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Folk Music Concert WCU

Sunday, June 21st, 2015

ASHEVILLE NC – The faculty of the Mountain Collegium Music Workshop will perform a recital of medieval, renaissance, baroque and contemporary music on early and folk instruments at 8 p.m. Thursday, July 2, at Cullowhee Baptist Church adjacent to the campus of Western Carolina University.

The musicians and their instruments include Lisle Kulbach, Holly Maurer, Gail Ann Schroeder (violas da gamba); Valerie Austin, Jody Miller, Patricia Petersen, Gwyn Roberts and Anne Timberlake (recorders); Erik Schmalz (sackbut); Lorraine Hammond and John Maschinot (harp and folk instruments); Robert Bolyard (voice and viola da gamba); and Jack Ashworth (harpsichord and viola da gamba).

Admission to the concert is free, but donations to the Gerald R. Moore Mountain Collegium Scholarship are accepted.

The summer Mountain Collegium Early Music and Folk Music Workshop at WCU offers classes in recorder, viol, voice and other early instruments as well as classes in folk, Appalachian, Celtic, Sephardic and contemporary music. The teaching organization’s site can be found at www.mountaincollegium.org.

For more information about the concert, call workshop director Jody Miller at 404-314-1891 or email [email protected].

Biltmore’s Concert Series Heats up the Month of August

Friday, May 8th, 2015

ASHEVILLE NC – Summer nights are set to sizzle at Biltmore when the estate’s 19th annual Concert Series begins Friday, Aug. 7. Ticket sales begin May 6, 2015.

Grammy Award-winning R&B/pop vocalists Natalie Cole and Peabo Bryson kick off the series on Aug. 7 on the South Terrace of Biltmore House. The South Terrace venue features expansive sunset views of the 250-room Biltmore House in one direction, and Mount Pisgah and the Blue Ridge Mountains in the other.

The 2015 Biltmore Concert Series line-up:

Aug. 7       Natalie Cole and Peabo Bryson

Aug. 9       Counting Crows: Somewhere Under Wonderland Tour with special guest Citizen Cope

Aug. 16     ZZ Top with Special Guest Blackberry Smoke

Aug. 21     Chris Tomlin and MercyMe

Aug. 22     Bruce Hornsby and the Noisemakers and Blues Traveler

Aug. 28     The Four Tops & The Temptations

On-sale dates

Tickets for Natalie Cole and Peabo Bryson; Counting Crows and Citizen Cope; ZZ Top and Blackberry Smoke will go on sale May 6.

Tickets for Chris Tomlin and MercyMe; Bruce Hornsby and Blues Traveler; and the Four Tops & The Temptations go on sale May 13.

All tickets may be purchased at www.biltmore.com/concerts; by calling 866-336-1255; or in person at Biltmore’s Reservation and Ticketing Sales Center.

A variety of ticket, dining and Inn on Biltmore Estate packages will be available for the concerts. Tickets do not include or require estate admission. Performers and dates are subject to change.

About the artists

Natalie Cole and Peabo Bryson
8 p.m., Aug. 7

Natalie Cole is one of our time’s best R&B/pop vocalists, with 21 albums selling more than 30 million copies, and winning nine Grammy awards. Her hits include “This Will Be,” “Miss You Like Crazy,” and “Unforgettable.” Two-time Grammy Award winner Peabo Bryson, whose career has spanned from the mid-1960s, has amassed critical acclaim with hits including “If Ever You’re in My Arms Again,” “Can You Stop The Rain,” and “Missing You.”

Counting Crows: Somewhere Under Wonderland Tour with special guest Citizen Cope
7:30 p.m., Aug. 9

Counting Crows have sold more than 20 million albums after exploding onto the music scene after their 1993 release “August and Everything After.” The band released its seventh studio album, “Somewhere Under Wonderland,” in 2014. Their hits include “Mr. Jones,” “Hanginaround” and “A Long December.”  Citizen Cope is an American songwriter, producer and performer. Touring professionally for 10 years now, his music mixes blues, soul, folk and rock. His hits include “Son’s Gonna Rise,” “Let the Drummer Kick,” and “Sideways.”

