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Movember Team RDU hosts “Music, Mustaches & Men’s Health”

Posted by on Nov 21, 2013 in Bands, Community, events, Live Music | 0 comments

movember_posterOn Sunday November 24, Movember Team RDU will host the “Music, Mustaches & Men’s Health” charity event from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. at Tir Na Nog, in downtown Raleigh, to raise money for male health awareness. Movember is an annual, global event in which men grow mustaches to prompt conversations about male issues such as prostate cancer, testicular cancer and mental health. This year, Team RDU will unite The Triangle for a fundraiser featuring a silent auction and live music.

The last time Team RDU hosted Movember, they raised more than $22,000 with support from Triangle AMA, Brooks Bell Interactive, DSI Comedy Theater, Capstrat, Ignite and many more! Follow Team RDU via Twitter and Facebook, and be sure to sign up as a member of Movember Team RDU!

Time to showcase that awesome Joe Dirt face you’ve been working on all month! Celebrate with other furry faced people while people stare at the wonders of your mo. The event will feature a (not so) silent auction while rocking out to some awesome NC bands! The lineup:

Spare Change
Eston & the Outs (featuring members of The Love Language)
Debonzo Brothers
Hammer No More The Fingers

Our Emcee: The Real Laww

Sponsors will be lending some swag for grabs, and Tir Na Nog will be pouring your favorite beverages. Come make silly faces and show off your stache in our photobooth. All donations will go to support mental health, testicular and prostate cancer.

A suggested $5 donation will be collected at the door on Sunday.

Want to donate but can’t make the event? 

Read article from Movember team captain, Ryan Hoover.

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Oak City 7 Concert Series

Posted by on May 31, 2013 in events, Live Music | 0 comments

The Oak City 7 Free Concert Series is back! The first show of the season was yesterday on Thursday May 30th in Downtown Raleigh’s City Plaza (500 Fayetteville St). The concerts continue every other Thursday through the summer. Admission is free to the public and the events take place from 5pm to 10pm every other Thursday, beginning the Thursday after Memorial Day, and ending the Thursday before Labor Day. There will be seven shows total. OC7 features notable local and regional bands along with food trucks and local and craft beers. The genres will include Americana, Indie Rock, Folk Rock, and Bluegrass. OC7 does not utilize any taxpayer money and is 100% sponsor driven. The series will drive substantial revenue into the local economy encouraging attendees to visit local shops, bars, and restaurants before and after each event. Showcasing amazing local products, services, and artists is the foundation for Oak City 7, all the while providing the public with a comfortable and enjoyable free concert setting.

•    Join Radio 96.1 Starting for the Aquafina Happy Hour from 5-6:30 PM
•    $1 pizza slices plus early local performers!

The full schedule for OC7 2013:

May 30: Orquesta GarDel, Old Quarter, Erin Nenni Band, Peak City Blues

June 13: Rosco Bandana, The Trophy Fire, The Human Eyes, Doug McCormick, Jon Stickley Trio

June 27: Cracker, Toddlers, Blanko Basnet, Blue Angel Blue

July 11: Yarn, Chit Nasty Band, Suitcase, Curtis Eller

July 25: Southern Culture on the Skids, Hammer No More Fingers, Unifier, Brent Cobb, Jessica Long and the New Kind

Aug. 8: Big Something, The Broadcast, Wesley Wolfe, Spiralfire

Aug. 22: Toon and the Real Laww (featuring Lucky Island in the Middle East), Young Cardinals, The Roman Spring, River City Ransom

Deep South Entertainment
PO Box 17737
Raleigh, NC 27619

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Jack The Radio Interview

Posted by on May 6, 2013 in Bands, Live Music, Video | 0 comments

George and Danny were kind enough to give us a few minutes of their time the other week before they hit the stage at Brewgaloo. JTR fans – you’ll want to watch this as they drop some awesome news on you about half way into the video that they haven’t shared publicly yet!

If you haven’t checked these guys out yet, this Thursday, May 9th they will be at Deep South in Raleigh. We plan to be there for sure!

Be sure to check out their website for more videos, merchandise, and of course great music –

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Cinco de Mayo and Derby Events

Posted by on May 1, 2013 in Community, events, Live Music | 0 comments

Who doesn’t like to celebrate Cinco de Mayo with a little outside time, margs and mexican food OR the Derby with some big hats and mint juleps?!? Here is a list of events and descriptions from their hosts.

Cinco de Chubby’s 
Friday, May 3 – Sunday, May 5

Cinco de Mayo Celebration ALL weekend at Jibarra

Cinco de Mayo Party and Salsa Classes
Friday, May 3

It’s Spring Festival 2013! We will kick it off with a Salsa Class and Cinco de Mayo Party. Learn basic and intermediate Salsa moves. Come to meet our instructors and students and just have a great time. Each festival party is also themed (Costumes/Crazy Outfits Are Highly Encouraged). Class is from 7:30-8:15 and the party is from 8:15-9:45. Costs for the class and party is $20 and party only is $15. This event is a potluck so feel free to bring a dish.

