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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.
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.
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 ...
Program to include Schubert’s Sonata in A minor, D. 821, "Arpeggione", Der Hirt auf dem Felsen (The Shepherd on the Rock), D. 965, and Piano Trio No. 1 in B flat major, D. 898. Call: 828-862-2105 or visit: brevardmusic.org for additional program or ticketing information.
Wednesday, July 30 – ZZ Top lay claim to being the longest-running major rock band with original personnel intact (40 years), and in 2004 the Texas trio was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Their biggest hits include “Sharp Dressed Man,” “Gimme All Your Lovin’” and “Legs.”
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. In 2014, performers at the Mountain Dance and Folk Festival will take to the stage for the 87th time at Diana Wortham Theatre at Pack Place in downtown Asheville on Thursday through Saturday (July 31 through August 2) at 7 p.m.
Sondheim's dark tale of violence, revenge, and pies has remained popular since its Broadway debut in 1979. Winner of the Tony Award for Best Musical, Best Book, and Best Original Score, Sweeney Todd sets the compelling story of the title character's obsessive search for revenge against Sondheim's characteristically complex and angular score. Join us as we close our 2014 opera season with this truly memorable performance. Call: 828-862-2105 or visit: brevardmusic.org for additional program or tic...
Thursday, July 31 – Steely Dan Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Walter Becker and Donald Fagen will bring Steely Dan to Biltmore this summer during their “Jamalot Ever After” Tour across the U.S. and Canada. Steely Dan has sold more than 40 million albums worldwide and helped define the soundtrack of the '70s with hits such as “Reelin' in the Years,” “Rikki Don't Lose That Number,” “F.M.,” “Peg,” “Hey Nineteen” and “...
Jim Lauderdale is a multiple Grammy® and Americana Music Association Award-winning musician and one of the most respected artists working the Americana, Bluegrass and Country music communities today. His record Buddy and Jim, which he wrote and recorded with longtime friend and collaborator Buddy Miller, was nominated this year for a Grammy in the Best Americana Album category and several Americana Music Awards, a show which he has hosted since 2002 (jimlauderdale.com). With Carter Girl, Car...
Conductor Ken Lam kicks off our final weekend, leading the Brevard Concert Orchestra in a performance of two powerful works. Violinist Noah Bendix-Balgley joins the orchestra to perform Khatchuturian's Violin Concerto. After Intermission, the orchestra will present a rare performance of Saint-Saëns's "Organ" Symphony. Call: 828-862-2105 or visit: brevardmusic.org for additional program or ticketing information.