Individually, these veteran musicians have played music with (not in support of) Bob Weir, Rob Wasserman, Robbie Krieger (The Doors), Nels Cline, Tony Rice, moe., Oteil Burbridge, Steve Kimock, Keller Williams, Strangefolk, Gibb Droll, Big Leg Emma, Juggling Suns and more.

But since 2020, they’ve been joined together in the pursuit of groovy tunes and juicy jams in a high-powered organ trio format.

Seriously, get ready to get down with Organ Fairchild!

Where Electronic Funk pulses through the veins, entwined with a stampede of live Beats and Brass. This musical journey begins with a deep connection between electronics and live musicians, ignited by a passion for multi-cultural rhythms that echo across the festival scene

Their odyssey into the realms of Funk, Latin, Cuban, and Afrobeat reads like a musical adventure, spawned from encounters with diverse cultures while on the road and under the influence of vinyl treasures unearthed in record shops scattered across the nation. 

Strap in and let the music guide you through this electrifying tapestry of sound and sensation.

Born in the soul-basted countryside of Alabama, then brought to the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains to marinade and mature, Red Clay Revival delivers an experience that continues to reshape the parameters of roots music with skillful, heart-driven compositions. 

Bandleader and songsmith extraordinaire, Doug McElvy, lays a solid foundation at the epicenter of Red Clay’s musical magnitude. 

The band’s high energy shows are filled with slam-grass/bluegrass breaks, with a rock feel; it’s an entertaining performance sure to get the crowd moving regardless of musical taste.

Featuring soaring guitar and pedal steel over a heavy groove, Marvelous Funkshun is a venue and festival favorite. The band has graced the stage with artists such as George Porter Jr. of the Meters, Eric Gales, the late Kofi Burbridge of the Derek Trucks Band, Snoop Dogg and more. 

Recently, they have gained attention for a smoking tribute to Jimi Hendrix with funk and sacred steel influenced versions of classic hits and cuts.

A southern-rock jam band fronted by Thompson and co-founder Keshia Bailey, LadyCouch brings together a lineup of songwriters, horn players, harmony singers, and first-rate instrumentalists.

The result is a larger-than-life sound inspired by the revue bands of the 1970s, bringing a contemporary approach to the timeless influence of Delaney & Bonnie, Little Feat, and Joe Cocker's Mad Dogs & Englishmen. Funky and fiercely loyal, LadyCouch's members are a community unto themselves, writing optimistic songs about the struggles and triumphs that connect us all.

Songs From The Road Band is an Asheville, North Carolina based bluegrass supergroup featuring Mark Schimick (mandolin), Charles Humphrey III (bass), Sam Wharton (guitar), James Schlender (fiddle), and Gabe Epstein (banjo). The band takes flight with virtuosic  picking, singing, and grammy award winning songwriting.  Several of their most recent singles have gone to the top of the Bluegrass Today Grassicana chart. They have 6 studio albums available at all musical outlets.

Supatight has been touring the southeast for the past 8 years, developing a loyal fanbase along the way; always striving to make their concerts a high energy-interactive-dance party.  They deliver the funk while incorporating elements of indie, jazz, soul, reggae, and country.

Supatight blends intricately timed grooves with improvisational components resulting in an authentic, full sound, drawing diverse styles from every member of the band.

Alex Bazemore is guitarist and songwriter based in Asheville, North Carolina. Growing up amongst deadhead and bluegrass music scenes shaped his view on the healing and mystical powers that lie within the depth of song and the communication that follows when musicians interact and improvise together. 

Playing his original music with a band or solo, his background in Jazz studies combined with his love for psychedelic Americana makes for a whirlwind listening experience.

With three guitars and four vocalists, The Late Shifters weave guitar and vocal melody, soaring leads and danceable rhythms with their life experiences to reflect on the good, the hard and the lighthearted moments that are accumulated over the years.

Southern rock meets jam band meets Americana with The Late Shifters, a passion-driven, band of friends, playing back holler rock-n-roll from Asheville, North Carolina.

