Asheville Music

From the Warren Haynes Christmas Jam at the U.S. Cellular Center in December 2013./ photo by Jason Sandford

Here’s how to enjoy Christmas Jam weekend in Asheville without the main jam

The two-day Kevn Kinny Songwriter Jam set for Jack of the Wood on Dec. 13 and 14 is just one of the ways to enjoy Christmas Jam weekend in Asheville.

by November 18, 2019 0 comments Asheville Music, Asheville News
Unspoken Tradition/ photo by Sandlin Gaither

Bluegrass band observes a growing Asheville in ‘Cold Mountain Town’ track

Ty Gilpin, Unspoken Tradition’s mandolin player and the song’s writer, talks about the song, its message and the traditions of mountain music.

by November 18, 2019 0 comments Asheville Music, Asheville News
Mel Bryant, winner of the 2018 NewSong Songwriting & Performance Competition, is shown here (at right) with accompanist Aaron Hicks, performing at Isis Music Hall during last year's event. Bryant will return as a guest performer at this year's competition at Isis Music Hall on Saturday Nov. 23./ photo by Josh Rhinehart

NewSong music competition show set for Saturday at Isis Music Hall in West Asheville

This year’s grand prize winner will receive a fully funded six-song EP, recorded and mixed at Asheville own Echo Mountain Recording Studios, and more.

by November 15, 2019 0 comments Asheville Music, Asheville News
The Lady Folk showcase at Ambrose West on Nov. 21 will feature three Asheville songstresses: from left, Whitney Moore of Queen Bee and the Honeylovers; Jane Kramer; and Christy Barrett of the Christy Lynn Band.

Lady Folk at Ambrose West will spotlight three Asheville songstresses on Nov. 21

The Lady Folk showcase will feature Whitney Moore of Queen Bee and the Honeylovers; Jane Kramer; and Christy Barrett of the Christy Lynn Band.

by November 7, 2019 0 comments Asheville Music
Woodstock legend Melanie to perform Asheville house concerts

Woodstock legend Melanie to perform Asheville house concerts

In this 50th anniversary year of Woodstock, one of its special stars is set to play a house concert series Nov. 16 and 17.

by November 5, 2019 0 comments Asheville Music
The Nude Party kicks off concerts at amphitheater in Asheville’s Montford neighborhood

The Nude Party kicks off concerts at amphitheater in Asheville’s Montford neighborhood

Kitty Tsunami and Self-Help will join The Nude Party on stage for the Wednesday evening show.

by October 17, 2019 0 comments Asheville Music, Asheville News
Asheville musicians mourn death of Grateful Dead lyricist Robert Hunter

Asheville musicians mourn death of Grateful Dead lyricist Robert Hunter

“Robert Hunter’s lucid visions painted a landscape across my most formative years,” says Josh Blake.

by October 1, 2019 0 comments Asheville Music
The Marcus King Band/ photo by David McClister

Marcus King’s musical journey home

Marcus King will host his third annual Family Reunion show at Pisgah Brewing on Sept. 27-28. Scheduled performers include The Marcus King Band, Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, Yonder Mountain String Band and much more.

by September 17, 2019 0 comments Asheville Music
The Tryon Equestrian Center/ photo by Erik Olsen

Inaugural Earl Scruggs Festival set for 2020 at Tryon Equestrian Center

The first lineup announcement will come at International Bluegrass Music Association World of Bluegrass festivities in Raleigh in late September.

by July 27, 2019 0 comments Asheville Music
Community concert to benefit Haywood Street Fresco in Asheville

Community concert to benefit Haywood Street Fresco in Asheville

The show will be hosted by pianist David Troy Francis and will several Asheville-area performers.

by July 20, 2019 0 comments Asheville Music
Gov't Mule played a sold-out show at the Highland Brewing Meadow Stage on July 3rd. Asheville native Warren Haynes leads the band. It's the first time in years that Haynes and his band have played outside Haynes' annual Christmas Jam concert held each year in Asheville./ photo by Stephan Pruitt

From hippies to Harley riders, Asheville fans cheer Gov’t Mule

Asheville native Warren Haynes and his band kicked off the July Fourth holiday weekend in fine form by rocking the night away at Highland Brewing’s Meadow Stage.

