Five Great Venues for Live Music in Bryson City

Western North Carolina has a rich tradition of creating and showcasing great live music, and Bryson City is home to a number of great venues. You'll find a variety of genres from old-time country and bluegrass to soul, blues, reggae, rock and roll and more. Want to get in on the action? Join one of the informal community music jams at the library.

Music in the Mountains

Bryson City Train Depot

Every Saturday night from June through October, you can enjoy a FREE concert in Bryson City. Join us at the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad Depot from 6:30 to 8:00 pm. Local and regional favorites play everything from old-time country to bluegrass, to rock and roll. Sit in one of the old church pews on the covered depot deck or bring a lawn chair to enjoy the show.

Nantahala Brewing Company

61 Depot Street

More than just a brewery, Nantahala Brewing takes great pride in showcasing local & regional music acts. We feature bands every Friday and Saturday at 8:00 pm from March until the end of October. We feature everything from appalachian-folk to bluegrass to rock n’ roll. Throughout the year we shake up the rhythm a bit with the sounds of the Caribbean and even some carnival pirate rock! Starting on June 30th we celebrate The Week of Rock where we host music nightly, ending on July 9th. On July 4th we will have live music all day.

The sound levels within the brewery are perfect. We have a great system and a professional sound engineer. Our space features multiple tables and chairs with additional seating alongside the bar and throughout the taproom. There is a space for dancing and even if you are out on our patio, you can still hear the band.

Nantahala Outdoor Center

13077 Hwy 19 West

On the banks of the Nantahala River, Big Wesser BBQ & Brew offers hungry adventurers quick, convenient and delicious food and free live music. Focused on bringing old-fashioned BBQ meals to the Nantahala Gorge, Big Wesser is the perfect spot to unwind. Stop by at night for live music every weekend, May through September—we feature bluegrass, rock, soul, reggae and more!

Big Wesser boasts the area's best live music venue and perhaps the best open-air bar west of Asheville. Stop by during your next Nantahala Gorge visit and enjoy river sounds, a cold brew and Big Wesser's mouth-watering, classic southern food.

Marianna Black Library

Corner Academy & Rector Sts.

Community Jam – 1st and 3rd Thursdays, each month, 6:00 - 7:30 pm. Anyone with a guitar, banjo, mandolin, fiddle, dulcimer - anything unplugged - is invited to join. Musicians of all ages and levels of ability are welcome to share music they have learned over the years or learn old-time mountain songs. Singers are also welcomed to join in. Or, you can just stop by and listen. 

Summer Music Series – 2nd and 4th Thursdays, June - August, 7 pm. Enjoy local and regional favorites playing different genres – traditional mountain music, bluegrass, Celtic, blues, world music and more.

All programs are free and open to public. Lite snacks and refreshments are provided by the Friends of the Marianna Black Library.

You can also find music at Oconaluftee Visitor Center in The Great Smoky Mountains National Park, in Cherokee (music jam). Stecoah Valley Center in Robbinsville (Saturdays, June-August & festivals). Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts in Franklin, Heinzelmännchen Brewery in Sylva, and Harrah's Cherokee Casino & Resort Event Center in Cherokee.

For other entertainment, visit our calendar page.