Facebook: A Step to Gold
Facebook Page: A Step to Gold International Ballroom
Twitter: @asteptogold
Meetup: A Step to Gold International Dance Meetup

Makers Road to Roses Kentucky Derby Party at the Oxford

This is our 2nd Annual Maker’s Road to Roses Kentucky Derby Party and you don’t want to miss it!
The party starts at 2pm

The attire is classic Seersucker for the men and LARGE Spring Hats for the ladies (the bigger the hat the better)

We will be featuring Maker’s Mint Juleps and showing coverage of the events all day


Clayton Derby Party

A Day at the Derby
Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club

Batt’s Derby Party and Cinco de Mayo “South of the Border” Brunch


Cinco de Mayo by Centro is a party we begin planning since January. This year it falls on a Sunday, so we are breaking our sacred rule of not working that day to celebrate Mexico. Since it’s the first weekend of May, we will begin our celebration during First Friday and follow up with a little dancing on Saturday night. On Sunday, we will close our celebration with music, tortas, and a piñata.

So, if you are not around for Friday…try to stop by on Saturday or leave the celebrating all for Sunday. We will be here with many specials, lots of great food, delicious drinks and plenty of giveaways, as is the tradition. Click here for more details.

Cinco de Mayo Mexican Festival in Lafayette Village
at., May 4: 12pm-9pm

Dos Taquitos Weekend de Mayo Block Party

Sat. May 4, 4pm – Sun May 5, 11pm

Celebrate Cinco TWICE! We’re closing down the parking lot beside Xoco to celebrate the biggest fiesta of the year!Come see what our version of Mexico is all about with:

  • Live music featuring rock-latino, salsa, and jazz-latino bands!
  • Incredible Margaritas, Dos Equis, and Drinks
  • Tasty Mexican food & more!

Change the Triangle Cinco de Mayo Party

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Who doesn’t love margaritas, live music, and Mexican food? Live It Up! and Change the Triangle are teaming up to bring you the perfect Cinco de Mayo party on the patio of Brick House Sports Bar! Don’t want to miss the Kentucky Derby? We’ve got you covered with the race showing on multiple big screens. We’ll kick off the party with Guillo Carias Latin Jazz Trio from 4:00-5:45pm, take a break for the Derby viewing, followed by our second band, Catch 22, from 6:45-9:00pm.

Limited tickets are available and include the following:

  • Mexican Buffet
  • 1 Margarita from Brick House or 1 beer from Raleigh Brewing Company
  • 1 shot from Brick House

50% of ticket proceeds will be donated to Change the Triangle

What are you up to this weekend? RIC wants to hear from you! Know something we missed? Contact us to share your event.

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Video Interview with Bobby Tomlinson of The Embers

Posted by on Apr 19, 2013 in Community, events, Live Music, Video | 0 comments


Twitter: @theembers – tweet to them and tell them how much you loved the Raleigh Is Cool Video! (even if you have to lie)

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Brewgaloo, the Coolest Beer Fest in Raleigh!

Posted by on Apr 16, 2013 in Community, events, Live Music | 0 comments

By Sarah Styron

Video by Will Hardison

What makes Brewgaloo different? Its goal is to support local businesses: using all local vendors, brewers, printers, etc. so that the money stays in Raleigh. How cool!

It’s gonna be bigger and better this time around! Shop Local Raleigh’s Brewgaloo is doubling the amount of beer and food trucks this year, and features over 25 vendors and seven local bands. Crucial Fiya, Jack the Radio, Gravy Boys and Children of the Horn are scheduled to take the main stage. Brewgaloo Local Beer Festival is happening April 27 3-9pm at downtown Raleigh’s City Plaza.

The full lineup features all local bands:

Main Stage:

3:30 – 4:30         Children of the Horn (funk)

5:00 – 6:00         Gravy Boys (bluegrass/folk)

6:30 – 7:30         Jack the Radio (indie rock)

8:00 – 9:00        Crucial Fiya (reggae)

2nd Stage (near the courthouse):

3:00 – 4:00         Rhythmicity (percussion)

4:30 – 5:30         Chapel Hill Serenaders (bluegrass)

6:00 – 9:00         Mickey Mills (steel drums)

Bringing the Caribbean flavor, Crucial Fiya is a Reggae band that was formed in 2000. Ralph Ralphtafari Dujour, of American Haitian descent, is the heartbeat that pumps of Crucial Fiya. “Fiya” is a Reggae/Caribbean idiom that denotes fire and more specifically, fire to burn out the wickedness that persists in the world.

Jack the Radio crafts the type of music to blast from your porch on early summer nights to help inspire the sweltering season to come.  A southern indie-rock band from Raleigh, NC – they’re North Mississippi All-stars, Spoon and the Avetts smashed into one cosmic-radio-fighting-band.

Children of the Horn (COTH) has created a unique sound by combining influences from soul jazz, funk, R&B, and world music. And for the honky-tonkers, the Gravy Boys make acoustic Americana music by adding a cup of country, a pinch of roots rock, a handful of honky-tonk, a splash of bluegrass, a dash of hobo folk, stirring vigorously, and letting it simmer ’til the pot bubbles over.

Tickets are on sale now for the festival, which features local craft breweries, food trucks and other vendors.

“Brewgaloo celebrates and supports Raleigh local independent businesses,” said Jennifer Martin, Shop Local Raleigh Director. “Our goal was to have an extensive selection of craft beers, and a lineup of bands that made this local beer fest different from other beer festivals – with something for everyone.”

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About Shop Local Raleigh

Shop Local Raleigh is part of a growing national movement of communities rallying to support their independent businesses. The Raleigh affiliate of AMIBA was started in April 2009 and already has approximately 326 local business members.

SLR welcomes local, independently owned businesses of all kinds. Businesses and consumers can learn more at

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