Looking for things to do in Hendersonville, NC? Whether you’re a local or just passing through we’ve got loads of great tips and events to help you find your perfect adventure.

Wednesday, December 7, 2022
French Broad Valley Jam
Dec 7 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Oklawaha Brewing Company

Join us for a weekly mountain music JAM with players in a round, where the session is focused on regional fiddle tunes and songs! You are welcome to come and listen or to learn and join in. This event supports the Henderson County Junior Appalachian Musician (JAM) Kids Program. Free but donations are accepted. Weekly event takes place at Oklawaha Brewing Company.

“Music to Your Ears” Discussion Series: Steely Dan’s ‘Can’t Buy a Thrill’
Dec 7 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Asheville Guitar Bar

Led by Asheville-based author and music journalist Bill Kopp (that’s me), Music to Your Ears explores significant albums, artists and movements in popular music. The event is held at the Asheville Guitar Bar in the River Arts District on the first Wednesday of each month. The next installment is Wednesday, December 7, and this time the topic is Can’t Buy a Thrill, the 1972 debut album by Steely Dan. Host/moderator Bill Kopp and special guest Jake Wolf of Asheville-based Steely Dan tribute band Dirty Logic will explore the album, lead discussion and play rare and relevant tracks.

The Jake Eddy Trio
Dec 7 @ 7:00 pm
Isis Music Hall-Lounge

Tickets on Sale now – Please Call the Venue at 828-575-2737

Reserved Tickets for the Lounge are available with dinner reservations only :::: There is a $20 minimum in food and beverage purchases per person with your dinner reservation :: Seating will be limited :: You MUST call venue (828-575-2737) to make a dinner reservation and purchase your tickets.

3-time Grand Ole Opry performer and “flatpick wizard” Jake Eddy comes to Isis Music Hall to perform a bluegrass set of monumental proportions. This trio offers a culmination of legendary skill and time-honored tradition, completed by upright bass and mandolin. Fast-paced and utterly mesmerizing, The Jake Eddy Trio channels eras gone by while speaking youth into the bluegrass sphere.

Jake Eddy is a bluegrass guitarist born and raised in Parkersburg, West Virginia. The 3-time Grand Ole Opry performer began his music career and sparked his lifelong addiction to the road by playing banjo professionally at the age of fourteen with bluegrass-legend Melvin Goins. His guitar playing, primarily influenced by bluegrass and jazz, is showcased on his debut album of fiddle tunes, entitled “Jake Eddy,” which features musical legends such as Grammy-award winning Bryan Sutton, Rob Ickes, and Kenny Smith. His unmatched fast-paced ingenuity and creativity brings youthfulness into the beloved bluegrass sphere.

Come enjoy an evening of live music, food and drinks in the Isis Music Hall Lounge. Reservations are highly recommended.

 

Flat Rock Playhouse Christmas
Dec 7 @ 7:30 pm
Flat Rock Playhouse
A Flat Rock Playhouse Christmas.
                Nov. 25 - Dec. 22

The WNC tradition continues! This show has become a Playhouse favorite with a brand new show every year. Join the merriment of sleigh bells and mistletoe, miracles and Santa Claus, and so much more. Showcasing a cast of Flat Rock favorites, the Flat Rock Playhouse Chorus, and Pat’s School of Dance, this holiday revue promises to leave you feeling merry and bright!

JAZZ ALL STARS
Dec 7 @ 7:30 pm
Genevieve's

Jazz All Stars

The Peace Center is proud to present the Fine Arts Center Jazz All Stars concerts in Genevieve’s. Now in its fifth year, the Fine Arts Center concert series prepares student musicians for a career in the arts and entertainment industry by giving them a resume-building, professional opportunity to perform in paid settings.

Men I Trust
Dec 7 @ 8:00 pm
The Orange Peel
Blue Holiday with the WTF Blues Band
Dec 7 @ 8:30 pm
Isis Music Hall-Main stage

The WTF (Women to the Front) band was formed this past summer as part of the inaugural WTF Music Festival that hosted women singers, musicians, sound techs, women owned businesses, and nonprofits serving women. Featuring a cast of Asheville women who love the blues, this group features Melissa McKinney – co-founder of WTF Music festival, Ashley Heath, Peggy Ratusz, Anne Combs, Kim Butler, Melissa Hyman, Kim Jade, Sarah Kohrs, Nina Singh, SG Hammond, Lynn Beach Smith, Aryan Graham, Derian Blane, McKinney and more! Dani Cox, the co-founder of WTF music festival will be the host of the evening. 

