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Author: David Menconi

2019 Piedmont Laureate David Menconi was music critic at the Raleigh News & Observer for 28 years. He has also written for Rolling Stone, Billboard, The New York Times, SPIN and a host of other publications that no longer exist. He co-edits the American Music Series for University of Texas Press and has written three books himself. A fourth, about the history of music in North Carolina, is to be published by University of North Carolina Press in 2020.

David's photo by Teresa Moore

A World of Bluegrass, Online

Monday, June 29, 2020, 9am by David Menconi

Note: Authored by David Menconi, this piece has been produced in partnership with Raleigh Arts. While the coronavirus shutdown has canceled thousands of music events worldwide, Raleigh, N.C.'s annual bluegrass shindig will go on this fall—albeit in a very different form. The...
Note: Authored by David Menconi, this piece has been produced in partnership with Raleigh Arts. Prior to the COVID-19 shutdown, it's safe to say the live music scene in Raleigh, N.C., was thriving. Major festivals dotted the 2020 calendar, outdoor venues were just getting ready to announce...

Live Music Streams from Raleigh, N.C.

Thursday, April 16, 2020, 2pm by David Menconi

Even though Raleigh, N.C.'s nightclubs, theaters and arenas are dark and empty due to the nationwide coronavirus quarantine shutdown, some musicians have stepped up to fill the live-music void with online streamed performances. A lot of these are catch-as-catch-can, often announced with little...
Note: Authored by David Menconi, this piece has been produced in partnership with Raleigh Arts. The ongoing COVID-19 virus shutdown has temporarily brought Raleigh’s nightlife and live-music scene to a halt, but lots of venues, musicians and listeners are adapting as best they can to the
In one form or another, the N.C. State Fair has been happening at various locations since the 1850s. It has been at its current home at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds adjacent to Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh for more than nine decades now. And like all venerable annual events, the fair
Update (Sept. 4, 12:30pm): Due to expected weather conditions, Main Stage shows on Thurs. night will now take place at The Ritz (instead of City Plaza). The Ritz is just a short drive from downtown Raleigh—get directions here. Get more details on the schedule update here. When the Hopscotch...