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Music Maniacs taking in concerts at PNC Arena will be stoked to find out about the great selection of N.C. craft brews on draft. Not only can music fans experience big-name artists live, such as Bruno Mars and Tom Petty and The HeartBreakers, this summer and on, but can also enjoy a N.C. brew while doing so!

Craft brew at PNC ArenaThere’s something about live music and craft beer that goes together so very well. I pin it on the fact that great-quality live music deserves to be enjoyed with great-quality brews, which Greater Raleigh breweries offer.

Natty Greene's Pub & Brewing PNC Arena offers Natty Greene’s Pub & Brewing beers, on tap, including year-round beers Buckshot Amber Ale, Wildflower Witbier, Guilford Golden Ale and Southern Pale Ale. If you’re new to craft brews and want to try one out, the Guilford Golden Ale is a good beer to start with, with a low amount of bitterness, a full body, slight tartness and a delicious wheat flavor. (On another important note: Though its closed during concerts, the Natty Greene’s PUBDECK is a must-visit during Carolina Hurricanes NHL hockey games. The area features a 2,000-square-foot sports bar, pub-style food, waiter/waitress table service and more. The deck screams craft beer, with information and artwork all throughout the section from Natty Greene’s Pub & Brewing.)

Carolina Brewing Company is one of Greater Raleigh’s oldest breweries, and you can bet that its Carolina Pale Ale can be enjoyed at concerts, on draft and served in four different sections and also in bottles on the 200 level. Taste of one Greater Raleigh’s staple beers, an American-style pale ale using three varieties of American-grown hops to create a “pleasing bitterness, aroma and lingering hop taste,” as the brewery describes it.

Carolina Brewing CompanyGreater Raleigh’s Aviator Brewing Company continues to rise in popularity and is constantly offering unique and innovate beers. On tap currently are Devil’s Tramping Ground Tripel, Hotrod Red, Saison de Aviator and HogWild IPA. I suggest the Saison de Aviator, available until Sept. 30, 2014, right through the summer. The brew is a Belgian-style made with pilsner malt, mid-kilned malts, coriander and sweet orange peel, offering up a refreshing and celebratory taste. Hops fans will absolutely love the HogWild IPA!

Aviator Brewing Company tapsAlso on tap are Foothills Brewing (Winston-Salem) beers, also a N.C. favorite! Taps can be found throughout the arena, with a dedicated section for Foothills Brewing, complete with a bar and a great selection of brews.

So, if you’re a Music Maniac and a fan of delicious beer, you’re all set when you rock at shows at PNC Arena! When you see your favorite artist, give the Greater Raleigh beers a try, and if you’ve already tasted what our area breweries have to offer, you already know you’re in for some good offerings. Have one to go along with the mouthwatering food PNC Arena offers, including Carolina barbecue, grilled sausages, fresh charbroiled burgers and much more.

Concerts coming up this summer at PNC Arena include Bruno Mars (June 14), Katy Perry (June 22) and Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers (Sept. 18).


A cool Carolina breeze and great live music always puts a smile on my face. And I was grinning ear to ear when I went to the first Oak City 7 event of the summer this Thurs. (it happens every other Thurs. of the summer until Aug. 22). The organizers of the event call the event “Downtown Raleigh’s Free Summer Concert Series.”


When I initially heard about the series, four parts of that phrase stuck out to me:

Downtown Raleigh: The downtown area of North Carolina’s capital city is a hot place to catch live music. City Plaza is where the event is held, and the area screams art and creativity with its public art and super-nice layout. The view up and down Fayetteville St. rocks, as you really feel and know that you’re in the center of a place alive with activity and charm.

Free: Those looking for a night out on a small budget can enjoy great live music with no admission cost.

Summer: The summer of music in Greater Raleigh (Music Mania) has the best of music events, and this is one of them. I know, personally, that I’ll be attending as many of these as I can! N.C.’s summer weather allows for cool evenings where you can catch some of the best local talent. If you break a sweat while dancing, you can always cool off with local brews and refuel with food from downtown restaurants and food trucks.

Concert: When I hear the word my ears perk up. The killer lineup alone is great. I immediately recognized some local bands on the list that I’ve heard, seen live and have a tremendous amount of respect for as a musician.

Not only do you get a great show with some really talented musicians, but you get the opportunity to try delicious local beer and food from local food trucks.

ImageA beer truck serves brews from local breweries Aviator Brewing Company, Big Boss Brewing Company, Lonerider Brewing Company and more. Food trucks also serve cuisine from Carolina barbecue, pizza, ice cream and more. I definitely recommend to go with an appetite and, if you’re a craft beer lover, a mindset to taste some great brews!

