Live Music

It’s been a long day of adventure and you’re looking for a place to rest and chillout for a bit. Let the smooth tunes of local musicians soothe your aching feet and relax for a while.

Nothing beats watching talented musicians perform their craft in a cozy setting. Escape the city of Asheville and come north to Madison County where a number of venues, open mics and musical events are happening nearly every day of the week. Madison County has a particularly vibrant bluegrass and ‘mountain music’ scene but all genres of music can be found within our county.

“Awesome musicians. The perfect end to a perfect day.”

-Paul D.

Live music in Madison County, NC

Big Pillow Brewing

Relax at this awesome outdoor venue in beautiful Hot Springs. The Big Pillow Brewing outdoor patio is a great place to sip on a cold beer while listening to some great live tunes. Check out the website for their schedule. Find out more

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The Depot

Discover and enjoy the vibrant local music scene of Madison County. Bluegrass, acoustic, mountain music, country and folk music can all be heard at the Depot in Marshall on Friday nights. The Depot is a great place where locals and tourists gather, you may even find yourself winning a cake walk. Find out more

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Hickory Nut Gorge Brewery

Grab a tasty beer and hunker down with some live music at the Hickory Nut Gorge Brewery located in the historic Mars Hill Theatre. Check out their website for their schedule for upcoming family-friendly events. Find out more

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Zuma Bluegrass Jam

Put on your dancing shoes and get a true taste of bluegrass and mountain music at the weekly Bluegrass Jam at Zuma Coffee every Thursday night in Marshall. Marshall resident and bluegrass pioneer Bobby Hicks leads a jam session that attracts fans and players from near and far. Find out more

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