This is the focal point of the music scene in Asheville, booking everybody from Bob Dylan to Merle Haggard. Even though the city has a convention center for big acts, a lot of name performers prefer the more relaxed ambience of the Orange Peel. Popular local bands also get exposure here. The building itself was young in 1950, and much of the original architecture remains, including a barrel-vaulted truss ceiling. At the stainless-steel bar, an array of 40 brews is on tap. The dance floor was voted best place in western North Carolina for dancing by the readers of Mountain Xpress. Call for performance times.
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