$15 ticket price with a child’s toy valued at $5 requested at the door

Come enjoy an evening of live music, food and drinks at the Isis Music Hall. Reservations are highly recommended.

General Admission Tickets are available on line :: Call the venue for Reserved Seating Tickets at 828-575-2737
Main Floor Reserved Tickets are available with dinner reservations only :::: There is a $20 minimum in food and beverage purchases per person with your dinner reservation :::: These are the only main floor tickets available :::: You MUST call venue to make a dinner reservation & purchase your tickets :::: General Admission Tickets are available for the Balcony only :: There is no dinner service for balcony seating.
Thursday, December 8, 2022
Asheville Sessions featuring Paula Hanke
Dec 8 @ 7:00 pm
Isis Music Hall-Lounge

Seated Lounge Show – Limited Tables Available with a Dinner Reservation :: Please Call Venue for Dinner Reservations

One of the most heartfelt, dynamic and proficient singers in WNC, Paula Hanke will dazzle and delight you. With incomparable style and tone, married with her genuine emotion and engaging stage presence, she’ll present Jazz and Latin arrangements of 12 of her favorite Great American Songbook compositions. Peggy Ratusz opens.

The Asheville Lounge Sessions

The Isis Music Hall will be hosting a brand-new weekly series called The Asheville Lounge Sessions. Featuring and focusing on area vocalists, the 90 minute dinner and a showcase will take place in the intimate upstairs lounge.

Veteran guitarist and accomplished songwriter, Jonathan Pearlman who once hosted the area’s premiere and time-honored Thursday night Jazz Jam in downtown Asheville, will reprise his band leading role for this series. He will direct a rotating-member house band that will back up local vocalists performing various styles of music each Thursday night beginning at 7pm.

Opening the showcase each week, and serving as MC will be Best In Blues Chanteuse, Peggy Ratusz. While the crux of each month of Thursdays will feature singers in the upstairs lounge, occasionally Jonathan and Peggy will switch things up and become hosts of The Asheville Jam Session starting at 8:30pm downstairs on the main stage. For these nights, area musicians and musician-vocalists will jam the night away for 2 hours of impromptu, extemporaneous Blues and Jazz music!

Make sure to check the venue’s website for each week’s line up, location, ticket price and starting time.

Flat Rock Playhouse Christmas
Dec 8 @ 7:30 pm
Flat Rock Playhouse
A Flat Rock Playhouse Christmas.
                Nov. 25 - Dec. 22

The WNC tradition continues! This show has become a Playhouse favorite with a brand new show every year. Join the merriment of sleigh bells and mistletoe, miracles and Santa Claus, and so much more. Showcasing a cast of Flat Rock favorites, the Flat Rock Playhouse Chorus, and Pat’s School of Dance, this holiday revue promises to leave you feeling merry and bright!

ITALIAN NIGHT CONCERT with Mike Guggino and Barrett Smith
Dec 8 @ 7:30 pm
Peace Concert Hall

Italian Night Concert

Mike Guggino and Barrett Smith, both members of the Grammy Award winning band Steep Canyon Rangers, have been performing traditional Italian folk music on the mandolin and guitar for nearly two decades. When Mike and Barrett are touring with the band, they host “Italian Night” performances at local restaurants, music venues, and house concerts. Over the years, these widely popular events have provided them the perfect setting to develop their own unique musical expression of these exotic, Italian folk songs.

 

Kelsey Waldon: No Regular Dog Tour
Dec 8 @ 8:00 pm
The Grey Eagle

Kelsey Waldon: No Regular Dog Tour

On her new album No Regular Dog, singer/songwriter/guitarist Kelsey Waldon shares a gritty and glorious portrait of living in devotion to your deepest dreams: the brutal self-doubt and unending sacrifice, hard-won wisdom and sudden moments of unimaginable transcendence. Revealing her supreme gift for spinning harsh truths into songs that soothe and brighten the soul, the Kentucky-bred artist ultimately makes an unassailable case for boldly following your heart—a sentiment perfectly encapsulated in No Regular Dog’s raw and radiant title track.

