There are countless ways to enjoy the live music scene in Asheville, from outdoor bluegrass concerts to the Asheville Symphony Orchestra and everything in between. Live music is part of what makes Asheville special. Our musical city even has its own Lyric Opera. The city’s strong tradition of street performers and music venues just adds to the mix of regular almost nightly- year round live entertainment, no matter what your tastes.
One free, outdoor option that’s fun for all ages is “Shindig on the Green,” which happens every Saturday night from June and August on the green surrounding the County Courthouse in downtown Asheville. The first concert kicks off June 27th.
If you like outdoor music and happen to be visiting this summer on the first Friday of the month, there’s the ever popular Downtown After 5 celebrating its 26th season with the first concert happening May 16th. After 5 is a monthly street concert held from 5 pm till 9 pm on Lexington Avenue that hosts national as well as local acts. For something less formal, check out the drum circle in Pritchard Park every Friday evening. Don’t forget your tambourine…the crowd usually gets in on the act!
Asheville’s eclectic mix of live music venues are known for hosting some of the most sought after bands in the country. No coincidence that they want to play here I’m sure! Some of the many national touring acts that have graced our stages here in Asheville include The Avett Brothers, Bob Dylan, the Allman Brothers, Alison Krauss and Union Station, Robert Plant and others. Some of the top venues include The Grey Eagle, Asheville Music Hall, The Orange Peel, Tressa’s, Diana Wortham Theatre and Isis Restaurant and Music Hall. Whether you’re looking for bluegrass, soul, rock n’ roll, folk, funk, country or blues, it’s all right here.
If you need recommendations on where to go for the type of music you love, just ask your knowledgeable innkeepers at Pinecrest Bed & Breakfast, an award winning historic Inn located in Montford, a short walk from bustling downtown Asheville. For Inn reservations click here or call 828-281-4275.