March 25, 2017 @ 10:00 pm – March 26, 2017 @ 1:00 am


When words fail, LYRIC sings.
With an enlightened mixture of pop, soul, funk, and bowties; LYRIC awakens an undiscovered spirit within their audience. Described by many as the best band in Asheville, LYRIC delights crowds across the region.

“Whew, lordy people, if you haven’t heard of or heard Lyric, you simply must give yourself the gift.”
~Peggy Ratusz
Primarily influenced by Tracy Chapman, India Arie, and George Clinton, Leeda “Lyric” Jones has a voice all her own. As the frontwoman, Leeda enlivens her followers with her melodic poetry and soulful voice.
“Lyric is a group made up of natural talents that will take you to a place you can’t forget, a group that uses music as an expression of pain, joys, and hope.”
~Ben Scales, Montford Festival Co-Director
LYRIC formed in 2009 as a combination of the musical talents of Leeda Jones, Dave Matthews, Derrick Graves, and Mike Berlin. From humble beginnings as street musicians, LYRIC quickly brought large crowds together to form a following. The streets are where they thrive. LYRIC believes it has made them better musicians by teaching them to constantly adapt to various crowds. Leeda; lead singer, guitarist, and lyricist plays a funky rhythm guitar with sizzling leads accompanied by her soul gripping lead vocals. Her father, Dave Matthews, has roots in 70’s funk style slap bass and holds down the foundation with a playful flare on stage. Derrick Graves has traveled the Southeast playing in reggae/jam bands, but was recruited home by LYRIC. Musically, Derrick is the “bling” of the band. He plays a mean classic Afro-Cuban conga with a modern twist on percussion. Mike Berlin locks down the beat on drums, with influences from his hometown of South Baton Rouge, New Orleans. He plays with lock-tight precision along with Dave on bass and brings a saucy Louisiana backbeat to the mix.

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