• Bluegrass/Americana-meets-jam quintet Sanctum Sully may veer from tradition, but they're always fun and super-energetic. The perfect band to kick off the weekend, which is just what they'll do at Highland Brewing Company (12 Old Charlotte Hwy., Asheville, 299-3370). Beer and food vendors, festivities get started around 5 p.m.
• You can read about Mark Appleford's latest release, A Long Time Between Drinks here, or you can catch the live show at Athena’s Club (14 College St., Asheville, 252-2456) from 8-10 p.m.
• Local DJ collective In Plain Sight (Lucas Ledford, Ezekiel and Nomad in the Dark) create this very cool, urban atmosphere. It's the thinking man's party soundtrack. Sort of. They'll be at BoBo Gallery (22 Lexington Ave., Asheville, 254-3426) around 10:30 p.m. About the show: "Back to the dance floor again for our monthly residency at the best pub/ art gallery in town. This month we will be joined by our friend Chadwick Howell."
• Haven't heard local r&b group WestSound in awhile? Here's your chance. "No cover charge and good food. Of course good music," the band says of its show at Pack’s Tavern (20 S. Spruce St., Asheville, 225-6944). 9 p.m.
• Cuff your jeans, perfect your duck tail and rev up your hot rod: It's a night of rockabilly at Stella Blue (31 Patton Ave., Asheville, 236-2424). Local psychobilly act The Go-Devils share a bill with rockabilly/ukabilly duo Mad Tea Party and Winston-Salem psychobilly power duo Transylvania Transport Co.. 9 p.m., $5.
Saturday, Sept. 18
• Matty Sheets and the Blockheads met, according to their bio, "In an aquatic miming class while attending the very prestigious 'Clowning Around Town' Clown College in the Northwest Southeastern part of Kansas. As soon as their eyes met underwater they all knew that something very special had just happened. Matty was so touched that he immediately burst into song and the rest of the Blockheads did the same. The aquatic miming class soon became their favorite class and they began singing together underwater weekly." Believe it or not. What's for certain is that the Greensboro-based band plays Mo Daddy's (77 Biltmore Ave., Asheville, 258-1550) with Now You See Them and The Royal Tinfoil. 9 p.m., $5.
• Local record label Alive & Well writes, "It's been a very busy summer for both of our Artists. Darien has played some really great shows both in and out of the area, while Saint Solitude played a very successful 11-date east coast tour." Now for the sad news: Saint Solitude's Dup Crosson is leaving Asheville. He'll perform a farewell show at the LAB (39 N. Lexington Ave., Asheville, 252-0212) with Knives and Daggers and The Houstons. 9:30 p.m., $5.
• One for the kids: Firefly Soda is a gypsy rock band that also tells stories. They put on a family-friendly show at Firestorm Cafe and Books (48 Commerce St., Asheville, 255-8115). 2 p.m.
• Picking For Dimes would be a great name for a busking act. It's also a great name for a local alt-rock quartet. Said quartet actually rocks (as per their genre) rather than picks (as per their name) — see for yourself at the Well-Bred Bakery and Cafe (26 N. Main St., Weaverville, 645-9300). 7 p.m.
• Mountain rockers Rafe Hollister perform at Westville Pub (777 Haywood Rd., Asheville, 225-9782) as part of a benefit for Vance Elementary. The band goes on at 10 p.m. $5.