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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.
Join us at Renaissance Asheville Hotel for live music by Carver & Carmody. When Michael “Country” Carver and Mare Carmody harmonize together, their voices and guitar styles create a blend of country, blues, and Southern rock. Enjoy their covers of classics and original songs.
Thursday, Aug. 21 – Steven Curtis Chapman and Third Day Steven Curtis Chapman is known as one of the most awarded artists in Christian music with 57 Gospel Music Association Dove Awards, five Grammy’s, 47 No. 1 singles and approaching 11 million albums sold. The Georgia-based band Third Day has provided a vibrant soundtrack in the lives of this generation of believers. “Show Me Your Glory,” “I Believe,” “Cry Out to Jesus,” and “Mountain of...
Highland's Tasting Room is a unique blend of fresh beer in a family-friendly, top-quality music venue. Voted WNC's "Best Overall Brewery" in 2013 and 2014 by Mountain Xpress voters! Enjoy all of our beers, a tour and specialty offerings rarely found outside the brewery. Next in our line-up of musical talent: Alarm Clock Conspiracy
DIG FESTIVAL DOWNTOWN INDEPENDENT GROOVE FESTIVAL AUG. 22nd & 23rd ASHEVILLE, NC Two days, 8 venues , 40+ local and regional bands! Alanna Royale • Alarm Clock Conspiracy • Blushin Roulettes • Bubonik Funk • Bulgogi • Camp David • Carolina Wray • Dave Dribbon & The Stomping Rain • Can't Kids • Debrissa and Bear King • Doc Aquatic • Empire Strikes Brass • The E Normous Trio • Hank West • Hearts Gone South • ...
Rising star Joe Lasher Jr. headlines the sixth-annual Rock Academy concert for Give to the Music at The Orange Peel on Saturday, August 23rd. Give to the Music provides tuition for private music lessons, performance classes, and tutoring, as well as musical instruments for children who are in need of financial assistance. The concert will also feature Rock Academy youth bands, who frequently play throughout the Asheville area. A Joe Lasher Jr. meet-and-greet is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.
Our annual Hop Harvest Tour on Aug. 23 at our farm near Black Mountain. We supply various breweries with fresh hops for "wet hop" beer production. This year, we sent hops off the vine to Hi Wire and Lookout Breweries to be put in the boil within 5 hours from picking them off of the vines. The event will feature a tour of the hop yard and education about hops, followed by a tasting of beer made from our hops by Hi Wire and Lookout. Music will be provided by Unnamed Suspects. Ticket...
Join us at Renaissance Asheville Hotel for live music by TLQ +2. Terry Lynn's soulful, honest, sometimes gut-wrenching vocals are reminiscent of Linda Ronstadt meets Bonnie Raitt, with a little bit of country mixed in.
Thursday, Aug. 28 – Lyle Lovett and His Large Band and Emmylou Harris A singer, composer and actor, Lyle Lovett has broadened the definition of American music in a career that spans 14 albums. Coupled with his gift for storytelling, the Texas-based musician fuses elements of country, swing, jazz, folk, gospel and blues in a convention-defying manner that breaks down barriers. A 13-time Grammy winner and Billboard Century Award recipient, Emmylou Harris’ contribution as a singer an...
Saturday, Aug. 23 – Boston Boston burst onto the music scene with their eponymous best-selling debut album in 1976, and never looked back. With more than 17 million copies sold, Boston generated hits such as "More Than a Feeling," "Peace of Mind," and "Smokin'" – all rock staples that are still in heavy rotation today.
Highland's Tasting Room is a unique blend of fresh beer in a family-friendly, top-quality music venue. Voted WNC's "Best Overall Brewery" in 2013 and 2014 by Mountain Xpress voters! Enjoy all of our beers, a tour and specialty offerings rarely found outside the brewery. Next in our line-up of musical talent: Lyric.