The Asheville Music History Walking Tour explores downtown Asheville through the stories of bands, musicians, sound innovation, and creative culture. During this 2-hour, 1.5 mile stroll, we’ll talk about Asheville’s eclectic music roots, from Scots-Irish and Appalachian traditions to today’s heady blend of rock, blues, electronic, hip-hop, and experimental sounds.
The tour winds its way through several downtown areas, such as Lexington Avenue and The Block — Asheville’s historic African-American business district. We’ll stop by the Moogseum, Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center, famed music venue The Orange Peel, and more.
Expect fun facts from the past 100 years of Asheville’s history, along with insider insights from a longtime Asheville resident and arts/music journalist.
There will be plenty of photo ops and an accompanying soundtrack as well as suggestions for eateries, breweries, and can’t-miss activities. YOUR GUIDE: Alli Marshall has lived in Asheville for 26 years. She worked as the arts section editor for alternative newsweekly Mountain Xpress for 17 years, during which time she extensively covered the Asheville music scene as well as local history. Alli is an award-winning writer and performer and a seasoned storyteller.