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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.
Pulling from a catalog of four decades of John Hartford music, the Aereo-Plain String Band pays tribute to the work John Hartford and the great musicians he teamed with throughout his career. The band’s mission is to weave more Hartford tunes into the mainstream of bluegrass culture while honoring the unique contributions made by the songwriter who could very much be accredited with the invention of newgrass music.
Michael "Country" Carver and Mare Carmody discovered a kindred musical spirit upon meeting. Their voices and guitar styles come together with a blend of grit and honey, covering classics, original songs, and a few unexpected gems too.
Papadosio is excited to bring you a wonderful new event this February 26, 27 & 28, 2015 at New Mountain in Asheville, NC The Great Thaw: A Local Showcase 3 unique nights of Papadosio along with daytime workshops, organic food & local activism. More info coming soon... Lets celebrate the end of winter together in style Tickets on sale Thursday Dec 18th at 10am EST
Based in Los Angeles, by way of Atlanta, Dave has appeared on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, season 8 of Last Comic Standing, and provides voices for Adult Swim's animated series "Squidbillies". Dave was selected to the prestigious "New Faces" showcase at the 2013 Just For Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal and was picked by LA Weekly as one of the "12 Comics to watch" in 2012. Dave's laid back charm and self-predicating style make him a hit with a wide ran...
FIRESIDE COLLECTIVE Fireside Collective, a Progressive Folk band heavily influenced by American Roots Music, features strong musicianship, colorful harmonies, and contemporary original music. Proud to be a part of Asheville, North Carolina’s burgeoning music and art scene, the Collective seeks to bridge the gaps between early folk music, the urban folk revival, and the current folk renaissance happening today. Expect to see an energetic live show featuring songs of leaving, songs of love, ...
Solas — February 27, 2015 Celtic-Americana-folk-country barely hints at the seamless mix, the elegant melodies, and the masterful musicianship of Solas, “Irish America’s most influential band” (NPR’s The Thistle and Shamrock). Mainstage Celtic Series, Diana Wortham Theatre. Friday, February 27, 2015, 8:00 p.m. Tickets/Info: (828) 257-4530 or www.dwtheatre.com.
Grand Theft Audio plays all of your favorite classic rock tunes in the South Bar. Never a cover charge!
Phuncle Sam is Asheville’s own Dead~Centric “jam band”. Since their formation in 2004, Phuncle Sam has been firmly rooted in musical exploration. The band serves up inventive interpretations of Jerry Garcia, Grateful Dead and many others. They have built up a faithful following by using an approach that respects the improvisational traditions of The Dead, while exploring what can happen when individual band members bring their unique influences and interpretations into the mix.
Who’s Bad’s live performance is an unrivaled celebration of pop music’s one true King. Their powerpacked performance of Michael Jackson’s expansive catalog has ignited crowds on every continent and can only be described as a jaw-dropping, musical must-see. As the longest-running Michael Jackson tribute band, and the only one to predate his untimely passing, Who’s Bad has awed even the skeptics, selling out nearly 50 venues in the United Kingdom including London&rsqu...