The live music scene is setting Asheville, North Carolina apart from the rest as it was recently honored as one of “America’s 12 Greatest Music Cities” on Asheville is ranked alongside some pretty impressive cities that are well-known in the music scene including New York, Los Angeles, Austin, and Nashville. This accolade is just one of many recent awards including mentions in “Favorite Small Cities for Beer and Food,” “America’s Best Beer Cities” and “The 20 Coolest Towns in the U.S.”

Ranking in at number 9, Asheville is putting its mark on the map by attracting some of the world’s most popular bands and entertainment acts ranging anywhere from Bob Dylan to Skrillex. Not to mention, Asheville is home to Moogfest, a “biennial celebration of the inventor of the Moog synthesizer and patron saint of electronic music, Bob Moog, who lived right here in town.”

Asheville is known for its spectrum of smaller stages to large-capacity arenas, including its most famous venue, the Orange Peel. Here is a guide to help you to find other popular music venues where you might catch a show from some of your favorite artists:

The Grey Eagle
Voted as one of the USA’s top 25 live music venues by touring artists.

The Mothlight
A friendly neighborhood bar with live music at least 3 nights a week.

The Odditorium
A great bar with live music, comedy and more!

Orange Peel
Named one of the top 5 rock clubs in the nation by Rolling Stones Magazine

U.S. Cellular Center
Venue that is not only home to many musical performances, but ballet performances, plays, sporting events, and festivals such as the Asheville Food & Wine Festival, as well.

New Mountain AVL
A brand new music venue in Asheville located on French Broad Ave.

Asheville Music Hall
The premier mid-sized concert venue in Asheville, NC. Has been host to numerous legendary music acts.

Altamont Brewing Co.
Asheville is known for its craft beer scene and this micro-brewery hosts local acts, national bands, and even some open mic nights.

The Altamont Theatre
Located in the heart of downtown, The Altamont Theatre is a multi-level venue known as Asheville’s “best listening room” and hosts a variety of acts.

You can read the full article at the Thrillist ‘AMERICA’S 12 GREATEST MUSIC CITIES