ZZ Top with Special Guest Blackberry Smoke
8 p.m., Aug. 16

ZZ Top’s music is instantly recognizable and 100 percent Texas American. Their hits include “Sharp Dressed Man,” “Legs,” and “Gimme All Your Lovin’.” The band’s three original members still perform together after more than 40 years of rock, blues and boogie.  Blackberry Smoke’s mix of bluesy rock, gospel soul, and country is further elevated by the band’s three-part vocal harmonies and arrangements that make judicious use of fiddle and added percussion. Their newest album, “Holding All the Roses,” includes such songs as “Too High” and “Rock and Roll Again.”

Chris Tomlin and MercyMe
8 p.m., Aug. 21

Grammy winner Chris Tomlin is among the most well-known and influential artists in contemporary Christian music. With 11 albums, selling more than 3 million copies, his hits include “Your Grace is Enough,” “Our God,” and “At the Cross.”  Contemporary Christian rock group MercyMe has released eight studio albums, garnered 26 No. 1 Christian radio singles, and four mainstream radio hits with “I Can Only Imagine,” “Here With Me,” “Homesick” and “So Long Self.”
Bruce Hornsby and the Noisemakers and Blues Traveler
8 p.m., Aug. 22

Bruce Hornsby has focused on projects that sparked his creative interest during his two-and-a-half decade recording career, including collaborations with the Grateful Dead, Bela Fleck, and Bonnie Raitt. Hornsby’s performance with his six-piece band The Noisemakers will offer a glimpse of a restless spirit who continues to push forward into exciting new musical terrain.  Over the course of their 25-year career, Blues Traveler’s 11 studio albums have sold more than 10 million copies. They received a Grammy Award for the hit “Run-Around.” Other hits include “But Anyway,” “100 Years,” and “Hook.” Their latest album, “Blow Up the Moon,” features collaborations with Hanson, Dirty Heads, Jewel and more.

The Four Tops & The Temptations
8 p.m., Aug. 28

In 1990, with 24 Top 40 pop hits to their credit, The Four Tops were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame. Some of their biggest hits include: “I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch),” “It’s The Same Old Song,” and “Reach Out I’ll Be There.”  For more than 40 years, The Temptations have prospered, and over the course of their career have had 83 charted Billboard U.S. singles and 44 Billboard Top 10 Hits including “My Girl,” “Ain’t Too Proud,” “Papa Was a Rolling Stone,” and “I Can’t Get Next to You.”

About Biltmore
Located in Asheville, North Carolina, Biltmore was the vision of George W. Vanderbilt.  Designed by Richard Morris Hunt, America’s largest home is a 250-room French Renaissance chateau, exhibiting the Vanderbilt family’s original collection of furnishings, art and antiques.  Biltmore estate encompasses more than 8,000 acres including renowned gardens designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, the father of American landscape architecture.  Today, Biltmore has grown to include Antler Hill Village, which features the award-winning Winery and Antler Hill Farm; the four-star Inn on Biltmore Estate; Equestrian Center; numerous restaurants; event and meeting venues; and Biltmore For Your Home, the company’s licensed products division. To learn more about Biltmore, go to www.biltmore.com or call 877-BILTMORE.

