Bluegrass Music Venues Across North Carolina

The music traditions that led to bluegrass have rung out in the North Carolina mountains for hundreds of years. Today, music lovers have more reason than ever to experience this living legacy in cities, towns and tiny communities across our state.

Start mapping your journey with this sampling of settings.

1 Mount Airy

1 Mount Airy

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WPAQ AM’s Merry Go-Round  has run longer than any other live radio show except the Grand Ole Opry. Visit this music-rich town for the pre-show jam and stay for the taping every Saturday morning. Another live radio option: WKBC AM’s monthly Hometown Opry  in North Wilkesboro.

2 Asheville

2 Asheville

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At sundown on Saturdays during the summer, bluegrass pickers, string bands, dancers and other performers assemble in Pack Square Park downtown for Shindig on the Green. Also in Asheville, Jack of the Wood holds jams, the Asheville Event and Dance Centre stages the Blue Ridge Opry dinner show, and The Grey Eagle and other venues include bluegrass in the mix. Down the road in Fletcher, Feed & Seed offers lively performances every weekend.

3 Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center

3 Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center

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In another era, Lester Flatt, Earl Scruggs, Bill Monroe and the Carter Family performed at Stecoah Union School. In its new life as the Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center, the stone building presents the latest generation of greats in summer’s Appalachian Evening series. Dine in the Schoolhouse Cafe before the show.

4 Orchard at Altapass

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4 Orchard at Altapass

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The Orchard at Altapass tends to heirloom apples while nurturing mountain culture. Live bands perform bluegrass, ballads, country and other styles Wednesday through Sunday afternoons. Hayrides, storytelling and nature walks are also part of the Altapass experience.

5 Sims Country Bar-B-Que

5 Sims Country Bar-B-Que

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Enjoy two traditions in one at Sims Country Bar-B-Que, which sets out a buffet of pit-cooked pork, beef and chicken every Friday and Saturday night. Old-time and bluegrass are the musical specialty of the house, and there’s room on the dance floor for flatfooting or 2-stepping.

6 Alleghany Jubilee

6 Alleghany Jubilee

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The old-fashioned community dance lives on at the Alleghany Jubilee, presented every Monday, Tuesday and Saturday in a 1930s theater. Ernest Joines, who co-owns the Jubilee with wife Agnes, performs with some of the bands that make music for dancing.

7 Zuma Coffee & Provisions

7 Zuma Coffee & Provisions

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Zuma Coffee’s Thursday night bluegrass jam has become the stuff of legend in this picturesque town on the French Broad River. Fiddler Bobby Hicks, a 10-time Grammy nominee, is the event’s host when his schedule permits. As accompaniments to the music, Zuma serves creative comfort food, organic fair trade coffee and homemade desserts. (Please note: The jam is currently paused, but it's expected to resume in late summer 2021.)

Updated June 16, 2021
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