Who knew Greater Raleigh would have you dancing in the street?
Before I get into all that, how about a song? Who remembers this golden oldie?
Back to Raleigh’s Music Scene…
Known as North Carolina’s Capital of Live Music, Greater Raleigh plays host to a wide variety of artists who perform in more than 85 different venues. Whether you’re looking for a small, intimate show or a concert by national recording artists, the area presents more than 70 unique events for music maniacs. Raleigh’s premier music event is the Hopscotch Music Fest (September 5-7, 2013), a diverse music festival bringing more than 170 bands to 30+ venues in downtown Raleigh. The International Bluegrass Music Association is moving its World of Bluegrass events to Raleigh for the next three years providing the most powerful, live bluegrass music event on the planet…. and you’re among the first to know. Tickets just went on sale March 1st.
If you can’t get to town for these incredible festivals, consider the North Carolina Symphony. The NC Symphony’s summertime Pops Series at Cary’s Koka Booth Amphitheatre offers an intimate feel the whole family can enjoy. The NC Symphony’s NCS Kids events provide a variety of concerts and educational experiences to introduce children to the joy of instrumental music.
Raleigh’s Music Scene, beyond the concerts…
Any place that claims to be a music capital must also have great live music dining venues. Raleigh meets the challenge. The Irregardless Café plays live music six nights a week. The Oxford is Raleigh’s first gastropub, which specializes in food that is a step above basic “pub grub.” Gastropubs emphasize a relaxed atmosphere and focus on offering great food — AND live music, of course! Or, try something new — check out the Irish food and music at Tir na nOg Irish Pub, located on Moore Square in the heart of downtown. The restaurant features Irish food, music and dance throughout the week. If you want to cook your own food, then shop at the Downtown Raleigh Farmer’s Market on Wednesdays (April through October) and enjoy live music presented by local talent.
All week I am using local CVB websites to discover activities in my own backyard. Thanks to Raleigh’s CVB page, I discovered several new things for our family to do. My son is a piano performance major in college, so it seems I should know about the local music scene, but I learned a lot! I had NO IDEA that Raleigh offered a Downtown Raleigh Farmer’s Market (much less with live free music). How cool is that? I discovered The Oxford Gstropub. AND I learned about the kids’ programs through the North Carolina Symphony. I can’t wait to explore Raleigh’s music scene this year.
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