A Music Maniac Itinerary
Named one of the hottest live music cities, the Raleigh area plays host to nationally-touring rock stars and local indie groups. You can rock out at mega-venues like Walnut Creek Amphitheatre or PNC Arena. If you want a more relaxed music experience, spread out a blanket at Koka Booth Amphitheatre or the N.C. Museum of Art’s Bryan Theater, and make sure to experience the area’s newest outdoor live music venue, Red Hat Amphitheater. No matter your age, musical taste or how hard you like to bang your head…the Raleigh area has the venue and the band for you.
Pancakes, sausage, an omelet and jazz, a perfect start to a Sunday morning. The Irregardless Café plays live music six nights a week, and afterward let your kids make the music at Marbles Kids Museum, a hands-on museum that inspires imagination and creativity.
While there’s no shortage of music venues in Greater Raleigh, there’s also an abundance of music festivals and events – many held on an annual basis. 2011’s Hopscotch Festival brought an unprecedented 120 bands to downtown Raleigh for a weekend of musical overload, while MusicSpark, a part of the annual SparkCon festival, celebrates our area’s diverse and ever growing music scene.Have lunch at The Oxford, a British gastropub, or Tir Na Nog, a traditional Irish watering hole, just two of the area restaurants that create engaging atmospheres through music.
Enjoy the seasonal temperatures at one of the area’s outdoor live music venues. Walnut Creek Amphitheatre is a stop for national touring acts like Rascal Flatts, Tom Petty, Lilith Fair and Phish to name a few. Cary’s Koka Booth Amphitheatre offers a more intimate feel and is the summer home of the North Carolina Symphony’s Pops Series. Artists like the Backstreet Boys, O.A.R and Paramore make sure a stop on the Red Hat Amphitheater’s stage is on their tours. If you’re not done for the night, stop in a nightclub in Glenwood South or in the Warehouse District for DJs spinning the hottest sounds or live music from artists looking for their big break at Lincoln Theatre or the Pour House. We lead the state in the number of live music venues; we can claim more than 85 in the Raleigh area…there’s no doubt you can find music to your ears.
IDEAS FOR FAMILIES
Live music is for all ages, and numerous venues throughout town welcome musicians catering to kids, and once the weather gets warm the Downtown Raleigh Farmers Market has free music every Wednesday.
WHAT'S HOT: This summer, experience Music Mania, with a calendar packed full of live music events. Looking for that music venue and night out that fits your style? From smaller clubs to outdoor venues and high-tech arenas setting the stage for your favorite touring band, Greater Raleigh has more live music venues than any other destination in N.C.