AfriGeneas States Research Forum
[NC] Musicians Flourished in Asheville
African-American musicians flourished in Asheville neighborhoods
The Owls Lounge had been a landmark nightspot in Southside, an African-American neighborhood cleared away in Asheville’s urban renewal program in the 1970s. Such changes weakened a music scene in which performers were nurtured by church spirituals, school programs, and a lively marketplace of gospel, soul, and jazz.