Carl Sandburg’s American Songbag at Diana Wortham Theatre

Friday, April 10th, 2015
ASHEVILLE NC – The Diana Wortham Theatre in downtown Asheville announces a new Intersections Sing Together: Carl Sandburg’s American Songbag, Friday, April 17 at 6:30 p.m. in The Forum at Diana Wortham Theatre. Participants can experience American folk music — songs representing the hearts and voices of thousands of men and women — performed, collected, and preserved by the renowned poet and national icon.
Carl Sandburg (1878-1967) earned three Pulitzer Prizes for his collection The Complete Poems of Carl Sandburg, Corn Huskers, and for his biography of Abraham Lincoln. His 1927 anthology of folk music, The American Songbag, was widely popular and influenced a number of musicians even before the folk music revivals of the 1940s and 1960s. Sandburg said, “The American Songbag comes from the hearts and voices of thousands of men and women. They made new songs, they changed old songs, they carried songs from place to place, they resurrected and kept alive dying and forgotten songs.” Connemara, Sandburg’s home of 22 years in Flat Rock, NC, is preserved by the National Parks Service and is home to the annual Carl Sandburg Folk Music Festival.
Led by musicians Beth and Jim Magill, the Intersections Sing Together Series is designed for family and friends to celebrate the joy of music and singing in spirited sessions, bringing community together through song. All skill levels are welcome; no experience is required. The Forum, a large multi-purpose space adjacent to the theatre and accessible from the theatre’s main lobby, is the venue for all Sing
Together events.
Musicians Beth and Jim Magill lead the Intersections Sing Together series, which launched in 2012. Beth is a professional flute and tin whistle player and teacher. As a studio musician she has appeared on numerous recordings and NPR’s Mountain Stage. Jim is an award-winning songwriter and instrumentalist on guitar, cittern and mandolin. He is the founding director of The Swannanoa Gathering Folk Arts Workshops at Warren Wilson College, and in 1994 was awarded the first Fellowship in Songwriting and Composition from the North Carolina Arts Council.
The Intersections Sing Together sessions take place at 6:30 p.m. in The Forum at Diana Wortham Theatre. $10 adults/$8 children 12 and under; children 2 and under are free. To obtain more information on the Diana Wortham Theatre’s Intersections Sing Together Series or to buy tickets, call the theatre’s box office at (828) 257-4530 or visit www.dwtheatre.com/intersections-sing-together.

18th Annual French Broad River Festival

Thursday, March 19th, 2015

ASHEVILLE NC – This annual grassroots festival has grown steadily from a one night benefit party on the banks of the French Broad to an all weekend festival featuring some of the best music in the area and a number of outdoor events in celebration of this beautiful river and setting.

Date:  May 1-3, 2015

Location:  The festival takes place at the Hot Springs Campground & Spa, at the intersection of the French Broad River and the Appalachian Trail in historic Hot Springs, NC.

Music / entertainment:

Larry Keel Experience, Sol Driven Train, Zach Deputy, Big Daddy Love, Big Something, PGrass, The Accomplices, Red Dirt Revelators, Raising Caine, Empire Strikes Brass, Dead 27’s, Rodeo Clown, The Dubplates and more!  This festival always has a few surprises such as a juggling fire show, kid’s parade, trapeze artists, fireworks, late night acoustic jams, and watch out for flying marshmallows.

Outdoor events:  You can enjoy the outdoors by participating in the raft race, a 9 mile whitewater race that finishes at the festival, paddling “with the pros”, or the mountain bike race.  And if you’re not feeling too competitive, you can take a nice hike on the AT or just hang out by the river, listening to the music.

The Raft Race will be held on Saturday, May 2 at 10:00 am.

The biggest mass start whitewater raft race in the southeast. The race begins in Barnard, North Carolina and ends at the festival in beautiful Hot Springs, NC. During the 9 mile race, you will experience Class 1-4 whitewater excitement as well as bumping boats, crazy people, and a lot of heckling.  See website for details to pre-register for a spot on a raft with guide.

The Mountain Bike Race will take place Saturday, May 2 at 10 am. Registration fees are $15 for non-festival participants and free for folks attending the festival. There will be prizes for the top finishers. Please plan to arrive at 9 am for pre-race registration and route information. For more info regarding the race and pre-registration, check out www.frenchbroadriverfestival.com.

Paddle with the Pros! Space is limited so sign up early!
Saturday, May 2nd offers a chance to paddle with an Open Canoe legend.  Three time World Champion Eli Helbert will be leading a canoe clinic for folks with their own boat and gear. This will be great for boaters of all skill levels. Sign up for Paddle with the Pros at the festival information booth on Friday afternoon or evening. Space will be limited, so get there early!

Bring the Kids!  Kids 12 and under are free, and The Kids’ Village  has a terrific line up of fun activities including inflatables, face painting and Becky the Balloon Lady making costumes and fun balloon shapes for the annual FBRF Kids’ Parade.  Becky brings an entourage of fun folks that juggle, play with fire, and love to create an entertaining atmosphere for kids of all ages!  Kids’ parade on Saturday led by Sol Driven Train.

