Wondering about Entertainment in the Brevard area? You will be delighted with the array of offerings throughout the year. Music flows throughout Transylvania County and beyond. Highlights of our renowned programs and venues include:
Brevard Music Center
Close to downtown Brevard and set on an idyllic 180-acre campus the Brevard Music Center comes alive for seven weeks during the summer when faculty, students, and renowned guest artists present more than 80 concerts. The 2014 Music Festival’s opening night featured Itzhak Perlman. The festival delights residents and far-away visitors, with attendance numbering more than 30,000 each year. Website: http://www.brevardmusic.org/ Phone: 828-862-2100
The Porter Center
Located on the campus of Brevard College, the Porter Center is a state-of-the-art, acoustically near-perfect 700 seat performance space. It also is simply a beautiful building with a glassed-in lobby for intermissions as well as community events. Musical and theatrical productions of every type are offered year round.
Festivals & Mountain Music
Brevard loves its festivals, and music is a major feature all of them. Every Memorial Day is the celebrated White Squirrel Festival, 4th of July has a Firecracker Festival, fall sees Halloweenfest, and there’s the Christmas season’s Twilight Festival as well. At each there either is a series of non-stop performers on a stage set up on Main Street or other smaller performances going on at the Gazebo on the Courthouse lawn.
An integral part of the local culture is the Mountain Music handed down from generation to generation by the Scots-Irish who originally settled the area. It may be heard at various venues throughout the area.
In the summer, weekly square dances are held on the town square.
Bluegrass is also a vital part of mountain music. Each September, a weekend festival, the Mountain Song Festival is held at the Brevard Music Center. Frequent performers include Grammy winning Steep Canyon Rangers featuring Brevard natives Woody Platt and Mike Guggino, often accompanied by noted actor and master banjo picker, Steve Martin.
To mention all the people and places where music “happens” in Brevard would be to fill pages of information. From our home-grown world-class Steep Canyon Rangers to literally hundreds of individual and group performers, there’s probably not one night a year without music offered in our county. Oskar Blues Brewery, 191 King Street, Duck Pond Pottery, the Blue Ridge Bakery, Friday nights at the Library, downtown on Main Street… beautiful music flows from many establishments and entertains many lucky residents.
The Playhouse is considered one “Top Ten Theaters in the Country.” A wonderful escape from life’s hectic pace, the Playhouse offers quality entertainment rarely found so far from Broadway. The Playhouse is open from mid-May through mid-October, plus holiday productions, presenting matinees and evening performances Wednesday through Sunday.