Balsam Range on the Blue Ridge Parkway

Balsam Range Art of Music Festival

A festival featuring concerts by some of the top bluegrass and acoustic musicians in the nation

December 1-2, 2023

The event features concerts in historic Stuart Auditorium and a range of workshops with internationally-acclaimed bluegrass band Balsam Range plus top artists from across the country. A special festival kickoff event will be held Thursday, Nov. 30.

Tickets & Lodging

More Festival Information

For on-site festival lodging, call reservations at 800-222-4930 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., or book your accommodations online.
Balsam Range members perform at a festival workshop
Balsam Range performing in Stuart Auditorium at the Art of Music Festival
Photo of a Lakeside room inside the Terrace Hotel


Stay at Lake Junaluska during the festival, and be just steps from the concerts in historic Stuart Auditorium and workshops held inside The Terrace Hotel and at the nearby Harrell Center. Lodging is available at our lakeside Terrace Hotel and historic Lambuth Inn.

To book lodging, call 800-222-4930 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. to speak with a reservationist or book online.
Balsam Range on the Blue Ridge Parkway

About Balsam Range

Balsam Range is a bluegrass and acoustic music group founded in 2007 in Haywood County, N.C. They are the 2018 IBMA “Entertainer of the Year” recipients as well as winning the 2018 IBMA “Male Vocalist of the Year” for Buddy Melton and 2018 IBMA “Bass Player of the Year” for Tim Surrett. Balsam Range consists of five members; on fiddle and lead tenor, Buddy Melton; on mandolin and vocals, Darren Nicholson; on stand up bass, dobro and vocals, Tim Surrett; on guitar and vocals, Caleb Smith; and on banjo, Dr. Marc Pruett.