When: Fri., May 16, 5:30 p.m. 2014
What began humbly with four bands only six years ago has grown into the world's largest all-instrumental music festival. Instrosummit, the three-day, 27-group extravaganza, moves to Motorco for the first time this year, and the talent's perhaps more broad and deep than ever before.
The first night's programming heads for the coast with surf tunes, thanks to impressive Asheville newcomers Krektones and 18-year Charlotte vets the Aqualads. There's also horn-abetted, former local fixtures Dom Casual, Alabama surf-apocalypse cult Kill, Baby...Kill! and surf-metal headliners The Vivisectors, who take a mean turn through "Another Brick in the Wall." Saturday kicks off at noon with free, all-ages sets until 5:30 p.m. The week's best lineup convenes at night: Witness the lively surfabilly standbys 9th Wave, the versatile and terrific Atomic Mosquitos and spookily cinematic, mask-clad headliners Daikaiju. The Summit concludes on Sunday with reuniting locals X-Rayons, Summit founder Crispy Bess' soul-flavored group Killer Filler and the prog-minded Moonbase, among others. May 16, 5:30 p.m.; May 17, noon; May 18, 5:30 p.m. —Chris Parker
Price: $14-$15, $30 for three-day pass