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Amped Up Music Series: Sarah Shook & The Disarmers w/ Blue Cactus and Rebekah Todd & the Odyssey

  • Dates: June 24, 2021
  • Venue: Red Hat Amphitheater
  • Location: Downtown Raleigh
  • Address: 500 S. McDowell St., Raleigh, NC 27601
  • Times: 7-10pm
  • Admission: $5 per ticket, $90 per table, $500 per table for a series pass


Red Hat Amphitheater is AMPED UP for the return of live music to Downtown Raleigh with the Amped Up Music Series. This week's performance is Sarah Shook & The Disarmers w/ Blue Cactus and Rebekah Todd & the Odyssey:

North Carolina’s Sarah Shook sings with a conviction and hard honesty sorely lacking in much of today’s Americana landscape. Always passionate, at times profane, Sarah stalks/walks the line between vulnerable and menacing, her voice strong and uneasy, country classic but with contemporary, earthy tension. You can hear in her voice what’s she’s seen; world weary, lessons learned—or not—but always defiant. She level-steady means what she says. Writing with a blunt urgency—so refreshing these days it's almost startling—Sarah's lyrics are in turn smart, funny, mean, and above all, uncompromising. The Disarmers hit all the sweet spots from Nashville’s Lower Broad to Bakersfield and take Sarah's unflinching tales out for some late-night kicks. At times, it’s as simple and muscular as Luther Perkins’ boom-chicka-boom, or as downtown as Johnny Thunders. The Disarmers keep in the pocket, tight and tough.


Following praise from Paste and No Depression for the release of their first, eponymous LP in 2017, Blue Cactus did what stellar country acts do: they toured a lot. Along the way, the North Carolina duo graced festival stages from Nashville’s Muddy Roots and Raleigh’s Hopscotch to NC’s own annual State Fair, and shared dates with the likes of The War & Treaty, Sarah Shook & the Disarmers, Lilly Hiatt, and Junior Brown among others-- building a fanbase that cherishes their singular, but familiarly rewarding take on classic country.