 

“I wrote ‘No Regular Dog’ at a time when I was gone so much and working so hard and starting to wonder if I had the staying power to keep it going,” says Waldon, who now lives in Ashland City, Tennessee. “After putting in my time in the van on the road, after all the blood, sweat, and tears and the crying in parking lots, I’d finally gotten to where I wanted—but it was also a moment when I really started questioning myself. In the end I came around to answer my own question and realize that, yes, I can do this. I won’t be put down so easy. I am no regular dog.”

 

Waldon’s fourth full-length and the follow-up to 2019’s White Noise/ White Lines—her debut release for John Prine’s Oh Boy Records—No Regular Dog came to life over the course of many charmed and freewheeling sessions at Dave’s Room Studio in Los Angeles, with production from kindred spirit Shooter Jennings (Brandi Carlile, Tanya Tucker). “I’d never recorded an album anywhere but Nashville or back home, and it felt good to get outside my bubble,” Waldon says. “We were able to hunker down and work till late into night, doing what we could to catch lightning in a bottle.”

 

In a departure from the more guitar-heavy approach of its predecessor (a critically lauded album that landed on NPR Music’s Best of 2019 list), No Regular Dog unfolds in a lush yet understated sound that lets the singular character of Waldon’s songwriting and voice shine through each track. Featuring her longtime band members, Brett Resnick (pedal steel), Alec Newnam (bass), and Nate Felty (drums), along with musicians like famed guitarist/dobro player Doug Pettibone (Lucinda Williams, Keith Richards), the album also illuminates the immense depth of her musicality, mining inspiration from such eclectic sources as mid-century bluegrass, ’60s soul, and ’70s country-rock. “Everything’s in there, all the music I’ve ever known and loved,” says Waldon. “I wanted to show my whole color scheme and create something that’s less of a honky-tonk thing and more like a big, beautiful picture of everything I see in country music.”

 

After opening on the luminous strings and pedal steel of its title track—in which Waldon self-identifies as a “prisoner of my mental cages, my own worst enemy”—No Regular Dog kicks into a much punchier mood on the brightly rambling “Sweet Little Girl.” “It’s about a girl who’s lost her way and now she’s trying to find it,” says Waldon. “I was inspired by real-life incidents, like all the thoughts that go through your head when you’re dealing with addiction and feeling like you’ve got this rage inside that you don’t know what to do with.” Graced with the lilting fiddle melodies of Jennings’s longtime collaborator Aubrey Richmond, the result is a prime showcase for Waldon’s fiercely honest storytelling (from the chorus: “I’ll be crawlin’ up the walls, just a like a little ol’ house fly/Anything so I can’t feel this hollow inside”). From there, No Regular Dog shifts into the candid introspection of “Tall and Mighty,” a bittersweet meditation on getting by in a world bent on breaking you down. “I’d been having conversations with my peers in this business, especially all my girlfriends who are such amazing songwriters in their own right, talking about this journey and all the smoke and mirrors of trying to live up to your dream,” says Waldon. “There have been times when I’ve tried to prove the wrong thing, but I’m through with that now. I’m not trying to be anybody but myself, and to write songs that show what’s in my heart and on my mind.”

 

A particularly poignant moment on No Regular Dog, “Season’s Ending” finds Waldon ruminating on the passing of John Prine, who died from Covid-related complications in April 2020. “That was the first song I wrote after John died—like so many people I was in complete shock, I couldn’t write for months,” says Waldon. “There’s been so much loss over the past few years; my partner’s uncle died from Covid the same day as John, and a lot of my friends have seen family members lose their struggles with addiction or depression. We’ve been carrying such a heavy load, so this song is about coping with that and trying to understand that death is a part of life.” One of several tracks featuring the heavenly background vocals of Kyshona Armstrong, Maureen Murphy, and Nickie Conley, “Season’s Ending” matches its soulful harmonies and lonesome guitar work with the kind of loving serenade that gently pierces the heart (e.g., “And ain’t it just like you to bloom and be gone”).

