In a shock to Asheville, N.C. concertgoers, the beloved waterfront music park Salvage Station has announced that its 2024 season will be its last at its longtime home at 466 Riverside Drive, as the land has been claimed by the North Carolina Department of Transportation through eminent domain. The space, which will soon provide the site for the state’s I-26 Connector project, has welcomed legions of fans and a litany of high-profile performers since Salvage Station’s 2016 establishment. In a statement delivered yesterday, May 23, the venue affirmed its aspiration to keep its mission and legacy alive in a new location.

“We’re committed to rebuilding,” Salvage Station Marketing Director Katie Hild shared with Western North Carolina’s Citizen Times. Hild disclosed that the updated timeline for the infrastructure project, which will force the venue’s closure before next year, came as a surprise to its team, though they had previously been aware that this impasse would arrive at some point in the future. “We’re working with some commercial real estate agents to help us identify some possible places that would be appropriate for a venue our size,” she assured fans across the Southeast.

“We’re still feeling all the feels of what this means,” Hild said. “And for all of the work that we’ve put in and the Riverside location has been our home.”

Salvage Station was founded on the site of a former salvage and scrap yard, and after some considerable effort from a passionate team, it has risen to become a premiere live music space in the region. With its comfortable 700-person indoor stage and outdoor amphitheater that fits north of 2,500, the hybrid campus is now a treasured haven for a committed base of supporters. In its time, the famously jam-friendly Salvage Station has welcomed such high-profile acts as The Beach Boys, Mavis Staples, Goose, Billy Strings and Sierra Farrell plus a consistently impressive array of local food, beverage and craft vendors.

Salvage Station will close out its nine-year run with its 2024 season, which will welcome Steel Pulse, Umphrey’s McGee, moe., Doug E. Fresh, Steep Canyon Rangers and many more through the fall. View the complete schedule for the venue’s final season and purchase tickets at

Read the venue’s official announcement of its closure in the Instagram post below.