by July 4, 2019 0 comments Asheville Music
6 things to know about Charlotte’s new Confluence music festival and conference

6 things to know about Charlotte’s new Confluence music festival and conference

The Confluence music festival and conference, set for August, features some key talent from the Asheville music industry scene.

by July 2, 2019 0 comments Asheville Music
From roller rink to R&B, Orange Peel in Asheville to open history exhibit

From roller rink to R&B, Orange Peel in Asheville to open history exhibit

The history of the Orange Peel location begins with its 1946 construction as a roller rink and extends through its time as a soul and R&B club, an auto parts warehouse and current-day.

Gretchen Peters/ photo courtesy of Gina Binkley

One woman and the truth: Gretchen Peters on songwriting, empathy and second-wave feminism

Nashville singer-songwriter Gretchen Peters will play a concert at Isis Music Hall on June 22, with Asheville singer-songwriter Jane Kramer opening.

by June 16, 2019 0 comments Asheville Music
Asheville musician Joshua Phillips, shown here, and fellow musicians Philo Reitzel, Elijah Cramer, Casey Cramer, Oso Rey, and Patrick Armitage have a popular Beastie Boys tribute band called High Plains Drifters. They'll be playing at the Salvage Station on Friday./ photo by Katherine Powell via High Plains Drifters

The enduring appeal of cover bands on the Asheville music scene

Cover and tribute gigs can represent a lucrative (by Asheville musician standards) way to play out on a regular basis.

by June 4, 2019 0 comments Asheville Music, Opinion
Julian Pinelli/ photo by Kaitlyn Raitz

Fiddler Julian Pinelli celebrates ‘Bent Creek’ album release at Isis Music Hall

The show is Thursday at Isis Music Hall in West Asheville.

by May 29, 2019 0 comments Asheville Music
David Crosby

Second annual Songsmith Gathering in Brevard features David Crosby

The festival is a benefit for the Cindy Platt Boys and Girls Club of Transylvania.

by May 17, 2019 0 comments Asheville Music
Josh Blake/ photo by Sandlin Gaither

Josh Blake, vulnerable and showing us his way with new release, Nothing’s In The Way

Asheville musician Josh Blake will celebrate the release of his new album, “Nothing’s In the Way,” with a

by May 13, 2019 0 comments Asheville Music, Opinion
Asheville singer-songwriters Anya Hinkle, left, and Alexa Rose each won first place in their respective categories of the prestigious Chris Austin Songwriting Contest at the Merlefest music festival in Wilkesboro this past weekend. Hinkle won first place in the bluegrass category for her song "Ballad of Zona Abston," while Rose won first place in the general category for her song, "Medicine for Living." /photo by Martin Anderson

Asheville musicians snag top honors in Merlefest 2019 songwriting contest

First-place winners took home a $600 cash prize and were award performances at Merlefest, which draws tens of thousands of fans each year to Wilkesboro.

by April 29, 2019 0 comments Asheville Music
Asheville Music School’s big benefit show Thursday spotlights The Beatles’ ‘Revolver

Asheville Music School’s big benefit show Thursday spotlights The Beatles’ ‘Revolver

The event includes a number of musical performances, as well as a silent auctions. Proceeds benefit Asheville Music School and its growing outreach and scholarship programs.

Ghost Light/ photo by Jason Siegel

Ghost Light returns to Asheville Music Hall on Wednesday; weekend musical festivities abound

Other Asheville shows coming up include Billy Strings, Rising Appalachia, Phosphorescent and Brie Capone.

by April 16, 2019 0 comments Asheville Music
Xpand Fest, the one-day free music festival on the Asheville South Slope, enters its third year with a big lineup. Asheville band Window Cat performed on the Coxe Avenue stage at last year's event./ photo by David Simchock

Xpand Fest 2019 announces line-up for June event: Dynamo, The Get Right Band, April B & The Cool, more

Other Asheville bands featured at Xpand Fest this year include: Emma’s Lounge, Sirius. B, The Snozzberries, The Digs, Eleanor Underhill & Friends, Upland Drive and more.

