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U.S. Regional and Local Music Scenes
Local Raleigh Music Scene


The metro area known as Raleigh-Durham-Cary had a population of over 1.7 million according to the 2010 Census. Campuses include North Carolina State University, Wake Technical Community College and Merredith College. The history of the Raleigh music scene has included Squirrel Nut Zippers, Ryan Adams, The Connells and Corrosion of Conformity. The local music scene is covered by The News & Observer and The Raleigh Downtowner.

A Fifth of Blues * Against the Girl * American Aquarium * Ann Marie Fox * Ani Stark * Audiotoxin * Becca June * Cherokee Princess * Craig Woolard Band * Everember * Future Kings of Nowhere * Heather Victoria * Jeanne Jolly * Jessica Long and the New Kind * Jimmy Collins * Kathy Raimey * Kelly Bridgers * Lockdown * Modena * Pivot * Shelby Merchant * Sleepsound * Sons of Paradise * Spaceship Days * Surrealia * The Old Ceremony * Vernflava * Wade 3 * Young Loco *


Local Highlights

The annual "So Much Music" meeting at Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau in August 2013 revealed interesting information about the local music scene. It turns out that the greater-Raleigh area is the home of more live music than any other place in North Carolina. The conference also revealed that 5 percent of Raleigh's overnight visitors and 9 percent of daytime visitors come to the city to experience music, theater or dance.

The nickname of the Raleigh region is the Triangle. Some of the celebrate night clubs in the region include Amplified Art, Amra's, The Big Easy, City Limits Saloon, Falls River Music, Lincoln Theatre, Piper's Tavern and Red Velvet Lounge. Triangle Art Works is a website devoted to the entertainment of the region.

Raleigh.com is an informative website about Raleigh that could be useful to travelers. The site includes a section on the city's night life. The site covers local acts such as The Design, fronted by Kat Robichaud. In an interview with Raleigh.com, Robichaud cited Poole's Diner as a favorite restaurant. One of the venues where The Design has played has included the Pour House.

In 2016 a rap song called "We Love Raleigh" by Totty circulated at Red Hat because one of its employees named Bryan Totty performed it in a four minute video. The company decided to use the video as a recruitment tool and make it available to the public online. Totty graduated from East Carolina University and works as an engineer in the Global Support Services Department at Red Hat.









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