Music Festivals and Concert Series in the NC High Country

People with their hands up at a live music concert series in the NC High Country

Music has been an essential part of my life from the very beginning. When I moved to Boone, I was met with some of the most amazing musical moments of my life thus far.

4 Live Music Events to Attend Near Boone

The High Country provides quality summer concert series and various music festivals to fill your weekends with fun. There is so much to offer! Here are 4 of the best High Country of North Carolina music events you need to attend!

The Jones House in Boone, North Carolina, hosts local artists performing traditional Appalachian folk music.

The Jones House in Boone, North Carolina.

#1: Jones House Virtual Concerts

The Jones House is located a short walk down from the 828 Real Estate. The home is the center of local art and music of the Appalachian culture. Every Friday they release a virtual concert from various folk and Appalachian artists. These concerts are free to watch on the Jones House website and their YouTube concert.

#2: Appalachian Summer Festival

The Appalachian Summer Festival brings world-renowned acts to the heart of Boone on Appalachian State University’s campus. From music, dance, theatre, visual arts and film, this festival has something for everyone to enjoy. The 2021 festival will include acts such as Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, Emerson String Quartet, Comedian Paula Poundstone and Sarah Jones.

A group of people having a traditional Appalachian North Carolina folk jam session.

A traditional Appalachian North Carolina jam session.

#3: Beech Mountain’s 2021 Summer Concert Series

After the snow has melted, people still gather at the popular Beech Mountain Resort for their annual summer concert series. The popular ski resort’s 2021 lineup includes Umphrey’s McGee, Tedeschi Trucks: Fireside Live, and Greensky Bluegrass. Each concert includes two sets and seating is pod-designed.

#4: Merlefest

You may have passed by the Doc Watson statue in Downtown Boone. His son, Merle Watson, was also a renowned Appalachia-based guitarist. Merlefest was founded in 1988 in memory of him. The festival brings in thousands of fans to witness an eclectic group of traditional, country, blues, rock and Americana-style bands. The festival takes place right off in the mountain in Wilkesboro approximately 30-35 minutes from Boone. The 2021 lineup includes Melissa Etheridge, Mavis Staples, LeAnn Rimes and more.

Are you planning to attend any live music events this summer? If so, where? We love to support local artists and our communities. Let us know what concerts you’ll be at!

About the Author

Lauren holds strong roots to the Appalachian region. Having grown up right down the mountain in Bethlehem, North Carolina, she has a love for the culture of this area. Her family is tight-knit and all have big hearts for dogs, especially their three poodles. With two brothers as musicians, she also plays piano, guitar and clawhammer banjo and is an avid vocalist. This love for music has inspired Lauren to continue sharing the traditional music and dance of the Appalachian region with others.


She recently graduated from Appalachian State University with two degrees in Public Relations and Journalism in addition to a minor in Appalachian Studies. When not traveling, she spends time fishing, cooking and hanging out with her standard poodle Bentley! 


Lauren feels so fortunate to live and work in such a beautiful area, and she is excited to be the newest addition to the 828 Real Estate family! She is eager to help you with whatever your needs may be.