Balsam Range Art of Music Festival

Celebrate the Diverse Art of Music

November 29 – December 1, 2018

Balsam Range will host their 3rd annual musical celebration in breathtaking Lake Junaluska, now THREE days long! The festivities include world-class artists and music related workshops, handcrafted instrument building, songwriting, dancing, and of course a top notch lineup.
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2018 Festival Lineup

THURSDAY
Terry Baucom’s Dukes of Drive
Monogram (Czech Bluegrass Band)
FRIDAY
Master Level Workshops
Shenandoah
Bryan Sutton’s All Star Band
Balsam Range
SATURDAY
Atlanta Pops Orchestra ensemble with Chloe Agnew
The Cleverlys
Whitewater Bluegrass Co.
Balsam Range

Thursday November 29

This year’s Art of Music Festival is kicking off with TWO opening shows in two seperate locations. Choose which event you’d like to attend below:

Terry Baucom’s Dukes of Drive @ 7pm | Colonial Theater – Canton, NC

A jam packed evening of bluegrass with one of the industry’s all time greats. Terry Baucom has been one of the most influential artists within the bluegrass genre. This be memorable event will include some special performances by individual members of Balsam Range. Get the unique chance to hear Caleb Smith and Tim Surrett performing some individual pieces and styles that have influenced them over the years.

— OR —

Monogram @ 6pm | Folkmoot Center – Waynesville, NC

Balsam Range met Monogram while in Prague in 2017, and this incredible group of musicians welcomed Balsam Range with open arms. Named the European “Bluegrass Band of the Year,” Monogram will be a very special treat and addition to the Art of Music Festival. Ticket includes an authentic Czech meal followed by a performance by Monogram along with some individual members of Balsam Range and friends. Darren Nicholson will be participating as will Buddy Melton and Milan Miller. Read a bit about Monogram HERE.


Friday November 30

Master Level Workshops @ the Terrace Hotel – Lake Junaluska, NC

These classes are lead by some of the best musicians in their fields, and are set up for intermediate to advanced players looking to gain a higher level of instruction and skill. Each 1 hour and 50 minute lesson will be limited to 20 attendees and will cost $50.

2018 Master Workshop Instructors:
Terry Baucom – banjo
Tim Stafford – guitar
Barry Bales – bass
Stuart Duncan – fiddle
Frank Solivan – mandolin

Friday Night Concerts @ Stuart Auditorium – Lake Junaluska, NC

Doors open at 6pm and music begins at 7pm. Lineup: Shenandoah, Bryan Sutton’s All Star Band, Balsam Range


Saturday December 1

Open Workshops @ TBA

Any AOM ticket holder can partake in one of several workshops on the grounds of Lake Junaluska ranging from songwriting, to dance or you can learn from the Balsam Range guys themselves. All are welcome to these Saturday sessions.

Saturday Night Concerts @ Stuart Auditorium – Lake Junaluska, NC

Doors open at 6pm and music begins at 7pm. Lineup: Atlanta Pops Orchestra ensemble with Chloe Agnew, The Cleverlys, Whitewater Bluegrass Co., Balsam Range


Make it a Musical Weekend – Lodging Packages

Choose to stay onsite where the magic happens or rest your head in a tranquil mountainside cabin. There will be activities going on all day long at Lake Junaluska with the opportunity to connect with other artists and walking distance to the concerts, workshops and more. Join in on jam seshes and bring your own instrument for some fun! Cataloochee Ranch will be offering free shuttles to the events at Lake Junaluska for guests.

Lake Junaluska

Lake Junaluska is offering a variety of lodging packages for single, double, triple and quad occupancy. Pricing varies.

The Terrace Hotel is conveniently located across the street from Stuart Auditorium where the evening concerts will take place and the hotel will also host workshops on Friday, November 30th.

Lambuth Inn is a historic and charming hotel set on the hill near the beautiful Inspiration Point garden.

Hillside Lodge is located near the Aquatic Center on Lake Junaluska with motel style rooms.

2-Night Inclusive Packages  

  • 2 nights lodging
  • 2 buffet breakfasts (The Terrace and Lambuth Inn only)
  • 1 dinner on Saturday night (The Terrace and Lambuth Inn only)
  • Tickets to both concerts on Friday and Saturday
  • All-event passes for access to the workshops and jam sessions (with the exception of separately ticketed “master level workshops”)
  • (optional) Ticket to the Biltmore Estate

3-Night Inclusive Packages 

  • 3 nights lodging
  • 3 buffet breakfasts (The Terrace and Lambuth Inn only)
  • 2 dinners (The Terrace and Lambuth Inn only)
  • Tickets to concerts at Lake Junaluska on Friday and Saturday
  • All-event passes for access to the workshops and jam sessions (with the exception of separately ticketed “master level workshops”)
  • Thursday Night Concert – CHOOSE from a night at Colonial Theater in Canton featuring Terry Baucom’s Dukes of Drive OR go to Waynesville and enjoy Monogram, a bluegrass band from Prague, along with a traditional Czech meal.
  • (optional) Ticket to the Biltmore

For more info or to book call (800) 222-4930 
* Note: Packages will not be available online, you must call to receive this special rate.


This just in:

Balsam Range was just awarded 2018 “Entertainer of the Year” at the IBMAs (International Bluegrass Music Awards).


While you’re in town make sure to take advantage of Haywood County’s many farm to table restaurants and one of a kind cuisines. See all we have to offer here.

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