Four 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.
Nantahala Brewing Company
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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 the last day of June we celebrate “The Week of Rock” where we host music nightly. 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
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13077 Hwy 19 West
On the banks of the Nantahala River, Big Wesser Riverside Pub offers hungry adventurers quick, convenient and delicious food and free live music. Focused on bringing street tacos and delicious Mexican fare 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 tacos.
Marianna Black Library
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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.
Mountain Layers Brewing Company
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90 Everett Street
Music on the rooftop terrace overlooking downtown Bryson City every Saturday night year ’round, 7:00 – 10:00 pm. Eclectic mix of classic rock, blues, folk, and Appalachian music from local and regional performers. Friday night live line up in summer. Acoustic open mic night every Tuesday, 7-10 pm. Facebook.
Located in the center of downtown Bryson City, the brewery has indoor seating as well as outdoor seating on a covered rooftop terrace with a beautiful view of the Tuckasegee River and the mountains surrounding the town. (In cold weather plastic siding drops down and heaters are added.) The brewery has a number of beers on tap, a hard cider on tap, and a variety of wines, sodas, tea, and coffee. Several local restaurants offer food delivery to your table, and often a food truck is on site. Pets welcome in the back porch/patio area with picnic tables and umbrellas.
More Area Venues
You can also find music at Oconaluftee Visitor Center in The Great Smoky Mountains National Park, in Cherokee (music jams all year). Stecoah Valley Center in Robbinsville (Saturdays, June-August & festivals). Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts in Franklin, and Harrah’s Cherokee Casino & Resort Event Center in Cherokee.
For other entertainment, visit our calendar page.
Bryson City - Swain County
Chamber of Commerce
210 Main Street
P.O. Box 509
Bryson City, NC 28713
Karen Proctor Wilmot
Free 2019 Travel Guide to the Smokies — Includes the Official 2019 All Aboard for the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad.
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