Isis Music Hall is a concert venue with an accompanying bar and restaurant. Many of the artists and performers we feature are recognized national or regional acts. We also present new artists that have not yet received full national attention as well as the talented artists and bands in and around Asheville. You can expect bookings for a wide range of music genres. The Main Stage host 150 to 450 people and features a balcony and upstairs lounge, bar, and bathrooms. The upstairs Lounge has a capacity of 50 and is always an entirely seated show. These shows are typically earlier in the evening and feature more acoustically driven acts of all genres. Come enjoy an evening of live music, food and drinks at the Isis Music Hall. Reservations are highly recommended.
Upcoming Bluegrass / Old-Time Bands
- August 6 – Michael Reno-Harrell, 7:00pm, $20.00. Michael Reno Harrell‘s songs and stories have been described as “Appalachian grit and wit”, but his self pinned material resonates far beyond his Southern roots. Michael Reno Harrell is an award winning songwriter, storyteller, published author and all around great entertainer. Because of his exceptional knack for description, fans have described his songs as “little movies”. His combination of music and storytelling are based in experience, sometimes downright funny, sometimes just plain scary, maybe even with a message worth taking away, but always mesmerizing and entertaining. Don’t miss the chance to experience what those faithful fans keep returning again and again to enjoy.
- August 12 – Becky Buller & Ned Luberecki, 7:00pm, $15.00. The 2016 IBMA Fiddler and Female Vocalist and the 2018 IBMA Banjo Player have combined their musical wit and whimsy with the aim to entertain you in a bluegrass duo sort of way! Becky Buller has written songs for the likes of The Traveling McCourys, The Infamous Stringdusters, Special Consensus, Rhonda Vincent, Doyle Lawson, Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out, Kenny & Amanda Smith, Darin & Brooke Aldridge, and many more. She heads up the Becky Buller Band (of which Ned is a member); she teaches private music lessons from her home studio in Manchester, Tenn.; she serves on the board of the IBMA Foundation; she’s Jeff’s wife and Romy’s mama. Her latest album, Distance And Time, was a 2021 IBMA Album Of The Year award nominee. She is a 10-time IBMA award winner and records for the Dark Shadow Recording label. Ned Luberecki is one of our favorite voices on Sirius/XM Satellite Radio’s Bluegrass Junction, heading up Saturday’s “Derailed” show and “More Banjo Sunday”, which includes the ever- popular “Sunday Banjo Lesson”. The Bluegrass Junction team received a 2016 IBMA Distinguished Achievement award. Ned is an internationally recognized banjo guru: he teaches online lessons, has a series of banjo instructional videos with TrueFire and a series of books with Alfred Publishing. Ned is also the voice of the IBMA Award Show. He has two singles that are doing well on the radio airplay charts: “Back In Baltimore” and “Magrathea”; listen for them wherever you grab your music. Ned and his wife, Kelley, live in Nashville, Tenn.
- August 21 – Bluegrass with the Darren Nicholson Band, 7:30pm, $15.00. Darren Nicholson Band is a group of Appalachian musicians who have common respect for and love of American acoustic music. There are GRAMMY and award-winning musicians in this band, and the members each have long track records as credible, national performers; including performances at Carnegie Hall and the Grand Ole Opry. They are known for creatively blending Bluegrass, Folk, Gospel, and Swing, into a new American acoustic music experience. Darren was recently given the “key to the city” in Canton, NC where he was honored for his musical and civic contributions to the community. Recently off Five national #1 songs and more than a dozen top-ten songs, 5 IBMA nominations, 3 IBMA Wins Including Album of the Year, Darren is excited to announce a handful of special dates with some bluegrass all-stars.
