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Asheville Music Scene

From Bluegrass to Newgrass to Nograss

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.

These Hills are Alive with the Sound of Appalachian Music

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.

Roots & Trails: New Guidebook!

Blue Ridge Music Trails of North Carolina

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…

Musical Road Tripping

A CD Guidebook for the Ears

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.

Top 8 Toe-Tappin' Adventures in Asheville

  1. Shindig Under the Stars - Bring your lawn chair (and an instrument, if you play one) for a free evening of traditional Southern Appalachian music, jam sessions and folk dancing at Shindig on the Green, Saturday nights under the stars from June through August in Pack Square Park. This is one of the most popular Asheville festivals of the year.
  2. Pick 'n Pie – Learn the secrets of mountain kitchens and mountain music in the same evening! Native Ground Music and Log Cabin Cooking partner to share their deep knowledge of Appalachian arts in beginners' classes in a charming farmhouse setting.
  3. Old Time Jam Session – Appalachian and Celtic music legacies are honored at the informal weekly jam sessions at Jack of the Wood. Rub elbows, and instruments, with Asheville bands and the locals while you enjoy a fresh, hand-crafted pint from Green Man and some time-traveling acoustic tunes.
  4. The Nation's Longest Running Folk Festival – 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.
  5. Bluegrass Buskers – Nowhere is the music culture and bluegrass influence more accessible than on the streets of Asheville. When the weather is nice, nearly every downtown corner offers a spontaneous stage. Head to Pack Square or the iconic Flat Iron statue along the Urban Trail for bands like 13 Strings and a Two Dollar Bill, Flat Creek Trio and The Leather Britches.
  6. Asheville Music Hall Haunts – From intimate listening rooms to large music halls ideal for dancing, Asheville area music venues run the gamut: Grey Eagle, White Horse Black Mountain, Isis Music Hall and The Orange Peel offer variety in their line-ups, but bluegrass and roots can always be found if you watch the schedules. Tip: Asheville's breweries are also musically inclined. Pisgah, Highland, Wedge and French Broad Brewing all offer live music with craft beer cool.
  7. Asheville Drum Circle
  8. Contra and Square Dance – Pack a skirt that twirls! European and American folk dance is seeing a revival, and nowhere is that more clear than in the mountains of Western NC. At Grey Eagle, Warren Wilson or White Horse Black Mountain, the locals will take you in their arms, quite literally, and show you the steps.
  9. Asheville Drum Circle – You might hear a fiddle or banjo thrown in the mix, but the instrument of choice for this 10+ year Asheville music tradition is the drum. Follow the pounding rhythm downtown to a dance party under the stars. You can't help but move your feet.

A Thriving Music Scene

Miike Snow and Petter Winnberg on stage at Moogfest 2012

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.


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Upcoming Events

Bradley Carter & Friends

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...

Mystical Arts of Tibet: Sacred Music, Sacred Dance for World Healing

  • October 22, 2014
  • Location: UNC-Asheville, Lipinsky Auditorium
  • Address: One University Heights, Asheville, NC 28804

The Mystical Arts of Tibet: Sacred Music Sacred Dance performance comprises selections believed to generate energies conducive to world healing. Robed in magnificent costumes and playing traditional Tibetan instruments, the Loseling monks perform ancient temple music and dance for world healing.

Carolina Ceili Celtic/Irish Music

High-energy Irish/celtic show.

Govinda Featuring "Wellness," A New Mountain Movement

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 / gLAdiator plus Thugli

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...

Live Music Thursday with Carver & Carmody

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.

The Gold Magnolias

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...

Alex Krug Combo

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...

Celtober at White Horse, Black Mountain

An evening with three of today's premier performers of Celtic Tribal / Rock / Pop / Fusion / Traditional Music

Live at Native: Jay Brown!

"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!

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