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Concerts & Live Music in Raleigh, N.C.


Note: Several downtown Raleigh live music venues have put together a fund to help their employees during the COVID-19 crisis. Get details here!


Having the most music in N.C. isn't something that Raleigh, N.C., locals have happened upon by accident. The area's smart, passionate music fans have shaped the growth of this emerging and energizing live music scene, called one of "The Best Music Scenes Right Now" in by Rolling Stone (early 2020).

Raleigh plays host to a wide variety of artists in a wide variety of settings. But each concert venue isn't operating in a vacuum—all the venues are working together to form a grassroots, fired-up atmosphere visitors and residents alike can feel and take part in.

You can find a show here every day of the year and from one end of the destination to the other. Big bands, small bands, slow bands, fast bands, hard rock and soft ballads. Large-scale arenas, mid-sized concert halls, mom-and-pop playhouses and undiscovered, only-the-locals-know-about dives. All. Found. Here.


Live music calendar photo, Joe Scarborough; concert venues/Lincoln Theatre photo, Brian Livingstone