Asheville has many music venues and each year an abundance of music performances, live shows and musical events are performed at a number of venues throughout Asheville. In the summer, Asheville comes alive with music, dance and festivals. Hear a wide range of music from Classical to African to country mountain music. See Shakespeare, Broadway Musicals, Comedies. Asheville is diverse enough to satisfy any of your tastes in music.
The drum circle, held in Pritchard Park Friday nights in the summer, is particularly popular and invites both local residents and tourists to come down, play a musical instrument and dance at this free event. If you don't have an instrument, you can find instruments such as mandolins from Musician's Friend.
Enjoy clogging and traditional mountain music at the Shindig on the Green every Saturday night in July in Downtown. It is a free outdoor concert and event. Hear the Banjo, fiddle and guitar. Learn about the cultural heritage of Western North Carolina. If you enjoy the Shindig, then you may want to experience the Mountain Dance and folk Festival held in August.
Goombay Festival is held in August. Goombay is a celebration of African Caribbean culture. You will see African dances and art. Taste African Caribbean food and enjoy the festivities.
The North Carolina Stage Company performs a variety of works every year. Watch an outdoor performance of Shakespeare in the park at Montford. Attend the Lyric Opera or Asheville Bravo Concerts. Watch other performances at the Diana wortham Theatre at Pack Place. You can enjoy a play at regional theaters too. Regional theaters include the Flat Rock Playhouse (North Carolina's State Theater) and the Southern Repertory Theatre.
Asheville's Dr. Bob Moog developed the first modular synthesizer in 1964 revolutionizing contemporary music. Moogfest, a 3 day festival of music held in November, celebrates the legacy of Bob Moog. The festival is staged downtown and draws a large crowd. Moog Music is located at 160-170 Broadway St near Downtown Asheville and the River Arts District. For more info, see Moog Music.
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Asheville Bravo concerts - Thomas Wolfe Auditorium at the Asheville civic center - see ballet, opera, symphony, musicals and other performances.
Asheville Community Theater - 35 East Walnut Street, Downtown Asheville, see musicals, dramas, and comedies.
Asheville Contemporary Dance Theatre - 20 Commerce St., professional dance company.
Asheville Lyric Opera - Diana Wortham Theatre at 2 South Pack Square - attend the opera.
Asheville Symphony Orchestra - Thomas Wolfe Auditorium at the Asheville Civic Center - concerts performing classical music of Gershwin, Mozart and Beethoven.
Black Mountain Center for the Arts - 225 West State Street Black Mountain is a community arts facility with exhibits, festivals, theater, films and workshops.
Brevard music center - 1000 Probart Street Brevard - concert events including symphony, jazz, rock, pop and Broadway.
Diana Wortham Theater - Pack Place at Pack Square Cultural District - live performances of music, theatre and dance featuring local and national artists.
Fine Arts Theatre - 36 Biltmore Ave Downtown - art and independent films.
Flat Rock Playhouse - 2661 Greenville Hwy Flat Rock - North Carolina's State Theater see drama, comedy and Broadway musical performed.
Montford Park Players - Shakespeare Festival runs all summer long in Montford Park.
Southern Appalachian Repertory Theatre (SART) - Mars Hill College 44 College Street Mars Hill - plays and musicals.
Unto these Hills Outdoor drama - US 441 North at Drama Rd. Cherokee - drama retells the Trail of Tears through music and dance, held Mid June to Late August.