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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

Flogging Molly plus The Mighty Stef & Pasadena

Three years ago, hard working men and women the world over were collectively under the assumption that their nest eggs were secure, their homes were the safest of all investments, and that the economy was on the upswing. Then, with virtually no warning, their lives were turned upside down, as an entire generation saw their dreams dashed and plans dismantled. It all happened with the Speed of Darkness. Nothing has mattered more to Flogging Molly than their new record, Speed of Darkness. “It...

The Blue-eyed Betties

Treat Yourself to: Americana With Daniel Emond on banjo, Sarah Hund on fiddle, and Ben Mackel on guitar, The Blue Eyed Bettys delight with their folky-bluegrass sound. But what always seems to grab audiences immediately are their powerful vocals in three part harmony. All actors by trade, The Blue Eyed Bettys met while doing a new play together at the Florida Studio Theatre in Sarasota, FL. “Their theater-influenced performances and immaculate harmonies have earned them the admiration of l...

A LIVE ONE (COVERING THE MUSIC OF PHISH)

  • November 28, 2014
  • Address: 38 North French Broad Avenue, Asheville, NC 28801
  • Venue:  New Mountain Asheville

New Mountain Asheville Presents: A Live One- A Phish Tribute Friday, November 28, 2014 Tix: $8 in advance // $10 DOS A Live One A Live One began in December of 2010 by guitarist Josh Pearson and drummer Dan McGreevy of the band Moving Matter. As time turned elastic, the line up evolved to Wesley Haynes on keyboards, Andy Harn on Bass and Alan Eckert on drums. Being huge fans of Phish and heavily influenced by them, the band found it very exciting recreating their music. Soon realizing the diffic...

Live at Native: Mark Bumgarner

His musical style is a blend of roots country, bluegrass and hillbilly blues that creates a true "Southern Americana" sound. Music starts at 7:30pm with NO COVER.

Travers Brothership with The Dead 27s

Treat Yourself to: Rock/Blues/Jam TRAVERS BROTHERSHIP Founded by the two brothers; the Travers Brothership began with a shared intense love for playing and writing music. Eric and Kyle Travers started to learn music together at age 7. At age 12 they began performing before audiences, assisted by their Father and musician Robert Travers (also known as Hurricane Bob). The Brothers formed an alternative rock, funk, and blues quartet, the Travers Brothers Band in 2006. They proceeded to perform in A...

Chalwa

Treat Yourself to: Local Rock Reggae Chalwa is based out of Asheville, NC and plays original High Country Reggae. The band consists of a diverse all-star line-up of local musicians from bands such as Ras Alan and The Lions, Asheville Horns, Hope Massive, Josh Phillips Folk Festival, and Wiseapple. After hitting the scene in 2006, Chalwa toured throughout the southeast US and Jamaica. The band has shared the stage with reggae greats such as: Midnite, Groundation, The Meditations, Bambu Station, S...

Stump Mutts CD Release Party w/ Hard Rocket & Molly Parti

  • November 29, 2014
  • Address: 66 Asheland Avenue, Asheville, NC 28801
  • Venue:  The Millroom

Shake off your post-Thanksgiving cabin fever in downtown Asheville! Album release party for We Can All Relate by The Stump Mutts. Doors open at 7:30 pm. Special guests, Hard Rocket, kick things off at 8 pm. The Stump Mutts take the stage at 9:30 pm. Special DJ Set by Molly Parti from 11 to midnight. The Stump Mutts play all original, alternative rock. The band's energy shifts from build ups of sonic intensity to soothing, calm reflection. Lead singer Neal Ward’s edgy vocals rest comfortabl...

Sundays With Brevard Music Center

  • November 30, 2014
  • Location: Reuter Center, UNC-Asheville
  • Address: One University Heights, Asheville, NC 28804

The Brevard Music Center in partnership with the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) presents its Sundays with Brevard Music Center concert series on November 30, 2014, at 3:00pm in the Reuter Center on the campus of UNC Asheville. The program will feature Brevard Music Center artist faculty member Sue Barber with pianist Lori Piitz and guest flutist, Dilshad Posnock performing works by Ravel, Saint-Saens, Carl Maria von Weber and more.

World AIDS Day: A Celebration of Lives

Join us in the Renaissance Asheville Ballroom to celebrate the lives of all those affected by AIDS. The evening will feature live music and poetry that celebrates successes, remembers the past, and brings hope for the future.

Recurring Events

Sing With Song O' Sky Chorus!

  • November 25, 2014
  • Location: Reed Memorial Baptist Church
  • Address: 756 Fairview Road, Asheville, NC 28803
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Tuesday

Does singing make you happy? Are you looking for a musical home? Are you a woman 18 or older? Please visit Song O' Sky Chorus and discover the fun of creating four-part a cappella harmony.

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