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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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Special Events

Fourth-Annual Asheville Beer Week

  • May 29, 2015
  • Location: Various Locations
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily

It’s time to celebrate all things craft beer at Asheville Beer Week. The fourth-annual Asheville Beer Week is on the books! Mark your calendars for May 22 – May 30, 2015. Come see why 26 breweries were started here and still call Western North Carolina home. And, find out what drew Sierra Nevada, Oskar Blues and New Belgium to build second homes here. Asheville Beer Week will feature an amazing line-up of tastings, dinners, beer education and other beer-related fun (and nonsen...

Sixth-Annual Beer City Festival

  • May 30, 2015
  • Location: Pack Square Park
  • Address: Pack Square Park, Asheville, NC 28801
  • Venue:  Pack Square Park

Asheville's premier downtown craft-beer festival will take place on May 30th on Roger McGuire Green. Beer City Fest brings the best local and regional breweries from Asheville and surrounding areas together for a great day of beer and music. This year's event features over 32+ breweries and local music acts such as Empire Strikes Brass, Lyric, Debrissaandthebearking, and Andrew Scotchie & The River Rats. All of the breweries featured in Beer City Festival are members of the Asheville Brew...

Single-Day Events

AMANDLA (Claude Coleman Jr. of Ween)

Amandla is the music and group of Claude Coleman Jr., familiarly known as the perversely versatile, original drummer for the group Ween. In addition to drumming with a host of additional artists including Eagles of Death Metal, his 25-year discography stretches across an eclectic array of artists and players throughout the NY/NJ area and beyond. Amandla is Coleman as its singer-songwriter, performing on all instruments, engineering and producing. Live, he is Amandla’s frontman and guitari...

An Evening with The Grahams

Alyssa and Doug Graham have spent nearly their entire lives exploring music together. Friends since she was 7 and he was 9, they became a couple in their teens, then husband and wife. Somewhere along the way, they also became The Grahams, a dynamic Americana duo who've married their love of adventure with a desire to build on foundations laid by their musical predecessors. Join us for a great evening of entertainment, food, and spirits. Music : Genre: Acoustic,Americana,Folk,Singer/Songwriter Ge...

David Zoll Quartet

Come out to our tasting room this Friday for free live music with the David Zoll Quartet! David Zoll grew up on Long Island, NY with a steady diet of doo-wop, Motown and classic R and B from local oldies radio, Willie Nelson, Simon and Garfunkel, and the Everly Brothers from his parents, and Brian Setzer, the Ramones and Black Sabbath from his brother. Food Trucks Root Down and Appalachian BBQ will be on site.

Diane Durrett & Steff Mahan [Singer/Songwriter / Blues]

“She’s good. She’s damn good.” Sting’s summation of his duet with singer songwriter Diane Durrett speaks for anyone who’s ever heard her perform. In 2013 Durrett was elected to the board of governors (vocal seat) by the Atlanta chapter of the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences best known for its Grammy Awards. A Memphis reporter once wrote that Diane’s performance was so powerful that “If you don’t go see her she may just come ...

Goldie and the Screamers with CaroMia Tiller on the Patio

Goldie & The Screamers have a mission to move you: to create music that stirs your heart without neglecting your body. This Asheville based Soul/Neo Soul outfit have been quickly building a loyal following since their first public performance in the Spring of 2014. Genre: Folk Rock,Indie,Singer/Songwriter Come enjoy an evening on the patio or a picnic on the Isis Lawn as we present CaroMia and her band Goldie and the Screamers 7:30pm - 9:30pm :: FREE We have blankets available for the lawn ...