by April 2, 2019 0 comments Asheville Music
Punch Brothers /photo by Josh Goleman

Punch Brothers, marrying the folk and formal, set for The Orange Peel in Asheville

The Punch Brothers are coming off a big Grammy Award win earlier this year.

by March 22, 2019 0 comments Asheville Music
Andrea Gibson

5 questions with poet Andrea Gibson

Gibson is set to perform at the Grey Eagle on Friday.

by March 20, 2019 0 comments Asheville Music
Warren Haynes and the Asheville Symphony on Saturday at Thomas Wolfe Auditorium. / Photo for Ashvegas.com by DAVID SIMCHOCK

Asheville Symphony and Southern rock alight in Haynes’ ‘Dreams’

It was a transcendent night.

by March 17, 2019 0 comments Asheville Music, Opinion
VIDEO Premiere: Jane Kramer ‘Valley of the Bones’

VIDEO Premiere: Jane Kramer ‘Valley of the Bones’

“Valley of the Bones,” the name Kramer’s new album and its lead track, is part short-form documentary and part music video.

by March 1, 2019 0 comments Asheville Music
For Aubrey Eisenman & The Clydes, a new album and a refined sound

For Aubrey Eisenman & The Clydes, a new album and a refined sound

This Asheville musician, mom and former Marine is excited about a forthcoming new album.

by January 31, 2019 0 comments Asheville Music
The Fritz

The Fritz ready to bounce their disco/funk/soul into the Orange Peel

The Fritz will bring their dance-inducing mix of disco, funk, and rock to a sold-out Orange Peel in support of Pigeons Playing Ping Pong on Friday.

by January 31, 2019 0 comments Asheville Music
Steep Canyon Rangers

Steep Canyon Rangers, rested and ready, return to ExploreAsheville.com Arena

The Steep Canyon Rangers are coming off a rare break at the end of 2018 and are ready to take on the new year.

by January 18, 2019 0 comments Asheville Music
Kyle Petty and David Childers

It’s music, not motorsports, commanding Kyle Petty’s attention these days

Kyle Petty and David Childers are set to perform on Saturday at the White Horse Black Mountain.

by January 9, 2019 0 comments Asheville Music
With gut-wrenching emotion, ‘Army of Love’ faces down childhood cancer

With gut-wrenching emotion, ‘Army of Love’ faces down childhood cancer

Singer-songwriter Dave Desmelik penned one of the most powerful Asheville albums of 2018; it’s a record about childhood illness.

by January 3, 2019 0 comments Asheville Music, Opinion
River Whyless

River Whyless will celebrate New Year’s Eve at home with Orange Peel show

River Whyless, with Horsefeathers, will help fans ease out of 2018 and usher in 2019.

by December 31, 2018 0 comments Asheville Music
The Top 5 Asheville concerts of 2018

The Top 5 Asheville concerts of 2018

David Byrne’s May show in Asheville, equal parts rock concert, theater performance and political rally, won’t soon be topped.

by December 29, 2018 2 comments Asheville Music
Wide-ranging Midnight North plays Salvage Station on Saturday

Wide-ranging Midnight North plays Salvage Station on Saturday

Look for some surprise guests to be sitting in with Midnight North on Saturday night.

by December 27, 2018 1 comment Asheville Music
With ‘Flight Patterns,’ Asheville electronic musician Marley Carroll soars

With ‘Flight Patterns,’ Asheville electronic musician Marley Carroll soars

Marley Carroll is this weekend’s unofficial musical emcee; he’s got an album release show Friday at The Mothlight and he’s DJing an annual hometown dance party Saturday at Grey Eagle.

by December 13, 2018 0 comments Asheville Music
Warren Haynes, left, and Ray Sisk at the 30th anniversary Christmas Jam. / photo by DAVID SIMCHOCK for Ashvegas.com

Christmas Jam 2018 recap 2: Haynes, Potter, James and ‘I Shall Be Released’

After four nights of incredible music, where do we go from here? Wherever the hell Warren Haynes wants to take us.

by December 11, 2018 2 comments Asheville Music
Christmas Jam 2018 recap 1: Grohl, Abby the Spoon Lady, Dark Side of the Mule, more

