Tar Heel Troubadours: Blue Cactus

  • Dates: March 23, 2024
  • Presenting Organization: NC Museum of History
  • Venue: North Carolina Museum of History
  • Location: Downtown Raleigh
  • Address: 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh, NC 27601
  • Phone: 919.274.6019
  • Times: 6:30-9pm
  • Admission: $12/Museum Members; $15 General Admission


Blue Cactus, the North Carolina duo of Steph Stewart and Mario Arnez, make dream country: a blend of grit, glitz, groove, and twang that evokes a celestial soundscape of mid-century heartbreak and harkens comparisons eclectic and iconic as Bobbie Gentry, Fleetwood Mac, and David Bowie. Their sophomore album, Stranger Again, released in 2021 on Sleepy Cat Records, nabbed enthusiastic attention from tastemakers, including No Depression, American Songwriter, FLOOD Magazine, Talkhouse, and INDY Week, among others. Following their critically acclaimed 2017 debut and a string of singles in 2020, Stranger Again saw the band taking their sound to an ambitious new plane, where country-rock and light psychedelia mingle, vocals soaring over twangy slide guitars and propulsive basslines.