The Wilhelm Brothers - Folk Rock With Cello Infusion

  • May 29, 2015
  • Location: Foggy Mountain Brewpub
  • Address: 12 Church St., Asheville, NC 28801

"The Wilhelm Brothers are similar to the sounds of Damien Rice but with an Americana influence rather than Irish. There is a certain folk aspect in Wilhelm's voice, guitar melodies and Ensslin's bass lines, but when Ensslin's beautiful cello melodies enter the mix, a unique fusion is created with a passion that is often found in classical pieces such as Bach's Cello Suite." -Leena Dbouk / Spartanburg Herald Journals

Alex Krug Combo

  • May 30, 2015
  • Location: Highland Brewing Company
  • Address: 12 Old Charlotte Highway, Asheville, NC 28803
  • Venue:  Highland Brewing Company

The Alex Krug Combo brings heart-driven, rock-americana to listeners. Not an easy band to classify, the experience may be described as vocal-driven rock, infused with bits of blues, jazz, country and a sprinkling of funk. Food Trucks - Root Down and Appalachian BBQ

An Evening With Charles "Wigg" Walker [Funky Soul]

Charles Walker was born in Nashville, Tennessee on July 12, 1940. Charles or “Wigg,” as he is known by his friends (his mother nicknamed him when he was born with a full head of hair), began singing at an early age in church and school. He cut his first record in 1959 for Ted Jarrett’s legendary Champion label. One cut, “Slave To Love,” was credited to Charles Walker and the Daffodils. In fact, there was no such group as the Daffodils. The backup singers on the reco...

BB King of the Blues Tribute – The Vintage Years with Peggy Ratusz

BB King of the Blues Tribute – The Vintage Years “Blues with Peggy Ratusz” Isis Upstairs Lounge residency will be wrapping up with a full on electric band tribute to BB King on Saturday May 30th at 9pm. The idea to pay tribute to the one born Riley B. King, came to Ratusz when owner of Isis, Scott Woody requested that for her final week, she move it to the big stage downstairs when at the same time the unfortunate news came that BB had passed away. Having already planned to fea...

Ooh La La Curiosity Market

  • May 30, 2015
  • Location: Pritchard Park
  • Address: 67 Patton Ave., Asheville, NC 28801

Ooh La La Curiosity Market is an art market that takes place in Pritchard Park, located in the center of beautiful downtown Asheville and will showcase the work of more than a dozen local artists. Taking place over 11 Saturdays throughout Summer beginning May 23th. Ooh La La will feature works by local painters, leather smiths, jewelry makers, potters, up-cycled crafters, and other curious delights, all beneath the colored canopies of large market umbrellas. In addition to the artists, the marke...

Recurring Events

Tarocco: A Soldier's Tale

The Italian tradition of Comedia dell’arte comes alive in Tarocco: A Soldier’s Tale, a kaleidoscopic narrative about one soldier’s journey out of the trenches of the first World War, and into the mesmerizing dreamworld of a 15th century Italian Tarot deck. Trapped in German-occupied Piedmont, the dying soldier uses a deck of playing cards (the Tarocco Piemontese) to weave himself a fantasy of ruin and redemption and keep the dark reality of war at bay. The Magician. The Hanged...

"Saturday Night Lights" Spring Series at Tryon International Equestrian Center

  • May 30, 2015
  • Location: Tryon International Equestrian Center
  • Address: 4066 Pea Ridge Road, Mill Spring, NC 28756
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Saturday

Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC) is launching its "Saturday Night Lights" spring series starting Saturday, May 16th from 5-9 p.m. These Saturday nights will feature free admission to TIEC to watch the Grand Prix competition, plus free carousel rides, street performers, live music, and more. Restaurants are now open onsite, as well, with a wide array of food options.

Concerts in the Park Series

  • May 30, 2015
  • Location: Biltmore Park Town Square
  • Address: 2 Town Square Boulevard, Asheville, NC 28803
  • Venue:  Biltmore Park Town Square
  • Recurrence: Recurring monthly on the last Saturday

We invite you to bring your family, friends and neighbors and enjoy a musical evening in Biltmore Park Town Square. Grab a blanket and join us in Cecil Park, the green space near Hickory Tavern and Brixx Wood Fired Pizza, for Concerts in the Park. The Concerts in the Park series takes place the last Saturday of the month, May through September, from 7-9 pm. Come enjoy two full hours of live music, dancing and fun for the whole family. Join us May 30th as we kick off the 2015 Concert in the Pa...