The media office of Rolling Stone Magazine has confirmed that Asheville’s own Orange Peel has been named one of the top five rock clubs in America.
The magazine’s Best of Rock Issue hits the stands on Friday, and lists the Peel alongside New York CIty’s Bowery Ballroom, Detroit’s The Magic Stick, Austin’s Stubb’s Bar-B-Q and Norfolk’s The Norva.
The write-up reads:
“In the Seventies, the Orange Peel was a premier funk-and-soul club. Since it reopened five years ago, Bob Dylan and Smashing Pumpkins (who picked the spot for their nine-show reunion run last year) have gone out of the way to play the Peel — drawn by Asheville’s bohemian vibe and attentive crowds.”
— Brian Postelle, staff writer