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45th Annual Christmas at Biltmore

  • November 12, 2019
  • Venue:  Biltmore
  • Address: One Lodge Street, Asheville, NC 28803

Open Mic at Vintage Kava

  • November 12, 2019
  • Venue:  Vintage Kava
  • Address: 141 Reems Creek Road, Weaverville, NC 28787

An Evening with Chris Frisina

Get Weird Wednesdays

  • November 13, 2019
  • Venue:  Sly Grog Lounge
  • Address: 271 Haywood Street, Asheville, NC 28801

Lula Wiles w/ Dyado

Sawyer Fredericks

Super Gold

  • November 13, 2019
  • Venue:  Fleetwood's
  • Address: 496 Haywood Road, Asheville, NC 28806

Turnover & Men I Trust

  • November 13, 2019
  • Venue:  The Orange Peel
  • Address: 101 Biltmore Ave, Asheville, NC 28801

(CANCELLED) An Evening with Roman Street

Allah-Las w/ Tim Hill

An Evening with Tracy Grammer

Freeway Jubilee with Random Animals

  • November 14, 2019
  • Venue:  Ambrose West
  • Address: 312 Haywood Road, Asheville, NC 28806

Gaelic Storm

  • November 14, 2019
  • Venue:  The Orange Peel
  • Address: 101 Biltmore Ave, Asheville, NC 28801

Gaelic Storm

An Evening with Escaping Pavement

Canadian Brass

Corey Harris + Todd Albright

Free Planet Radio Album Release Show

Into The Fog at Catawba Brewing - South Slope

Unknown Tongues play the Cork & Keg

  • November 15, 2019
  • Venue:  Weinhaus
  • Address: 86 Patton Avenue, Asheville, NC 28801

An Evening with Roger Street Friedman

Big Dawg Slingshots play the Cork & Keg

  • November 16, 2019
  • Venue:  Weinhaus
  • Address: 86 Patton Avenue, Asheville, NC 28801

Brandon Quinn Live

  • November 16, 2019
  • Venue:  Vintage Kava
  • Address: 141 Reems Creek Road, Weaverville, NC 28787

Asheville's Musical Legacy

Asheville has a long history with music, beginning with traditional songs and tunes brought to the area by Scotch-Irish settlers. Over the years, the legends of what was once called "mountain music"--people like Jimmie Rodgers and Bill Monroe, and later Doc Watson and the Steep Canyon Rangers--contributed their own work to Asheville's cultural scene. Today, these traditional sounds can still be heard across Western North Carolina.

Music Traditions in the Blue Ridge
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Shindig on the Green Music and Dance Festival in Asheville, N.C.

Shindig on the Green Music and Dance Festival in Asheville, N.C.

by Jason Tarr

Each summer, the festival series celebrates traditional mountain music and dance of Asheville and the Southern Appalachian Mountains. Shindig on the Green is a free, outdoor mountain bluegrass music and dance festival that takes place throughout the … read more

It began with the banjo: David Holt’s long affair with traditional Southern Appalachian music

It began with the banjo: David Holt’s long affair with traditional Southern Appalachian music

by Alli Marshall

In 1969 David Holt packed up his truck and drove from California to North Carolina. “That was the same summer as Woodstock, and I was going to wood stick,” he jokes. But the Texas-born multi-instrumentalist, who got his start as a jazz … read more

Appalachia’s Ballad Singing Tradition

Appalachia’s Ballad Singing Tradition

by Gina Smith

With its thriving music scene, including an ever-growing list of local Grammy nominees, Asheville is making a name for itself nationally as a hotbed for singing talent. But the craft of telling stories through song has long been woven into the … read more

50 Things to Do in Asheville, N.C.

50 Things to Do in Asheville, N.C.

by Del Holston

If you’re looking for things to do in Asheville, then consider this list your primer to the many activities available in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Whether you’re a first-time visitor, or perhaps well acquainted with the flair of this … read more

Mountain Sounds, Legacy of Dulcimers

Mountain Sounds, Legacy of Dulcimers

by Cat Kessler

Locally Crafted Instruments Lend Melodies a Blue Ridge Ring Enthusiasts of Appalachian music are likely familiar with the whimsical sounds of dulcimers, instruments that have a rich legacy tied to the Blue Ridge Mountains. Jerry Read Smith, a local … read more

Asheville's Busking Scene Keeps Music in the Air

Asheville's Busking Scene Keeps Music in the Air

by Larry Bleiberg

Street performers from around the world bring their talent to Asheville When Peter Levitov blows into his homemade didgeridoo, an ethereal throbbing sound from the Australian aboriginal instrument echoes through downtown Asheville. A moment later, a … read more

Play On In: Immerse Yourself in Mountain Sounds

Play On In: Immerse Yourself in Mountain Sounds

by Elizabeth Sims

A Feast for the Ears Musical roots grow very deep in the mountains. The ground is melodiously fertile, and music thrives here. Listen closely and you’ll hear a fiddle at dusk down a long mountain cove. Hear the tap-tapa-tap of young mountain … read more

Live Music Lives in Asheville

Live Music Lives in Asheville

by Jen Nathan Orris

Follow Your Ears to Asheville’s Hot Sounds Wander through Asheville and you’ll hear music from every nook and cranny. A bluegrass fiddler on the sidewalk, an indie rocker at a club, and an old-timey jam session at a bar are all equally … read more