UNC Asheville Concerts on the Quad series returns

Staff reports

UNC Asheville’s Concerts on the Quad rolls on this summer with two more free Monday evening shows.

The shows are from 7-8:30 p.m. July 11 and 18 on the UNCA Quad. Everyone is invited to bring chairs, blankets and picnics to enjoy with the music. Meals, treats and drinks will be available from concession stands on the Quad.

July 11: A progressive Southern and country rock artist from Weaverville, Joe Lasher Jr. played his first open mic gig three years ago and 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. More at joelasherjr.com.

July 18: Leeda Jones, a.k.a. Lyric, began her career busking in the streets of downtown Asheville. Having opened for Lizz Wright and Warren Haynes, she is now her own headliner. A singer, rapper and guitarist, Lyric names Lauryn Hill, Tracey Chapman, and India Arie as influences. 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.

For more about the series,, visit unca.edu/concerts or 251-6674.