The historic Appalachian Theatre, has entertained audiences in the heart of downtown Boone, North Carolina since 1938.
Once a gorgeous 999-seat Art Deco movie house, the building closed in 2007 and sat empty and gutted for years. On October 14, 2019, the Appalachian Theatre re-opened its doors after a $10 million renovation that brought the distinctive Art Deco details back to this historic theatre and created a new 629-seat, state-of-the-art, acoustically fabulous venue for live concerts, films, plays, and dance performances. The spacious community room with historic murals provides Boone with the only downtown venue capable of hosting meetings and receptions for over 100 people.
Upcoming bands include:
- Thursday, January 12, 2023 – Trevor McKenzie & Jackson Cunningham, 7:00 pm. Local night. A new series, co-presented by the Appalachian Theatre and Joe Shannon’s Mountain Home Music, is slated for select Thursday evenings in January, February and March. Shows feature local artists and local student groups as openers.
- Sunday, January 15, 2023 – John McEuen and The Circle Band “Will the Circle Be Unbroken”, 7:00 pm. John McEuen has performed for 50 years worldwide with his banjo, fiddle, guitar, and mandolin. Often referred to as ‘the String Wizard’, he humorously weaves stories of his travels and family life (he has raised 7 kids), taking us on a multi-media show through where his musical path has taken him.
- Friday, January 27, 2023 – Jason Carter & Friends, 7:30 pm. True to his Kentucky roots, Carter pours all he has back into bluegrass. For thirty years, he has been the fiddle player for the Del McCoury Band—the most awarded group in bluegrass history. He’s won three Grammy awards, including 2018’s “Best Bluegrass Album” with the Travelin’ McCourys, of which he is a founding member. And he’s taken home five IBMAs for “Fiddle Player of the Year,” a staggering number that isn’t quite so crazy once you realize just how many bluegrass greats have turned to Carter for collaboration.
- Thursday, February 9, 2023 – The Burnett Sisters, 7:00 pm. Growing up playing music together in Boone, North Carolina, the sisters’ sound is focused around the type of breathtaking vocal harmonies that can only come from the unique bond shared by siblings, expertly complemented by tight instrumental arrangements and a bonafide love of the traditional songs they play. With a repertoire that’s equal parts old-time and bluegrass, country and gospel, this Billboard charting band navigates the diverse source material effortlessly, diving into the songs with an attention to detail and an appreciation for nuance that lends an authenticity and a feeling of genuine expression rarely matched in today’s traditional music.
- Thursday, February 23, 2023 – Mary Greene & Friends 7:00 pm. Mary Greene is a multi-instrumentalist who grew up in the Blue Ridge Mountains near Boone and has a Master’s degree in Appalachian Studies. Her expertise in the region’s cultural arts coupled with experience as the director of educational services at the award-winning Appalachian Cultural Museum, at Appalachian State University, equip her with multiple views of Appalachian culture.
- Friday, February 24, 2023 – Chatham Rabbits, 7:30 pm. As one of North Carolina’s most beloved roots music outfits, Chatham Rabbits has swiftly emerged from the fertile Americana scene in the Triangle. The husband-and-wife duo of Sarah and Austin McCombie favors rustic, minimalist acoustic arrangements—mainly clawhammer-style banjo and guitar that showcase deftness and maturity with their songwriting. The duo has a way of connecting with their audiences that is warm and universal.
- Friday, March 24, 2023 – Liam Purcell & Cane Mill Road, 7:30 pm. Bluegrass Roots from Deep Gap, NC. Rapidly rising on the bluegrass scene, Billboard-charting artists Liam Purcell & Cane Mill Road perform internationally and stateside winning both industry awards and the hearts of fans who turn out to see them at some of the industry’s most iconic venues.
- Friday, April 14, 2023 – Darin & Brooke Aldridge, 7:30 pm. “America’s Bluegrass Sweethearts”, Armed with the talents of the proverbial triple-threat of uniquely distinctive singing, commanding instrumental skills, and accomplished songwriting, Darin and Brooke continue to ascend to new heights in the industry while maintaining their easy-going, down-to-earth connection with audiences everywhere. Brooke is a four-time consecutive winner for Female Vocalist of the Year for the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA). She was nominated for a fifth time in 2021. Once a six-year member of The Country Gentlemen with the late Charlie Waller, Darin is a former IBMA Mentor of the Year and a truly gifted singer and multi-instrumentalist.