Best Asheville Music Venues

Asheville’s all-encompassing music scene combines classical and rock, old and new. Its one of the most vital pieces of the city’s culture, and one of the many reasons people travel to Asheville.

Best Asheville Music VenuesHere’s a list of the best Asheville music venues compiled by your team at the Orchard Inn, an elegant mountain retreat in the Asheville area.

The Orange Peel – Social Aid and Pleasure Club

Named one of the “Top 5 Rock Clubs in the Country” by Rolling Stone Magazine, the Orange Peel hosts a variety of national musical acts from all genres. It has also been featured in USA Today, Travel and Leisure Magazine, Cosmopolitan, GQ, and more. The smoke-free club features state of the art sound and lighting equipment rarely found in a club of its size. It underwent an expansion in 2009 to bring its capacity to 1,100 standing. The Orange Peel also added a smoking deck on the north side of the venue, and a private 75-person club called PULP on the lower level. Acts appearing at the venue have included the Smashing Pumpkins, Bob Dylan, Ben Harper, Damien Rice, My Morning Jacket, Cyndi Lauper, the Beastie Boys and Modest Mouse.

The U.S. Cellular Center

The Thomas Wolfe Auditorium, Arena, Exhibit Hall and Banquet Hall make up the U.S. Cellular Center. It has hosted thousands of events since first opening in 1974. Hosting sold-out shows by a variety of artists, the center serves as a major economic engine supporting the region. Western North Carolina’s preeminent multi-purpose event facility is managed by the city of Asheville and will continue to draw people to the area for years to come. The Asheville Symphony Orchestra is among those performing in Thomas Wolfe Auditorium. The Symphony performs seven full orchestra concerts per year. Each concert features a guest artist, old favorites, and recent works.

Tressa’s Downtown Jazz & Blues

Combine New Orleans elegance with live jazz, blues, soul, R&B, latin, funk, and dance, and you’ll have Tressa’s. It’s a nightclub experience unlike any other in the city. Try their single malt scotches, small batch bourbons, estate rums or famous martinis.

The Grey Eagle

Voted by touring musicians as one of the top 25 live music venues in the nation, The Grey Eagle is known for its excellent sound, great beer selection and attentive audiences. The venue has been singled out by artists like Mason Jennings, Explosions in the Sky and the War on Drugs.

Asheville Music Hall

Asheville Music Hall shares a building with the One Stop Deli & Bar. One of the newest additions to the live music scene, the venue will host national, regional and local bands.

Diana Wortham Theatre at Pack Place

This intimate, 500-seat theatre has convenient off-street parking and numerous downtown restaurants within a block. The venue features live music, theatre and dance throughout the year by nationally recognized acts.


Consider staying with us at Orchard Inn after you mark your calendar with the date to see your favorite artist. Whether its rock, classical or country music you’re into, come home afterwards and relax at our quiet mountain bed and breakfast! Click here for more on our rooms and rates.

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