Asheville Music

3 Must-Hear Free Music Events in Asheville This Spring

 

River Music Festival Asheville

Asheville has a long and storied tradition of having a deep connection to music.  Early settlers of the area brought with them musical instruments from their native countries: the fiddle from Ireland, the mandolin from Italy and the banjo from Africa among them.  The resulting collaboration of these musicians was Appalachian music, the forebear of the more modern string band sound of today.

 

Today's Asheville music tradition is not limited to the roots music of Appalachia.  Multiple genres of music are represented in Asheville's world class music venues, recording studios, and on the streets.  

 

Festivals and outdoor concerts have become a staple in Asheville area entertainment.  Here, we feature 3 free outdoor music events that you should not miss this spring!

 

River Music by RiverLink

 

River Link, an Asheville nonprofit largely responsible for improving the health of the French Broad River and the vitality of the River Arts District, hosts 5 nights of free music by the French Broad.  The events are usually held the second Friday of each month from May until October.  

 

This is not only a great opportunity to hear free local music by our gorgeous river, but you will be directly helping the community by attending!  The concert series raises funds for the non-profit's programming.

 

Asheville Downtown Association Presents Steep Canyon Rangers

 

On Saturday, June 11th, the Asheville Downtown Association will be throwing a free community concert on the lawn of the park at Pack Place.  At 6pm the concert will begin with an opening band and by 7pm, Grammy-award winning band Steep Canyon Rangers will take the stage.  

 

Asheville Downtown Association strives to advocate for the vitality of downtown.  This event marks one of the first times that this newly enhanced park has been used for a community concert.  Mosaic Realty is a  proud sponsor of this event, along with other Asheville and Western North Carolina businesses such as Oskar Blues Brewery, Alchemy Design Studio, and Platt Architecture.  

 

 

Asheville Flat Iron Musicians

West Asheville's Own: All Go West Music Festival

 

On Saturday, June 25th of 2016, the streets of one of Asheville's most hip neighborhoods will be filled with festifarians.  West Asheville's main corridor, Haywood Road, will be home to a one day community music and art celebration called All Go West Music Festival.  The festival kicks off at 11am and will be going strong until 2am.

 

The Lineup

 

This free festival features four stages and diverse genres of music.  The festival has attracted some national acts such as headliners Kool Keith, the Digs, Marcus King Band, and Floating Action.  Local favorites include the Laura Blackley and the Wildflowers and Andrew Scotchie and the River Rats.  Spanning genres from world music to rop to folk to hip hop, there are at least 35 acts on the roster to appear over the course of the day.  Approximately half of them are local bands with a connection to West Asheville.  

 

Venues

 

Venues include the main stage, sponsored by Hi-Wire Brewing, and stages at the Isis Music Hall, The Mothlight, and West Asheville's most popular gas station, the Brew Pump.

 

Festival organizer Arieh Samson aims to “get music lovers in front of new artists, build community, and encourage people to push their boundaries."  It is my prediction that this event will be a stellar success.  No community is more ready to build their musical vision and push their boundaries than that of Asheville.

 

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Asheville: A Musical Destination of Note

Asheville Music Venues

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Asheville’s music scene boasts a diversity usually only found in much bigger cities – everything from small, intimate clubs drawing local and up-and-coming artists to large venues featuring world-class acts. Whether you’re headed downtown, visiting the River Arts District, or hanging in West Asheville, there’s a venue nearby to entertain nearly every musical taste. Following, a few of the most popular:

The Orange Peel

Orange Peel AshevilleHoused in a historic building in downtown Asheville, The Orange Peel has been recognized by a range of publications as one of the best live music venues in the nation. The club is known for presenting fresh talent as well as legendary performers. It features 1,100-standing capacity, as well as a new 75-person private club on the lower level called PULP. Once a skating rink, then a series of R&B and soul clubs, the Orange Peel has welcomed a range of acts over the years, from Bob Dylan and Joan Jett to Ice Cube, Macklemore and the Beastie Boys.

Salvage Station

Founded in 2016, Salvage Station is located in the River Arts District along the French Broad River. Large sweeping open areas of grass for group outings and multiple viewpoints from the river’s waterfront location provide a unique opportunity to combine music, food and fun into one great destination. Salvage Station features live music most nights, and a family-friendly atmosphere that has made it a favorite among locals and tourists alike. Indoor and outdoor dining options are both available; the restaurant features eclectic Southern and Appalachian inspired choices of in-house smoked meats, sandwiches, and lighter fare.

Isis Music Hall

Isis Music Hall AshevilleA concert venue with an accompanying bar and restaurant, Isis Music Hall showcases many recognized national and regional acts, as well as fresh new artists. The main stage features two styles of shows, from seated dinner cabaret-style with a capacity of 150 people to standing-room shows with a 450-person capacity. The hall features a balcony and intimate upstairs lounge. The lounge has a capacity of 50 for entirely seated shows, which are typically more acoustic-driven acts.

