Asheville rolls out the red carpet for Billy Strings

Find out where to celebrate the artist’s arrival with Billy-themed parties all weekend long.


It’s a BMFS weekend.

Photo by Jesse Faatz via Wikimedia Commons

ICYMI, Billy Strings (aka “the future of bluegrass”) is headed to our neck of the woods this weekend for three nights at Harrah’s Cherokee Center - Asheville. These shows became the hottest ticket in Asheville, selling out in the blink of an eye. If you weren’t lucky enough to snag a seat, that’s okay — because Asheville is rolling out the red carpet with plenty of parties and events to celebrate the artist’s weekend residency.

Shady Grove String Band: Billy Strings Pre-Party | Friday, Feb. 16 | 4 p.m. | Jack of the Wood, 95 Patton Ave., Asheville | Free | Eat, drink, and be merry before the show with music from some of Asheville’s favorite bluegrass musicians.

The Well Drinkers: Billy Strings After-Party | Friday, Feb. 16 | 9 p.m. | Jack of the Wood, 95 Patton Ave., Asheville | Free | The WNC bluegrass and Americana band will close out the night with their progressive instrumentation and experimental jams.

Interstellar Hillbilly Hangout | Saturday, Feb. 17 | 1-6 p.m. | Foundation Studios, 27 Foundy St., Ste. 10, Asheville | Free | Jam out to live music, munch on Smokee’s Pizza, sip on a local bev, and check out live screen printing and block printing with Billy-inspired designs.

Dig a Little Deeper: Bluegrass Brunch and Streaming Party | Saturday, Feb. 17 | 1-11 p.m. | The Whale Outpost, 507 Haywood Rd., #10, Asheville | Free | Join in for a beer, food from Haywood Common, and a live-stream of the show on the spot’s projector screen.

Billy Strings Pre-Party with Rossdafareye | Saturday, Feb. 17 | 3-6 p.m. | One World Brewing, 10 Patton Ave., Asheville | $5 | Groove along to the band’s self-proclaimed style of “Appalachian space funk.”

81 Drifters | Sunday, Feb. 18 | 4-7 p.m. | One World Brewing - West Asheville, 520 Haywood Rd., Asheville | $5 | Dance along to the AVL-based Americana band before Billy Strings’ last show of the weekend.

Billy Strings After-Party | Saturday, Feb. 17 | 9 p.m.-12 a.m. | The Draftsman Bar + Lounge, 68 Patton Ave., Asheville | $10 | Groove to local funk band Supatight and play classic arcade games with a drink in hand.

Plus, Asheville Music Hall and One Stop both have Billy Strings after-parties slated Friday through Sunday to keep the music going — check out the venues’ calendars for more details.