 

In a creative breakthrough for Waldon, No Regular Dog also features the first unabashedly joyful love song she’s ever written, the quietly powerful “Simple as Love.” “I was at home sitting on my back porch and I started thinking about how I’ve got all these heartbreak songs and drinking songs, but I’m not experiencing any of that anymore,” she says. “I’m at a point where I’m in a healthy relationship with someone who actually cares about me, and I wanted to write a song that expresses what love feels like in its purest form.” Laced with cascading guitar tones that glisten like sunlit honey, “Simple as Love” wholly achieves an ineffable sweetness while spotlighting Waldon’s idiosyncratic brand of poetry (“Like a junkie’s got its itch/It leaves you wantin’ more, wantin’ all of it/Just like a lily in a ditch/It grows where it wants to grow”).

 

Originally from the tiny rural town of Monkey’s Eyebrow, Waldon has long relied on music as a lifeline. “I’ve always used songwriting as a way to process the world around me and also process my own thoughts and feelings,” she says, naming classic country artists like Loretta Lynn, George Jones, and Merle Haggard among her early influences. “If I didn’t have the ability to put all that down on paper, I think I’d be pretty lost today.” After penning her first song as a small child—“My mom still has lyrics sheets I made when I was about nine, everything laid out in verse and chorus”—Waldon continued sharpening her craft and eventually left home for Nashville, where she further honed her chops by playing local bar gigs. Over the coming years, she put out a series of EPs before making her full-length debut with The Goldmine: a self-released 2014 effort that earned abundant praise from leading outlets like Rolling Stone, who hailed her as “Tammy Wynette on a trip to Whiskeytown.” Arriving in 2016, Waldon’s sophomore album I’ve Got a Way drew even more acclaim and appeared on such coveted year-end roundups as the Top 10 Favorite Albums Of 2016 list from Ken Tucker of NPR’s Fresh Air, with its lead single “All By Myself” featured on NPR’s Top 100 Songs of 2016 list. Several years later, she performed at the Grand Ole Opry with the likes of Sturgill Simpson and John Prine, who invited her to join the Oh Boy Records family while up onstage—making Waldon the label’s first new artist signing in 15 years. Co-produced with Dan Knobler (Allison Russell, Della Mae), White Noise/ White Lines delivered such standouts as “Kentucky, 1988,” which later topped Rolling Stone’s 25 Best Country and Americana Songs of 2019 list.

 

Looking back on the making of No Regular Dog—an album rooted in rigorous self-reflection—Waldon speaks to her newly clarified sense of purpose as a songwriter and artist. “I hope that these songs are able to live with people and help make the world a little better, because I think that’s a big part of what my job is,” she says. “At the end of the day, I’m so thankful for my passion for music because it’s sustained me throughout my whole life, and now I want it to do the same for other people. And if anyone’s struggling, I hope they can recognize the ‘No Regular Dog’ within themselves, and start to see how much they’re really worth.”

 

ABBY HAMILTON

If you’ve spent any time exploring Kentucky’s booming music scene, chances are you’ve heard somebody say, “You’ve really got to hear Abby Hamilton.” The Kentucky singer-songwriter has garnered a reputation as a can’t-miss live performer, opening for acts like Wynonna Judd, Shakey Graves, Kelsey Waldon, Valley Queen, Arlo McKinley, and Justin Wells, as well as singing at festivals including Railbird and Masters Musicians. With influences ranging from the classic country divas to Bruce Springsteen, she wins over audiences with her clever lyrics and entrancing vocals.

 

Her long-anticipated second EP, “Afraid of the Dark,” is bound to appease Hamilton’s avid fan base, perfectly encapsulating her unique sound that feels just as comfortable in the Appalachian mountains as it does in a whiskey-soaked bar room in the city. She spent months in a hollow in Prestonsburg, Ky., crafting songs that tell stories inspired by true events about hope, home, and young love. It’s a genre-bending folk-rock experience that cements her place as one of the region’s most interesting young and up-and-coming songwriters.

THE BROTHERS GILLESPIE

The Brothers Gillespie began in late 2018 on the suggestion of a friend to record an EP of songs they had been kicking around for fun. After getting a taste of attention from the 2018 eponymous release, they took a chance and moved operations to Johnson City, Tennessee, with the promise that they would give their musical aspirations a year, and if there was more partying than progress, they would give it up and move on.

