Asheville is rapidly making a name for itself as one of the best music cities in the United States. There are numerous music festivals focusing on a wide range of genres that occur throughout the year, while well-known international acts are also viewing the North Carolina city as a perfect location to come and perform. Live music has become a significant contributing factor to boosting tourism in Asheville, and the city has a long tradition of hosting popular music events. Here are some of the biggest music events to have occurred in Asheville over the last ten years.
Sir Elton John is one of the most famous musicians in the world, and the fact that the Candle in the Wind singer came to Asheville and performed highlights just how well-recognised the city is on the music scene. The English pop legend performed at the Asheville Civic Center in 2010, and it was billed as the “must-see concert of the year.” John appeared in front of a sold-out audience along with his band, which included Davey Johnstone on guitar, Bob Birch on bass, Nigel Olsson on drums, and Kim Bullard on the keyboard. The tour was called “Greatest Hits Live,” and fans were treated to classics such as and fans were treated to classics such as Rocket Man, I Guess That’s Why They Call it the Blues, and Your Song.
Elton John is one of the biggest-selling live acts of all time, and has often topped the charts in terms of revenue generated from his concerts. In fact, the 71-year-old is one of the highest earners in the entertainment capital of the world, Las Vegas. According to Betway Casino, John has performed in 207 shows at the Planet Hollywood Hotel and Casino, and has generated a total revenue of almost $84 million. He is also one of the most influential pop acts of all time, and has been awarded Brit Awards for Outstanding Contribution to Music on two separate occasions. When John appeared in Asheville, it said a lot for the state of the music scene in the city and helped put it on the global map.
Moogfest started in New York in 2004, and then migrated to Asheville in 2010 where it was held for four years. The festival is a celebration of electronic music, which also features art and technology. It is named after the founding father of electronic music, Robert Arthur Moog, the man who invented the Moog synthesiser. The reason for the move to Asheville was because this was the city in which the late Moog spent the last thirty years of his life.
Each Moogfest festival in Asheville lasted for three days and featured over 60 acts each time. During its run in the North Carolina city, the famous electronic festival welcomed some of the biggest acts from the genre in the world. One of the most notable groups to perform were Massive Attack, the British trip-hop double act of Robert Del Naja and Daddy G. Two of their albums, Blue Lines and Mezzanine feature in Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time, and they also won the Brit Award for Best British Dance Act in 1996.
Biltmore Concert Series
The Biltmore Concert Series is a unique musical experience in that visitors get to enjoy great views and luxury at the same time as listening to their favourite music. Located at the 8000-acre backyard of Biltmore House, concert-goers are treated to jaw-dropping views of Blue Ridge Mountains. The Biltmore Concert Series doesn’t just focus on one genre, and there is something for everyone. It has seen some world-famous acts in the past, and is preparing to welcome Motown legends the Four Tops and the Temptations this summer.
Nashville has long been known as the music capital of America, but Asheville is making a case to knock it from its perch in the years to come. There is no denying that the North Carolina city is one of the hottest places for music in the whole country right now.