Say hello to The Outpost, Asheville’s newest outdoor music venue

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The large meadow, which can fit at least 2,000 people, looks idyllic. | Photo by AVLtoday

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The Grey Eagle, Asheville’s longest-running music venue, has spread its wings to a dreamy, second outdoor location named The Outpost.

If you’ve been dying to attend a show, the wait is nearly over. The Budos Band will play The Outpost’s inaugural show on Sat., July 30 — and concerts (to be announced) will continue throughout October. Here’s what you can expect at the new venue.

The property

Located at 521 Amboy Road, the property (which is owned by Asheville Adventure Company) is a 2.7 acre riverside plot with space for two stages: a small riverside area with a capacity of several hundred guests and a large meadow which can hold upwards of 2,000.

Grey Eagle owner Russ Keith says “The plan is to have these shows get bigger each time and see how comfortable it is.” While no seating has been installed yet, there will be plenty of space for folks to bring blankets + chairs — and a casual seating section in the back of the meadow may be added for concerts.

As the space develops, Asheville Adventure Company also plans to open a downstairs bar in an existing structure, and later on, an upstairs deck.

The parking situation

Russ says parking spaces at the venue will be “pretty limited,” with a few hundred spaces available at the site. However, The Outpost is working with neighbors to create more options and it also plans to run shuttles from designated areas.

Eats and drinks

The Grey Eagle’s signature food truck The Taqueria will be on deck serving up Latin American fare like nachos (Editor Laura’s personal favorite), burritos, empanadas, and a scintillating array of tacos (think: carnitas, brisket, roasted cauliflower, black bean + sweet potato, and beyond). See the full menu.

The venue also has a license to sell beer, wine, and liquorthough liquor may not be available during The Budos Band concert (due to the recent changes in liquor laws).

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