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Country stars headline free Block Party tonight

Two of rising stars of country music showcase their music at Hendersonville’s Block Party on Main tonight.

The free event features husband-and-wife Nashville recording artists Joe Lasher and Kaitlyn Baker and is part of the Down Home Series presented by Ingles.

Headliner Joe Lasher grew up in nearby Weaverville. Touring the U.S. since age 16, Lasher has performed more than 500 live shows, including appearances with top country acts, such as Brett Young, Hardy and Old Dominion.

Lasher’s style is described as country rock, influenced by legends like Rodney Atkins, Eric Church, Jon Bon Jovi and Bryan Adams. His four-song acoustic EP, “The Hurricane Mills Sessions,” was released in spring 2020.

Singer-songwriter Kaitlyn Baker draws inspiration from her upbringning in Appalachian coal country. Her soulful country tune “Blackbird” is racking up digital downloads nationally across all streaming platforms. Baker has opened for numerous country greats including Brad Paisley, Craig Morgan, Travis Tritt and Tanya Tucker.

Commodore Fox, a party band based out of Asheville, warms up the crowd with favorites from Motown, classic rock and country.

“Ingles is a great community partner, so we’re proud to work with them to bring a concert with top-notch talent to the Visitor Center stage,” says Amy Boswell, events coordinator with the Henderson County Tourism Development Authority.

Admission to the concert is free, with attendees encouraged to bring nonperishable food items to donate to the Storehouse, a local nonprofit that distributes food to those in need.

“This Down Home Concert Series is our way of giving back to neighbors, all while having fun at the same time. Ingles is so grateful to Hendersonville for partnering with us on this terrific event,” says Melissa Leavell, director of advertising and branding for Ingles.

The Henderson County TDA received permission to use the entire block of Main Street in front of the Visitor Center. Food vendors will be on hand, and attendees may bring lawn chairs. The seating area opens at 5:30 p.m., and the concert begins at 7 p.m.