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.

Hustle Souls is an Asheville, NC based 4-piece who blend dust-covered-vinyl soul nostalgia with modern sensibility; recently named one of "Music Connections" Hot 100 Live Unsigned Artists & Bands. Driven by a lust for songwriting, the band’s fervid live performance is heightened by undeniable instrumental prowess and 3 part vocal harmony. With relentless touring, sold out shows and major festival appearances the band has earned a reputation as one of the East Coast’s most promising acts.

Sneezy's sound is the perfect culmination of all things good in music. It fuses the genres of pop, reggae, hip hop, and rock, and has a natural summery, sunshine feel to every track. Their neo-soul undertone provides a little something extra to their music and creates an infectious, addicting rhythm that you'll be glad to have stuck in your head.

The Freeway Jubilee is an explosive blend of gospel-tinged rock and hard-driving soulful grooves, met with a flare of psychedelic mountain music, translating into a genre-dissolving sound that feels strangely familiar yet remains entirely unique to itself.

Formerly dubbed 'The Freeway Revival', the group has been turning heads all over the east coast with their energetic sound, continually growing a dedicated grassroots fan base.

Making the piano cool again! The Screaming Js change the Party Paradigm with ADM (Acoustic Dance Music), Trance Country, and Experimental Folk. Boogie music for dancing A good time from start to finish.

The Greenliners are a progressive bluegrass group from Asheville, NC featuring Richard Barrett (guitar), Jay Franck (mandolin), Ben Saylor (banjo) and Christian Ferri (bass). Since forming in 2014, they’ve been performing a mix of traditional bluegrass, original songs, southern americana, folk & jam-grass to crowds across the WNC region.

Johnson's Crossroad is taking their love of old time mountain music, bluegrass, and the Texas singer/songwriters of the 1970s to create a sound that they have coined "Appalachian Soul". The band's original material is steeped in the traditional country themes of lost love, lost fortune, lost time, and overcoming hardships.

High Blue Heron mixes honky tonk, blues, folk, and rock & roll, while focusing on original songwriting

From New Orleans street corners to New York City clubs (with innumerable stops in between), Lucky James (a.k.a. J.P. Delanoye) has delighted audiences for over thirty years with a unique blend of traditional and modern acoustic music. He accompanies Piedmont and Delta blues, Appalachian flatpicking, swing and folk guitar styles with a driving harmonica and a voice of many dimensions. Original songs (featured on four independent albums) and a broad repertoire of American "roots" music combine for a high-energy, captivating performance.

Bring your positive vibes and dancing shoes; or better yet no shoes at all. Because Generous Electric will be stretching out your favorite tunes in a long strange trip of psychedelic infused jams.


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 based at Jubilee! Community downtown, 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 Friday, followed by a lantern parade on Saturday night. Bring your glow and join them in the procession.