Ingles SoCon Fan Experience to debut March 8-10 in conjunction with SoCon Basketball Championships

Ingles SoCon Fan Experience to debut March 8-10 in conjunction with SoCon Basketball Championships

Joe Lasher, Ryan “RnB” Barber – Boogie Therapi, The Carolina Lowdown Band & Lyric comprise concert lineup


SPARTANBURG, S.C. – The Southern Conference and Ingles announced Monday the lineup of activities and performers for the inaugural Ingles SoCon Fan Experience, which will take place Friday, March 8, through Sunday, March 10, outside the U.S. Cellular Center at 68 Haywood Street in Asheville, North Carolina. Admission to the event is free.

 The Ingles SoCon Fan Experience will be highlighted by four concerts during its three-day run and will feature other family friendly activities. In addition to the concerts, there will be basketball-themed interactives, face painting, a TapSnap booth, an Ingles SoCon Mascot Challenge voting area with large mascot cutouts, and a chalk drawing area for kids. Also on site will be a large jumbotron showing live tournament action, live radio remotes, a concessions area and a SoCon merchandise booth. 

 The Ingles SoCon Fan Experience will be open from 3-7:30 p.m. on Friday, March 8, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. on Saturday, March 9, and 1-4 p.m. on Sunday, March 10. 

 Concerts will be performed by Joe Lasher on Friday, March 8, at 6:15 p.m., Ryan “RnB” Barber – Boogie Therapi on Saturday, March 9, at 11 a.m., The Carolina Lowdown Band on Saturday, March 9, at 4:30 p.m., and Lyric on Sunday, March 10, at 2 p.m. 

 Joe Lasher is a rising country star whose dynamic performances have been captivating his home state of North Carolina for years. His songs, style and performances appeal to a broad spectrum of music lovers. He has become one of the hottest performers in the Southeast, having performed with the likes of Tim McGraw, Rascal Flatts and Montgomery Gentry, and touring with Colt Ford and Luke Bryan.

 Ryan “RnB” Barber is at the forefront of Asheville’s funk and R&B community. He has released six full-length studio albums. He has also been featured on many high-profile projects, including producing on two of R&B stalwart W. Ellington Felton’s recent albums, and singing and rapping on the 2017 Grammy winning album “Infinity Plus One” by Secret Agent 23 Skidoo.

 The Carolina Lowdown Band is a popular Asheville band performing rock and roll and dance hits from the 80s through today.

 LYRIC, led by Leeda “Lyric” Jones, plays a mixture of pop, soul and funk. The five-part band has developed a dedicated following in Asheville and the surrounding areas. Readers of Asheville’s independent weekly newspaper, The Mountain Xpress, have named LYRIC the top local act in both the soul and R&B/blues categories. She has shared the stage with the likes of George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, Gladys Knight, Booker T. Jones and Dionne Warwick. 

 The Ingles SoCon Fan Experience will also benefit Eblen Charities and its Hoops Against Hunger program. Hoops Against Hunger helps to provide snacks and meals to school-age children without enough food at home. Fans are encouraged to bring donations of ready-to-eat or easy-to-serve food items. People donating food items can receive a voucher for $5 off a general admission session ticket to the Ingles Southern Conference Basketball Championships presented by General Shale.