Music NewsMayor Nancy McFarlane announces Downtown Raleigh's new free summer concert series.By: Amy Cox
Raleigh's newest free concert series, Oak City 7, kicks off May 31, 2012, in City Plaza on Fayetteville Street in downtown Raleigh.
Admission is free to the public and the events take place from 5pm to 9:30pm every other Thursday, beginning the Thursday after Memorial Day, and ending the Thursday before Labor Day. There will be seven shows total.
OC7 features notable local and regional bands along with local and craft beers. There are three bands per event. The genres will include Americana, Indie Rock, Folk Rock, and Bluegrass.
OC7 does not utilize any taxpayer money and is 100% sponsor driven. The series will drive substantial revenue into the local economy encouraging attendees to visit local shops, bars, and restaurants before and after each event.
"Raleigh is a great place to live and work, and to attend concerts. This area is home to some of the most talented musicians in the world and Oak City 7 is a great showcase of this amazing talent. Oak City 7 helps stimulate the local economy without being a burden to taxpayers as it is funded solely by private sponsors," says Raleigh Mayor Nancy McFarlane. Showcasing amazing local products, services, and artists is the foundation for Oak City 7, all the while providing the public with a comfortable and enjoyable free concert setting.
"We have some of most talented musicians and bands in the world right here in the Triangle," says Oak City 7 spokesperson Dave Rose. "Oak City 7 will feature the best of this amazing local talent pool."
The full line-up of artists performing will be announced on April 30, 2012 at OakCity7.com.
OC7's inaugural season line-up:
May 31, 2012 - Tres Chicas, Antique Firearms, Saints Apollo
June 14, 2012 - Katharine Whalen & Her Fascinators (formerly of Squirrel Nut Zippers), The Balsa Gliders, Nick Autry
June 28, 2012 - I Was Totally Destroying It , Dark Water Rising , T.B.A.
July 12, 2012 - T.B.A., Chris Hendricks Band, The Broadcast
July 26, 2012 - The Annuals, T.B.A., LiLa
August 9, 2012 - Hobex, Jack The Radio, T.B.A.
August 23, 2012 - Big Daddy Love, Debonzo Brothers, Paleface
Sponsors include: RA Jeffreys, Big Boss Brewery, Triangle Brewing Company, Carolina Brewery, LoneRider Brewing Company, Sweet Water Brewing Company, Brooklyn Brewing Company, Aviator Brewing Company, Starr Hill, Kona Brewing Company, Red Hook, Got to Be NC Agriculture, Pepsi, Red Hat, Johnson Lexus, Cheerwine, Stewart Engineering, Hardin Construction, Brooks Pierce Law Firm, and LGBT Center of Raleigh
For more information visit OakCity7.com