This is a strange but plentiful weekend for live music in Hendersonville and the surrounding area.
It is strange because I’m seeing some new names – venues and musicians – which is really good. You can never have too many places to see and hear live music, and new venues and musicians means more diversity, which in this day and age is a cultural plus.
It’s plentiful because, well, this is Cider, Wine & Dine Weekend, a tourism event with an extensive agenda of places showcasing what there is to eat and drink in Henderson County.
Many of those places will have live music. And some of the stalwart venues will have music daily/nightly Thursday-Sunday. Thankfully, the weather should be great this weekend with little chance of rain.
Live music details are a little hard to come by, so check out this weekend-long event at VisitHendersonvilleNC.org/cider-wine-dine-weekend.
Welcome to the pack… Cantina Phoenix has appeared in this column for the past few weeks, and it looks like this Mexican restaurant is dishing out some very authentic south of the border music, as well as some WNC established bands, such as 28 Pages playing Friday night.
But on Saturday night, El Compa Chuy will be performing, and according to a Facebook text message, he is a famous Mexican country music singer. I learn something new every day.
Stone Ashe Vineyard is a new vineyard in Hendersonville and hopefully it will continue to host live music. This Sunday afternoon, 3 Shades of Gray will be rocking the vines.
Welcome back… The legendary Old Home Place is booking again after a pandemic leave of absence. For years, this was THE authentic place to hear bluegrass. Let’s keep The Old Home Place jumping this Saturday evening when Jericho Hill will play country and bluegrass favorites.
Zeke’s Greenside Tavern has had a checkered past of presenting live music, but it made several advance commitments for music yet to come, and this Thursday you can see Carver & Carmody, and on Saturday, catch Carrie Morrison.
A full house… You know a venue is serious about live music when it books gigs for the entire weekend, Thursday through Sunday. For a different live music experience every night or day, the leading venues are Mills River Brewing Co., Oklawaha Brewing Co., Southern Appalachian Brewery.
Mills River will corner the diversity market starting with F.A.T. (more on that in weeks to come), Country Poor, Bull the Barker (psychedelic), Gypsy Swingers (Latin), and Schlender and Dauphinais (bluegrass).
Oklawaha kicks off the weekend with Kid Billy and continues with Ross Osteen Band, Eric Congdon & the Circuit Breakers, and Human Ladder — all classic and well established WNC music makers.
Not to be out done, Southern Appalachian Brewery has a full slate, starting Thursday with Eric Congdon (now where have we heard that name and guitar before?), and following up with Salsa Shark (Afro-Cuban jazz), Howie Johnson Band, and Letters to Abigail.
Something for everyone!
Working a theme… Point Lookout Vineyards will host its annual Celtic Celebration this weekend. For a wee bit of the Irish, Point Lookout will offer Irish singer and comedian Seamus Kennedy on Friday, traditional Irish music by The BorderCollies on Saturday, and an unconventional wrap on Sunday with Piper Jones Band.
I do believe Hendo has had enough of the pandemic and is ready to get back to an over-abundance of live music. Let’s do it, folks!
Live music is a relationship, and we patrons must do our part. But for now, let’s do it with our masks on. Doing it outside is always great, and if we can do it without getting too close to each other, all the better. Let’s not derail a good thing with a virus surge.
Appalachian Ridge Artisan Hard Cider
749 Chestnut Gap Rd., Hendersonville
Friday, April 16, 6-9 p.m., Wiregrass, bluegrass band
Saturday, April 17, 3-6 p.m., The Jacktown Ramblers, bluegrass, swing, gypsy, jazz
Sunday, April 18, 2:30-5:30 p.m., Brian Ashley Jones, country
Blue Ghost Brewing Co.
125 Underwood Rd., Fletcher
Friday, April 16, 7-9 p.m., J.C. & The Boomerang Band, eclectic music and instruments influenced by American, English, Irish and Scottish folk and seas songs
Bold Rock Hard Cider
72 School House Rd., Mills River
Saturday, April 17, 6-9 p.m., Flashback band, ‘80s Costume Night
2695 Sugarloaf Rd., Hendersonville
Saturday, April 17, 2-5 p.m., Owen Grooms, banjo player
924 7th Ave. E., Hendersonville
Friday, April 16, 8-11 p.m., 28 Pages, eclectic band
Saturday, April 17, 9 p.m., El Compa Chuy, Mexican country singer
Dry Falls Brewing Co.
425 Kanuga Rd., Hendersonville
Saturday, April 17, 7-10 p.m., 3 Cool Cats, trio, ‘50s & ‘60s rock
Mills River Brewing Co.
