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

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/songwriter Luke Combs, who grew up in Asheville, earned a Grammy nomination for Best New Artist in 2019. Combs' first album spent 37 non-consecutive weeks at #1 on the

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Arts, Music

Fox & Beggar Ringleader

The New Old Razzle Dazzle

Discover Asheville’s Vaudeville Revival In Asheville, all the world’s a swirling stage of jugglers and street performers, burlesque stars and variety shows, fire breathers and acrobats. Since the early 20th century, when country yodeling star Jimmie Rodgers got his break on the local vaudeville circuit, flashy performing arts have taken center stage here. Today, the spirit of

Sense and Sensibility - Biltmore Weddings Exhibit

Costumes Return to Biltmore

New Display to Highlight Wedding Fashion from the Big Screen Long a destination for weddings and romantic getaways in its own right, Biltmore is celebrating that history with a new exhibition opening next year. “Fashionable Romance: Wedding Gowns in Film” will run from Feb. 12 through July 4, 2016 and will be included with estate admission. It follows in the successful footsteps of the

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7 Blue Ridge Blockbusters: Asheville is Hollywood Hot in 2015

With awards season underway, a spotlight is cast on the Asheville area and its numerous 2015 connections to the silver and small screens. Playing the role of story muse, film backdrop and celebrity playground, Western North Carolina offers adventures and immersive travel experiences for film and television fans. Learn the favorite hangouts of Kristen Wiig and Owen Wilson, visit Asheville's own

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Movies/TV

Masterminds Movie Set

Masterminds Movie Stars in Asheville

Cast Capers & Favorite Hot Spots When heist comedy Masterminds hit theaters on September 30th, 2016, movie goers who know Asheville, N.C.may have recognized some familiar sites. Several local spots make cameo appearances in the film, such as downtown Asheville's Pack Square and former BB&T building (located at the site of the Hotel Arras), which was disguised as a different bank

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Movies/TV, Arts

Wolfe Big

Asheville's Literary Connections

Asheville's literary heritage stretches across the 20th century and contemporary authors continue to be drawn here. These well-known novelists, poets, essayists and storytellers have ties to Asheville: F. Scott Fitzgerald, who spent two summers at the Omni Grove Park Inn Thomas Wolfe, Asheville native and author of  Look Homeward, Angel Carl Sandburg, poet and biographer O. Henry,

Bob Moog

Moog Music: Pioneer of Modern Sound

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 the sounds of instruments and any other sound you can imagine. Moog was not the first person to create a synthesizer. In fact, he was the

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Music, Arts, History

Music Festival Asheville

Tap Your Toes at Asheville Music Festivals

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 it’s easy to see why any time of the year is a good time for music in Asheville. To help you get started, here is an overview of annual music festivals in

Watch & Win: Free Hunger Games Survival Getaway

Asheville in the Movies

"Quiet on the set!" is not a phrase you think you’d hear while admiring the serene beauty of the peaks in Western North Carolina. But, more and more Hollywood producers have found that these 6,000-foot peaks provide visually spectacular backdrops for the motion picture industry. And Western North Carolina captured the attention of Hollywood years ago. The first movie shot in

Storyteller Cherokee Man

Over the Blue Ridge to Cherokee Territory

Asheville’s Ancient Connections Beyond the stunning Art Deco architecture, the sounds of drums in Pritchard Park on a Friday night and the smell of Mexico as you pass White Duck Taco - stop and ponder this…you are in the shadows of a sacred and ancient civilization dating back 11,000 years; the Cherokee. And their home is one of the oldest places on Earth, the Appalachian Mountains,

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