The Raleigh, N.C., live music calendar is jam-packed with awesome concerts, with outdoor concert season in full swing. It's a prime time to see your favorite bands on tour, and to also check out some new artists. You can always see the full calendar at, and here are 20+ picks to help you start planning your spring Raleigh road trip:


May 12, Red Hat Amphitheater
What started as a solo project back in 2010 has turned into a full-fledged pop onslaught. Where hits like "Pompeii" led the way to viral video fame, their mashups like "Of the Night" combines samples from "The Rhythm of the Night" by Corona and Snap!'s "Rhythm of a Dancer." Bastille is one of those bands worth seeing, whether you intend to pulse along with the beats or just sit back and enjoy the show.

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Chris Stapleton

May 12, Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek
Chris Stapleton, the breakthrough country musician with his award-winning "Traveller" album, is making his way to Walnut Creek this spring. Featuring songs written throughout his 15-year career, his music combines country, blues, rock and R&B for a distinctive sound that resonates with his fans.


May 13, Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek
The progressive hip hop of Future has been twisting the genre for the better part of a decade. Future has been praised by publications like Pitchfork proclaiming that his use of modern musical technology, "comes closest to conjuring the numbing overstimulation of our time."

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The xx

May 14, Red Hat Amphitheater
The critically-acclaimed electronica duo return to Raleigh hot on the heels of their second record. Moody and emotive, The xx's sets can be as danceable or as contemplative as their lyrics, which works perfectly with the energy and vibe of downtown Raleigh's amphitheater.

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Hank & Pattie Duo

May 17, Deep South The Bar
Local bluegrass ambassadors Hank Smith and Pattie Hopkins Kinlaw join forces with their original and energetic new soulgrass band, Hank and Pattie, taking the stage at Deep South this May. Traditional bluegrass is infused with their own flair, drawing from a melting pot of styles including Latin and jazz. For bluegrass fans, this is a not-to-miss show.

Kings of Leon

May 17, Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek
It took the critically-acclaimed Nashville band Kings of Leon until their fourth record, "Only by the Night," to break into the mainstream with hits like "Sex on Fire" and "Use Somebody." Now on their seventh commercial release, the four Followill brothers will be docking at Walnut Creek where you can find your place on the lawn at one of the most iconic outdoor venues that has hosted some of the biggest names to pass through the area.

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Mayday Parade

May 17, Lincoln Theatre
After popular Tallahassee local bands, Kid Named Chicago and Defining Moment merged, Mayday Parade was born. Catch this emo pop band at Lincoln Theatre as they celebrate the 10-year anniversary of their "A Lesson in Romantics" album.

Artsplosure - The Raleigh Arts Festival

May 19-21, downtown Raleigh
The arts take over streets of downtown Raleigh during Artsplosure with creativity and music. Featuring three full days of music, enjoy music from R&B legend William Bell, Tank & The Bangas, Phil Cook and Ed Stephenson & The Paco band. Check out the artists and keep the jams rolling with Artsplosure's Spotify playlist!

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Famous Dex

May 20, The Ritz
Dexter Gore, better known as Famous Dex, is a rapper from Chicago, Ill. Working the word "drip" in wherever he can, expect to listen to Southern-influenced hip-hop tracks like "Drippy Drippy" this May at The Ritz.

Brad Paisley

May 20, Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek
There are few artists to point to for having reshaped modern country music the way Brad Paisley has, and now he's returning to Walnut Creek this May. Hits like "Who Needs Pictures" put him in the spotlight at the Grand Ole Opry in 1990, and classics like "Mud on the Tires" and "Whiskey Lullaby" are always crowd favorites at his shows. Enjoy new music with pop sensibilities on his latest album, "Love and War."

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Tkay Maidza

May 23, Neptunes Parlour
Australian singer Tkay Maidza blends electronic and rap in her popular album, "Tkay." Catch her at Neptunes, the subterranean bar in downtown Raleigh tucked away beneath KINGS, both owned by local musician and rockstar chef Cheetie Kumar.

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The Chainsmokers

May 24, PNC Arena
The DJ/producer duo The Chainsmokers are still tucked in the crest on their wave of viral success on the wake of their breakout hit "#Selfie," following with chart toppers like "Roses" and "Closer," blending raspy hooks and melodies from guest vocalists with dubstep and alternative electro sensibilities.


May 26, Red Hat Amphitheater
Sprouting from roots on the stage of his childhood Baptist church, Maxwell became one of the innovators of the neo-soul movement along with the likes of D'Angelo and Jill Scott. There is no better excuse than tunes like "Whenever Wherever Whatever" and "Lake by the Ocean" to shake your tail feathers in the grass under the stars at Red Hat to the rhythms of the artist critics have called "the modern Marvin Gaye."

Milky Chance

June 1, The Ritz
German duo Milky Chance take the stage at The Ritz to feature their folk, reggae and electronica-infused pop music. Expect to hear their hit songs "Stolen Dance" and "Flashed Junk Mind."

Jason Michael Carroll with Jonny Mont

June 2, City Limits Saloon
Raised right here in N.C., Jason Michael Carroll heads home to City Limits Saloon. Taking the stage along with opener and fellow North Carolinian Jonny Mont, put on your boots and dance the night away to some popular country songs like "Livin' Our Love Song" and "Where I'm From."


June 4, Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek
Whether you know them from their throwback songs from the early 2000s like "Drops of Jupiter" or their recent Led Zeppelin cover record, Train is always a good excuse to catch a sunset and a musical mashup that is easy to please fans of country, classic rock and pop.

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Glass Animals

June 6, Red Hat Amphitheater
England-based band Glass Animals takes the stage at Red Hat this June. Influenced by synth pop, indie and hip-hop, popular songs include "Gooey" and "Youth," with many of the lyrics inspired by their travel stories and people they have met along the way.

Paul Simon

June 7, Koka Booth Amphitheatre in Cary
It's hard to argue with the idea that the legendary songwriter, philosopher and performer has ever released a bad album. From his groundbreaking work with Ladysmith Black Mombazo on "Rhythm of the Saints," the chart topping hits of "Graceland" or his newest genre bending compositions like "Outrageous" and "Wristband," it's not only worth checking out his complex musicianship, but also his introspective lyrics.

North Carolina Symphony presents The Music of Prince

June 7, Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts
Even a year later, we still seem to be reeling from the passing of the legend, the rock god, the soul idol. Join the North Carolina Symphony for a very special performance of Prince's music.

The Shakedown performs Prince

June 17, The Pour House Music Hall
Put on your dancing shoes and get ready for one of Raleigh's favorite party bands! Locals always anticipate what artist they'll pick to honor, and there's good reason, with each performance a hit and an awesome time. The Shakedown is back this June to perform two full sets of Prince.

Deftones and Rise Against

June 18, Red Hat Amphitheater
Deftones and Rise Against team up to rock Red Hat. Expect high, nonstop energy. Listen out for classic Deftones tunes like "My Own Summer (Shove It)" and intense Rise Against favorites like "Give It All."

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Midtown Beach Music Series

Every Thursday, North Hills
Celebrating its 10th season, the Thurs. evening Midtown Beach Music Series at North Hills is back with its 18 week season. Offering the best beach music tunes on warm summer nights, plan to shag dance the night away! The best part? It's free!

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Local Band Local Beer

Every Thursday, The Pour House Music Hall
Awesome chance to see N.C. bands and try N.C. beers in a great setting. Ancient Cities, Dark Water Rising, The Hell No, Young Cardinals and more are on the spring lineup. 

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