Luckily the partying coincided with the progress, and in early 2019 The Brothers Gillespie released their debut album, “Love & Death”, building on their foundation of gritty rock n’ roll, and masterful songwriting. They moved back home to Waynesville, North Carolina to save money and take their show on the road, playing everywhere from Richmond to Dallas and all the bars in between. After a successful year, The Brothers, like many, had a lower key 2020 and 2021, releasing three successful singles.

 

The Brothers Gillespie returned to the stage in 2022 with their massive sophomore album, the conceptual “American Pastoral.”

The Matt Fassas Trip with special guests The Well Drinkers
Dec 8 @ 8:30 pm
Isis Music Hall-Main stage

An eclectic mix of original music from right here in the Carolinas. Powerhouse guitarist and songwriter Matt Fassas brings his own brand of Americana Jam Rock.

The Well Drinkers are a progressive, original bluegrass and Americana band based out of Western North Carolina, whose range extends to festivals and venues across the Southeast. Since the band’s creation in 2019, the group has striven to combine traditional roots of their Appalachian region with progressive instrumentation, songwriting, and subject matter. The group doesn’t shy away from the opportunity to bring experimental jams, jazz, Cajun, classical and reggae into their live performances.

 

Come enjoy an evening of live music, food and drinks at Isis Music Hall Lawn. Advanced Reservations are highly recommended.

 

General Admission Tickets are available on line :: Call the venue for Reserved Seating Tickets at 828-575-2737

:Main Floor Reserved Tickets are available with dinner reservations only :::: There is a $20 minimum in food and beverage purchases per person with your dinner reservation :::: These are the only main floor tickets available :::: You MUST call venue to make a dinner reservation and purchase your tickets :::: General Admission Tickets are available for the Balcony only :: There is no dinner service for balcony seating

Friday, December 9, 2022
Elf The Musical
Dec 9 @ 7:30 pm
Asheville Community Theatre

Book by: Thomas Meehan & Bob Martin; Music by: Matthew Sklar; Lyrics by: Chad Beguelin; Directed by: Jeff Catanese

 

Based on the beloved holiday film, this hilarious fish-out-of-water comedy follows Buddy the Elf in his quest to live joyfully in community as he finds and shares his true identity. Elf The Musical is full of cheer with bright costumes, jolly dancing, and show-stopping songs. This heartwarming holiday tale dazzles and delights all ages!

 

Accessibility:

All performances: Accessible wheelchair/scooter seating available.

Saturday, Dec 17, 2022: ASL-Interpreted Performance

HOLIDAY DOUBLE CHEER
Dec 9 @ 7:30 pm
Hendersonville Theatre

Book and Lyrics by Jim Christian
Music by Kenneth Plain

DIRECTED BY CHANDLER SMITH

FIVE CAROLS FOR CHRISTMAS

It’s 1954, and five best friends – all named Carol – as they prepare for their annual holiday performance at the local high school on Christmas Eve. Unfortunately, egos, miscommunication, and a power outage turn their quest for perfection into a madcap misadventure that somehow manages to salvage their camaraderie and the spirit of the holidays. Bursting with wonderful new songs and lush arrangements of Christmas classics, this riotous romp is heartwarming and absolutely hilarious.

JINGLEJACKS

Four Canadian lumberjacks, isolated in a cabin, are living out their dreams of becoming internet sensations with their Christmas webcast featuring favorite holiday songs sung in the style of barbershop, classical, hip-hop, smooth jazz, rap, glee club, rock, and many more. And just like every pop star wannabe, they hold contests, sell merchandise, and send shout outs to their loyal fans, “The Jackals.” Through it all, their warmth, charm, and quirkiness provide a big ol’ holiday bear hug loaded with traditional song favorites and fresh new melodies.

Holiday Double Cheer
Dec 9 @ 7:30 pm
Hendersonville Theatre

Book and Lyrics by Jim Christian
Music by Kenneth Plain

Directed by Beth Norris

FIVE CAROLS FOR CHRISTMAS

It’s 1954, and five best friends – all named Carol – as they prepare for their annual holiday performance at the local high school on Christmas Eve. Unfortunately, egos, miscommunication, and a power outage turn their quest for perfection into a madcap misadventure that somehow manages to salvage their camaraderie and the spirit of the holidays. Bursting with wonderful new songs and lush arrangements of Christmas classics, this riotous romp is heartwarming and absolutely hilarious.

