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Asheville Is for Music Buffs

by Team Fathom
It's on at The Orange Peel. Photo courtesy of Explore Asheville.

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The music scene in Asheville is thriving, earning raves from critics as one of the country’s best music towns. While the sonic roots may be bluegrass and Americana, headliners and newcomers perform everything – R&B, indie rock, classic rock, hip-hop, and more — at clubs, halls, and spaces both intimate and booming, indoors and out.

The Grey Eagle Music Hall and Pub, the longest-running, all-ages venue around, is a relaxed spot with a large dance floor, a chill patio, and a serious sound system. Richie Havens, Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, and Budos Bands are just a few of the names that have played; shows are scheduled just about every night.

Rabbit Rabbit, a centrally-located, family-friendly outdoor venue that can hold up to 4,000 people, is the latest from the gangs behind The Orange Peel and Asheville Brewing Company, the premier and beloved spot that has hosted everyone from Bob Dylan, Gregg Allman, and the Beastie Boys to Bikini Kill and Stereolab. Other notable venues to hear music include Salvage Station and Vegas-style Fleetwood’s, a rock and roll wedding chapel and vintage shop.

Good vibes and music are always on tap at Asheville’s breweries: Hi-Wire Brewing in the River Arts District, New Belgium Brewing along the river,One World Brewing in West Asheville, and Burial Beer Co.

Most venues also serve food, so you can easily make a night of the outing.

For live jazz, stop by Little Jumbo cocktail bar on Monday nights for free performances by a varying roster of artists from 7-10 p.m. Battery Park Book Exchange & Champagne Bar, the charming bookstore-meets-bar in Grove Arcade, hosts performances on their patio and bar area. The music is easygoing – which is to say not too distracting from browsing the shelves.

To tune into even more tunes, check Explore Asheville’s music calendar for a full roster of events in and around town.

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