include the Memorial Auditorium. Home
of Broadway Series South and the North
Carolina Theatre, this crown jewel, from
1932, has hosted luminaries from Sinatra to
Prince. The Center is also home to PineCone, the state’s largest traditional music
Hosting major events like last month’s
PineCone-supported Wide Open Bluegrass, which it touts as the world’s largest
urban bluegrass festival, the 5,990-capacity
Red Hat Amphitheater offers flexible rental
space for groups.
Other rentable Raleigh venues include
the celebrated Lincoln Theatre, historic
Cary Theater and Pour House Music Hall in
downtown’s Moore Square Art District.
Opened in 2008, the 2,700-seat Durham
Performing Arts Center (DPAC) is approaching its 10th anniversary as one of the
nation’s hottest live entertainment venues.
Attracting 400,000-plus guests to some 200
shows each season, DPAC offers flexible
rentals including full theater buyouts or a
reduced 2,000-seat configuration.
DPAC is one of 43 group-capable venues
on the million-square-foot American To-
bacco Historic District campus. Featuring
popular shows such as Back Porch Music
on the Lawn, the 2,200-capacity Amphithe-
ater is among nine outdoor options on the
Reviving a mid-century car dealership in
downtown’s Central Park District, Mo-torco Music Hall features a 450-capacity
Showroom, Garage Bar and large patio.
Group options include outdoor tented
events, with catering from the venue’s Parts
& Labor kitchen.
Fans of the blues, bluegrass, barbecue and more have a smokin’ home at
Durham’s family-owned Blue Note Grill,
private event space included.
Opened in 1969, Chapel Hill’s Cat’s
Cradle is a national live-music shrine,
attracting headliners from Joan Baez to
Nirvana. Moved to downtown Carrboro
in 1993, the 750-capacity venue offers the
160-capacity Back Room for events. Other
local temples include the all-ages rock club
Local 506. The University of North Carolina
at Chapel Hill, meanwhile, presents more
than 200 public concerts annually in ven-
ues including the Kenan Music Building
and Memorial Hall.
North Carolina’s heartland was rock festival
central in the early 1970s. Likened to
Woodstock by one Greensboro reporter,
the 1970 Love Valley Rock Festival featured the Allman Brothers Band and other
acts. In 1972, Alice Cooper and Fleetwood
Mac rocked some 100,000 revelers at the
Peachtree Festival, held at the Rockingham
Speedway. Santana headlined Peachtree 2,
held in Fayetteville in 1973.
Today, the Triad remains in the groove
with the Carolina Blues Festival. Staged
annually in Greensboro since its inception
in 1987, it’s the Southeast’s longest running
More tenured still is Greensboro’s
celebrated Carolina Theatre. Once “The
Showplace of the Carolinas,” this 1927
vaudevillian heirloom, resurrected in 1977,
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Historic charm combined with modern style and new facilities make Wilmington’s new
Meet steps away from
our bustling downtown,
any time of year