Christmas Jam 2018 recap 1: Grohl, Abby the Spoon Lady, Dark Side of the Mule, more

For all the attention on big national acts, the annual Christmas Jam is a giant spotlight on local talent.

by December 11, 2018 1 comment Asheville Music
Asheville singer-songwriters honor iconic female artists with Women in Music show

Asheville singer-songwriters honor iconic female artists with Women in Music show

Tickets are on sale now for the Women in Music show on Jan. 6 at Isis Music Hall in West Asheville.

by December 11, 2018 0 comments Asheville Music
Malcolm Holcombe has a new record out, and he’s got something he wants to say

Malcolm Holcombe has a new record out, and he’s got something he wants to say

Malcolm Holcombe says he’s upset by what he sees happening around him, but by the grace of his fans and his wife’s mashed potatoes, he perseveres.

by December 10, 2018 0 comments Asheville Music
Expansive Asheville metal band Bask celebrates fifth anniversary in style

Expansive Asheville metal band Bask celebrates fifth anniversary in style

Bask, a stoner metal band based in Asheville, just signed on with an independent label and is planning to release a new album in March 2019.

by December 10, 2018 0 comments Asheville Music
Ashvegas celebrity sighting: Grohl at Bull & Beggar, Buxton Hall

Ashvegas celebrity sighting: Grohl at Bull & Beggar, Buxton Hall

Rocker Dave Grohl and his crew stopped by a couple of Asheville’s awesome restaurants this snowy weekend to fuel up for his big Christmas Jam performances.

by December 10, 2018 0 comments Asheville Music
Desmelik organizes Asheville-area musicians into Army of Love for benefit

Desmelik organizes Asheville-area musicians into Army of Love for benefit

The show is set for Dec. 9 at The Grey Eagle, and will feature Amanda Anne Platt, Shannon Whitworth, Laura Blackley, Jane Kramer and many more.

by November 30, 2018 0 comments Asheville Music
Asheville musicians come together for Feed the Need benefit show

Asheville musicians come together for Feed the Need benefit show

Ashley Heath, Lyric and Juan Holladay are just a few of the musicians set to play this benefit for MANNA FoodBank.

by November 30, 2018 0 comments Asheville Music
5 things we’re psyched to see at Christmas Jam 2018

5 things we’re psyched to see at Christmas Jam 2018

Here’s one: Dave Grohl playing “Play” live, for the first time ever.

by November 21, 2018 0 comments Asheville Music
Warren Haynes Christmas Jam set to celebrate 30th anniversary in Asheville

Warren Haynes Christmas Jam set to celebrate 30th anniversary in Asheville

The two-day Christmas Jam is set for Dec. 7 and Dec. 8 at the US Cellular Center.

by November 1, 2018 2 comments Asheville Music
Asheville Music Weekend: Fall LEAF 2018

Asheville Music Weekend: Fall LEAF 2018

Brothership is back running the Open Mic at Pisgah on Sunday.

by October 19, 2018 0 comments Asheville Music
Asheville Music Weekend: RADfest at Grey Eagle on Saturday, Sunday

Asheville Music Weekend: RADfest at Grey Eagle on Saturday, Sunday

On Saturday, both The Fritz are Emma’s Lounge will be playing great shows in support of new music.

by October 11, 2018 0 comments Asheville Music
Emma’s Lounge breaks down their new single, ‘Get Out of Your Own Way’

Emma’s Lounge breaks down their new single, ‘Get Out of Your Own Way’

Emma’s Lounge will celebrate the release of their latest album on Saturday at the Asheville Music Hall.

by October 10, 2018 0 comments Asheville Music
Town Mountain/ photo by Sandlin Gaither

Asheville Music Weekend: Town Mountain at The Orange Peel, Marcus King Family Reunion

Also, the Marcus King Family Reunion will be held Friday and Saturday at Pisgah Brewing.

by October 4, 2018 0 comments Asheville Music
The Weight Band, featuring former members of The Band, at Isis Music Hall on Friday

The Weight Band, featuring former members of The Band, at Isis Music Hall on Friday

The gig in West Asheville is The Weight Band’s only North Carolina stop on its current national tour.

by September 26, 2018 1 comment Asheville Music