- August 28 – Hank, Pattie & The Current, 7:30pm, $20.00. Hank and Pattie take bluegrass instrumentation and draw from a melting pot of styles including Classical, Blues and Jazz, which adds up to an authentic and unique reflection of American music. Both Hank and Pattie are music educators, passionate for sharing their love for American music with future generations. Hank and Pattie are enthusiastic about teaching their students the mechanics of music, but also the feeling and emotion that must go into it as well.
- September 9 – Jake Blount Album Release, 8:30pm, $20.00. A powerfully gifted musician and a scholar of Black American music, Jake Blount speaks ardently about the African roots of the banjo and the subtle, yet profound ways African Americans have shaped and defined the amorphous categories of roots music and Americana. His 2020 album Spider Tales (named one of the year’s best albums by NPR and The New Yorker, earned a perfect 5-star review from The Guardian) highlighted the Black and Indigenous histories of popular American folk tunes, as well as revived songs unjustly forgotten in the whitewashing of the canon. Jake Blount’s new album, The New Faith, is a towering achievement of dystopian Afrofuturism and his first album for Smithsonian Folkways (coming September 23, 2022).
- September 22 – Golden Shoals and Jackson Grimm & the Bull Moose Party, 8:30pm, $15.00-$20.00 “Golden Shoals bridge the sometimes distant worlds of traditional bluegrass and old time music together. With one foot steeped in tradition and the other focused on fresh songwriting, Golden Shoals are helping to further the narrative of American Roots music and introducing the traditions of our past to a whole new generation of listeners.” – Kris Truelsen, WBCM Radio Bristol. Jackson Grimm marries folk pop melodies with the lonesome sound of traditional Appalachian music. In a region with a strong music culture, it is no surprise that Grimm’s songwriting is representative of his musical birthplace: Asheville, NC. Backed by members of the Swannanoa bluegrass band, The Bull Moose Party, the songs are brought to life with good picking’, tight harmonies and strong musicianship.
- September 25 – Bluegrass with Kristy Cox & Grasstime, 7:30pm, $15.00. Kristy Cox is the new voice in Australian bluegrass. Adored for her youthful energy infused acoustic country/bluegrass. She has been nominated for three 2015 Australian Country Music Awards for Female Artist of the Year, Bluegrass Recording of the Year and Alternate Country Album of the Year.
- October 2 – Missy Raines & Allegheny, 7:30pm, $20.00. GRAMMY® nominated Missy Raines was named 2020 International Bluegrass Music Association Bass Player of the Year, for the 9th time, more than any other bass player in the history of the organization. Missy Raines has proven herself without doubt as an iconic bluegrass instrumentalist. But with her newest release, Royal Traveller, Raines has stepped into the spotlight as a songwriter for the first time. The album digs deep into Raines’ family life and her upbringing in West Virginia. Featuring previous and current members of her live band, as well as cameos from other bluegrass greats such as Stuart Duncan and Tim O’Brien, the album is a gorgeous look into the perspective, history, and musical influences of one of Nashville’s most beloved musicians, Missy Raines.w into the up and down ride of a very royal traveller, the one and only Missy Raines.
- October 7 – Banjocats featuring Michael and Jennifer McLain, 7:00pm, $20.00. Husband and wife, Michael and Jennifer McLain both grew up in musical families, are both banjo players, and have been playing together since their first date. Their music is a fresh blend of bluegrass with influences of gospel and rockabilly. The show will include several instrumental showpieces, some banjo duets in addition to what Bluegrass Now magazine describes as “Jennifer’s sweet and pure, even angelic voice” and Michael’s “smoldering guitar leads.”
- November 12 – Zoe & Cloyd, 8:30pm, $20.00. Merging their contrasting musical backgrounds into a new and unique sound, Zoe & Cloyd seamlessly combine original bluegrass, klezmer, old-time and folk with sincerity and zeal. Hailing from opposite ends of the Appalachian mountains, renowned fiddler and vocalist Natalya Zoe Weinstein and award-winning songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and vocalist John Cloyd Miller, are long-time fixtures of the Asheville, NC music scene.