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Asheville Drum Circle

Asheville's Drum Circle

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 community. The Drum Circle is a free event all about creating harmony, both in music and with one another. The weekly ritual draws hundreds of people

Downtown Asheville Skyline in Fall

Top 10 Ways to Experience Fall in Asheville

As the weather grows cooler, the brisk mountain air paints the leaves of the forest trees in brilliant reds, yellows, and oranges. Given Asheville's climate and the variety of elevations nearby, Asheville enjoys one of the longest and most vibrant fall color seasons in the nation. The first hints of fall arrive in the mountains in early-to-mid September. The fall leaf season often extends well

Asheville-born funk & soul musician Lyric

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

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 have imagined. “I saw her and turned to my dad and said, ‘That’s Lizz Wright !” Jones said. Wright, an internationally-known jazz

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A Soundtrack for the City: The Asheville Symphony Sessions

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 with some of Western North Carolina’s most beloved musicians including Steep Canyon Rangers, Shannon Whitworth, and Rising Appalachia

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Isis Restaurant and Music Hall

Asheville Venue Guide: Places to Eat, Drink and Dance

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 out one of these top-notch venues. Grey Eagle One of the old vanguards of the Asheville venues, the Grey Eagle was a major player in the development of

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Isis Restaurant

Asheville Venue Guide: Asheville’s Iconic Music Venues

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, and old warehouses turned into temples to rock and roll. If you’re looking to catch a show while in Asheville, then here are the more iconic venues

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Live Music Mothlight

Asheville Venue Guide: Under the Radar Music Halls

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 some of the best up-and-coming artists. Make plans to catch a show at one of these under-the-radar music venues, and get a glimpse of why

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Asheville Lyric Opera

Rocking the Classics in Asheville

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 oasis between Nashville and Atlanta,” says David Whitehill, executive director of the Symphony. “We have an ecosystem here that is steeped in

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David Holt

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

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 and rock drummer, had fallen in love with the banjo. He’d attended a Ralph Stanley concert and asked the bluegrass star where to learn clawhammer,

Ballad Singing

Appalachia’s Ballad Singing Tradition

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 culture of the North Carolina mountains in the form of traditional ballad singing. Spotlighted in the 2000 motion picture “Songcatcher,” ballad