A Music Lover's Guide to North Carolina

From Indie and Pop to Hip Hop and everything in between, North Carolina offers a variety of music venues ready for you to rock out. Plan a music tour getaway and don't miss these hot spots along the way.



PNC Music Pavilion 

PNC Music PavillionPhoto Courtesy of VIPSeats.com

PNC Music Pavilion is host to a variety of large acts; including country stars Lady Antebellum, fan favorite Chance the Rapper, traveling rock festival Vans Warped Tour and many more this summer. No matter your genre, you'll find a show for you at this 19,500-seat outdoor venue. Plus, the pavilion is conveniently located near I-85 and I-485, making it the perfect stop for a rockin' road trip.

The Fillmore Charlotte

Taking from the tradition of the legendary Fillmore in San Francisco, Fillmore Charlotte features red oak hardwood floors, vintage posters, red walls, and chandeliers throughout the historic textile mill building. Check out a variety of shows like Brandy, Milky Chance, Bleachers and more later this year.


Red Hat Amphitheater 

Red Hat Amphitheater

Turn up your trip with live music set in the heart of downtown Raleigh at Red Hat Amphitheater. Bands like Third Eye Blind and Slightly Stoopid are set to hit the stage in 2017 for unforgettable performances at this 5,990 capacity amphitheater. After the show, head out on the town and experience downtown Raleigh's bustling nightlife - don't miss Alchemy in Glenwood South Entertainment District.


Grey Eagle

The Grey Eagle

Catch rising stars before they make it big at The Grey Eagle. Kick back and relax in Asheville's longest-running all-ages venue that has showcased over 10,000 local and touring artists. In 2016 Garden & Gun magazine named The Grey Eagle one of the "Ten Must-See Southern Music Venues," so check it off your bucket list and explore historic Asheville's music scene.

Orange Peel

Located on the corner of Biltmore and Hilliard Avenue, this hip venue has some history. From 1950 - 1962 Skateland Rollerdome called this location home. The downtown skating rink later became a series of R&B and soul clubs, including The Orange Peel, which was known as the hottest nightclub around. After a short hiatus, the Orange Peel was reborn and turned into the rock 'n roll venue it is today. Previous acts include Bob Dylan, Jack White, Joan Jett, and many more.

Chapel Hill

Cat's Cradle

Cat's Cradle

Less than one mile from University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, Tarheels and music fans alike come together for live music performances at this 750-person venue. Cat's Cradle is the perfect spot for concert-goers looking for intimate sets that don't break the bank. Stop in for a show and enjoy The Triangle's best acoustics.


Durham Performing Arts Center

DPAC - Photo Credit - HuthPhoto (2)Photo courtesy of HurthPhoto

DPAC's contemporary design and intimate setting makes it top of the list for anyone visiting the Durham area. With over 200 performances a year ranging from comedy shows to touring Broadway productions, you're in for a treat when you experience their one-of-a-kind entertainment. DPAC consistently places as the top performing arts organization by the Triangle Business Journal, and we have to agree!

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