336 Banner Farm Rd., Mills River
Friday, April 16, 7-10 p.m., Country Poor, classic country
Saturday, April 17, 2-5 p.m., Bull the Barker, quartet, psychedelic soul rock; 7-10 p.m., the Gypsy Swingers, Latin jazz and swing
Sunday, April 18, 2-5 p.m., James Schlender and James Dauphinais, bluegrass
Oklawaha Brewing Company
147 1st Ave. E. Hendersonville
Friday, April 16, 8-10 p.m., Ross Osteen Band, blues, rock
Saturday, April 17, 8-11 p.m., Eric Congdon & The Circuit Breakers, rock from EC’s latest album and more
Sunday, April 18, 4-6 p.m., Human Ladder, eclectic, “a musical love affair”
Point Lookout Vineyards
408 Appleola Rd., Hendersonville
Friday, April 16, 6-9 p.m., Seamus Kennedy, Irish singer, songwriter, musician, comedian, entertainer
Saturday, April 17, 1-3 p.m., The BorderCollies, traditional Irish music, trio
Sunday, April 18, 2-5 p.m., Piper Jones Band, trio, Celtic
Saint Paul Mountain Vineyards
588 Chestnut Gap Rd., Hendersonville
Saturday, April 17, 3-6 p.m., 3 Shades of Gray, three men of a certain age rocking
Sunday, April 18, 2:30 p.m., PEZ Trio, eclectic, a.k.a. Eric Congdon Trio
Saint Paul Mountain Vineyard, East Flat Rock
Sunday, April 18, 3-5 p.m., Myron Hyman, soloist, classic rock, blues, country, originals
Southern Appalachian Brewery
822 Locust St., Ste. 100, Hendersonville
Friday, April 16, 6-8 p.m., Salsa Shark, Afro-Cuban jazz
Saturday, April 17, 6-8 p.m., Howie Johnson Band, originals, covers, blues, rock, funk, jazz, jam
Sunday, April 18, 4-6 p.m., Letters to Abigail, duo, folk, Americana, covers, originals
South Rock Sports Grill
830 Greenville Hwy., Hendersonville
Saturday, April 17, 7-11 p.m., Twisted Trail, rock
Stone Ashe Vineyard
736 Green Mountain Rd., Hendersonville
Sunday, April 18, 2-5 p.m., 3 Shades of Gray, men of certain rocking
The 2nd Act Coffee, Wine and Craft Beer Bar
101 E. Allen St., Hendersonville
Friday, April 16, 6-9 p.m., The Baggage Brothers, Scott Moss and Derek McCoy, acoustic duo
Saturday, April 17, 6-9 p.m., Michael (Country) Carver & Paul McIntire
The Dugout Sports Bar & Taphouse
430 N. Main St., Hendersonville
Friday, April 16, 7-11 p.m., Pleasantly Wild, Asheville trio, original alternative music
Saturday, April 17, 8 p.m.-midnight, The Loudes, punk, folk, rock
The Greenhouse Moto Cafe
4021 Haywood Rd. (Highway 191) Mills River
Saturday, April 17, 7-10 p.m., Karma Dogs, classic rock (benefit for Make A Wish Foundation)
Sunday, April 18, 3-6 p.m., Tools on Stools, cool groove duo
The Old Home Place
4060 North Mills River Rd., Mills River
Saturday, April 17, 7-10 p.m., Jericho Hill, country, bluegrass
The Poe House
105 1st Ave. W., Hendersonville
Saturday, April 17, 7-10 p.m., Nick Mac and JP Jangles (a feature of Western Carolina Writers)
The Salty Landing
6577 Brevard Rd. Etowah
Saturday, April 17, 6-9 p.m., ALR Trio, blue, rock, band
Triskelion Brewing Company
340 7th Ave. E., Hendersonville
Friday, April 16, 7-10 p.m., Eric Congdon and Howie Johnson, local rock legends
Saturday, April 17, 3-5 p.m., The Baggage Brothers, Scott Moss and Derek McCoy, acoustic duo
Sunday, April 18, 3-5 p.m., Johnnie “Jukebox” Blackwell, native rocker
Zeke’s Greenside Tavern
Etowah Valley Golf & Resort
470 Brickyard Rd., Etowah
Saturday, April 17, 6-9 p.m., Carrie Morrison, singer and pianist
Want to be included in “Live Music?” Send your information via email to Steve Wong at Just4Wong@Gmail.com by Monday at 8 a.m. for the coming Thursday-Sunday. Don’t forget to send details on your performing artist along with a good high-resolution photo.