Food, prizes and more: There are plenty of food vendors or you can dine out in one of Hot Springs’ restaurants.  See lots of outdoor gear and win some of it in the raffle and silent auction.  Kids area. Sand volleyball. Spa. River. Mountains. Sleeping is optional.

Good Cause:  Over the years, The French Broad River Festival has donated over $150,000 to designated local charities such as Manna Food Bank, Big Brothers/Big Sisters of WNC, Eliada Home, Homeward Bound of Asheville, and American Whitewater.  Proceeds in 2014 will be donated to the Hot Springs Community Learning Center, Homeward Bound and American Whitewater.


Tickets include camping, music, registration fees for whitewater and biking events (if you have your own boat/bike), one raffle ticket, festival schwag, and good times.

~ $80 General Admission (Early Bird online) – see website for details / availability at gate.

~ Parking $50 inside festival or drop off gear at campsite and park free just outside

~ Children under 12 get in free.

Rafting plus Admission:

For those without boats but who would like to participate in the race, a limited number of tickets are available. These include a spot in a raft for the raft race with a guide, plus everything the general admission ticket offers. Check the website for more details. Tickets are on sale now at www.frenchbroadriverfestival.com.

Brevard Music Center Offers Free Concert March 4

Thursday, February 26th, 2015

ASHEVILLE NC – The Brevard Music Center (BMC) in partnership with the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) presents its Sundays with Brevard Music Center concert series at a special time this month – on Wednesday, March 4 at 3:00pm in the Reuter Center on the campus of UNC Asheville. The program will feature Soprello – a musical collaboration between BMC’s cello artist Alistair MacRae and soprano Allison Pohl. Soprello explores the connections between vibrating strings and the human voice and aims to engage audiences with music new and old, both specific to its instrumentation and inventively repurposed. MacRae and Pohl will perform works by Schumann, Purcell, Tavener, and more.

Cellist Alistair MacRae has appeared as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral principal throughout the United States and in Europe, Asia, South America, and the Middle East. His playing has been praised for its “rich sound and lyrical phrasing” (Palm Beach Daily News) and his performances have been featured in radio broadcasts across the United States. Mr. MacRae teaches cello at Princeton University and is on the faculty of the Brevard Music Center. He has given master classes and lecture-performances through the American String Teachers Association, Marshall University, the University of Utah, Palm Beach Community College, and Kings College. He holds degrees from Princeton University and the Manhattan School of Music.
Soprano Allison Pohl made her professional debut as Barbarina in Le Nozze di Figaro under the baton of Maestro Stephen Lord at Boston Lyric Opera. She has performed widely in the United States as well as Italy and China, drawing positive reviews for her “sparkling voice” (OuterStage) and “exuberant” performances (Opera News). This season, Allison debuts with Opera Providence as Yum-Yum in The Mikado and as a soloist with Canton Symphony Orchestra in the opening concert of their Masterworks Series. Allison received her Master of Music degree from Boston University and her Bachelor of Music degree from SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Music.
This free and open to the public concert series continues on Sunday, April 5, 2015, with a concert by violinist Jason Posnock and pianist Ivan Seng. The Sundays with Brevard Music Center series is presented October through May.

The Brevard Music Center is a world-renowned summer music institute and festival and presents 80 public concerts in the summer season, more than 30 of which have no admission charge. For more information about Sundays with Brevard Music Center, visit brevardmusic.org. For more information about OLLI visit olliasheville.com.

Heartbeat, Young Palestinian and Israeli Musicians at UNC Asheville

Thursday, January 15th, 2015
ASHEVILLE NC – Heartbeat, an ensemble of young musicians from Palestine and Israel, will bring their dynamic blend of Eastern and Arabic music, Western rock, hip hop, jazz and reggae to UNC Asheville’s Lipinsky Auditorium on at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 19.

Heartbeat is an international nonprofit organization that offers musical workshops, camps, field trips, overseas exchanges, and the development of ensembles to young musicians living in conflicted and segregated cities. The organization unites Israeli and Palestinian youth to build critical understanding and transform conflict through the power of music.

