NC State is presenting a free outdoor concert series, LIVE @ Lake Raleigh, and it’s free and open to the public. It takes place at Lake Raleigh, Main Campus Drive & Campus Shores Drive.
The Fritz | Thursday, April 11, 2019 at 6pm
Into the Fog | Thursday, April 25, 2019 at 6pm
Sidecar Social Club | Thursday, May 9, 2019 at 6pm
Old Habits | Thursday, May 23, 2019 at 6pm
Bring your picnic blankets and lawn chairs for a family-friendly good time. Opening bands will take the stage at 6pm. Food trucks will be on site beginning at 5:00pm. Free Parking.
ON APRIL 11: The FritzThis soul-driven dance rock band from Asheville, NC is captivating audiences across the state. The group’s aggressive approach to funk, soul, and rock creates a sound that is uniquely their own. Their high-energy, dance-able songs provide a platform for each member to shine. Their first album release, Boostrap, launched them into an almost constant touring schedule. They appeared at Hulaween, Wakarusa, and Catskill Chill which built their reputation of a band you don’t want to miss.
Opening band: Rebekah Todd
Growing up in the small town of Benson, North Carolina, Rebekah Todd has been surrounded by music for as long as she can remember. At 11 years old, Rebekah’s father, a musician himself, gave her a black acoustic Washburn guitar and taught her to play. Currently based in Wilmington, North Carolina, Rebekah is a gifted performer with a natural, soulful, and effortless voice and two releases under her belt, releasing her debut EP, Forget Me Not, in 2011, first LP, Roots Bury Deep, in 2014 and most recent full length, ‘Crooked Lines’ in February, 2017.
This “new grass” band from Wilmington, NC is quickly garnering a following. This trio of deft musicians features Brian Stephenson (guitar, mandolin, banjo, vocals), Winston Mitchell (guitar, mandolin, dobro, vocals), and Derek Lane (bass, vocals) who all grew up in musical families and have been playing since they were children. Now they’ve found their own bluegrass sound, influenced by folk rock of the 60’s and 70’s, outlaw country, and jam bands. Into the Fog’s band of merry multi-instrumentalists has headlined the premiere Lawn Chair Bluegrass Blowout at the Brooklyn Arts Center, along with Chris Frisina, John Fonvielle’s End of the Line and Massive Grass.Opening band TBA.
The native Raleigh group, Sidecar Social Club, is spicing up music scenes in the triangle with their speakeasy jazz and cabaret inspired tunes. Soaring through numerous genres effortlessly, their energetic sets take you to colorful and surprising places. You may have heard them at Artsplosure, the South Carolina Jazz Festival, Apex Jazz Festival, North Carolina State Fair, and the North Carolina Museum of Art | NCMA, among many others. This concert was originally scheduled for September 13, 2018, but was cancelled due to Hurricane Florence. Don’t miss them in May!Opening band: Autumn NicholasAutumn is a vocalist, guitarist, and award-winning songwriter whose sound is an eclectic mix of genres, from acoustic pop to soulful funk. Autumn has won the North and South Carolina Singer/Songwriter Awards, been a featured artist in writers-rounds along the East Coast and opened for performers such as The Temptations, Ed McCain and Collective Soul.
Old Habits got their start back in 2003 one night when Craig Thompson, Lin Peterson, Bennett Thompson and Brian English got together to pick a little bluegrass. A duplex across the street from Raleigh, NC landmark, The Players Retreat, served as both home to roommates Lin and Craig, and the original practice space for the band. Soon after, Chad Johnson joined the group and the rest is history. Over the next few years, Old Habits would gain momentum playing in small bars, and occasional parties. In 2007, they recorded their first self-titled album at The Rubberroom in Chapel Hill, NC. Eventually drums were added to the line up, and the band moved from old-school bluegrass to their current sound – a mixture of Americana, Country and Southern Roots music. Evans Nicholson joined the group on drums in 2010.Opening band: TBA
Here are the FAQ for this concert series:
Where is Lake Raleigh?
Lake Raleigh is located on Centennial Campus in Southwest Raleigh. There is no exact address, but it is on the corner of Main Campus Dr. & Campus Shores Dr. If you put “Lake Raleigh” into Google Maps, it will get you to the event grounds. SEE MAP HERE.
Do I need a ticket?
No. Our concerts are open to the public and free for everyone.
What time do the gates open?
The gates open at 5pm for all shows. All concerts start at 6pm. There is no early entry to reserve a blanket spot.
How long are the concerts?
LIVE @ Lake Raleigh concerts are typically 1.5 to 2 hours long.
What is the weather policy?
Our concerts are all rain or shine. If there is severe weather, we will cancel the show. Please check the website for inclement weather information before each show.
Where can I park?
All of Centennial Campus is free parking after 5pm. There is street and lot parking throughout Centennial, but please look at THIS MAP for exact directions to parking garages. There is a place to drop off patrons near the front gate for those who require assistance.
Are the event grounds handicap accessible?
Our event site is an open field with a slight slope. There are no sidewalks on the event site. The grass is not thick and wheelchairs are able to roll through the grass with little resistance.
Am I allowed to bring a my own food?
YES! There will also be food trucks at the event which will start serving at 5pm. Please do not bring any grills or open flame cooking devices.
What is the alcohol policy?
Patrons are allowed to bring their own beverages, but are reminded that this is a family friendly environment. Please be respectful of everyone during our concerts. Alcohol will not be for sale at the event. Glass containers are allowed. All coolers will be checked when entering the event grounds.
Allowed: Beer & Wine
Not Allowed: Liquor or Spirits
Are pets allowed?
No. For the safety and comfort of others, pets are not permitted at the concerts. Only service animals are allowed.
What am I supposed to sit on?
Patrons are encouraged to bring low back chairs and blankets to sit on. If you are bringing a high back folding chair, please be considerate of others and select seating around the perimeter of the event. Please also be aware of the amount of space you take up during the show…we want to make sure we have room for everyone.
Are umbrellas allowed? Tents?
Umbrellas are allowed. However, once the program begins, all shade umbrellas will need to be taken down as not to obstruct the view of other patrons. No tents are allowed.
Are there public restrooms?
Portable restroom facilities will be available on the event grounds.
Is smoking permitted?
Smoking is not permitted on the concert grounds.