Plus, new findings from State Archives to shape plans for The RAIL Project.
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A band on stage at a music venue illuminated with green stage lights.
Rock out with the crowds at The Orange Peel. | Photo via Tom Farr Photography
It’s no secret that the Land of the Sky loves live music. New concert announcements are always dropping, but this year’s lineup of shows is already music to our ears.

Here are 24 must-see shows + tours making stops in Asheville this year.

❄️ Winter

Dawes | You might know this LA-based folk group from tracks like “Things Happen” or “When My Time Comes,” but the band has eight albums to explore before catching their live show.
  • Date: Thursday, March 7
  • Venue: The Orange Peel
  • Tickets
Masterworks 5: Violin Virtuosi | Not only are Noah Bendix-Balgley and Shanshan Yao a mesmerizing violinist duo, but they’re also husband + wife.
  • Date: Saturday, March 16
  • Venue: First Baptist Church of Asheville
  • Tickets

🌷 Spring

Bob Dylan - Rough and Rowdy Ways Tour | See the folk-rock icon perform songs from his 50+ year career.
  • Date: Thursday, March 21
  • Venue: Arena
  • Tickets
A concert is happening on stage with three guitarists. Red lights illuminate the stage.

Sing along to your favorite band in the Arena.


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Helado Negro | The Asheville resident’s new album “PHASOR” arrives this Friday, Feb. 9, so start listening before he embarks on a tour to showcase the record.
  • Date: Sunday, April 21
  • Venue: Eulogy
  • Tickets
The Mountain Goats | Hear hits from the four-piece indie folk band as well as newer cuts from the latest album, “Jenny from Thebes.”
  • Date: Monday, April 22
  • Venue: Salvage Station
  • Tickets
An Evening with Ween | Catch the show from this genre-bending, experimental rock group.
  • Date: Thursday, April 25
  • Venue: Rabbit Rabbit
  • Tickets
Chappel Roan - The Midwest Princess Tour | This up-and-coming popstar is getting more notoriety by the day — see her before she hits the top of the charts so you can tell your friends you knew her before she made it big.
  • Date: Wednesday, May 22
  • Venue: Rabbit Rabbit
  • Tickets
Which artist(s) would you like to tour in Asheville?

