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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.
Upright Citizens Brigade meets Def Poetry Jam meets comedy-folk duo Garfunkel & Oates in Cali Bulmash and Emily Lowinger’s genderfunk cabaret. Strap in for a musical ride through the many shades of love: requited, unrequited, gay, straight, queer, or, well, just "creative." The duo has performed all over the country and appeared in this year's New York International Fringe Festival. They are on an East Coast Tour promoting their first album ever, Same Brain.
Treat yourself to: Bluegrass/Old-time/Americana Bradley Carter is a musician with a lot of irons in the fire. A guitarist influenced and versed in everything from Bluegrass, Jazz, Rock, and Classical. A bluegrass banjoist who can play with the traditionalists as well as the jamgrassers. A songwriter as equally influenced by The Beatles as The Carter Family.. A composer who has scored several documentaries. A performer who brings together elements of John Hartford, Norman Blake, and Gillian Welch...
New Earth MUZiQ and Innercise Yoga Present: "Wellness" A New Mountain Movement, featuring Govinda and more! Thursday, October 23, 2014 Doors open at 5pm Tix: $12 in advance // $15 DOS Mission: New Earth Musiq & Innercise Yoga Wellness Movement events incorporate yoga and meditation, mindful conversation, and conscious music to unite the dimensions of wellness for an invigorating and uplifting experience aimed to transform the conscious body, mind, and Spirit and the space that surr...
Keys N Krates formed as the brainchild of drummer Adam Tune, synth/keyboard aficionado David Matisse and internationally award-winning turntablist Jr. Flo. The Toronto trio came together in 2008 with the desire to bring their blend of live electronic instrumentation to the stage. They’ve often been referred to as the worlds only “trap band,” a title they reluctantly accept. Tune says it best: “At the end of the day, people are going to call us whatever they want. We are r...
When Michael “Country” Carver and Mare Carmody harmonize together, their voices and guitar styles create a blend of country, blues, and Southern rock. Enjoy their covers of classics and original songs.
Treat yourself to: Southern Soul When a couple of Southern musicians left Texas for New York City a couple of years ago, they opted for cheap rent in the mostly African American neighborhood of Bedford-Stuyvesant in Brooklyn. Little did they know that they would develop a whole new sound thanks to a chance meeting with Mr. Jimmy, an impeccably tailored 70-year-old bar owner with a penchant for talking about his relations with women; and a Leslie Hammond cabinet they found in the trash at the chu...
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!