Asheville, NC, USA
All About the Beat: Music in AshevilleYou know you have arrived in Asheville North Carolina because music spills into the streets around every turn. Whether it's from the buskers playing their hearts out on street corners for tips or jams catching your ear while walking past bars like Tressa's that offer live music most nights, Asheville is a city that fosters all kinds of sounds. While Nashville is known for country music and cities New York and Chicago for Jazz, Asheville makes mountain music; turning out jam-band meets bluegrass meets rock style tunes that are unique to this city. But what's really cool about Asheville is there is more to do than just listening to music live at a club. You can also learn about the beats that have been recorded here over the decades at a vintage studio. Or have an interactive experience, where you find out if you have what it takes to play an instrument by joining in an African drum lesson turned jam session. In this video, we also take you inside the oldest music venue in town, Gray Eagle, where folding chairs are set in rows with some standing room spots in the back. I like this because it lets you sit down and enjoy a show instead of fighting crowds trying to jostle to the stage. Another spot worth checking out is Isis Theater. Because the building was originally built as a theater, the acoustics at this family run venue are hard to match.