Biltmore Concert Series: ZZ Top, Steely Dan, Stephen Curtis Chapman, Lyle Lovett w/ Emmylou Harris


A beautiful setting for a fun line-up. Here’s the press release:

Legendary rockers ZZ Top will kick off the 18th annual Biltmore Concert Series on Wednesday, July 30, on the South Terrace of America’s Largest Home. A mix of Rock and Roll Hall of Famers and Grammy Award-winning acts highlight the series staged next to Biltmore House with stunning sunset views of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

The full 2014 Biltmore Concert Series line-up is:

Wednesday, July 30 ZZ Top

Thursday, July 31 Steely Dan

Friday, Aug. 15 Three Dog Night and 38 Special

Thursday, Aug. 21 Steven Curtis Chapman and Third Day

Saturday, Aug. 23 Boston – The Heaven on Earth Tour

Thursday, Aug. 28 Lyle Lovett and His Large Band and Emmylou Harris

Tickets for ZZ Top, Steely Dan and Three Dog Night/38 Special will go on sale at 8 a.m. eastern time on May 7. Tickets for Steven Curtis Chapman/Third Day, Boston and Lyle Lovett/Emmylou Harris will go on sale on May 14. All tickets may be purchased either on Biltmore’s website,, or by calling 866-336-1255. All shows begin at 8 p.m.

Photo courtesy of Biltmore Estate.


JML May 1, 2014 - 11:57 pm

In his last AVL performance, Bruce Hornsby said he’ll never go back to Biltmore after playing the Peel. This time around Hornsby plays Pisgah Brewing Outside stage, which is one of the best venues around here. All For Freedom. NOBODY likes concert Nazis

ashevillain May 2, 2014 - 7:00 am

Weird! I was at Bruce’s last show at Biltmore a couple years ago but missed the Orange Peel show last year.

I wonder what happened at Biltmore that put him off? Maybe something happened behind the scenes? I spoke to his FOH briefly (and also the Flecktones FOH) and they were in a good, jovial mood before the show started.

The only weird thing I noticed was that I didn’t see Bruce’s brother Bobby. In all the times I’ve seen Bruce, I’ve always seen Bobby hanging around. He would usually make the rounds and talk to everyone he could…but he wasn’t there at that last Biltmore show.

Nate May 2, 2014 - 6:23 pm

I wouldn’t be surprised if access had a lot to do with it. Artists don’t like it when their fans can’t actually get in to see their shows because they’re too expensive. They also don’t love it when fans sit quietly and don’t get in to the show, but there are mixed reports on just repressive the regime is on that front, so that may not be a factor.

Only a fraction of the cost of a Biltmore Concert Series ticket probably counts as the actual “ticket,” so the artists probably don’t get much more on a per-capita basis than they would for a much more accessible show at a place like the Peel (although that’s obviously a bit small) or Pisgah Brewing or even Thomas Wolfe. I’m sure every artist that plays the Biltmore gets a certain amount of feedback from local fans who just can’t afford the show. That, and just how *good* the Orange Peel is as a venue, might be enough for an artist to want to change things up in the future.

Ashley May 2, 2014 - 8:39 pm

I don’t know about other artists but I know in 2006 Tony Bennett was paid $100,000 by Biltmore for his show. $100,000 seems like a lot of money to me.

ashevillain May 4, 2014 - 1:21 pm

LOL at calling the Orange Peel a good music venue. There is literally no show that I would prefer to see at the Orange Peel over Biltmore given a choice.

Duncan Grosboll May 1, 2014 - 12:30 pm

Gotta give Biltmore credit, the get some good talent there. But, I will NEVER go to an outdoor concert there EVER again! I took my family to see the B’52’s a few years ago. Seating was terrible! Folding chairs on gravel and at all the same level. So, if someone tall is in front of you, guess what, you can’t see! People did not stay in their seats and crowded the front, which added to the confusion. But, worst of all the security there is scary! They chased a guy to the front of the crowd during the 52’s biggest song “Love Shack”. They were beating him up in front of everybody! It was so bad, the band stopped playing (their biggest hit!) and begged them to stop. I was embarrassed to be from Asheville. I have never seen a band stop playing because of something happening in the crowd. Pitiful…

sf May 1, 2014 - 1:20 pm

I was there and his statement is 100% correct. I was in row #2. I will never go back.

ashevillain May 1, 2014 - 2:28 pm

Weird experience for sure! I’ve seen Bruce Hornsby play there about 5 times and never had a problem. Not sure about other shows but for Bruce, they always allowed dancers at the very front of the stage and along the sides.

For all of the seating to be on the same plane is not that unusual for a concert venue. I mean, it’s got to be pretty obvious that’s how it’s going to be beforehand. It’s not an amphitheater. And you’re not forced to sit, you know.

I’m not all that surprised that Biltmore’s security is overzealous. I can’t imagine they have very much to do, so when the opportunity to go all out presents itself, they take it I guess. Sucks for everyone at that particular show, but I’d be interested in knowing all of the details. Who knows what the guy did prior to being chased. Not defending the security but more info is definitely needed.

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