Grey Eagle

The Grey Eagle is Asheville’s longest-running all-ages venue and has hosted over 10,000 different bands and artists, including Ralph Stanley, Avett Brothers, Band of Horses, Richie Havens, Frank Black, Deen Ween, Lake Street Dive, Slick Rick and many more. The Grey Eagle features a large dance floor, patio area, and intimate stage with options for seated shows, two flat-screen TVs and projector. Concert-goers can enjoy an in-house taqueria featuring original and creative meals and an ever-expanding beer selection.

The Mothlight at Mr. Freds

As home to local and traveling musicians alike, The Mothlight features acts that value creative artistic expression and intellectual freedom. The intimate venue boasts a high-quality sound and light system, and features at least three shows a week. The Mothlight is a private club, which means patrons sign in as members or guests.

Diana Wortham Theatre

Located in the heart of the Pack Square Cultural District, Diana Wortham Theatre is an intimate 500-seat theatre offering live performances of music, theater and dance throughout the year by nationally touring artists. The theater, a 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization, offers attendees convenient off-street parking; numerous nearby downtown restaurants make it easy to take in a pre-show dinner.

The U.S. Cellular Center and Thomas Wolfe Auditorium

Thomas Wolfe AuditoriumThe U.S. Cellular Center, located downtown, is the largest event venue in Asheville, with a seating capacity of 7,600. With a history dating back over one hundred years, the facilities have played host to a variety of concerts and other events. Recent acts include Celtic Woman, Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, the Avett Brothers, and Steve Miller Band.

The Center’s Thomas Wolfe Auditorium first opened its doors in 1975 and has a seating capacity of 2,431. The Auditorium is the annual home of the Asheville Symphony Orchestra and has hosted such acts as B.B. King, Willie Nelson and Jerry Seinfeld. 

For more information about our area or about real estate in Asheville, please contact Mike Figura at Mike@MyMosaicRealty.com  or call him anytime at (828) 337-8190.

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Gear Up to Get Down for New Year's Eve 2018 in Asheville

Asheville New Year's Eve Celebrations

Asheville abounds in celebrations small and large to welcome in the New Year. Whether you’re seeking an intimate dinner, an uplifting musical performance, or an energetic dance party, you’ll find an array of options to fete the final moments of 2017!

Eat Your Heart Out, Asheville

New Year's Eve Dinner in AshevilleRestaurants around Asheville, already brimming year-round with inventive dishes, take things up a notch on New Year’s Eve. Restaurants including Chestnut, Corner Kitchen, Jargon, Pack’s Tavern, Ambrozia Bar and Bistro, just to name a few, have special dinner menus for the occasion. Offerings range from prix fixe to buffet-style to meal-and-entertainment packages. Even if you’re skipping the meal, you can still make an evening of it at the many lively restaurant bars around town.

Room for Fun

Why not extend the celebration with an overnight package at one of Asheville’s picturesque inns? The Omni Grove Park has a two-night package for two offering luxurious accommodations, tickets to a Classic NY Style Dinner & Show in Heritage Ballroom with Crossroads, a tribute to music legend Eric Clapton, tickets to its NYE Times Square Party featuring Oh No Stereo, plus two tickets to its Saturday Comedy Show.

The Inn on Biltmore’s annual black tie celebration includes pre- and post-VIP party receptions, a five-course dinner with wine pairings, live entertainment, party favors, an open bar, and a toast at midnight accompanied by fireworks.

Asheville New Year's Eve Celebrations of Note

Asheville Live Music New Year's EveIf you’re looking for a concert to round out 2017, Asheville’s got your ticket. Lounges and entertainment venues around town have a range of acts on tap. Just a sampling: Langhorne Slim and special guests perform at the Orange Peel; New Year’s Eve Celebration With Sirius.B at Jack of the Wood; Jeff Austin and Fireside Collective at Oskar Blues; New Year’s Eve With Eric Gales and Marvelous Funkshun at the Grey Eagle; and Asheville Symphony Orchestra’s Orff’s “Carmina Burana” concert at Thomas Wolfe Auditorium.

Wind it Up (or Down)

Step into the new year with a blood-pumping dance party. Salvage Station will feature a New Year’s Eve dance party with live music by Lyric. The Grove House will hold its 36th New Year’s Eve Bash with dancing on three floors (Club Eleven, Scandals & Boiler Room) for one price. The Mothlight is hosting its 12th New Year’s Freak Out Dance Party with ZenSoFly and DJs Abu Disarray, Bridal Parti Burcardi and Debbie Fred.

If you’re looking for a more spiritual transition into 2018, join Sangita Devi’s New Year’s Eve Celebration at Odyssey Community School. Experience a kirtan, a meditative sound healing bath, and an intention-setting ceremony and peace prayer, culminating in an ecstatic dance wave.

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Beyond the Mountains: The Inside Scoop on Asheville Entertainment

Asheville Entertainment and Music

Looking for something to do in Asheville after a day of driving along the Blue Ridge, hiking the waterfalls of DuPont State Forest, or floating down the French Broad River? Asheville is brimming with lots of enriching, entertaining indoor activities to rival even the most invigorating outdoor adventures. Below, a taste of some of the most popular options:

The Asheville Symphony Orchestra

The Asheville Symphony Orchestra, established in 1960, presents seven full orchestra Masterworks concerts per year in the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium in the U.S. Cellular Center in downtown Asheville.

