Upcoming events and things to do in Asheville, NC. Below is a list of events for festivals, concerts, art exhibitions, group meetups and more.

3-Day Immersive Frame Drum Workshop with Glen Velez @ Asheville Percussion Festival
Jun 24 – Jun 26 all-day

A 3-day immersive workshop for intermediate/advanced level frame drum players with four-time Grammy Award winner and Master Frame Drummer, Glen Velez.

Glen will share some of his signature playing techniques and teach a composition for frame drum. Rhythm vocalist, Loire Cotler, will co-facilitate components of the workshop.

Upon completing the 3-day immersion, participants may audition for a chance to perform the composition with Glen Velez and Loire Cotler in one of the festival events.

The Asheville Percussion Festival is a week-long celebration of diverse percussion traditions and takes place at a variety of venues. To see a complete list of the various workshops, concerts, and other happenings that week and the specific times, days, and locations, please see:

Tickets are à la carte for the array of workshop and concert offerings, so you can create your own custom experience for the week or for specific days and events.

The workshop with Glen Velez and Loire Cotler will be held at Odyssey Community School: 90 Zillicoa St. Asheville, NC 28801, Monday through Wednesday, June 24 through 26, 10am-4:30pm.
Lunch break from 1-2:30pm.

Registration and ticket price includes all three days of the immersion.


Glen Velez
Four Time Grammy Winner, Glen Velez is the founding Father of the modern frame drum movement and is regarded as a legendary figure among musicians and audiences world-wide. Velez brought a new genre of drumming to the contemporary music scene by creating his own performance style inspired by years of percussion and frame drumming studies from various cultures. Velez’s virtuosic combinations of hand movements, finger techniques, along with his original compositional style, which incorporates stepping, drum language and Central Asian Overtone singing (split-tone singing), has undoubtedly opened new possibilities for musicians around the globe, resulting in a shift in modern percussion. http://glenvelez.com/

Masters of Percussion Concert @ Diana Wortham Theatre
Jun 29 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

A thrilling full-stage performance of original collaborative compositions created during the Asheville Percussion Festival’s residency week by our world-renowned Residency Artists. The lineup includes four-time Grammy Award winner, Glen Velez; rhythm vocalist, Loire Cotler; and Balinese Gamelan Ensemble from New York, Yowana Sari. We also welcome back Persian daf and tonbak player, Naghmeh Farahmand, and versatile musical prodigy, Adam Maalouf, as well as djembe player, Adama Dembele, from Ivory Coast and members of the Asheville-based Samba group, Zabumba.