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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.
You loved Beatles music when you were a kid. Now it’s time for YOUR kids to experience the magic of the Beatles LIVE in concert. On the afternoon of Saturday Jan 31, Abbey Road LIVE! will be performing a special all-ages “family matinee” show. Abbey Road LIVE! is well known for their energetic concerts at clubs, theaters and festivals. This time, the focus will be on the kids. Expect fun classics such as “Octopus’ Garden”, “Yellow Submarine”, and &...
The SOL Bar of New Mountain Asheville Presents: Atlas Road Crew Doors: 9pm Show: 10pm Tix: $5 in advance // $7 DOS Atlas Road Crew It seems as if Atlas Road Crew has arrived from another decade as their old-school sound oozes vintage 70s rock dripping with influences ranging from the Rolling Stones to The Band to the Allmans but with modern influences like The Black Keys and Kings of Leon. With an extensive catalog of covers and a rapidly growing list of in-demand originals, Atlas Road Crew ha...
The Night Crawlers are masters at good old Rhythm and Blues! One of our crowd favorites!!!
Bill Evans, (guitar, guitar synth, vocals) From New York, influences run from Jerry Garcia to John Coltrane. Bill previously played in Asheville’s “Unidentified Filharmonic Orchestra”and “String Elixer”, upstate NY’s popular “Deeper Roots” and many other musical projects. James “Stymie” Collins, (guitar, vocals) From North Carolina, influences include, The Grateful dead, Phish and Widespread Panic. Stymie previously played with &ldquo...
Passion, artistry and skill collide during this dream weekend for lovers of all things Celtic. Join us as we celebrate the Scottish-Irish heritage of Western North Carolina with the finest in music! In addition to the feature concerts with RUNA and Gaelic Storm, other weekend activities include Scottish Border Collie sheepdog trial demonstrations, Celtic vendors, a cooking demonstration, chair massages, guided history tours, and live Celtic music throughout the Inn.
It’s that time of year once again! And as we begin our year-long celebration of Pisgah Brewing’s 10-year Anniversary in 2015, we are excited to kick the celebration off with one of our favorite self-established holidays, STOUT HOG DAY!! The 8th Annual Stout Hog Day will kick off at 12pm on Sunday, February 1st, and will feature a taproom full of stouts and darks with some of Pisgah’s finest darker brews as well as a special collection of local and sought after stouts. A new tra...
Starting NEXT Tuesday, December 9, 2014 Burial Beer Co. will be operating at full taproom hour capacity. What does this mean for the fine people of AVL and our visitors? Expanded hours starting Tuesday, December 9th. Tuesdays- Fridays 4-10PM Saturdays 2-10PM Sundays 12-8PM We are hosting a Jazz Brunch every Sunday (starting 12/14) from 12PM-the foods runs out. Gary Sernak (of Zambra, The Admiral and Blind Pig dinners) as well as Josh Dillard (of Zambra, Esmerelda and Asheville Pizza Co.) are t...
Limited Tables Available with Dinner Reservation. Every Sunday there's Jazz at Isis. The night is hosted by Dr Bill Bares and will feature the best jazz musicians from Asheville and afar! Reservations for dinner are available in the Lounge or the Music Hall by calling Isis at 828-575-2737. Otherwise, seating is available on a first come basis. Doors open 5:00 PM - All Ages Show - isisasheville.com