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21 Days to Play – Raleigh’s Local Music Venues

Conventional wisdom advises that habits are ingrained after 21 days of repetition. If that theory holds true, then the eat~play~shop local habit requires time and effort to develop. Each month I’ll share “21 Days” of some event, place or organization in the Triangle, enabling (and I mean that in the most positive sense possible) your inner Localista to come out and join us. This month it’s all about making time to play, at local sports facilities, live music venues, indie movie theaters and fun places and spaces all around the Triangle.

Lincoln Theater

One of the hardest parts of the “21 Days” blog series is picking just 21 topics to cover. We are very blessed in the Triangle to have far more than 21 options for local eating, playing and shopping. That’s certainly the case when it comes to local music venues in the City of Raleigh, especially in the downtown city core.

One of the newer music venues in downtown is Southland Ballroom on West Street in the Glenwood South district. The flexible space draws ever varying genres of acts. The Pour House Music Hall in Moore Square gives equal due to both entertainment and their draught beer selection making the venue appealing for multiple reasons. Slim’s Downtown is great when you’re in the mood for something hard core and rocking. With just a 100 person capacity it’s easy to get up close with the bands. Kings Barcade on West Martin Street is an eclectic venue for diverse acts and activities. The building houses not only a performance space, but a delightful bar called Neptunes as well as the recently opened Garland restaurant. Kind of one stop entertainment/dining/drinking there. Lincoln Theatre Cabarrus Street, easily identified by the iconic Lincoln being driven by Lincoln mural, is one of my favorite indoor venues to catch local and national acts. For larger shows and bigger crowds, there’s ample space at the Red Hat Amphitheater too (their season is April through October).

With all those options, it’s easy to understand why the ever popular Hopscotch Music Fest calls downtown Raleigh home. Even if you won’t be Hopscotching in early September, there’s plenty of other days in the month to play at one of these local entertainment venues.



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