Swannanoa’s popular outdoor summer concert series is returning to Grovemont Square (adjacent to the Swannanoa Library) for its sixteenth year, with a full schedule of music and family fun on three Tuesday evenings, July 10, July 24 and August 7. Bring a blanket or lawn chair, and come enjoy these family-friendly evenings of great music! The concert series is free, but donations are always welcome and encouraged.
Concessions are themed to go with the musical genre for each night, and feature a wide variety of gourmet comfort foods (see details below). All donations and proceeds from concessions help support the Swannanoa Library and Grovemont park and playground. Groovin’ on Grovemont is brought to you by two local nonprofits, the Swannanoa Community Council and the Friends of the Swannanoa Library.
This year, the concert series will take advantage of the brand new Grovemont Park Performance Pavilion. Funding for this beautiful performance venue came from community donations, and grants from Buncombe County Parks & Recreation and The Black Mountain – Swannanoa Valley Endowment Fund.
Here’s the entertainment and food schedule:
July 10, 6:00pm: The Jordan Okrend Experience
This Asheville-based singer/songwriter released his first two albums, Unpredictable and Rising Up, between 2010 and 2012 while attending Berklee College of Music in Boston, and has been performing extensively throughout the East Coast ever since. His soulful sound is vintage pop with a jazzy edge, combined with socially conscious lyrics reminiscent of his musical heroes – Lennon, Hendrix and Marley. IndieMinded says Okrend’s latest album, Dance By The Riverside (2017), “delivers in a big way, with soulful vocals in the vein of Amos Lee and Allen Stone, expert instrumentation that includes everything from electric guitars to horns, and meaningful lyrics.”
Special event during the July 10 concert only — Fire Dancer Laura “Lulu” Edmonds will perform a fire dance with batons and hoops! Edmonds is part of the Unifire Theater Troupe, and is also a librarian in the Buncombe County Library System.
Concessions menu: “Taco Night” – Chicken or tempeh tacos, Spanish rice with black beans, lime chili-grilled corn on the cob, chips and salsa, mint fruit salad, hamburgers with sliced jalapenos and pepper-jack cheese, veggie burgers, pizza from The Social Pizzeria, and more!
July 24, 6:00 pm: The Wonderful Nobodies
This Nashville-based group of singers, songwriters, and multi-instrumentalists all hail from the Appalachian region of Virginia and North Carolina. Individually, they’ve played stages from the Grand Ole Opry to Carnegie Hall, toured the country, and performed on numerous recordings. Collectively, they deliver a unique blend of bluegrass, pop, soul, and country, with outstanding vocals and top-notch instrumentation.
Concessions menu: “Bluegrass Picnic” – Pulled BBQ pork sandwiches, baked beans, mac-daddy and cheese, fried zucchini, heirloom tomato salad, hamburgers with fried pickles & pimento cheese, veggie burgers, pizza from The Social Pizzeria, and more!
Come early (5:00 p.m.) for a special pre-Groovin’ library program: Witness a rocket flying high into the sky, as KidSenses brings chemistry and physics to life with their Rockin’ Rockets program. Ages 6 and above.
August 7, 6:00 pm: Rhoda Weaver and the Soul Mates
This local band out of WNC is comprised of three very talented, seasoned musicians, with a powerhouse lead singer who’s been entertaining audiences for over 30 years. They play everything from Motown to The Animals to Etta James to Fleetwood Mac. Their collective goal is to lift people up through music – and if you’ve ever been to one of their performances, you know that’s exactly what they do!
Concessions menu: “The Big Easy” – Chicken and sausage jambalaya, red beans and rice, cracklin’ cornbread, Cajun roasted corn salad, hamburgers with pimento cheese and sliced ham, veggie burgers, pizza from The Social Pizzeria, and more!
Bonus feature during every concert: GIANT HALF-PRICE BOOK SALE from 5:00 – 8:30 p.m. in the basement of the Swannanoa Library, adjacent to the park, at 101 West Charleston Avenue. Thousands of great books at unbelievably low prices!
Sponsorships, donations, and volunteers are still welcome and encouraged. For info on how to help, call 828-250-6486, or visit www.GrovemontPark.org.