This year marks the group’s fourth tour to the U.S., where they have performed and offered workshops at universities, music festivals, the State Department and Congress. The organization recently received funding support from Eddie Vedder and Pearl Jam, and from Neil Young, who announced his donation after he was forced to cancel a performance in Israel due to security concerns.

Concert tickets are $22; $13 for UNC Asheville faculty, staff and alumni; $8 for Asheville-area students; free for UNC Asheville students, and are available at uncatickets.com. The concert is sponsored by UNC Asheville’s Cultural Events and Special Academic Programs office. For more information, visit cesap.unca.edu or call 828.251.6674.

Diana Wortham Theatre Shana Tucker and Her Band

Thursday, January 8th, 2015

ASHEVILLE NC – Transcending genre distinctions with her fusion of jazz, contemporary folk, and soul, singer/songwriter and cellist Shana Tucker and her band play Diana Wortham Theatre Saturday, January 17 at 8:00 p.m.

Her 2011 debut solo recording, SHiNE, and subsequent interview on public radio, grabbed the ear of a Cirque de Soleil producer who quickly invited her to Las Vegas to join the world-class musical ensemble for Cirque du Soleil as cellist and mezzo-soprano for KÀ, the unprecedented, gravity-defying production by Cirque at the MGM Grand. Tucker now balances her indie artist career with her continuing role for Cirque du Soleil, splitting her time between Durham, NC in the east and Las Vegas in the west.

Through well-crafted lyrics, subtle, lingering melodies, and compositions that boast a unique, satisfying blend of humor and gravity, Shana Tucker’s music veers from acoustic pop to cabaret jazz to folk and R&B.

“Her voice alone would support a career,” says a review by INDYWEEK.com. “What makes Tucker special is her adherence to the cello, boldly taking the instrument into new territory.”

A classically trained musician who studied at Howard University and the Brooklyn College Conservatory of Music, Tucker will often stand and pluck her cello like a string bass. “I can’t deny the classical training; it inspires my cello sensibilities,” says Tucker. “But I like the thump of walking blues and old-timey bass lines. It’s like a delicious coffee blend, bold and robust, with subtle undertones of bittersweet.”

For her Asheville performance, Tucker performs an eclectic mix of original music, original covers, and jazz standards that span the decades. Joining her on stage is Nick Rosen on piano, Keith Ganz on guitar, Stephen Coffman on drums, and Pete Kimosh on bass.

For insight and increased enjoyment, ticket holders may attend a free pre-performance discussion with Shana Tucker and pianist Nick Rosen in The Forum at Diana Wortham Theatre at 7:00pm prior to the 8:00pm performance. Seating is limited and offered on a first come, first served basis. We regret that we may not admit patrons to the discussions after 7:10 p.m.

Shana Tucker’s Asheville performance is made possible by Performance Sponsors Michael & Catty Andry and Carol & Bob Deutsch; and by Mainstage Music Series Sponsors Henry LaBrun, First Citizens Bank, The Omni Grove Park Inn, and Ward and Smith, P.A.; with additional support from Media Sponsor WNC magazine.

The entrance for the Diana Wortham Theatre is marked by the location of the theatre’s marquee between 12 and 14 Biltmore Avenue. Patrons enter the theatre through the breezeway between Marble Slab Creamery and White Duck Taco, and into a large interior courtyard with multiple glass doors to the theatre’s lower lobby and box office. The intimate theatre seats just over 500 and boasts exceptional acoustics and sightlines, making it the premier performance space in Western North Carolina. The Mainstage Series is supported by a grant from the North Carolina Arts Council, a state agency. The Mainstage Series 2014/2015 Season Sponsors are the Asheville Scene, Blue Moon Water, Creative Energy, Laurey’s Catering and Gourmet-to-go, the North Carolina Arts Council, and the Renaissance Asheville Hotel. To obtain more information on the Mainstage Series or to purchase tickets, call the theatre’s box office at (828) 257-4530 or visit www.dwtheatre.com.

Three Days of Light Festival Youth Village

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014

ASHEVILLE NC – Now in its third year the Three Days of Light Gathering (3DL), ignites western North Carolina with inspiration, activation, and celebration through music, art, healing workshops, and connection.

