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Raleigh, North Carolina
Raleigh is the capital city of North Carolina. It is located roughly in the center of the state, between the Pledmont Plateau and the Coastal Plain. With a population of roughly 500,000, this mid-size city is not the largest in the state, but it makes a statement nonetheless. Raleigh is filled with state establishments and several universities, so there are plenty of people interested in entertainment. A modern-meets-historic city with marvelous museums, premiere parks, and foodie destinations, Raleigh provides many activities for its residents and visitors. Keep reading to learn more about what the city brings in terms of music.
Raleigh’s summer and fall months are bustling with music festivals
Music festivals are not for everyone. Given their duration and immersive intensity, they often attract music fanatics. Who else will battle the elements, camp out, wait in lines, and so on, dedicating themselves to the cause? Although the festival experience may seem extreme to casual concert attendees, there is an appeal to packing so much talent, performance, and entertainment into such a short window of time. For people who love to focus on the music and make a social gathering of it, Raleigh brings options to the table.
Dreamville Festival, North Carolina Cuegrass Festival, Artsplosure, Sidewalk Slam, African American Cultural Festival of Raleigh and Wake County, Hopscotch Music Festival, Beericana Craft Beer and Music Festival, Groove in the Garden, N.C. Pride at Night Festival and Celebration, La Fiesta del Pueblo, Apex music Festival, SPARKcon, International Bluegrass Music Association's World of Bluegrass Week, Wide Open Bluegrass Festival, and more are among Raleigh’s regular lineup.
Raleigh has over 80 music venues for listeners to tour
Although various big cities in the United States have well over 100—or even 200—venues within it, for a mid-size city, Raleigh’s number of venues is impressive. Passionate fans have strategically supported the growth and development of their music scene over the years, building a grassroots type of community. Each of the 80 venues has a specialty, ranging in audience size, genre focus, tempo target, mood, and locale (national, regional, or local). Many Raleigh artists insist that the venue is far less important than the crowd; still, everyone has their favorites. The front man of American Aquarium prefers Lincoln Theatre, Slim’s Downtown, The Pour House Music Hall, and KINGS. For listeners who want the simultaneity of a homegrown feel with a bounty of options, Raleigh’s venues are worth experiencing for yourself.
Raleigh’s music scene contains familiar faces and newbies, a testament to the rooted community the city has cultivated in the arts
Because of the many colleges and universities in Raleigh and the surrounding cities (particularly Chapel Hill and Durham), there is a continual audience in the Raleigh area, eagerly interested in live entertainment. With this support, many local Raleigh bands have endured over the years, such as Corrosion of Conformity (since 1982) who perform rock and heavy metal, The Accelerators (since 1982) who perform variations of rock, The Connells (since 1982) who perform alternative and indie rock as well as power pop, and The Rosebuds (since 2001) who perform indie rock and dance folk.