In a destination full of world-class museums, outdoor recreation, award-winning culinary spots and more, one activity tends to stand out by being a bit louder than the others—live music!

Raleigh, N.C., has the most live music of any destination in the state—the most dates, the most venues, the most bands and the most genres. The city's known for sprawling, rocking, community-wide festivals in late summer/early fall: International Bluegrass Music Association's World of Bluegrass, Hopscotch Music Festival, Groove in the Garden, SPARKcon and more.

And that's why we've chosen to highlight two awesome music venues—one in downtown Raleigh, one in Cary—that are ready to host your next event.


Imurj (a portmanteau of Immersion into the arts and Emerging Artists) is a creative space for all artists, musicians and patrons of the arts, located across from Nash Square in downtown Raleigh's Warehouse District, just a few blocks from the Raleigh Convention Center. When not being used for private events, Imurj is bustling with working artists during the daytime and is packed with crowds for open mic nights and comedy jams in the evenings.


The multi-use, underground space (the space sits below super-popular bar Whiskey Kitchen) offers 6,000 square feet of open room that can be adapted to suit a wide range of event styles—corporate events, holiday parties, training sessions, social mixers, weddings, multi-media presentations and more.


A fully-stocked bar, a 14-square-foot stage, 84-inch projector, three 48-inch televisions and a full sound system (plus more) round out a ton of amenities that are available for private events. In total, the space has capacity for 280 attendees for a standing event, can seat 90 people theater-style and can accommodate 50 people for a seated meal.

Koka Booth Amphitheatre

Cary, N.C.'s Koka Booth Amphitheatre is well known for hosting big-time events—Black Violin, Blind Boys of Alabama, Vance Joy, Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, Chris Rock and more have dotted the calendar for 2018.

Booth Amp

Built in 2001, Booth Amphitheatre is located among 14 acres of stately hardwoods and pines and is beautifully situated next to Symphony Lake, blending perfectly with its natural surroundings. With capacity for 7,000 people, large crowds fill the spacious lawn and deck from April through Oct. each year for concerts, festivals, movies and other special events.

Koka Booth Amphitheatre

For private event rentals, the facility breaks down into three spaces. Those who have lots of expected attendees can reserve the entire amphitheater—with capacity for 7,000—which includes a covered stage area, spacious lawn for seating or activities, covered seating on the deck, restroom facilities, house sound/lighting system, box office capabilities, concession support and more.

The Crescent Deck, located behind the lawn with perfect views of both the amphitheater stage and Symphony Lake, can be rented by itself and comes with covered seating for nearly 380 guests (it's bigger than you'd expect!). It also includes restroom facilities and power supply.

The Backstage Patio, which sits directly next to Symphony Lake and intersects the greenway path that circles the water, is an ideal selection for fundraising walks and runs, and also includes a 20-foot x 60-foot tent along with electricity (but no restrooms). The total capacity is 75 people for performances, activities, lunches, team-bonding exercises and more.

Have questions or want to know more about Imurj, Koka Booth Amphitheatre or any other meeting spaces in Raleigh, N.C.? Contact our sales team today!

Images courtesy of the respective venues