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Concert Season has Returned in Asheville for 2021

The vibrant glow of the music community in Asheville has dulled since the spring of 2020 without the live shows that the city is known for. At long last, however, the sun is coming out. As more concerts and festivals are announced, our wallet is becoming lighter and lighter.

Some of our favorite long-time venues, Harrah’s Cherokee Center, Salvage Station, and The Grey Eagle, for example, are announcing their late summer and fall lineups at an exhilarating pace. A new contender in the music game is The Orange Peel and Asheville Brewing‘s outdoor venue, Rabbit Rabbit, located in the heart of downtown Asheville. With 9+ new shows announced in the last few weeks, they might as well take a blank check from us and call it a day. Until now, downtown has rarely been able to host an outdoor show. You would typically need to go outside of the city center to find enough space for an outside gathering. What will be your first show there?

Recently announced events include, but are certainly not limited to:

Built to Spill
The Grey Eagle
Friday, July 23rd

Widespread Panic
Harrahs’ Cherokee Center
Friday, August 6th; Saturday, August 7th; and Sunday, August 8th

Wilco + Sleater-Kinney
Salvage Station
Tuesday, August 7th

Band of Horses
Rabbit Rabbit
Saturday, August 28th

Sylvan Esso
Rabbit Rabbit
Wednesday, September 22nd

Modest Mouse
Rabbit Rabbit
Friday, October 22nd

The Avett Brothers
Harrah’s Cherokee Center
Friday, November 19th

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While many bands have shifted during the pandemic to hosting virtual and drive-thru concerts, it will be thrilling to see them back on stage while standing in the crowd enjoying a local beer. Our venues and our city have remained resilient throughout the last year and a half with hosting social distanced events, movies, workout classes, and more. This is a testament to the special community Asheville has. We are ready to welcome back live music with open arms and open wallets.

 

Asheville’s River Arts District Launches New Paved Greenway

Although many have been using the River Arts’ new greenway for several months now, it officially opened in April of 2021. The path has been coined the Wilma Dykeman Greenway, an Asheville native known for her books about Appalachia and her work as an environmental activist who sought to protect the French Broad River. 

The two-mile, paved corridor is a part of a bigger project called the RADtip, River Arts District Transportation Improvement Project. This project includes four miles of sidewalk, the two-mile greenway, and the city’s first protected bike lane. Additionally, we can find 200 more parking spaces, local art (shoutout to Cleaster Cotton), and ways to make traffic flow a little better.

Running from the Amboy Road-Lyman Street intersection to the Broadway Street-Riverside Drive intersection, the greenway gives you ample opportunity to stop off at some of Asheville’s best local businesses including Pleb Winery, 12 Bones Smokehouse, Wedge Foundation, Smoky Park Supper Club, and more. 

We are excited about the easy access our newest development, The Landings, has to the greenway. As if living across from New Belgium wasn’t good enough! 

 

If you haven’t had a chance to pop down and explore the greenway, make sure it’s on your list next time you visit the RAD. As most of us know, flat space like this in the mountains is hard to come by for any fitness enthusiasts!