Asheville's Music Stories

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

Asheville's Drum Circle

Asheville's Drum Circle

by Jason Tarr

Every Friday night in the rounded outdoor amphitheater of downtown's Pritchard Park people join together to play thundering sounds on the drums, dance to the powerful rhythms, or just sit back and enjoy the show of individuality and diverse … read more

Homegrown Headliner: Lyric Catches the Ear of Asheville's Music Scene

Homegrown Headliner: Lyric Catches the Ear of Asheville's Music Scene

by Jason Tarr

Asheville native takes soul-pop sound from the sidewalks to the main stage Performing on the street in downtown Asheville’s Pack Square Park one day in 2011, Leeda “Lyric” Jones caught the attention of someone she never could … read more

A Soundtrack for the City: The Asheville Symphony Sessions

A Soundtrack for the City: The Asheville Symphony Sessions

by Del Holston

The Asheville Symphony Orchestra Sends A Musical Love Letter From Asheville To The World Asheville’s music scene is taking center stage in an innovative new album, which was released in May 2016. The Asheville Symphony Orchestra (ASO), along … read more

Asheville Venue Guide: Places to Eat, Drink and Dance

Asheville Venue Guide: Places to Eat, Drink and Dance

by Jonathan Ammons

Dinner and dancing are not mutually exclusive in Asheville. Many of our music halls double as a restaurant, or offer ways to nosh before catching a show. If you’re looking for the best all-in-one spots for your night on the town, then check … read more

Asheville Venue Guide: Asheville’s Iconic Music Venues

Asheville Venue Guide: Asheville’s Iconic Music Venues

by Jonathan Ammons

There are venues, and then there are iconic music halls – those place where stages have been graced by music legends, or in some cases, help made them legends. In Asheville those places are revamped skating rinks, born again movie theaters, … read more

Asheville Venue Guide: Under the Radar Music Halls

Asheville Venue Guide: Under the Radar Music Halls

by Jonathan Ammons

Music can be found everywhere in Asheville, from large music halls to the streets of downtown. Often times the best concerts are performed in rather unexpected places. Neighborhood dive bars, juke joints and local hot spots regularly play host to … read more

Rocking the Classics in Asheville

Rocking the Classics in Asheville

by Janet Moore

In a city where creativity is a way of life, it’s not surprising that the classics play an integral part of Asheville’s music scene in surprising ways. Take the Asheville Symphony Orchestra, for example. “Asheville is a musical … 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

L.A. to Asheville: Musician Ben Lovett Finds Inspiration in the Mountains

L.A. to Asheville: Musician Ben Lovett Finds Inspiration in the Mountains

by Elizabeth Sims

Asheville’s Dynamic Music Culture Offers Composer a Chance to Work from Home. Ben Lovett, an award-winning composer, producer and performer, first fell in love with the Blue Ridge Mountains as a kid when he visited his grandparents in … read more

Jazz Artist Lizz Wright Longs for the Sweetness of Home in the Mountains

Jazz Artist Lizz Wright Longs for the Sweetness of Home in the Mountains

by Elizabeth Sims

Eight years ago, while living in Brooklyn, Lizz Wright visited the South and performed at The Orange Peel. The event was transformative. “People were smiling everywhere I went. And for no reason. At the concert, people were dancing to every … read more

Sound Trek: A Music Lover's Guide to Asheville

Sound Trek: A Music Lover's Guide to Asheville

by Alli Marshall

Tuning Into Asheville's Music Scene Asheville’s known for many things: natural beauty, an historic downtown, craft beer and great food. The local music scene is equally deserving of a top-10 list mention. Though hard to explain, … read more

Rising Appalachia Rests Its Roots in Asheville

Rising Appalachia Rests Its Roots in Asheville

by Jen Nathan Orris

Sisters Draw Musical Inspiration From Appalachia and Beyond Sisters Leah Song and Chloe Smith started Rising Appalachia in 2004 as an experiment in combining Southern musical traditions with global influences. Their music has taken them around the … read more

Who's Next: Asheville's Grammy Watch List

Who's Next: Asheville's Grammy Watch List

by Alli Marshall

Which local musician will be next to bring home a Grammy? There’s no shortage of promising talent. Keep an eye on rising country artist Joe Lasher Jr. who, at 19, is already splitting his time between Asheville and Nashville. And Chase Rice … read more

The Grammy Goes to... Asheville's Connections to the Most Coveted Music Awards

The Grammy Goes to... Asheville's Connections to the Most Coveted Music Awards

by Alli Marshall

The red carpet at the Grammys' annual Los Angeles event may be more than 2,000 miles from Asheville, but plenty of local artists have made the star-studded stroll. Most recently, multi-platinum country singer/songrwiter Luke Combs, who grew up … read more

Moog Music: Pioneer of Modern Sound

Moog Music: Pioneer of Modern Sound

by Asheville Insider

Much of the music we hear today can trace its roots back to the legacy of music pioneer and long-time Asheville resident Dr. Bob Moog. Moog is best known for his 1960s invention of the revolutionary Moog Synthesizer, which electronically recreates … read more

Tap Your Toes at Asheville Music Festivals

Tap Your Toes at Asheville Music Festivals

by Janet Moore

Hear Local and World Talent at Asheville’s Musical Celebrations Asheville’s music scene, like the city, is melodious blend of contemporary, classical and old-time traditions. One look at our wide range of music festivals, and … 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

Echo Mountain Recording Puts Asheville On the Music Industry Map

Echo Mountain Recording Puts Asheville On the Music Industry Map

by Elizabeth Sims

A Musical Sanctuary Something’s happening here. What it is ain’t exactly clear. The brick and stained glass 1926 former AME Methodist Church, just off Patton Avenue in downtown Asheville, is once again filled with music. Maybe a little … read more

Stay Up Late And Discover Another Side of Asheville

Stay Up Late And Discover Another Side of Asheville

by Elizabeth Sims

Late Night Offerings Will Lure You Sometimes, you just don’t want the fun to stop, the music to fade away, the celebration to be over. You want to squeeze every last minute of living life to the fullest out of each and every day. So, after 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

Asheville Events: A Seasonal Guide to the Best Local Events

Asheville Events: A Seasonal Guide to the Best Local Events

by Del Holston

Asheville Festivals at a Glance Which fest is the best? Here are top choices for Asheville festivals happening throughout the year. Truly one of the great things about Asheville is that no matter what time of year you visit, there’s a good … read more

Where to Dance in Asheville

Where to Dance in Asheville

by Jacqui Castle

Asheville’s Vibrant Dance Scene Has Something for Everyone You can dance if you want to, and finding a location for releasing your inner performer will be a breeze when visiting the vibrant and eclectic city of Asheville. This Blue Ridge … read more

Discover The Magic of Asheville

Discover The Magic of Asheville

Because there's More to Life Than the Climb... There's the view that takes your breath away, the refreshing mountain air and the fresh flavors of the Blue Ridge. Discover Asheville, and perhaps your new favorite song by local band River … read more