Tell us who you dream about seeing on one of our local stages.
Wednesday, Feb. 7
  • Valentine’s Day Card Making | Wednesday, Feb. 7 | 4-5 p.m. | North Asheville Public Library, 1030 Merrimon Ave., Asheville | Free | Kids, teens, and families can craft a handmade card with the library’s materials to gift to someone special.
  • Healthcare Workers Networking Event | Wednesday, Feb. 7 | 6-8 p.m. | plēb urban winery, 289 Lyman St., Asheville | Free | Connect, network, and form new relationships (plus, enjoy a glass of wine) with other healthcare workers.
Thursday, Feb. 8
  • Phoenix Fundraiser | Thursday, Feb. 8 | 4 p.m.-1 a.m. | Amethyst Realm, 244 Coxe Ave., #010, Asheville | $10-$20 donation | Dance to DJ sets, get moving at the open acro jam, and show your creative side at the craft station during this fundraiser for Amethyst Realm — you can win raffle prizes like tattoo certificates and an aerial silks party.
Friday, Feb. 9
  • Rom Com Trivia | Friday, Feb. 9 | 7-9 p.m. | Ginger’s Revenge, 829 Riverside Dr., Ste. 100, Asheville | Free | Your hours spent watching “How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days” were actually just preparation for this themed trivia night, hosted by Lex’s AVL Trivia.
  • “You’re a Heartbreaker” Galentine’s Candle Making and Lipgloss Bar | Friday, Feb. 9 | 7-9 p.m. | Hummingbird Candle Co., 82 N. Lexington Ave., Asheville | $75 | Gather your galentines to craft custom-colored lip glosses and a scented 10-oz candle.
Saturday, Feb. 10
  • Introduction to Tarot | Saturday, Feb. 10, Saturday, Feb. 17 | 11 a.m.-2 p.m. | Dobra Tea East Asheville, 1011 Tunnel Rd., Ste. 180, Asheville | $40 | Sage Sansone will guide you through the basic structure of the Waite deck, how to use tarot cards, options for shuffling, and more — your ticket covers this Saturday’s and next Saturday’s sessions.
  • Black History: Storytelling and Reflecting | Saturday, Feb. 10 | 1-4 p.m. | Linwood Crump Shiloh Community Center, 121 Shiloh Rd., Asheville | Free | Through storytelling and reflection, the Shiloh Community Association members, friends, and neighbors will honor those who helped build the community’s past, present, and future.
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Fact or Fiction
How well do you know Mission Health?
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Did you know? Mission Health’s expansions in recent years include a new Pediatric ER, a new behavioral center, hospital reconstructions, a burn and wound center, and more. | Photo provided by Mission Health
Test your knowledge, AVL. Are these fact or fiction?
  • Mission Health delivers 3,600+ babies every year. Fact or fiction?
  • Mission Health recently opened a $65 million mental health and wellness center. Fact or fiction?
  • By being named a Healthgrades “50 Best Hospital,” Mission Hospital is rated among the top 1% in the nation. Fact or fiction?
  • In 2022, Mission Health donated $650,000+ to charitable organizations. Fact or fiction?
  • Mission Hospital has the region’s only dedicated Pediatric Emergency Department. Fact or fiction?
News Notes
  • Travel to Spain without leaving downtown Asheville. La Bodega by Cúrate has launched Pintxo Happy Hour, serving up complimentary pintxos — snacks of meats, cheeses, olives, and peppers served on toothpicks — when you buy a drink at the bar. The happy hour runs Tuesday through Friday from 4:30 to 6 p.m.
Try This
  • To celebrate its 10th anniversary, Amazing Pubcycle is putting the pedal to the metal, offering free rides to locals. Use the code “localavl24" when booking (maybe the Asheville Trivia or Karaoke Streets tour?) and show proof of residence when you arrive for the tour.
  • We won’t beat around the bush. MountainTrue is hosting its inaugural Native Perennial and Shrub Sale, with plants sourced from Carolina Native Nursery. Order from Thursday, Feb. 15 to Sunday, March 31 to pick up your plants on Thursday, April 11 at The Outpost. Browse the descriptions on the species list to start planning your glorious green space.
  • UNC Asheville and WCU will receive $220,000 over four years from the Sloan Indigenous Graduate Partnership (SIGP) to help Indigenous students earning degrees in STEM. The funding will establish a joint chapter of the American Indian Science and Engineering Society and connect students from Cherokee High School to the SIGP community.
  • ArtsAVL is seeking feedback from artists and art organizations in the Asheville metro area about the affordability and challenges of creative spaces. Feedback, in addition to data on the cost of living and space accessibility, will be used to create a report identifying solutions. The deadline to submit comments is Monday, March 11.
Plan Ahead
  • Registration opens today at 11 a.m. for the Spring Break Discovery Camps at the North Carolina Arboretum, and spots fill up fast. Kids in kindergarten through eighth grade can spend the week outdoors in overnight or day camps, learning + exploring through the pristine 434-acre campus. See details + register.*
  • Picture your high school reunion, but it’s the campus that’s had a major glow-up. MB HAYNES and Vannoy Construction were recently honored with the 2023 Pinnacle Award from the Carolina Associated General Contractors for their work updating + preserving Hendersonville High School’s historic 1926 Stillwell Building. See the incredible transformation.*
  • Get trusted financial advice with Money Pickle, the service that connects you directly with experienced financial advisors to help with your investment + retirement planning needs (all through a complimentary video meeting). Take control of your financial future in 2024 by scheduling a free consultation.*
New findings to shape The RAIL Project
The RAIL Project memorial at Andrews Geyser. A black plaque framed in stone has writing describing the story of the incarcerated workers who built the mountain division of the WNC railroad.
The RAIL Project constructed this memorial at Andrews Geyser in Old Fort. | Photo via NC Department of Natural and Cultural Resources
Recently released prison records from the North Carolina State Archives are being used to help guide the future plans of The RAIL Project. The project memorializes the thousands of incarcerated laborers — the majority of whom were African American — who died constructing the Mountain Division of the Western NC Railroad from Old Fort to Ridgecrest in the late 1870s.

Findings will be presented at “The RAIL Project: New Discoveries in the State Archives,” a virtual lunch + learn event hosted by the State Archives on Friday, Feb. 16 from 12 to 1 p.m. Project researchers Dr. Dan Pierce, a professor of history at UNC Asheville, and Steve Little, Mayor of Marion, will discuss how the new information will shape the project’s next steps — register in advance to attend.

Explore the detailed history of the incarcerated laborers who constructed WNC’s railroads on The RAIL Project’s website.
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If you’re interested in taking a journey through the making of Helado Negro’s upcoming album, let film director Spencer Kelly guide you through “Stories of PHASOR.”
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