These guys can put a stylistic spin on a classic rock cover and also entertain with one of their many, crowd-pleasing originals.

Originally from Nashville, Amanda Neill moved to NYC in her late 20s, regularly taking the stage at staple venues such as Rockwood Music Hall, The Bell House, and Joe's Pub at The Public, most notably with Jamey Hamm and Ivy Beck & Neill. Amanda and her husband also owned and operated a small coffee shop in Brooklyn, which stood as a thriving hub for local musicians, artists, writers, and poets. Shortly after moving to Marshall, NC, in 2019, Amanda co-founded The Greybirds, quickly making a splash in and around the Asheville area. 

Amanda's new project draws on the influences of American folk and rock music, along with modern singer-songwriters and indie rock. The vibe originates from her unique vocal tone and intensity along with her Crumar keyboard, vocal harmonies, thoughtful drumming, bass, and an array of guitar tones and sounds. With lyrics that are both personal and relatable, one can always expect melodies that feel familiar, like a visit from an old friend. 

Magenta Sunshine is a horn-driven song and dance band that laces danceable rhythms, horn-driven soundscapes, and poetic lyricism into genre-defying arrangements.

Gritty, Timeless, and Down to Boogie!

A variety show with Americana roots and driving grooves, Jesse Velvet gives you a little of everything from rock, blues, honky-tonk, and funk.

This new Asheville-based musical collective of local veterans features blazing slide guitar, slick piano, vocal harmonies, and a pocket rhythm section accompanying original songwriting. See members of Freeway Jubilee, Scratchdog Stringband, and Pronounced Heroes come together to create a dynamic sound that feels familiar and sends you home with your toes still tapping.

Allan got his first guitar from the trash. Growing up in the hollow of Trout Valley WV, they were hard to come by. His uncle brought it to him, an old Harmony, one string, hole in the back. But, to him, it was a piece of magic. He would sit and fool around on it, picking out melodies.

He started working in the hayfields when he was 10, and saved up enough money to buy his own guitar. He sat and played it for hours and hours when he had the time, and wrote his first song when he was 15. He hasn't stopped yet.

Street Creature Puppet Collective is now celebrating it's 10th year. They are a volunteer group of puppeteers, artists, performers, and tinkerers based in WNC, "creating things they wish existed", including giant puppets and pageants for local parades and festivals.

Currently located at the Asheville Mall, tucked away on the south outside wall, near Belk.  The group regularly livens up the LEAF Global Arts festivals, the Asheville Holiday Parade, Asheville Mardi Gras and other events. All are welcome to attend their weekly Wednesday night work parties.

At Toe Down they will be holding a lantern making workshop on Saturday afternoon, followed by a lantern parade on Saturday night.  Bring your glow and join them in the procession.

Music has always been profoundly important to me, and not just in a “let’s dance” kind of way, but in its ability to connect our souls with a higher power.

I experienced my first sound healing with Billy Zanski at Skinny Beats Drum Shop in Asheville, and was mesmerized by the sounds, not to mention the shift in energy. Not long after, I bought a RAV Vast drum, which is a type of hand pan. Every time I play, it makes me feel so good! I wanted to share the experience with everyone. 

I participated in several more sessions with Billy, both in group and individual sessions, as well as with other local practitioners, and realized I needed to share this magic, this powerful medium, to elevate the collective vibrations of the world with love and positivity. 

I have a collection of singing bowls, gongs, chimes and other instruments that I use to create an environment that encourages relaxation and quiet our monkey-minds, to be able to connect with our best selves.

Earthshine Nature Programs is a small, volunteer-owned and operated, not-for-profit, environmental education and conservation organization with IRS 501c3 status.

They are based in Pisgah Forest, NC, and teach science-focused nature and wildlife conservation, renewable energy and electric vehicle awareness, and indigenous music appreciation through exciting hands-on outreach programming to people of all ages and all walks of life. 

A mobile art installation dedicated to Duane "Skydog" Allman