ImageBeing a true Music Maniac myself, seeing a vinyl record vendor at the event was super cool. The Record Exchange & Swap, normally located at Deep South The Bar, had a nice collection of records for sale at the event, including records ranging from Fleetwood Mac, to Lou Reed, to Living Colour and more. Also, obviously being a true fan of Raleigh, the House of Swank! vendor caught my attention with Raleigh t-shirts, N.C. t-shirts and other merchandise sporting the name of N.C.’s capital city.

Most of all, the live music itself was outstanding! The sound system is nice and loud with a crisp and clear overall tone. It’s definitely a sound system any musician would want to play through. The lineup Thurs. night, May 30, featured a great mix of genres from city blues to Latin dance, indie rock and country rock; music that influenced the crowd to start dancing and jamming with the music!

ImageA great lineup is in store for the Oak City 7 series. Check it out here! This is definitely an event you won’t want to miss.

This entry was written by Derek Chase Allman, Music Maniac, musician, songwriter and senior marketing manager at visitRaleigh.

While January weather may prevent you from enjoying many outdoor activities, there are plenty of indoor performances and concerts that you can enjoy within the cozy warmth of the Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts.

On Friday, Jan. 6th, Grammy Award winners David Holt, Bryan Sutton and T. Michael Coleman will explore the richness of traditional music in a Deep River Rising performance as part of PineCone’s Down Home Concert Series. The following day, enjoy a spectacular treat when Rob Kapilow puts his unique spin on Dr. Seuss’s beloved story about Sam-I-Am and his Green Eggs and Ham.

In Passport to Hungary, folk song-inspired masterpieces help you explore a tradition that has fueled hundreds of composers. Enjoy this wonderful concert, presented by the North Carolina Symphony, on Jan. 13th or 14th. For a beautiful and haunting piece sung in French with English supertitles, attend a performance of Les Enfants Terribles (Children of the Game), newly directed and choreographed by Robert Weiss and presented by the North Carolina Opera.

If you’re a fan of Billy Joel, you’ll love Grammy and Tony nominee Michael Cavanaugh and the North Carolina Symphony’s performance of some of Billy Joel’s greatest chart toppers on Jan. 20th and 21st.  On Jan. 27th and 28th, enjoy the provocative South American art form of tango in the concert hall in a showcase of works by Neuvo Tango master Astor Piazzolla.

Find more January concerts and performances at the Progress Energy Center on this calendar.

If you’re traveling into Greater Raleigh to attend a concert and don’t want to deal with the hassle of driving home afterwards, then you’re in luck.  Many hotels in the area offer deals specifically tailored for visitors who are in town to rock out. 

If you’re attending a Live Nation concert, then you can continue the party at the downtown Sheraton Raleigh Hotel at a discounted rate.  For only $99 a night on the weekend and $129 a night during the week, you can also have access to hundreds of restaurants, bars and entertainment options within a five-mile radius of this convenient hotel.

If you plan on tailgating at the concert, then why not buy a hotel package tailored for the experience?  You’ll receive deluxe overnight accommodations, a $25 gas card, and a cooler filled with water and snacks for only $149 a night at participating Cambria Suites hotels and $119 a night at participating Residence Inn by Marriott hotels. Residence Inn even throws in a custom Koozie.

If tailgating isn’t your thing, then Cambria Suites also offers a Concerts Rock discounted rate for concert-goers.  Enjoy wonderful accommodations located within convenient reach of several concert venues and a full, hot breakfast for only $84 a night on weekdays and $89 a night on weekends. (Note: all of these deals are subject to change or expire, so check for the latest deals and details when planning your trip.)

Make your next Greater Raleigh concert experience even better by taking advantage of these awesome hotel deals for Music Maniacs like you!

For almost three decades, they’ve been rock ‘n’ rollin’ all over the globe, performing for more than 34 million fans.  Bon Jovi has produced some of the greatest hits of our time, and you won’t have a hard time finding tons of loyal fans in the area.  Now, the iconic band will ring their 2011 tour with a February 21st performance at Raleigh’s RBC Center.

Watch Bon Jovi perform some of their greatest hits such as It’s My Life, Livin’ on a Prayer, and You Give Love a Bad Name with thousands of diehard fans at one of the best venues in the area.  Whether you’re traveling in from a nearby town or trekking across the country, this concert will be worth the trip.

Tickets for this performance start as low as $19.50 and rise up to $129 for the ultimate Bon Jovi concert experience.  While you’re at it, find awesome local hotels and eateries to complement your rock ‘n’ roll experience in the area.  Enjoy the greatest hits, eats, experiences and more in Greater Raleigh.