JINGLEJACKS
Four Canadian lumberjacks, isolated in a cabin, are living out their dreams of becoming internet sensations with their Christmas webcast featuring favorite holiday songs sung in the style of barbershop, classical, hip-hop, smooth jazz, rap, glee club, rock, and many more. And just like every pop star wannabe, they hold contests, sell merchandise, and send shout outs to their loyal fans, “The Jackals.” Through it all, their warmth, charm, and quirkiness provide a big ol’ holiday bear hug loaded with traditional song favorites and fresh new melodies.

Madelyn Ilana
Dec 9 @ 7:30 pm
Isis Music Hall-Lounge

Madelyn Ilana is an Asheville-based Singer/Songwriter, Violinist, and Healing Arts Practitioner. Inspired by liminality, Madelyn Ilana calls her music “Dream Folk”. Her music is for healing and from healing, therefore sometimes soothing and sometimes cathartic. As a violinist with a classical background and a love for fingerstyle guitar playing, Madelyn’s music is spacious, dreamy, impressionistic, reverently spiritual, and deeply emotional.

Madelyn recently released her second studio album, Coming Into the Light, recorded locally at Hollow Reed Recording Arts Studio with local legend Chris Rosser. Coming Into the Light weaves threads healing, grief, spiritual growth, a dark night of the soul, seeking beauty in the present moment experience—no matter what it brings, and somehow finding light within it all.   

Come enjoy an evening of live music, food and drinks at the Isis Music Hall.

The Asheville Ballet presents THE NUTCRACKER
Dec 9 @ 7:30 pm
Diana Wortham Theatre

North Carolina’s oldest professional non-profit ballet company presents the full-length classical holiday tradition, with stars, story, and sugarplums.

The Nutcracker Presented by International Ballet
Dec 9 @ 7:30 pm
Peace Concert Hall
Flat Rock Playhouse Christmas
Dec 9 @ 8:00 pm
Flat Rock Playhouse
A Flat Rock Playhouse Christmas.
                Nov. 25 - Dec. 22

The WNC tradition continues! This show has become a Playhouse favorite with a brand new show every year. Join the merriment of sleigh bells and mistletoe, miracles and Santa Claus, and so much more. Showcasing a cast of Flat Rock favorites, the Flat Rock Playhouse Chorus, and Pat’s School of Dance, this holiday revue promises to leave you feeling merry and bright!

Rocky Collin w/ Kathryn O’Shea at Great Wild Nowhere
Dec 9 @ 8:00 pm
Great Wild Nowhere

Rocky Collin w/ Kathryn O’Shea at Great Wild Nowhere
December 9th, 2022
8PM | $5 at the door | 21+

Rocky Collin
(https://www.rockycollin.com/)
Born from a barely used nickname and a borrowed middle name, Rocky Collin began releasing music in 2020. The retro soul pop music is creation of singer/songwriter Raquel Willand. Willand spent her early twenties garnering attention in the Phoenix valley for her voice fronting the indie-rock band, Panic Baby. Her success in Phoenix landed her the Phoenix New Times’ Best Vocalist 2018 award. Now settled in Asheville, NC, Rocky Collin’s debut EP, “Gin for Closure” explores soul pop sonics and her provocative storytelling. Listen to “Gin for Closure” EP everywhere!

Kathryn O’Shea
(http://www.kathrynoshea.com/)
Widely recognized as that Asheville-dwelling vocalist with the banjo and all the feelings, Kathryn O’Shea can’t seem to figure out how to write a song that doesn’t make anybody cry. Since releasing her heart-wrenching solo LP January 9th, Kathryn is now moving into broader and bolder soundscapes made to feel like the light at the end of the tunnel. Her newest single Snakeskin, a heavy-hitting ode to metamorphosis produced by Lee Dyer (tinysunstudio.com), employs O’Shea’s signature confessional lyricism to remind the listener of the imperative necessity of liberating ourselves from the prison of our own shame.