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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.
Self-described as a wrecking ball of sound, The Kansas Bible Co. is a 12-piece live ensemble featuring eclectic instrumentation, blending elements of psychedelic pop, progressive rock, surf rock, and soul. People’s Blues of Richmond, on the other hand, is only a 3-piece outfit but pack just as much of a punch with their dark carnival-themed, blues-infused psychedelia. Opening support from Atlanta’s Stokeswood.
Ryan Cavanaugh's innovative ideas of how and what is played on the 5-string banjo are occupied by few musicians alike. Hailing originally from North Carolina, Cavanaugh's first appearances as a child featured his hard-driving styles on WPAQ radio and with Doc Watson, Doug Dillard, and John McEuen. Cavanaugh is a champion of premier traditional banjo contests RockyGrass, MerleFest, FiddleFest and Renofest. Recommended by jazz guitarist John McLaughlin and Béla Fleck, Cavanaugh has spent th...
Friday, July 3rd, New Mountain presents American music icon Don Mclean! Best know for his 1971 magnum opus “American Pie”, Mclean’s contribution to America’s cultural heritage is nothing short of paramount. Don’t miss this special Independence Day weekend performance from one of Rock & Roll biggest living legends, live at Downtown Asheville’s newest outdoor concert venue - The New Mountain Amphitheater! Opening support from Appalachian Folk/Roots band Sold...
Join us in wishing "Fare Thee Well" to the Grateful Dead for their last 3 shows together live on our Monster Projection Screen. Friday and Sunday will be inside, and July 4th will be held outside so we can dance under the starry skies!! The 5 shows will air live here on June 27, 28 & July 3, 4, & 5th.
Jim Arrendell hosts another Friday Night Dance Party at Isis. Join us for some dinner and dancing. Celebrate Life with an evening of Motown and Soul from the 50’s through the 70s. Music that will make you want to dance. Dinner reservations are available in the dining room, seating in the music hall and balcony will be first come first serve. Bring your dancing shoes - 21+ Show - Music : Genre: Oldies,R&B / Urban
Mindelixir: Mindelixir AKA Bill Schimel, is a Charlotte, NC based electronic music producer inspired heavily by video games, equal parts sexy and sci fi, a bass scientist, founder of Bass Church, influential in the rise of bass music in the SouthEast region of the US, included on Ministry of Sound’s 2013 Sound of Trap alongside artists such as Diplo, A-Trak, Kanye West and has performed with artists such as Bassnectar, Pretty Lights,Flying Lotus, Photek, Skream, and Joker. mindelixir.com D...
This Independence Day, join us at New Mountain Asheville for the 1st Annual West End 4th of July Celebration! Headlined by homegrown Rock & Roll local favorites The Broadcast, the day long event will be held outdoors in the New Mountain Amphitheater with additional performances from Blu Bop: A Tribute to the Music of Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, East Coast Dirt, and Andrew Scotchie & the River Rats! Tickets are only $10.
Join us for a 4th of July Celebration to remember! Enter your favorite smoked meat, grilled meat, or side dish in our cookoff for up to $500 in cash prizes. Asheville's premiere funkstress LYRIC will take the stage after the fireworks are over! Grateful Dead live show on the monster screen outside.
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...
Relax outdoors to the beat of bluegrass, Americana, folk, blues or other genres while enjoying a regional craft brew or glass of wine on our riverside deck. Talented local musicians and singer-songwriters liven up the scene on Friday & Saturday evenings in July at this popular burger joint in Chimney Rock Village. The Old Rock Café features one of the 2014 Zagat-rated “Must-Try Burgers Across the Country” with Hickory Nut Gap Meats' 100% grass-fed beef burger. The full men...
The music of Zansa, a Nouchi slang word from Ivory Coast meaning "combination" or "blend," is a synthesis of traditional and modern styles of West Africa. The Asheville, NC-based ensemble melds African folk music with modern afropop, African drumming, and the dance-oriented Ivorian street music called Zouglou. Zansa is led by 33rd generation West African musician Adama Dembele, a native of Ivory Coast, who began his music career in the late '90s by founding the drum & dan...
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.
Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC) is launching its "Saturday Night Lights" summer series starting Saturday, June 27th 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.