Where to see live music in Asheville
When Rolling Stone called Asheville “the new must-visit music city,” it wasn’t news to us. Asheville’s music scene has long been a mosaic of genres, talent and venues. Bluegrass and folk are rooted in the Appalachian mountains surrounding us, and yet the city is not too small to boast our own Asheville Symphony Orchestra. The likes of Gladys Knight, Warren Haynes and Steve Martin all have ties to the area. Music legends and up-and-comers love performing here, which means you might catch your favorite group on their way to Atlanta or Charlotte. Conveniently, the venues below are either steps away or a quick drive from Kimpton Hotel Arras.
- The Orange Peel — Among Rolling Stone’s top five music venues in the country. Known for state-of-the-art sound and lighting and PULP, a private club downstairs.
- The Grey Eagle — Having hosted 10,000+ bands, this longtime Asheville venue boasts a great sound system, relaxing patio and an in-house taqueria.
- Harrah's Cherokee Center — Downtown’s largest multipurpose venue, hosting concerts, Broadway shows, sporting events and more.
- Salvage Station — Riverfront bar, restaurant and concert hall in the River Arts District, featuring live music most evenings and a family-friendly ambience.
- Asheville Music Hall — This 360-person-capacity venue offers weekly happenings plus a full restaurant and bar downstairs.
- Isis Music Hall — A music-loving family revamped this former West Asheville movie house into a restaurant and music venue. Local bands perform on the lawn when the weather’s nice.
- Drum Circle at Pritchard Park — A Friday evening ritual in the outdoor amphitheater of Pritchard Park. Kimpton Hotel Arras has loaner drums you can bring to be part of the beat. April through October.