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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.
Twenty years ago, Highland opened its doors in a town otherwise bereft of breweries. Our name anchors us here – “Highland” honors Asheville’s Scots-Irish heritage. In a final salute to our 20th anniversary, we present the 20th beer in the series: our limited edition, 20th Anniversary Weizenbock. Pause to take in the aromas of clove and banana. Wheat, barley, and chocolate rye create complex malt flavors, accented by a hint of spiciness. "Just a wee bit different,&quo...
Flosstradamus spent the last 8 years breaking new sounds around the globe and becoming club kings in the process. But how do they keep doing it? J2K and Autobot’s knack for flipping your favorite tracks in unexpected new ways (from their earliest DJ blends to high-energy hybrids like the duo’s hit remix of Major Lazer’s “Original Don”) certainly helps. So does having a catalog of original bangers on Fool’s Gold, Green Label Sound and Mad Decent/Jeffree’s...
Rumpke Mountain Boys have molded their own style of bluegrass/jamgrass that they call Trashgrass. Using banjo, mandolin, bass, and acoustic guitar RMB plays a wide variety original and cover material. The band’s choice of songs to cover leaves no genre of music untouched. Being a group comprised of four singer/songwriters their list of originals is just as diverse. The passion and drive of their live performance has made Rumpke a favorite at festivals and music venues everywhere they go.
Treat Yourself to: Blues/Rock Soul and blues music will never go out of style. Spawned from these roots, Gaslight Street melds pure Southern rock with charismatic vocals, traipsing the boundaries of blues and funk. Born in the musical bastion of Charleston, SC, Gaslight Street’s regional presence continues to grow behind their third album release, “Heavy Wind” in October 2013. Featuring the unmistakably soulful lyrics and poignant vocals of Campbell Brown, the follow-up to 2011...
Whether you follow traditions that span generations, or you've created your own unique mix, our Holiday Medley event invites you to celebrate! Enjoy a day of global music, local food trucks with international flair, and engaging, worldwide holiday decor. It will spark conversation about travel, past or future. You can tell us what you believe in. You can dress for an international affair. What can you bring to the medley? Live jazz by One Leg Up from 6:30-8:30pm. We welcome everyone to bring can...
New Earth MUZiQ Presents: JGBCB w/ Phuncle Sam Saturday, December 20th, 2014 Doors: 9pm Show: 10pm Set Times: Phuncle Sam will play from 10pm -11pm & JGBCB will play two sets from 11:15pm - 2am Tix: $12 Tickets available at www.newmountainavl.com & The Circle in West Asheville JGBCB Athens, Georgia’s own Jerry Garcia Band Cover Band!
Growing up in the American South, and taking great inspiration from global roots music from their travels around the world, Sisters Leah and Chloe tear into sound with sensual prowess as stages ignite. Listen to their beautiful sound for strong poetic voclas, soul singing, spoken word rallies, banjos, fiddles, many beats of drums, kalimbas, beat box, eclectic instrumentation, groove and dance parties alike… Intentionally self-managed and produced for the last 6 years…they have to...
A Swannanoa Solstice — December 21, 2014 (two shows) Award-winning recording artists Al Petteway, Amy White, and Robin Bullock are joined by the talents and voices of special guest musicians, storytellers, dancers, and host Doug Orr for a joyous and contemplative performance. Mainstage Special Attractions Series, Diana Wortham Theatre. Sunday, December 21, 2014, 2:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m. Tickets/Info: (828) 257-4530 or www.dwtheatre.com
Dave Desmelik is a singer-songwriter and instrumentalist whose musical focus is on original compositions. What attracts listeners to Desmelik’s tunes, old and new, is the element of authenticity incorporated in them.