The Lincoln Theatre is an iconic music venue in downtown Raleigh that features some of the best regional and touring acts along with great tribute bands and local artists.  A constant stream of concert-goers flows through the theater for rock indie bands, soulful singers, heavy metal and everything in between.  If you’ve been looking for a great place to enjoy an awesome mid-sized concert experience, then this is the place for you.

For the ultimate Led Zeppelin experience, go see Zoso play albums one through three, with an opening act by The Stone Chiefs.  Zoso will perform Jan. 21st to 22nd and tickets are only $12 in advance and $15 at the door.

Do you love Journey?  Would you love to hear their popular tunes live?  Then you’ll enjoy the Journey tribute, Frontiers on Jan. 28th.  Or, if you’d like to get energized and dance to the music, go see DJ Lil’e and her critically acclaimed visual and music mash-up dance party the following night.

In the months ahead, you’ll also have the chance to see Joshua Radin, Gaelic Storm, Appetite for Destruction, David Allan Coe, and so many more performers live on stage at one of the best mid-sized music venues in Greater Raleigh.

We all have a genre of music that we love, but there are those who tend to love it all and be extremely passionate about all kinds of tunes.  If you’ve been to at least a 100 concerts in your life, and your main requirement for a good restaurant is that they have a band playing, then you just might be a Music Maniac.  These types of visitors can find plenty of awesome concerts, events and more to enjoy while in Greater Raleigh.

Whether you’re at a hotel, a bed and breakfast, or staying at a friend’s, set your alarm clock to the radio or a CD so you can rise and shine with your favorite music.  If it’s Sunday, then head off to brunch at Bogart’s American Grill in downtown Raleigh, where they feature a delightful weekly jazz brunch.  Then, let the kids make their own music at Marbles Kids Museum where there are all kinds of instruments and hands-on opportunities for creativity.

Next, it’s time to investigate and see what festivals and events are going on in the area.  If you’re lucky, one of Greater Raleigh’s popular festivals such as Hopscotch or musicSPARK will be going on.  Earlier this year, the inaugural Hopscotch festival brought more than 120 bands to the area for a few nights of amazing music mania.

There is no shortage of music venues for you to choose from during your stay.  The Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion hosts national touring acts, and Cary’s Koka Booth Amphitheatre often has these, too, plus other festivities.  Visit the downtown Raleigh Amphitheater for a wonderful outdoor music experience and then wander around downtown to hear the hottest DJ’s spinning, talented bands rocking out and classical soloists soothing you into the night.

This July, some of your favorite classic movies will be coming to Greater Raleigh in the form of live symphony performances.  The awe-inspiring music from the beloved films The Wizard of Oz and Stars Wars will be played by live symphonies in the area, allowing you and yours to experience these movies in a whole new way.

The Wizard of Oz’s classic tunes will come to Cary’s Koka Booth Amphitheatre on July 10 as part of the NC Symphony’s Summerfest series.  The movie’s popular soundtrack will be played live on stage by the North Carolina Symphony.  This is a great event for families as kids 12 and under are free and the symphony’s special instrument-petting zoo for kids will be open prior to the live performance.  Pack up your picnic basket, prepare for family fun, and don’t forget to bring extra snacks for the lake ducks!

Star Wars: In Concert will be making its only stop in North Carolina at Raleigh’s very own RBC Center on July 18th.  This is a truly unique event that fully entertains by combining a performance by a live symphony orchestra and chorus with footage from all six Star Wars films.  This outstanding performance will take you on a journey through the Star Wars epic story and let you enjoy it in a completely new way.  There are a limited amount of family 4-packs available at $25 per ticket, as well as group discounts of $5 off for groups of 10 or more.

From the big screen to Greater Raleigh, these classic film soundtracks are sure to entertain and engage you in a great summer experience.  Buy your tickets today and enjoy a little taste of non-traditional symphony music this July.

The newly built Raleigh Amphitheater and Festival Site will open its doors (so to speak) in early June, and there are a lot of things to look forward to from then on.  The amphitheater is already host to a large line-up of concerts and events, including the Backstreet Boys, Paramore and Chelsea Handler.

This venue can seat 5,500 people, so you’ll be surrounded by thousands of other fans (but not too many) while enjoying the open air of the amphitheater.  While waiting for your entertainment to come on stage, you can enjoy the entertaining light display on the Cree Shimmer Wall at the nearby Raleigh Convention Center.  What better way to enjoy your favorite band or performer than while also taking in the scenic downtown Raleigh skyline?

For a complete list of the current line-up of performances, visit this site.  Tickets can be purchased online or in person at the Progress Energy Center Box Office or the Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion Box Office.  Get your tickets now and enjoy this brand-new amphitheater with your friends and family!


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