Raleigh Amphitheatre News

Photo: Travis Long - News & Observer

There is some news on the new Raleigh Amphitheatre. First, it is not called the Raleigh Boutique Amphitheatre; apparently that was Live Nation’s doing. For now, it’s just called the Raleigh Amphitheatre, but like clockwork, now the bidding is open for who is going to sponsor the naming of the venue. However, it looks like Anheuser-Busch will get the rights for the “Bud Light Amphitheatre” with the only current bid. This will require plenty of money ($1.5M for 5 years) and an exemption from NC state law that prohibits companies in the alcohol industry to sponsor a retail establishment.

This is troubling in that if and when it does become the Bud Light Amphitheatre, this may preclude the venue from serving local NC brews and just serving up Bud and Bud Light. There is a Facebook Group supporting local beer at the venue.

And now for some good news: Backstreet Boys will NOT be the first band to play at the venue! The Raleigh Amphitheatre’s Grassroots Grand Opening Celebration will be on June 4th with several local acts headlined by Raleigh’s The Connells. AND IT’S FREE!!!

Continue reading for more details on the Grand Opening, Beer Selection, more pics, and the full schedule so far.

The Raleigh Convention Center and Deep South Entertainment present: Raleigh Amphitheatre’s Grassroots Grand Opening: Celebrating the past, present, and future of Raleigh music. Featuring performances from some of North Carolina’s premier acts:
The Connells
I Was Totally Destroying It
Mosadi Music
Old Avenue
Sleep Control
The Small Ponds
Th’ Bullfrog Willard McGee

New Raleigh has posted the following about the beer selection:

In addition to great vending options to be announced soon, the amphitheater is aiming to have the following beers on tap. This list is subject to change, but there’ll be a great beer list regardless! Lonerider Shot Gun Betty, Sweetwater 420, Triangle Belgian White, Shock Top, Land Shark, Killa Man Irish, Triangle Golden, Longhammer, Whidmer, Big Boss Bad Penny, Blue Moon, Bud, Bud Light, Beach Bum, Magic Hat!

Full Lineup so far:

Fri 06/04 – Grassroots Grand Opening ft. The Connells
Sun 06/06 – Backstreet Boys
Fri 07/23 – Paramore, Tegan & Sara, New Found Glory
Sun 07/25 – Shinedown, Puddle of Mudd, