Concerts on the Quad

Bring chairs and blankets. Concessions from Ingles are available on site. 

No pets or alcohol allowed. This is a family-friendly event. 

UNC Asheville’s Concerts on the Quad will return this summer with four free Monday evening shows. The free concerts take place June 19 and 26, and July 10 and 17, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on the UNC Asheville Quad. Attendees are invited to bring chairs, blankets and picnics to enjoy along with the music. Meals, treats and drinks will be available from concession stands on the Quad. Concerts on the Quad are sponsored by the Asheville Citizen-Times and Ingles.

The UNC Asheville Student Environmental Center will be offering a free kids' flower pot painting activity during all four concerts.


Concerts on the Quad Summer 2017 Lineup: Coming Soon!


Concerts on the Quad Summer 2016 Lineup:


Monday, June 20, 7:00 p.m.

This band brings together Kentucky and Latin American natives who met in Louisville and together bridge Appalachian traditions and high-energy Latin music. Appalatin presents
all-acoustic multi-roots music with vocal harmonies, guitar, mandolin, bass, charango, Andean flutes, hand percussion and harmonica. The band has two albums, Appalatin and Waterside, with more information at

Rational Discourse

Monday, June 27, 7:00 p.m.

Reed player and composer Steve Alford leads this Asheville-based improvisational rock/jazz big band. With a full brass section, two bassists, two percussionists and  guitar/synthesizer, Rational Discourse’s music features unusual rhythms and small-group improvised  sections, framed by striking full-band composed sections. Alford, a member of UNC Asheville’s music  faculty, will be joined by fellow faculty members Jacob Rodriguez on sax and Justin Ray on trumpet, both regular members of Grammy-winner Michael Bublé’s band. For more information, visit

Joe Lasher Jr.

Monday, July 11, 7:00 p.m.

A progressive Southern and country rock artist from Weaverville, Joe Lasher Jr. played his first open mic gig only three years ago, but is now a Nashville recording artist who has  performed with Tim McGraw, Rascal Flatts and Cole Swindell. Lasher debuted his EP Jack to Jesus, produced by Jeremy Stover, in March at the Orange Peel. Eddie Foxx of 99.9 KISS Country Radio says  Lasher is “just as real as they come,” and has “more talent than an 18-year-old should legally be allowed to have by law.” For more information, visit

Following the concert, Lookout Observatory student docents from UNC Asheville will be on hand to operate portable telescopes for concert attendees. The Moon and other celestial objects will be available for viewing.


Monday, July 18, 7:00 p.m.

Leeda Jones, a.k.a. Lyric, began her career busking in the streets of downtown Asheville, and having opened for Lizz Wright and Warren Haynes, is now her own headliner. A singer, rapper and  guitarist, Lyric names Lauryn Hill, Tracey Chapman, and India Arie as influences, priding herself on “writing lyrics that have a meaning.” Her soulful and funky R&B band features her father Dave Matthews on bass and vocals, Derrick Graves and Mike Berlin on drums and percussion, and Megan Drye (a.k.a.  Story Rain) contributing spoken word and vocals. Lyric released the EP Perspective in November. For more information, visit