Groovin' on Grovemont returns to Swannanoa for 20th year, benefits local nonprofits

Ezra Maille
Black Mountain News
Audiences are welcomed back to Grovemont Park in Swannanoa for another summer concert series.

Groovin' on Grovemont, the annual summer concert series, returns for its 20th year to the Swannanoa Valley.

This free-admission, outdoor event benefits both the Swannanoa Community Council and the Friends of the Swannanoa Library. As with every year, 100% of the proceeds or "every last penny" will go toward benefitting these two organizations, according to a statement from the community council. 

"We will be hosting our annual Groovin' on Grovemont concert series starting in July," said LeAnne Johnson, a member of the Swannanoa Community Council and director of the Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center. "It is a free event but donations are welcome."

The concert series takes place in Grovemont Park, adjacent to the Swannanoa Library. The event also offers a selection of prepared foods including smoked chicken, pork BBQ, tempeh with onions and peppers, salad, fruit and more. Vegan and gluten free options will be available.

The concerts take place on three Tuesday evenings starting at 6 p.m.After the July 12 event, the series will be held July 26 and Aug. 9. 

Groovin' on Grovemonet returns for its 20th year to benefit the Swannanoa Library and Swannanoa Community Council.

“We are absolutely thrilled to bring the 20th season of the Groovin’ concert series to the Grovemont Park this summer," Allen Dye, chair of the Swannanoa Community Council, said in a statement. "We have exciting music and delicious food lined up that we think the community will enjoy."

All music is family-friendly and concertgoers are encouraged to bring a lawn chair or blanket. More than 30 businesses and individuals sponsor the series. 

During every concert from 5-8:30 p.m. in the basement of the library, the organizers will host a giant used book sale, offering thousands of used books at low price. 

The summer concert series includes a diverse lineup of musicians.

Full concert schedule:

July 12 - Abby Bryant & The Echoes: Vintage-inspired Americana soul and rock led by vocalist Abby Bryant, a "fierce frontwoman."

 July 26 - Drayton & The Dreamboats: A mix of swing tunes, Latin numbers and ballads from the golden age of radio led by violinist Drayton Aldridge. 

Aug. 9 - BoogiTherapi: A blend of high energy dance covers and funky soulful originals, led by frontman Ryan Barber.

For more information or if you would like to support Groovin' on Grovemont through a sponsorship, donation or as a volunteer, call 828-250-6486 or visit www.GrovemontPark.org.

Ezra Maille covers the town of Black Mountain, Montreat and the Swannanoa Valley. Reach him at 828-230-3324 or emaille@blackmountainnews.com. Please support local journalism with access to more breaking news by subscribing.