbors (DARN) and Asheville SisterCities International.

Downtown After Five is committed to continuing reducing its carbonfootprint. The concert series features biodegradable food and beveragecontainers, staffed compost and recycling stations, a solar-poweredmain stage and a complimentary bike corral. DTA5 has decreased itscontribution to the landfill from more than 600 bags of trash in yearspast to just 13 bags in 2008.

Food vendors for the 2009 Downtown After Five Series are The LobsterTrap, Nick’s, Anderson Davis Hot Dogs, Ultimate Ice Cream, One World,Rolling Stone Pizza and Sugar Momma's Cookies. DTA5 features a wide selection of beers including local favorites:French Broad Brewery, Highland Brewing Company, Green Man Ales, PisgahBrewing Company and Asheville Pizza & Brewing. Regional breweries forthis year’s events are Magic Hat Brewing Company, SweetWater Brewery,Big Block and Starr Hill Brewery.

Attendees will also find nationalbrands Budweiser, Bud Light, Shock Top, Kona, Bass and Guinness.

Downtown After Five is a production of the Asheville DowntownAssociation, a membership organization committed to being the voice ofdowntown. For more information, visit

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