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Best Concerts in Raleigh/Durham

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Durham Performing Arts Center

The Durham Performing Arts Center (DPAC) is North Carolina’s center for live entertainment and the performing arts. Opened in 2008 as one of the largest centers of its kind in the Carolinas, DPAC hosts hundreds of performances a year, ranging from high profile concerts to Broadway productions, stand-up comedy routines, and festivals. The center is recognized for its contemporary steel and glass design, and features 2,700 seats with intimate sightlines. DPAC’s “Heart of the Arts” community outreach program runs master theater classes for local students, and invites the students to backstage tours, orchestra rehearsals, and post-performance discussions.

Durham, NC, United States
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The Pinhook

The Pinhook is one of Durham’s favorite bars and concert venues. Known for fostering a sense of community, the bar hosts monthly events like open mic nights, karaoke parties, square dances, drag shows, and arcade game tournaments. Enjoy a beer, listen to an up and coming band, and head to the patio for fresh air. The bar is named after the settlement of Pinhook, famous for a grog shop of the same name and the rowdy, fun-loving crowd it attracted.

Durham, NC, United States
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The Pour House Music Hall

The Pour House Music Hall is a mid-size music venue located in downtown Raleigh across the street from Moore Square. The venue has a relaxed, rock-meets-grunge atmosphere, and is known as much for its calendar of national acts as it is for local talent showcases. The music hall’s upstairs bar serves a selection of more than two dozen draft beers, and offers concert views, two pool tables, and the hall’s only seating. The Pour House Music Hall is a great place to see live music in an unpretentious setting and enjoy a decent beer.

Raleigh, NC, United States
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The Lincoln Theatre

The Lincoln Theatre is a modest, mid-sized concert venue in downtown Raleigh known for its lineup of live music ranging from national touring bands, local talent, and cover bands. The venue exudes an old school-vibe, and puts a premium on acoustics, sound and stage equipment, and beer over luxuries. Visitors can watch music standing up in front of the stage, or from balcony seating.

Raleigh, NC, United States
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Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts

This magnificent performing arts facility offers entertainment in five specialized venues. The Raleigh Memorial Auditorium, built in 1932, holds about 2277 and is the grand dame of Carolina theaters. The huge chandeliers, floating staircases and comfy, over-sized seats enhance the experience. The Meymandi Concert Hall is an acoustic titan and home to the North Carolina Symphony. It also plays host to renowned musicians and performers from around the globe. The Fletcher Opera Theater hosts performances by such groups as the Carolina Ballet and The National Opera Company. The Kennedy Theater seats 170 and offers a unique experience found in the venue's nontraditional performances. Finally the Lichtin Plaza is a two-acre (one-hectare) outdoor venue which hosts both public and private events.

Raleigh, NC, United States
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Cat's Cradle

A long-time favorite for its eclectic lineups and embrace of local talent and premiere musical acts, Cat’s Cradle is 750-seat concert venue located in downtown Carrboro. The mid-sized venue has a full-service bar that serves cocktails and liquor, and another serving bottled and draft beer. Acoustic and more intimate performances are held at the Back Room stage. The Cradle is within walking distance of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and the crowds here are often from campus.

Carrboro, NC, United States
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Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek

Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek, formerly called Walnut Creek Amphitheater, is an outdoor arena that seats up to 20,000 spectators in covered seating and on a general admission lawn. Sold out concerts are not unusual because national acts passing through Raleigh usually stop here. “Grass passes,” tickets for lawn seating, are less expensive than reserved seating and afford close-up views of the stage.

Raleigh, NC, United States
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