This year we’re excited to announce our youth village: a magical space where learning and play become one dance by focusing on dreaming awake the new earth. Adults and children will be encouraged to manifest, through dreaming and play, the world they wish to create.

At the youth village there will be activities all weekend such as: yoga, meditation, hoop dance, art projects, storytelling, face painting, mandala painting, nature exploration/plant identification, beekeeping, and more. On Saturday at 3DL there will be a parade around the gathering grounds. Costumes are encouraged!

3DL features family friendly rustic and modern lodging as well as camping options to fit any budget. Prices range from $125 to $250 and include accommodations, and access to ALL workshops, special events, and performances. Day and weekend passes are available starting at $30 for the day. Admission is free for children ages 12 and under.

Light Way Schools, an organization that guides parents in the design and implementation of alternative and democratic home schooling programs, will be hosting the workshop: “Dream, Believe, Create: Education for the New Earth.”

They will be offering a complimentary three week course, Empowered Parents, Inspired Children, (E.P.I.C.), a virtual, live coaching, training, and support program for parents, educators, and community members who need help with alternative, democratic homeschooling. Participants can engage with this course from anywhere in the world. In addition, all who take the course will receive a complimentary private consultation with Zahra Lightway, the founder of Light Way Schools.

Other featured workshops at the youth village include: “Mindfulness for Children and Families Playshop” with Amanda Amethyst and “A Vision for Co-creating Whole Children” with Danica Joan Fields.

Three Days of Light Gathering Oct 3-5

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014

ASHEVILLE NC – Now in its third year the Three Days of Light Gathering (3DL), ignites western North Carolina with inspiration, activation, and celebration through music, art, healing workshops, and connection.

Produced by Emergence Earth, a conscious media platform for people to connect, 3DL is a three day music and healing arts festival designed according to the principle mission, or “Four Pillars” of Emergence Earth: Sustainability, Natural Health and Wellness, Personal/Spiritual Development, and Community and Culture.

With a mission to give attendees tools and resources that can help them live more empowered, inspired, and exciting lives, 3DL provides a support space for people to be conscious Earth and community stewards.

Offering over 50 play and lecture-based experiential workshops based on the Four Pillars including permaculture, yoga, meditation, sacred geometry, crystal healing, sound therapy, personal body and energy healing practices, poetry, flow arts (fire spinning, poi, hula) and much more, 3DL’s purpose is to inspire attendees into being their highest selves.

There is also a youth village, a healing village, a community art gallery, and an auction to raise money for art programs that focus on working with underprivileged and at-risk youth.

3DL will feature a wide variety of local and internationally-recognized DJ’s, bands, and live performing artists.

This year’s performers include: The Human Experience, Hudost, Living Light, Srikalogy, Dixon’s Violin, NUMATIK, I-Star, Sundried Vibes, TreeHouse, Elijah Ray of the Band of Light, Infinite Third, Option 22, and many more.

Over a dozen live/visionary artists will capture these moments on canvas. Live painting performances are scheduled each night.

3DL features family friendly rustic and modern lodging as well as camping options to fit any budget. Prices range from $125 to $250 and include accommodations, and access to ALL workshops, special events, and performances.

Day and weekend passes are available starting at $30 for the day. Ages 12 and under are free.

The entire property is disability and/or handicap accessible.

Information, tickets, and full lineup can be found at our website: www.3DLgathering.com.

