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By: Cindy Faulkner
Raleigh's own "Beer & Banjos" has a new home and a new feel that exudes a kicked-back, fun, relaxing evening downtown. It really doesn't matter if you're getting together with a group of your friends, or come alone on a whim for some listening pleasure! Just get down to
Raleigh Times Bar, at 14 E. Hargett St., downtown Raleigh, on Tuesday nights at 7:30 pm!
Raleigh Times is where Beer & Banjos is now happening (formerly at Tir Na Nog, God rest its soul). Beer & Banjos was started in 2014 by Craig Reed of Younger Brother Productions, after he became involved with IBMA (International Bluegrass Music Association) when the city of Raleigh began hosting the annual Wide Open Bluegrass event. As Craig Reed explains, Beer & Banjos is just good music, good beer, good food, and good people.
Beer & Banjos is free each week and offers a variety of bluegrass, roots, Americana, and folk music. Local banjo pro Hank Smith, along with Hiroshi Arakawa, a visiting student from Japan, are hosts for the show each Tuesday. Hank and Hiroshi warm things up with their own banjo renderings before the main performers of the evening come onstage. Hank currently performs with Hank, Pattie & the Current, and his past projects have included the Kickin' Grass band, Hank and Lindsey, and Blu Bop (a Bela Fleck tribute). He is also the author of Leaving Auburndale.