Groovin on Grovemont gets its groove on

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This photo from last year's Groovin’ on Grovemont concert series shows what an easy good time the free events are.

Get ready for the 16th annual Groovin' on Grovemont summer concert series in Grovemont Square, adjacent to the Swannanoa Library. Bring a blanket, lawn chair, Frisbee, etc., and enjoy these family-friendly evenings of music and being outdoors.

The free Tuesday night summer series will be held 6 p.m. July 10 and 24 and Aug. 7 at Grovemont Square, next to the Swannanoa Library, 101 W. Charleston Ave. in Swannanoa.

The concert series is free, but donations benefit the two sponsors, The Friends of the Swannanoa Library and the Swannanoa Community Council in their support of the Swannanoa Library and Grovemont park and playground.

This year's concert series will take advantage of the new Grovemont Park Performance Pavilion, funding for which came from community donations and grants from Buncombe County Park and Recreation Department and The Black Mountain-Swannanoa Valley Endowment Fund.

Here’s the schedule:

July 10: The Jordan Okrend Experience ( is two things - vintage pop imbued with funky jazz and soulful music with socially conscious lyrics. The Asheville-based singer/songwriter released his first two EPs, “Unpredictable” and “Rising Up,” in 2010-12 while attending Berklee College of Music in Boston and has been performing extensively throughout the East Coast ever since. His 2015 EP “World Keeps Turnin’” was a clear indication that Okrend had thrown his hat into the ring of soul revival. Okrend's latest album, “Dance By The Riverside” (2017), is a buoyant meditation of the stresses of the modern world, with a distinctively funk and retro soul vibe.

Performing fire dance with batons and hoops will be fire dancer Laura "Lulu" Edmonds, part of the Unifire Theater Troupe and a librarian in the Buncombe County Library System. Taco concessions will be by The Social Pizzeria.

July 24: The Wonderful Nobodies (Seth Taylor, Lacy Green and Aaron Williams) are a Nashville-based group of singers, songwriters and multi-instrumentalists from the Appalachian region of Virginia and North Carolina. Individually, they have played stages that range from the Grand Ole Opry to Carnegie Hall. They have 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 will be a veggie and barbecue “bluegrass picnic" by The Social Pizzeria. The special pre-Groovin' library program will be “Kidsenses: Rockin' Rockets” at 5 p.m. for kids ages 6 and up who will watch a rocket go up into the sky.

Rhoda Weaver and the Soul Mates shake up the dance floor Oct. 5 at White Horse Black Mountain.

Aug. 7: Rhoda Weaver and the Soul Mates are a local band composed of three seasoned musicians whose powerhouse lead singer has been singing for more than 30 years. The band plays everything from Motown to The Animals to Etta James to Fleetwood Mac.  Its goal is to lift people up through music.

Concessions are "The Big Easy" - jambalaya, red beans and rice and more from The Social Pizzeria.

The library’s half-price book sale goes on during each concert. If you would like to support Groovin' on Grovemont through a sponsorship or donation, or as a volunteer, call (828) 250-6486 or visit