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Asheville Nightlife: Live Music & Dancing

Also See: Downtown Asheville Wine & Cocktail Bars | Beer & Brew Pubs | Downtown Asheville | Performing Arts | Asheville Civic Center | Events & Festivals | Art Shows & Festivals | Contra Dancing | Downtown Coffee Shops & Bakeries | Asheville Top 50 Restaurants | Moogfest | Bluegrass & Appalachian Mountain Music

Asheville offers a mulitude of places to go for live music and dancing any day of the week.

Altamont TheatreThe Altamont Theatre
This intimate "listening room" downtown is perfect for enjoying a big variety of entertainers. See nationally touring artists as well as local musicians with very reasonable ticket prices. A separate bar has plenty of wines by the glass and local brews on tap. Click here to visit their Web site.

Tressa's Jazz & BluesTressa's Downtown Jazz & Blues
Our top pick for date night live music and dancing, enjoy live jazz and blues in old New Orleans elegance every night with an impressive selection of fine spirits such as single malt scotches, small batch bourbons, estate rums, and sipping Tequilas; as well as their famous martinis. 28 Broadway Street. Visit their Web site.

Orange PeelThe Orange Peel
This well-known downtown concert venue has state-of-the-art sound and lighting with a capacity of 1,100 standing. It's a great setting for enjoying the premier musicians who perform here. The dance floor is several hundred square feet of springy wooden slats, and the stage is in perfect view from any angle on the floor. 101 Biltmore Avenue.  See our Orange Peel Guide.

Grey EagleThe Grey Eagle
This listening room-style concert venue is a longtime local's favorite just outside of downtown Asheville features a big variety national and regional groups. Capacity is 550 standing. Great beer selection and a Taqueria Latin cuisine. 185 Clingman Avenue. See who's playing on their Web site.

New Mountain AshevilleNew Mountain AVL
See touring and local shows and bands, along with a variety of events in downtown Asheville. The largest of three listening rooms holds 400 standing room only. 38 North French Broad Avenue. See who's playing on their Web site.

Asheville Music HallAsheville Music Hall
This mid-size concert venue is in the middle of downtown with a 360-person capacity. They host many musical legends and have a full restaurant and bar downstairs. Its an all-genres venue that provides an intimate, live music experience for all music fans. 31 Patton Avenue. See who's playing on their Web site.

Dueling Piano BarOff the Wagon Dueling Piano Bar
Their musicians impress with their repertoire of thousands of popular songs from the last 50 years. It's an all request show. Rock-and-roll and sing-along while you enjoy cocktails, wine or a craft beer in their beautifully restored historic building on one of the last brick-paved streets in downtown Asheville. 22 North Market Street. Visit their Web site.

Isis Music HallIsis Music Hall
This concert venue has an accompanying bar and restaurant in West Asheville. See recognized national or regional acts for a wide range of music genres. Different types of shows range from seated dinner cabaret style shows to standing room only for 450 people. 743 Haywood Road. See who's playing on their Web site.

More Places for Live Music
Mountain Music Top 25 Spots: Find and experienc a variety of North Carolina mountain music and dance traditions including bluegrass, old-time, sacred music and clogging.
Top Restaurants: Many restaurants have free live music, especially on weekends. Check out the Motown brunch at Market Place Restaurant.
Top 50 Beer Guide: Enjoy local brews at craft brewery taprooms and pubs while you enjoy. We especially love Jack of the Wood pub with Celtic and bluegrass.
NC Stage Theatre: Professional theatre and concerts.
Downtown Wine & Cocktail Bars: See our favorite spots

Asheville Dance

Room Nine: Modern, new dance club with weekly theme nights. Membership is required. Visit their Web site.

Old Farmers Ball in Asheville: No experience is necessary to enjoy on the area's contra dances. Enjoy great live blue grass music and friendly folks willing to help you with your steps. Monday evenings at the Grey Eagle and Thursday evenings at Warren Wilson College. Read more.

Live Music CalendarLocal Flavor App
Download the free Local Flavor Asheville app and use their Daily Scoop feed to see the most current live music calendar, drink specials and more, updated every day. Then use their interactive map to find your way. Other info on the app includes food, drink, beer, arts and more.


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