Concert ‘for teens, by teens’ is May 9

By Rachel Robles, Lifestyles editor | May 05, 2014

When Joe Lasher Jr. and his band plays their next concert, it’ll be more than just a show. It’ll be an opportunity for teens, tweens and young adults to enjoy a night of music without the restrictions of an adult venue.

The special alcohol-free event, the End of School Year Concert, will take place at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 9, at the Canton Armory. The doors will open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are  $6 and $1 per ticket will benefit local food relief efforts. Featured bands will be Joe Lasher Jr. and Asheville’s teen band sensation, The Lowdown.

“As Joe Jr.'s fan base has grown among his own peer group — high schoolers — we've found that, although Joe performs quite often in our region, he's performing at venues that are geared toward an over-21 market,” said Joe Lasher Sr. “Some allow 18+ mainly due to alcohol sales. After realizing this, we started looking into any opportunity for teenagers to listen to live music without some type of restriction. There's not much there.”

Thus, Joe Sr. created a live music event — “for teens, by teens.”

Joe Jr., 17, is a junior at North Buncombe High School. Called a “young gun” by Nashville music industry insiders, his first radio single, “Devil in a Jar,” is playing on stations across the U.S.

The Lowdown is a three-piece power rock trio fronted by 14-year Andalyn Lewis.

Tickets can be purchased at Music City in Asheville, The Music Academy in West Asheville, Champion Credit Union in Canton, or online at All ages are welcome. High school seniors will be entered into a raffle for the chance to win one of two $100 cash prizes.

For more information about the End of School Year Concert, visit