Music in Asheville, NC

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by bluesbass060, Oct 20, 2001.

  1. I'm moving between Asheville, NC and Greenville SC in a few weeks. Anybody know what the music scene is like in those 2 towns? I'm used to playing regularly, hoping to hook up with a band. Currently, I play in a Blues band, a Bluegrass band, and an Alternative band. I'd appreciate any information!
  2. pkr2


    Apr 28, 2000
    coastal N.C.
    Your bluegrass skills will get you more gigs in Asheville!

    Bluegrass is making a strong comeback in N.C.

  3. JazznFunk


    Mar 26, 2000
    Asheville, NC
    The scene here in Asheville is great if you play the following...

    1) Hippie, folky type singer/songwriter tunes.
    2) Jam band type tunes.
    3) Indie/Punk/Alternative

    Bluegrass and country is also popular, but not as prominent. The jazz scene used to be pretty good about a year or so ago, but it has seriously died down. It's still kicking, and there are opportunities to play, but clubs and restaurants are looking more at the bottom line... and jazz isn't what a lot of people look for around here. So, a lot of guys have been losing their gigs for that reason. Our group was starting to break into the scene fairly well until all of this happened. Now we're kind of back to square one. Sucks to be a jazz bassist here... :-/ That's why I have eyes on other places to move to after school to expand my options.

    Anyways.... Sounds like your musical ambitions will open some doors around here. Enjoy! Asheville is a great town. :)
  4. Thanks for the info, cats. Jazznfunk, I'm sorry to hear about the lack of interest in jazz in Asheville. Sounds like there isn't a big demand for bass players, either, because of it. Here in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, it's about the same. Even worse, it's a much smaller population, there are very few clubs to play in, and the ones that are booking, are getting bands that play for $100 a night - that's for the whole band! They're booking so cheap just to get in, and the club owners don't care if they suck or not at that price, there's nowhere else to go in town! Just to get paid decent to gig, bands have to travel 50 - 100 miles.:(
  5. JazznFunk


    Mar 26, 2000
    Asheville, NC
    Yup, that about sums it up... sounds like your situation is the same. I think you'll have a good shot at some gigs up here though with the music you're playing. I hope so!

    Good luck..... :)