Music’s in the air, and it’s not just our big bullfrog serenading guests with the whippoorwhills singing backup:

[Not one of our whippoorwhills, but one that looks just like them!]

Bluegrass Music Jam every Thursday. Open to all musicians, no scheduled performers. Outdoors, bring chairs or blankets. 7-9pm, Marion Depot, Marion. Free. For more information, call 828.652.2215 or visit

Old Fort Mountain Music. Every Friday evening for more than a decade, folks have gathered to hear and play bluegrass and traditional mountain music. Nobody’s paid, everyone’s welcome and coffee and sodas are still just a quarter! Friday evenings; 7:00pm; Rockett Building, Main Street in downtown Old Fort; for more information call 888.233.6111.

Acoustic Guitar at Trainwatcher Cafe every Friday evening while enjoying dinner. The cafe is open for dinner from 5-8pm in downtown Old Fort. For more information, call 828-668-7941.

Live Bluegrass music at the Front Porch Grill. Every Friday and Saturday night (306 East State Street in Black Mountain).

UpBeat! Celebrating our Mountain Music Heritage. UpBeat! is a concert series presented in collaboration with the Black Mountain Center for the Arts, Acoustic Corner, and North Carolina Mountain Acoustic Music Association (NCMAMA.) Performances are held the fourth Friday of each month at the Black Mountain Center for the Arts, 225 W. State St. 7:30 pm. $10 at the door. Upcoming concerts: July 27 and August 24. Call 828/669-0930 or visit for more information

Shindig on the Green (Asheville). Shindig on the Green gets underway “along about sundown,” or for those using a watch- 7:00 p.m., and usually runs until 10:00 p.m. Concessions are available. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and enjoy the beautiful music and dance traditions of Southern Appalachia on a summer evening in the mountains. This mountain tradition features an always-enjoyable variety of big circle mountain dancers, clog dancers, bluegrass and old time string bands, ballad singers and storytellers.

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