David Menconi is the long-time music writer of the Raleigh News & Observer. We asked for his list of most interesting places for live music in the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill area.
Marsh Woodwinds. “By day, it’s a highly reputable instrument repair shop. By night, the upstairs room is a performance space comfortably appointed with antique furniture, strange artifacts and an incredibly cool vibe. Bookings trend toward acoustic folk and jazz.” (707 N. Person St., Raleigh; www.marshwoodwinds.com).
The Cave. “This is literally subterranean, with ample scruffy charms and a capacity of around 100. But with the right-sized crowd, The Cave is one of the best hangouts in the Triangle.” (452.5 W. Franklin St., Chapel Hill; www.caverntavern.com)
Sadlack’s. “Back in his pre-fame days, Ryan Adams was one of many musicians to work at this sandwich shop/bar. It still plays host to bands and singer/songwriters of the roots-rock persuasion, drawing one of the most colorfully tragicomic cast of characters to be found anywhere.” (2116 Hillsborough St., Raleigh; www.sadlacks.blogspot.com)
Haw River Ballroom. “This cavernous ballroom isn’t small. But the Haw has an old-timey feel and takes a while to get to. That remoteness hasn’t kept it from becoming a key venue on the local landscape for regional as well as national acts.” (1711 Saxapahaw Bethlehem Church Road, Saxapahaw; www.hawriverballroom.com)
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