Where are the best places to hear live music in Raleigh-Durham?

Answers from Our Experts (3)

When live acts come to town, Raleigh-Durham boasts a variety of venues to play host. For big shows, big venues, such as the lakeside Koka Booth Amphitheatre in Cary has lawn and deck seating, plus a more “mature” lineup of performances — think the symphony and the Four Tops. Another outdoor venue, the Raleigh Amphitheater, feels more rock 'n’ roll.

Looking for something more intimate? Beyu Caffe in Durham plays jazz and blues. Cat’s Cradle in Chapel Hill earns legendary in rock ‘n’ roll status in many circles for its ability to snag the best up-and-coming and well-established acts. College kids from around the area will coo lovingly about the times they saw that now-famous band at Cat’s Cradle — so get there yourself to see the next big thing.

Jim Beley

Try going to Lincoln Theater in downtown Raleigh, the Cat’s Cradle in Chapel Hill or the Local 506 also in Chapel Hill.

Theresa Chiettini

The best places to hear live music in  Raleigh-Durham are Roost Beer Garden in Fearrington Village in Pittsboro, the Duke Coffeehouse at Duke University in Durham and Whiskey in downtown Durham. Koka Booth Ampitheatre has outdoor concerts, events and more in Cary, which is very close to Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill.

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