French Broad Brew Fest Celebrates Fall by the River

Friday, August 29th, 2014
ASHEVILLE NC – Just north of Asheville, Hot Springs is a destination for outdoor enthusiasts seeking whitewater, fishing, hiking, biking, or just relaxing at the Spa by the river.  With the festival grounds located on the banks of the French Broad and it’s intersection with the Appalachian Trail, what better way to celebrate Fall in the Mountains?   Beautiful scenery, live music, great craft beer, and food on one glorious afternoon, camping included!  See details below:
Brew15+ breweries will be onsite and festival-goers will receive a commemorative souvenir glass for sampling from noon to 10 pm on Sat. Sept 27.  Breweries include Asheville Brewing, New Belgium, One World Brewing, Pisgah Brewing, Catawba, Highland, Oskar Blues, Foothills, Sierra Nevada, R.J. Rockers, Natty Greene’s, Lagunitas, Sweetwater, French Broad Brewing, Holy City Brewing, Widmer Brothers, Shock Top, Abita, and don’t forget about the FBBF Homebrew Invitational organized by “The Godfather”!
EntertainmentSee Lineup with bios including Yarn, Jonathan Scales Fourchestra, Tony Trischka & Territory, Hymn for Her, Wick-it the Instigator, Empire Strikes Bass, and the Mountain Top Polka Band in the Brew Tent . . . and more! (see band info below)  Hiking, biking, paddling, fishing, soaking in hot tubs, and spa appointments are optional.
Environment:  Where the French Broad River intersects with the Appalachian Trail . . . beautiful campsites included (see Relax).
Relax:  No worries about driving, because camping is included with private campsites, rv sites and cabins available on the festival grounds.  Lodging is also available within walking distance at one of the hotels or B&B’s in town.  In addition to the festivities, festival-goers can also enjoy the 100 acre resort & spa’s modern Jacuzzi style hot tubs, positioned outside along the river and supplied with a continuous flow of Natural Hot Mineral Water and a staff of massage therapists on hand to compliment your soaks.  If you’d like to reserve a soak in the mineral springs or a stay in the campground in advance of the festival (to reserve your spot), go to www.nchotsprings.com or call 828-622-7676.
Check out our YouTube page to see what it’s all about!

Details about campground, parking, etc.
  • Festival gates open at 8 am Sat. 9/28 and tickets include camping for Sat. night, but if you want to arrive earlier (and secure a prime campsite) you can reserve a site for Friday 9/27 or earlier by calling the Hot Springs Campground & Resortat 828-622-7676.  Note: If designated sites fill up, there will still be plenty of room to camp!
  • The brew tent will be open from noon to 10 pm
  • You will be allowed to enter the campground and unload your vehicle at your campsite, but will need to buy a $25 parking pass to remain parked in the festival grounds.  Unloading and parking in parking area is free
  • If you don’t want to camp, check out other accomodations in Hot Springs here.
  • As of now, RV spots are still available but it is recommended that you call and reserve a spot through the campground for Friday night to ensure a site.  On Sat. all sites are 1st come 1st serve.
  • Sorry but NO DOGS allowed in festival grounds!
  • If you have any questions, send email to [email protected] or be sure to like us on Facebook for updates also.

Fall outdoors in Hot Springs
Earn your brew.  What a perfect fall weekend it will be to enjoy the outdoors and all Hot Springs has to offer.
  • Hiking:  Hot Springs is a favorite with hikers on the Appalachian Trail (AT), which runs through town and right by the festival grounds.  Lovers Leap Rock , one of the most popular AT side hikes in the area, offers a grand view of the French Broad River and the festival 500 feet below!
  • Biking:  Follow the French Broad about 7 miles down River Road to Paint Rock or head up to the Mills Ridge Bike Trail for singletrack.  An informal pre-festival bike ride is being organized Sat. morning around 9 am.  If interested call 828-230-4054.
  • Whitewater:  It is a River Festival, and Section 9 from Barnard to Hot Springs is what the Cherokee called “Tahkeyostee” or “where they race”.  For a much calmer float but still very scenic, put in at Hot Springs and float to Paint Rock (Section 10).  Check out French Broad Rafting in Hot Springs for a guided trip
  • Fishing:  The French Broad River has great Smallmouth Bass fishing, or catch Trout in nearby Spring Creek or The Laurel River.
  • Spa / Hot Tubs:  The Hot Springs Spa, located across from the festival grounds, features modern Jacuzzi style hot tubs, positioned outside along the tranquil banks of Spring Creek and the French Broad River; the tubs are supplied with a continuous flow of World Famous Natural Hot Mineral Water. They have a nationally certified & state licensed staff of massage therapists on hand to compliment your soaks or for separate service altogether.
For more details or for shuttle services, check out Bluff Mtn Outfitters (http://www.bluffmountain.com/) in downtown Hot Springs