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Asheville Music Hall announces Haywood series

Yonder Mountain String Band. Yonder Mountain String Band.

Following the recent announcement by The Grey Eagle of its drive-in concert series in Maggie Valley, the Asheville Music Hall made its series public last week, which will take place at the Smoky Mountain Event Center in Waynesville.

“Unlike any other options we saw, the location spoke to all of us instantly,” said Matteo LaMuraglia, talent buyer for the Asheville Music Hall. “Not only is the venue spacious and all grass, but the layout of the venue instantly inspired our team to envision and start organizing an optimal drive-in concert experience. We knew all attendees would not only enjoy, but also appreciate the beautiful backdrop of the mountains.”

Formerly the Haywood County Fairgrounds, the center will play host to beloved bluegrass act Yonder Mountain String Band at 6:45 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 7. Gates will open at 5:45 p.m. Aside from the group playing live onstage, there will also be a large screen streaming the show in real time.

“As far as with what the future brings, we’re navigating the uncertainty of the pandemic as best we can. We’re planning this first series almost every weekend through October, and if everything goes smoothly and safely, we’d love to continue to bring more live music to the area in the spring,” LaMuraglia said. “We feel like the drive-in concept will still give people a chance to enjoy live music, even if it’s just with a small group of people in a designated area, but safely with your closest friends.” 

Tickets start at $150 per carload (up to four people per vehicle). For more information on the series and/or to purchase tickets, go to, click on the “Events” tab and scroll to the Yonder Mountain String Band listing. 

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