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Dig Local COVID Update 5/15/20 - Virtual Cheers to Rustic Grape Wine Bar! ūüć∑ Gift Card Giveaway Extended, Free Meals with Music and More

Virtual Cheers to Rustic Grape Wine Bar
Check out the latest #digAVL Video 

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

Melissa Ward, co-owner of Rustic Grape Wine Bar, tells us how her business has adapted to COVID-19 by hosting virtual concerts for musicians who were regular players at the wine bar. She's also moved the Women and Wine Happy Hour online and she and her partner have been helping feed those in need!

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.

We dig this! Pick up your free "to go" chef-prepared meals as you cruise through our drive-thru while listening to a mini-concert of live music from the safety of your car!

Asheville is a food town AND a music town. We've hit some hard times, for sure, but If you could use a delicious free meal and some uplifting music right about now, please join Food Connection on Saturdays for our new Asheville Meals and Music Complimentary Drive-Thru at the Downtown YMCA from noon to 2pm. We've opened up this meal to include Service Industry Heroes AND anyone else who is in need of a free meal. If you don't need a free meal, but want to help others you can purchase meals here.

May 16th: Entertainment featuring 
Brady Alden (noon) and I,Star (1pm) brought to you by Red Wing Enterprises.

Big THANKS to the crew at Wicked Weed Brewing for the meals!

Check out all of the details here

Watch this beautiful video of Food Connection's Meals and Music
Drive-Thru at the Downtown Asheville YMCA. (and share!)

Five More Local Tunes Have Been 
Added to the Dig Local Playlist on Spotify!

One of the five new songs added this week is "Hanging in the Balance" by Hope Griffin.

"Born in Anchorage, Alaska, Hope Griffin was literally born into music. Surrounded by a musical family, she began singing and performing when she was very young. Hope first got turned onto the idea of writing her own music when she received a guitar at age 17. She attended Carson-Newman University and went on to receive a Bachelors degree in classical voice. It was there that her true flair for songwriting developed. Hope’s drive to perform her original works was launched after winning a songwriters contest in college in 2007. She eventually moved to Asheville, North Carolina where she began introducing her angelic vocals and folky lyrics into the music scene."

Listen to her song Hanging in the Balance on our playlist.

Other songs that we've added this week are:

 Check out our playlist on Spotify
and tell us which local artist you dig the most

 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.


 Giveaway Extended 

 Until May 20th! 

 Win a Gift Card Prize Package Worth $235!

Extended Deadline: 5 DAYS LEFT TO ENTER!
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.

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. 

LEAF Festival is Back, Virtually!
LEAF Global Arts welcomes everyone to join them starting TODAY until Sunday 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.
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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 your favorite places
as they slowly begin opening with daily Dig Local updates.

Keep digging local!