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Dig Local COVID Update 5/12/20 -AVL Ride to the Rescue, $235 Giveaway in Gift Cards, Call for Music Submissions, Complimentary Meals and more

AVL Ride to the Rescue
Check out the latest #digAVL Video 

A series on how local businesses are adjusting to the COVID-19 crisis

Woody McKee, Owner of AVL Ride, tells us about how his business has pivoted during the pandemic. Not only can they give you a lift, but they also now provide errand services, food delivery, and grocery shopping during COVID-19. Did we mention that they're also currently hiring drivers?

See the video interview here!
While we've all had to adjust to the "new normal" (whatever that is), our local business owners and managers each have their own story to tell about how they've been affected and what they are doing during these unprecedented times. Dig Local is proud to partner with our friend, Ann Smith, at Leap Frog Tours to interview some of the awesome folks who make Asheville, Asheville.

 Win a Gift Card Prize Package Worth $235!

What awesome Asheville places will you be hitting when the quarantine is over?
Here’s a jump start to get you back out there when things are safe once again and we can support and enjoy the local places that make Asheville unique.

Enter to win this gift card bundle from these iconic AVL spots:

Just three easy steps to enter:

  1. Download the free Dig Local app from the App Store or Google Play (or update the one you already have to the new 3.0 version).

  2. Create a User Profile.

  3. Make a List and tell us what you like about your "go to" AVL places or recommendations (i.e. Blue Dream Curry House... "Get the green curry with chicken & hibiscus tea lunch special.") These will be super handy to share with friends and family when they eventually come (safely) to visit. And they will. Even your in-laws! (create multiple lists to be entered multiple times).

Questions? We're here to help! Email [email protected]

The winner will be randomly selected from lists created on the app. The gift cards can be used whenever appropriate.* You must be 21 or older to participate. 

Times are tough for many folks right now.
Complimentary Chef-prepared Meals (with a side of LIVE MUSIC) are now available!

Photo: Food Connection's Live Music Drive-Thru at the Downtown Asheville YMCA - Saturdays noon to 2pm (featuring I, Star)

Watch the highlights of Asheville's first
LIVE MUSIC free meal DRIVE-THRU with Food Connection! 

Food Connection has partnered with Red Wing Enterprises to bring our Service Industry Heroes some awesome live music during the curbside meal distribution at the Downtown Y! We'll be handing out more of those delicious Wicked Weed Brewing meals available to anyone in need. (Please stay in your car and practice social distancing!) Last week featured the sweet tunes of I'Star and Noah Proudfoot! Downtown YMCA, Saturdays, noon until 2pm.

Monday, Wednesday & Friday meals- Our friends at H&F Burger will generously be distributing hearty chef-prepared meals every M., W., F.,  77 Biltmore Avenue, 11 am-2 pm. 

 Calling all local musicians! 

Get your tunes on the Dig Local Spotify playlist!

As we move further into 2020, we would like to feature even more of the eclectic genres and local talent that help make Asheville shine on the Dig Local Spotify playlist. If you'd like to be considered as an addition to our music compilation, we are accepting submissions for our Spotify playlist now (check out the playlist here).

There are only three requirements to be considered:
  • You or your group must be regionally based in the Asheville area
  • Your song submissions must be all original compositions
  • The songs must be "family-friendly" (no profanity or obscenity or violence) 
If selected, one or two of your songs will be featured in our Spotify playlist. There may also be opportunities to be featured in our Weekly Scoop email and on our social media platforms!

Submit your music by filling out the following info at the link below.


Featured Weekly Virtual Events

LEAF Global Arts welcomes everyone to join them THIS WEEKEND May 15-17 at VLEAF.ORG for the first virtual LEAF Festival experience. This digital weekend experience will be reliving some of our favorite LEAF concerts over the last 25 years as well as streaming a poetry slam, LIVE concerts, panel discussions, global connection, and much more! Mark your calendars and come back for a weekend of music, cultural connection & a whole lot of #LEAFLove.
The Asheville Downtown Association is taking Downtown After 5 virtual! Based on state and local guidelines regarding public gatherings, the May 15 and June 19 Downtown After 5 events are going online. Through a partnership with IamAVL and The Orange Peel, Downtown After 5 will be live-streamed to YouTube and Facebook.

The 2020 Downtown After 5 concert series, presented by Prestige Subaru, will feature only local Asheville area bands. May 15’s event features April B. & The Cool and Lyric, and they will be hitting the stage at 5:15pm.

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Keep the Asheville Vibe Alive and ...
Download the Dig Local App to see lists of who's doing curbside service, beer delivery, free meals for kids and more during COVID-19. Also, keep up with places as they slowing begin opening in Phase 1, Phase 2... 
Keep digging local!