It may not be the Burning Man Festival or Coachella but this doesn’t mean that this beautiful city from North Carolina doesn’t have a lot going on in the music industry. The music scene of Asheville, just like the city itself, is a blend of classic, old-time, and contemporary traditions. The perfect combination of old and new sparks with every music festival and live music show this place has to offer.
So, if you happen to be in town anytime this summer or plan a trip to Asheville especially, here are some of the best music events the place has to offer in the Summer of 2019.
All Go West
Unfortunately, this festival won’t be held this summer but this doesn’t mean it doesn’t have a special place in people’s hearts. The best thing about the All Go West is that it’s free. Full of funky and funny people, the festival usually opens its gates in June and features a wide array of local and regional musicians that play anything from indie rock to bluegrass.
The festival is usually held at the Isis Restaurant and Music Hall, as well as The Mothlight. Make sure to check its own website for news about the 2020 edition so you can plan your vacation in time.
LEAF & LEAF Downtown
The Lake Eden Arts Festival (LEAF) is one of the most popular in the area and happens twice a year for one weekend in May and October. The LEAF Downtown is a two-day celebration of arts, music, and is filled with delicious food, wonderful workshops, and even locally-crafted beverages. As the name suggests, LEAF Downtown’s main location is in the center of the city, in Pack Square Park, while the LEAF festival is held at the Black Mountain College.
Biltmore’s Summer Evening Concerts
Every year, the hot summer August nights seem more bearable thanks to the live evening concerts. If you enjoy live performances by local and national performers on an outdoor stage, this place is perfect for you. Make sure to head to the Blue Ridge Mountain to enjoy the breathtaking sunsets alongside quality music and cool summer vibes.
Downtown After 5
From May to September, every third Friday of the month is celebrated with a free performance from regional and local artists. You’ll get to experience anything from blues to country rock, classic soul, funk, and even jazz and, if you’re lucky enough, you can even bring your own best music stand and instruments and perform alongside reputed musicians.
Swannanoa Chamber Music Festival
Currently considered the best premier chamber music festival in North Carolina, the Swannanoa is held from late June to late July. It features 15 performances in total by wind performers, individual strings, and professional quartets.
The festival is reaching its 45th season this year, so you should expect quality music, good atmosphere, and uplifting experiences. Even if you’re not a fan of chamber music, the smooth sounds of the violin should make you stay and listen to at least one representation. We guarantee you won’t regret it.
Shindig on the Green
The free Saturday evening gatherings of the Shindig on the Green have become iconic not only for those who appreciate Appalachian songs but for the entire community of Asheville. For the past four decades, locals and tourists have brought their blankets or chairs in downtown Asheville to listen to quality music and enjoy a wonderful summer atmosphere. Have we mentioned it’s free and you even get to dance?
For more than two decades now, each year in September the people of Asheville and all tourists get to experience a wonderful mix of Southern Appalachian music and high-quality craft beer. Bring your friends, and don’t forget about sunscreen and a hat as you will be dancing and tasting delicious beer all day long.