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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.
Treat yourself to: Folk/Americana The Alex Krug Combo has recently gained momentum, throwing a 2013 CD Release Party at Highland Brewery for their new album “Divers” as well as opening for such acts as Donna the Buffalo and Erin McKeown. Alex moved to Asheville a few years ago from rural Maryland, where she grew up as a sixth generation blacksmith. This unique upbringing as well as time spent in the forest, rivers, hilly farmlands, and state park nearby undoubtedly helped cultivate a...
"The secret is out, Jay Brown is the most authentic songster to come out of the Carolina High Country since a man named Doc Watson." -Ketch Secor of Old Crow Medicine Show http://www.jaybrownmusic.com/ Music starts at 7:30 p.m. with NO COVER!
Pan Harmonia presents the Opal String Quartet Friday, October 24 at 7:30 PM in the intimate St. Mary’s Episcopal Church at 337 Charlotte in North Asheville. The Opal String Quartet will lend their passionate and incisive style to romantic masterpieces by Brahms and Bloch, as well as two brand new compositions by local composer Tim Winter of Saluda. Winter's works are jazzy, lush, intriguing, and highly listenable, and create the perfect counterpoint for the deep sonorities of Johannes Bra...
Grit, elemental rhythm, tight-as-a-drumhead playing, and a profound depth of feeling: these are the promises of a great soul band. And St. Paul & The Broken Bones deliver on those promises. Half The City is the compelling full-length Single Lock/Thirty Tigers debut of the Birmingham, Alabama-based sextet, who have already created a maelstrom of interest with their roof-raising live shows and self-released four-song 2012 EP. Produced by Ben Tanner of Alabama Shakes, and recorded and mixed in ...
A celebration of the best in Celtic Tribal / Rock / Pop / Traditional / Fusion, featuring three of the most exciting bands on the Celtic festival circuit today. Vendors of handcrafted and imported Irish/Scottish goods, award-winning regional barbecue and fresh local-brewed beer, plus a Saturday night costume contest!
Jimmy Eat World is commemorating the ten year anniversary of their hit album Futures by performing the record from beginning to end. Jimmy Eat World will also reissue their albums Static Prevails, Clarity and Futures this fall. All of the titles are available as double LP’s for pre-order now at http://shop.jimmyeatworld.com/
MARK FARINA Mark Farina has thrilled crowds globally, entertaining over 1 million fans per year. As one of the most ubiquitous DJs in Dance Music, Farina’s known for both his unique style of mixing Jazz, Downtempo and House Music as well as being the creator of Mushroom Jazz:West Coast jazzy, organic productions combined with East Coast Hip-Hop, Urban beats. Drawing from his vibrant youth, which included being a trumpet player in marching band, a drummer in a nu wave cover band and a guest...
Transylvania County's Annual Old Time & Bluegrass Competition Cash prizes for winners of each category! Street Dance at the end of the day with the winning band! Categories: Ballad Singing Banjo Fiddle Open Band.
Ooh La La's Holiday Bazaar is happy to announce its 3rd season this fall. A continuation of the Curiosity Market that took place this Summer in Pritchard Park, located in the center of beautiful downtown Asheville. The Holiday Bazaar will showcase the work of more than a dozen local artists. Taking place over three Saturdays this Fall from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Oct. 18th, Oct. 25 and Nov. 1st. Ooh La La's Holiday Bazaar will feature works by local painters, leather smiths, jewelry makers, potters, ...