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Feast to the Beat National Road Trip Rolls into Asheville

Feast to the Beat, a national road trip tour celebrating the country’s National Parks and National Heritage Areas, will arrive in Asheville for a two-day event-filled stop, August 4-5, 2016.

August 4 – Ticketed Event at Highland Brewery Event Center

The first event on Thursday, August 4 will be a concert at 7 pm at Highland Brewing Company’s Event Center, featuring the award-winning band, Balsam Range, with an opening performance by Tellico. The concert is in support of the work of the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area Partnership and the Blue Ridge Music Trails of NC.

Tickets and more information are available on the Highland Brewing website: http://www.etix.com/ticket/p/8914135/feast-to-the-beatconcert-asheville-highland-brewing-company

August 5 – Free Event at the Blue Ridge Parkway Visitor Center

On Friday, August 5, from 10 am to 4 pm, Feast to the Beat will present a full day of activities celebrating the region’s culture and heritage at the Blue Ridge Parkway Visitor Center in Asheville. The free event will showcase the best in food, drink, and music of Western North Carolina.

Music lovers and casual listeners alike will have an up-close and personal experience with JAM IN THE VAN, a solar-powered mobile recording studio that will host five bands during the day. https://www.youtube.com/user/JamintheVan

Each band will record a three-song set, complete with video, and the audience can watch the behind-the-scenes action on large screen monitors outside the van. Bands include Stop Light Observations (rock), Aaron Woody Wood (Appalachian Soul), The Fritz (Funk Rock), and The Broadcast (Americana Soul Rock.)

In between recording sessions, local chefs Ally Phillips of Ally’s Kitchen, and Arlene Cotler, known for her designer dinner parties, will demonstrate and compete using local foods to highlight the cuisine of the North Carolina mountains. http://www.feast2thebeat.com/blue-ridge-parkway/    www.facebook.com/feast2thebeat/

In addition, the day will feature family activities and interpretive programs. For more information, call the Blue Ridge Parkway Visitor Center, 828-298-5330.