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Asheville Music Scene

From Bluegrass to Newgrass to Nograss

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.

These Hills are Alive with the Sound of Appalachian Music

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.

Roots & Trails: New Guidebook!

Blue Ridge Music Trails of North Carolina

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…

Musical Road Tripping

A CD Guidebook for the Ears

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.

Top 8 Toe-Tappin' Adventures in Asheville

  1. Shindig Under the Stars - Bring your lawn chair (and an instrument, if you play one) for a free evening of traditional Southern Appalachian music, jam sessions and folk dancing at Shindig on the Green, Saturday nights under the stars from June through August in Pack Square Park. This is one of the most popular Asheville festivals of the year.
  2. Pick 'n Pie – Learn the secrets of mountain kitchens and mountain music in the same evening! Native Ground Music and Log Cabin Cooking partner to share their deep knowledge of Appalachian arts in beginners' classes in a charming farmhouse setting.
  3. Old Time Jam Session – Appalachian and Celtic music legacies are honored at the informal weekly jam sessions at Jack of the Wood. Rub elbows, and instruments, with Asheville bands and the locals while you enjoy a fresh, hand-crafted pint from Green Man and some time-traveling acoustic tunes.
  4. The Nation's Longest Running Folk Festival – Since 1928, mountain fiddlers, banjo pickers, dulcimer sweepers, dancers, balladeers and others have come to enjoy themselves "along about sundown" the first weekend in August at the Mountain Dance and Folk Festival.
  5. Bluegrass Buskers – Nowhere is the music culture and bluegrass influence more accessible than on the streets of Asheville. When the weather is nice, nearly every downtown corner offers a spontaneous stage. Head to Pack Square or the iconic Flat Iron statue along the Urban Trail for bands like 13 Strings and a Two Dollar Bill, Flat Creek Trio and The Leather Britches.
  6. Asheville Music Hall Haunts – From intimate listening rooms to large music halls ideal for dancing, Asheville area music venues run the gamut: Grey Eagle, White Horse Black Mountain, Isis Music Hall and The Orange Peel offer variety in their line-ups, but bluegrass and roots can always be found if you watch the schedules. Tip: Asheville's breweries are also musically inclined. Pisgah, Highland, Wedge and French Broad Brewing all offer live music with craft beer cool.
  7. Asheville Drum Circle
  8. Contra and Square Dance – Pack a skirt that twirls! European and American folk dance is seeing a revival, and nowhere is that more clear than in the mountains of Western NC. At Grey Eagle, Warren Wilson or White Horse Black Mountain, the locals will take you in their arms, quite literally, and show you the steps.
  9. Asheville Drum Circle – You might hear a fiddle or banjo thrown in the mix, but the instrument of choice for this 10+ year Asheville music tradition is the drum. Follow the pounding rhythm downtown to a dance party under the stars. You can't help but move your feet.

A Thriving Music Scene

Miike Snow and Petter Winnberg on stage at Moogfest 2012

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.


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Upcoming Events

Asheville Affiliates Presents Stir Crazy

  • July 24, 2014
  • Location: The Boathouse
  • Address: 318 Riverside Dr., Asheville, NC 28801

Stir Crazy is a fundraiser presented by Asheville Affiliates to benefit Blue Ridge Food Ventures, a non-profit, shared-use food and natural products manufacturing facility in Buncombe County. This event will feature food, fun, craft beer and cocktails, a live band (One Leg Up), silent auction and plenty of surprises. Don't miss one of the hottest parties, at one of the coolest places in town!

Janiec Opera Company: Sister Carrie Second Showing

This year's Opera In A Box will be the new opera Sister Carrie, by Grammy-winning composer Robert Aldridge. Based on the novel by Theodore Dreiser, Sister Carrie tells the story of a young country girl who moves to the big city to pursue her own American Dream. Call: 828-862-2105 or visit: brevardmusic.org for additional program or ticketing information.

Mozart and Mahler

Mozart and Mahler, 7/25/14 @ 7:30 p.m. Keith Lockhart leads the Brevard Music Center Orchestra in a performance of two powerful works composed by true masters of the craft. The program includes Mozart's Symphony No. 41, "Jupiter," and Mahler's serene fourth symphony featuring soprano Ilana Davidson. Join us for a program that truly spans the orchestral repertoire. Call: 828-862-2105 or visit: brevardmusic.org for additional program or ticketing information.

The Shazam

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 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: The Shazam!

A Night at the Movies

Ken Lam leads the Brevard Sinfonia in an evening of music from the movies. Film buffs and music lovers alike will enjoy hearing themes from their favorite films as the Brevard Music Center presents an evening of movie music under the stars. Call: 828-862-2105 or visit: brevardmusic.org for additional program or ticketing information.

Janiec Opera Company: Sister Carrie Final Showing

  • July 26, 2014
  • Location: Brevard Music Center
  • Address: Brevard Music Center, Brevard, NC 28712
  • Venue:  Brevard Music Center

This year's Opera In A Box will be the new opera Sister Carrie, by Grammy-winning composer Robert Aldridge. Based on the novel by Theodore Dreiser, Sister Carrie tells the story of a young country girl who moves to the big city to pursue her own American Dream. Call: 828-862-2105 or visit: brevardmusic.org for additional program or ticketing information.

BMC Piano Competition Finals

The Brevard Music Center's talented piano students take the stage to compete for the top spot in our annual piano competition. Call: 828-862-2105 or visit: brevardmusic.org for additional program or ticketing information.

Lockhart Conducts Dvorák

Keith Lockhart directs his final concert of the season as he leads the Brevard Concert Orchestra in a performance of Dvořák's lyrical Symphony No. 8. The concert also features a performance of Barber's beautiful Violin Concerto by acclaimed violinist Kelly Hall-Tompkins. Call: 828-862-2105 or visit: brevardmusic.org for additional program or ticketing information.

Chamber Music at Searcy: Brahms Clarinet Quintet

Program to include Mozart’s Flute Quartet No. 3 in C major, K. 285b and Brahms’ Clarinet Quintet in B minor, Op. 115. Call: 828-862-2105 or visit: brevardmusic.org for additional program or ticketing information.

Asheville Art Museum Series: Mozart Sonatas for Piano and Violin

In conjunction with the Brevard Music Center’s Summer Festival, the Asheville Art Museum is honored to partner again with the Brevard Music Center to bring three performances to the Museum audience. In the spirit of Brevard Music Center’s mission, the Asheville Art Museum series will include performances by young musicians of exceptional talent, as well as members of Brevard’s renowned artist faculty. The final concert in the Asheville Art Museum Series will feature BMC artist ...

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