The Orange Peel

Housed in a historic building in downtown Asheville, the Orange Peel has been recognized by a range of publications as one of the best live music venues in the nation. The club is known for presenting fresh talent as well as legendary performers.

Asheville Community Theatre

The oldest continuously operating theater in Asheville and one of the oldest community theaters in the country, ACT presents performances on its mainstage as well as at 35below, its intimate black-box performance space.

Blue Ridge Orchestra

Thomas Wolfe Auditorium AshevilleThe Blue Ridge Orchestra is a nonprofit, all-volunteer ensemble dedicated to engaging Western N.C.’s music community in opportunities to perform, listen to and learn about great symphonic music.

Diana Wortham Theatre

Located in the heart of the Pack Square Cultural District, Diana Wortham Theatre is an intimate 500-seat theatre offering live performances of music, theater and dance throughout the year by nationally touring artists.

The U.S. Cellular Center and Thomas Wolfe Auditorium

The U.S. Cellular Center, located downtown, is the largest event venue in Asheville, with a seating capacity of 7,600. Notable acts include Celtic Woman, Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, the Avett Brothers, and Steve Miller Band.

The Center’s Thomas Wolfe Auditorium first opened its doors in 1975 and has a seating capacity of 2,431. The Auditorium is the annual home of the Asheville Symphony Orchestra and has hosted such acts as B.B. King, Willie Nelson and Jerry Seinfeld.

Indoor Rock Climbing

Indoor Rock Climbing AshevilleTo get a rock climbing adventure in, opt for an indoor climbing wall. Climbmax Climbing has two Asheville locations (downtown and West Asheville), and offers basic belay instruction, climbing basics skills courses, and lead skill courses, among others.

Expressive Dance

At Studio Zahiya, a downtown boutique dance and movement space, you can take belly dance, hip hop, and Bhangra – an energetic and joyful dance from Northern India. Drop-in dance classes are available for adults and kids.

The Galleries of the River Arts District

This popular destination boasts a vast array of artists and working studios to visit in 22 former industrial and historical buildings spread out along a 1-mile stretch of the French Broad River. Twice a year, the River Arts District holds an artist’s studio stroll, where visitors can see the more than 200 artists showcasing their art in paint, pencil, pottery, metal, fiber, glass, wax, paper and more.

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LEAF Brings Epic Celebration of Global Arts, Music and Creativity to WNC

LEAF Festival Asheville Black Mountain

Each May and October, 12,000 people descend on the Lake Eden grounds in Black Mountain for LEAF, an epic celebration of music, art, creativity and culture. Taking place at Camp Rockmont on the site of the old Historic Black Mountain College amid rolling hills, lakes and mountain beauty, LEAF (Lake Eden Arts Festival) features global artists, musicians, performers and facilitators who are not only masters of their craft, but who also care deeply for the power of arts education and community impact.

The site of the festival, which has been running for more than two decades, is surrounded by hundreds of stunning acres featuring rustic cabins, large camping fields with mountain views, hiking trails, barns, streams and lakes for canoeing and swimming, and a zipline. Included in entry is a range of fun-filled activities for the entire family:

LEAF Festival Asheville·      Entertainment Stages: With six performance stages, attendees can enjoy all manner of entertainment. A variety of musicians, dancers and other performers fills the roster and keeps the nonstop entertainment going. This fall, Mosaic Community Lifestyle Realty and JAG & Associates Construction are co-sponsors of The Barn stage.

·      LEAF Family Adventure Villages: There are eight adventure villages, and each is filled with interactive stations, where young and old alike can enjoy crafts, games, sports and shows.

·      Healing Arts: Free healing arts workshops are available to attendees, including yoga, dance and martial arts. Workshops on nutrition, ancient earth skills and plant walks, as well as booths offering massage, rolfing, acupuncture and chiropractic work, are also available.

·      Vendors: Over 100 of the region’s best artisans, crafters, holistic practitioners and foodies gather at every LEAF to market their wares and services.

LEAF Festival Black MountainAt any given LEAF, expect to experience more than 400 performing artists, more than 100 shows, around 50 healing arts workshops and some 20 Family Adventure workshops.

In addition, LEAF Café in Eden Hall and various culinary booths throughout the festival grounds provide gourmet, international fare from local chefs. The food is prepared on site all day and into the evening, with offerings ranging from vegan dishes to BBQ, and everything in between. Culinary Passports containing multiple meal vouchers are available for purchase.

LEAF offers daily and weekend passes. Attendees with weekend passes can also choose to spend the entire weekend on the grounds by renting tent or vehicle camping spots, or by booking an on-site cabin.

LEAF Community Arts, which spearheads the festival, is a nonprofit organization that directly supports cultural arts education programming locally and globally. For more information or to purchase tickets to LEAF, visit www.theleaf.org.

Mosaic Community Lifestyle Realty and JAG and Associates Construction are proud co-sponsors of the Barn Stage in 2018.

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Smaller images courtesy of Evan Kafka, larger image courtesy of LEAF