- SoundSpace@Rabbit’s: A historic Black-owned tourist court and dining room from the segregation-era South is getting new life as a musician rehearsal space and soul food kitchen. Nationally acclaimed multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, recording artist Claude Coleman Jr. (30-year drummer for the alternative rock band Ween) and lifelong musician and producer Brett Spivey are behind the effort to restore this former crown jewel of Black-owned Tourist Courts as a landmark, honoring the Black community of Southside in Asheville and the history of the motel, including famous guests like Richard Pryor and R&B legend Jackie Wilson.
- Vinyl Record Plant + Music Café: Opening this September, Citizen Vinyl will offer an immersive music experience with a record plant, independent record store and music café and bar. Powerhouses of Asheville’s maker scene have combined on this project and include Gar Ragland (music producer and president of NewSong Music), Susannah Gebhart (OWL Bakery) and Chef Graham House (formerly of Sovereign Remedies). Little-known bluegrass heritage: While making plans for the first-floor record plant and music café, it was recognized that the third floor of the building was once home to WWNC Radio and was the location where Bill Monroe (known as the “Father of Bluegrass”) and the Bluegrass Boys introduced the world to bluegrass music. Ragland’s studios are now located in the original WWNC Radio space, with original architectural details.
- Opening soon in the South Slope district, Rabbit Rabbit is a new outdoor event venue from Asheville Brewing Company and The Orange Peel, Asheville’s nationally known rock club that has hosted acts such as Bob Dylan, Ben Harper, The Flaming Lips and The Beastie Boys. The space will offer live music, movie screenings, local beer and food trucks.
- Get a flavor-filled taste of Asheville’s music scene with the Lawn Concert Series at Isis Music Hall & Kitchen 743, held evenings, Thursday through Sunday. The West Asheville venue—once a single-screen movie theater in the 30s through 50s—is focusing on their outdoor stage. These limited-space live performances feature special dinner menus and table seating on the patio.
Information on the safety actions of local businesses and shared responsibility of visitors can be found via the “Asheville Cares Stay Safe Pledge.”