The Top Live Music Spots in Asheville

For funky local jam sessions or visits from major, nationally-touring music icons and everything in between, Asheville is the place to be to hear great music in North Carolina. On any day of the week you can find yourself enjoying the laid-back beats of street performers, downtown’s weekly outdoor concert series, or even the famous Asheville Drum Circle. And with a host of hip and eccentric music venues dotted across town, it’s no wonder so many flock to Asheville to take in truly great music year-round. Whether you’re seeking an intimate music experience or the thunderous action of for your favorite band amongst thousands of like-minded fans, there’s a venue in Asheville that’s got what you need right now.

Mid-Size Venues Offer an Eclectic Mix

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Infamous Stringdusters and the Wooks at The Orange Peel. Photo by Tom Farr via Facebook.

Music-goers of a more laid-back persuasion should find themselves at Asheville Music Hall. With a full restaurant and bar on site, a mid-size capacity of 360 people, and a dynamite location in the heart of downtown Asheville, Asheville Music Hall is the ideal spot to appreciate both newer performers and nationally-recognized icons. With a lineup of acts from a variety of genres, this beautiful and intimate venue offers music fans a truly exciting live performance experience. Likewise, The Grey Eagle is a great spot for true music fans. The killer beer selection at its Taqueria Latin eatery, capacity for 550 and an intimate, listening-room style feel make The Grey Eagle a must-see venue. Musical guests touring both regionally and nationally make a point of performing at The Grey Eagle. On the larger side at 1,000 people standing room and with a state-of-the-art sound system, The Orange Peel is the place to be both to appreciate old favorites and to see emerging acts. The Orange Peel also boasts a massive wooden dance floor for anyone looking to show off their moves.

Bigger Stage? Bigger Band

Salvage Station is a larger waterfront complex and the venue of choice for a wide variety of performers. The vibe is casual with both indoor and outdoor seating. The venue is just a mile from downtown and is a local favorite. Likewise, the US Cellular Center is a popular spot for big-ticket performers, symphonies, plays, and much more. This massive complex can host up to 7,600 visitors and functions both as a sporting arena and live performance venue. From star-studded tours all the way to monster truck rallies, the US Cellular Center hosts all of the biggest events in town.

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Michael Franti at Salvage Station. Photo by Josh Rhinehart via Facebook.

In Asheville, Our Venues are as Diverse as our Musical Taste

Isis Music Hall is a flexible venue in West Asheville that caters to a lot of different performance types and environments. Seated cabaret-style performances offer a more intimate and timeless feel, while standing-room only concerts give way to the excitement and energy of a rock show. Live events held at The Odditorium in Asheville likewise make for a unique and memorable live-music experience. This unusual and artistic building plays host to a variety of acts including musicians, comedians, dance parties, poetry readings, and more. The eclectic and intimate nature of the building, coupled with its odd array of performers, truly ensure that The Odditorium lives up to its name.
And on and on it goes: these are just a few of the many, many fun concert venues that make Asheville an amazing place to experience live music. For more information on Asheville’s live music scene, visit Romantic Asheville.

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