Live Music Lives in Asheville

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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 at home here. Immerse yourself in Asheville’s live music scene with this handpicked list of the city’s top music spots.

Busker Streetlife Serenade

The fastest way to hear the most music is just to walk through downtown Asheville. The city’s street performance scene boasts buskers of all kinds, from country crooners to electric violin players. It’s hard to miss the talent that overflows onto Asheville’s streets, so keep your ears out for some of the most unique music in town.

Rock Out at Local Clubs

National acts breeze through Asheville every week, ranging from celebrated North Carolina bands like The Avett Brothers to indie darlings like OK Go. In between, local bands including Floating Action and Stephaniesid take the stage.

Big venues like The Orange Peel rock to the rafters, while more intimate clubs like Isis Restaurant & Music Hall cater to a relaxed crowd. Stop by the Grey Eagle or head up to White Horse Black Mountain in nearby Black Mountain for folk shows and benefit concerts.

A sure-fire way to catch the next big act is to go to The Mothlight in West Asheville where you can say “I saw them when…” before an unknown band hits the big time.

Music Under the Stars

Step back in time with Shindig on the Green, a celebration of old-time and bluegrass music downtown in Pack Square Park’s Roger McGuire Green. Fiddlers play their hearts out and clog dancers twirl across the stage at this weekly event, held Saturdays around sundown during the summer months. Bring a blanket or lawn chair and a little pocket change for some sweet snacks at this free event.

On Thursdays, Homegrown in Pritchard Park brings local singer/songwriters to the center of downtown. Each year’s lineup is different, so stroll by the park on Thursdays during the summer to hear something new.

A Feast for your Ears

Chow down on some barbecue and enjoy spirited sounds at Luella’s Bar-B-Que. Their Sunday brunch and Friday night music set the tone for a lively meal. Burial Beer Co. hosts a New Orleans-style brunch accompanied by rollicking jazz on Sundays. On Friday and Saturday nights Jerusalem Garden Cafe offers live Middle Eastern music and belly dancing performances.

Jump in on a Jam Session

Jack of the Wood in downtown Asheville has been hosting bluegrass and old-time music jams for nearly 15 years. Some of the best musicians in the area sit in on these fierce fiddling sessions and laid-back impromptu gatherings. Stop by Wednesday or Thursday evenings to hear music year-round.