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Asheville's music scene is a vital piece of the city's culture. The rhythm of the city began centuries ago with the arrival of Scotch-Irish settlers who filled the hills with the sounds of their reels, ballads and folk songs.
A progressive and collaborative arts community, Asheville's modern music scene melds old and new with surprising ease. Music permeates the city from the street musicians who serenade you downtown, to multi-generation bluegrass jam sessions, to a rock club (Orange Peel Social Aid and Pleasure Club) named one of the best in the country by Rolling Stone.
Today, Asheville's music scene is all encompassing. Traditional mountain music still rings out from national artists such as David Holt and Laura Boosinger who live in the area. Classical music from the Asheville Symphony Orchestra fills the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium throughout the year.
The instruments needed for distinct mountain sound have old world origins. The banjo hails from Africa and the fiddle has European roots. However, the only native instrument to the mountain region, is the Appalachian dulcimer. This instrument is considered to be one of the easiest to learn due to its small string count and simplified fret system. Want to find one for yourself? Visit the Grove Arcade in downtown Asheville where the Woodrow stringed instruments are sold. If you travel to Black Mountain visit Song of the Wood to see a wide collection of mountain dulcimers for sale.
Mountain music traditions are alive and well in the Blue Ridge and a new travel guidebook, Blue Ridge Music Trails of North Carolina, offers an epic tour to the public settings where folk music and dance still thrive. Mountain musicians are as laid-back and welcoming as they come, so when heading out to find some Asheville music, bring your dancing shoes and banjo and play on in…
Listen while you explore. Many of the region's historic musicians are featured on a 20-track companion CD for the newly released Blue Ridge Music Trails of North Carolina. Imagine driving along the famed Blue Ridge Parkway with sweeping mountain views—nothing could be more fitting than a soundtrack of authentic Asheville music with that distinct Appalachian flavor.
Songs from this “guidebook for the ears” include “Swannanoa Tunnel,” “Frankie Silver's Confession,” and “Tom Dooley” and are based on actual events that took place in the region. The rich storybook of folk songs features raw, field recordings made in musicians' homes as well as professionally recorded tracks.
The sounds of the modern era also thrive in Asheville. Bob Moog, the inventor of the Moog synthesizer and pioneer of electronic music, spent his final years in Asheville and set up a company here that continues his musical vision.
Alternative rockers The Smashing Pumpkins made Asheville their temporary home with a nine-show residency in 2007 at the Orange Peel. And well-known artists such as Gladys Knight, Warren Haynes and David Wilcox have made Asheville their newfound home and drawn inspiration from the area.
The Brevard Music Center (BMC), a summer festival and institute, will open its 2013 season on Friday, June 21, on its campus in Brevard, North Carolina. The 2013 season features seven weeks of classical masterworks including Tchaikovsky’s First Piano Concerto, Stravinsky’s Firebird, and Beethoven’s beloved Fifth Symphony. The summer festival also includes an outstanding lineup of guest artists ranging from rising stars of the classical world, such as pianist Ji-Yong and violin...
The U.S. Cellular Center and AC Entertainment are happy to announce Foster the People live in concert at the ExploreAsheville.com Arena Friday June 21. Show time is 8:00 pm with doors at 7:00 pm. Foster the People, is an American indie pop band formed in Los Angeles, CA in 2009. After their debut single ‘Pumped up Kicks’ went viral the group has been nominated for and won numerous industry awards. Foster the People won ‘top Rock Song’ for “Pumped up Kicks” ...
Join us as we open our 2013 season with Principal Guest Conductor JoAnn Falletta leading the Brevard Music Center Orchestra. The concert will feature Borodin's Overture to his opera Prince Igor, Prokofiev's beloved Suite from Romeo and Juliet and will close with 18 year old virtuoso Conrad Tao performing Tchaikovsky's powerful Piano Concerto No. 1.
The Ultimate Doo-Wop show features performances of doo-wop favorites from the 1950s and 60s. Don your poodle skirts and satin jackets and bring the whole family for an evening celebrating the golden age of popular music. Performers for The Ultimate Doo-Wop Show include Maurice Williams & the Zodiacs, The Vogues featuring Bill Burkette and Hugh Geyer, The Marcels, The Cookies, Louise Murray-original lead singer of The Jaynettes & the Hearts, and Blue Suede Orchestra. Don't miss the chance...