Asheville’s music scene is a vital piece of the city’s culture. The rhythm of the city began centuries ago with the arrival of Scotch-Irish settlers who filled the hills with the sounds of their reels, ballads and folk songs.
Today, Asheville’s music scene is all encompassing. Traditional mountain music still rings out from national artists such as David Holt, Doc Watson and Laura Boosinger who live in the area. Classical music from the Asheville Symphony Orchestra fills the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium throughout the year.
The sounds of the modern era also thrive in Asheville. Bob Moog, the inventor of the Moog synthesizer and pioneer of electronic music, spent his final years in Asheville and set up a company here that continues his musical vision.
Alternative rockers The Smashing Pumpkins made Asheville their temporary home with a nine-show residency in 2007 at the Orange Peel. And well-known artists such as Gladys Knight, Warren Haynes and David Wilcox have made Asheville their newfound home and drawn inspiration from the area.
Asheville US Cellular Center
Asheville’s US Cellular Center is home to a variety of entertainment events in downtown Asheville. The space frequently serves as the home for large performances from nationally known musicians.
Diana Wortham Theatre at Pack Place
Diana Wortham Theatre at Pack Place offers an intimate setting for music performances by national and local artists. Located in the center of Asheville’s downtown art scene, it offers a variety of acts throughout the year.
The Grey Eagle
The Eagle is located in Asheville’s River Arts District, offers a great listening-room vibe and excellent sound system. Musical guests often include singer-songwriters and bands on the cusp of making it big.
The Orange Peel
The Orange Peel was voted as one of Rolling Stone magazine’s “Top Five Rock Clubs in the Country.” This venue host national acts from all genres.
Thomas Wolfe Auditorium
Thomas Wolfe Auditorium is located in the heart of downtown Asheville. It first opened its doors in 1975 and has a seating capacity of 2,431. The Auditorium is the annual home of the Asheville Symphony Orchestra and has hosted such acts as: BB King, Willie Nelson, and Jerry Seinfeld.