The Pour House Music Hall, located in the Moore Square Art District in downtown Raleigh, has brought together great musicians from all over N.C. and the U.S. over the past fifteen years. If you're a Music Maniac catching live music in Greater Raleigh, this venue is definitely a "must-experience" for visitors.
The Pour House Music Hall is known not only for its large amount of support for local bands, but also local breweries. The venue offers local brews that they regularly have on tap, such as beers from Big Boss Brewing Company, White Street Brewing Company and Lonerider Brewing Company. There are usually one or two bartenders available to refill your glass as you listen to bands in all kinds of genres.
Last Sun., The Pour House Music Hall hosted a few of the many musicians that came to Raleigh for Hopscotch Music Festival 2013. The venue held an after-party that brought together area bands like The Chit Nasty Band and Nuclear Honey to rock the stage.
Gray Henderson, one of the lead vocalists and guitarists of Nuclear Honey, describes The Pour House Music Hall as being a centrally located venue in downtown Raleigh with a dive bar feel. The environment is friendly and suits about 100 fans. On the first floor, it has some bench seating and a few tables and barstools arranged closer to the bar area.
The venue also has some standing room around the stage for a different view of the band and for easy access to the second floor, which features an open view of the first floor and stage and two pool tables to entertain in between sets.
Gray also mentioned that Nuclear Honey has performed about five or six times at The Pour House Music Hall because of the staff, the stage, the sound and the atmosphere. He also explained, "Adam Lindstaedt, the owner, is attentive to bands that he hosts in his venue and Jac Cain, the production manager and sound engineer, provides great sound for bands that play and for concertgoers." The venue rocks a loud sound system, but the tones are not harsh to the ear, making it a great venue for music fans take in the musical textures and musical colors that many of the bands offer.
Nuclear Honey has been together since the fall of 2011 when Gray Henderson and Reaves Greer, the other lead guitarist and vocalist, brought their talents together as a duo. They recorded their first album in 2012 but decided to bring on a more full sound with Michael Day on keyboard, Kenan Jernigan on drums and Webb Bostic on bass, making up the band they recorded their first full-length album with, which is titled "Nobody Panic."
The band is intriguing to listen to and entertains throughout the entire set with a good variety of Southern rock and rock sounds and moods. The band features soothing instrumental solos throughout the set and the albums. The energy is very upbeat and you're likely to be enticed to dance with their infectious rhythms.
Nuclear Honey mainly performs in Raleigh, so I'd highly recommend catching them at their next show! And The Pour House Music Hall hosts many bands of different genres almost every day of the week! You can check out its schedule here.
For a full schedule of Greater Raleigh live music events, check out Music Mania on visitRaleigh.com!
Written by Kristen Hill. All photos in this post contributed by Kristen Hill of Kristen Abigail Photography.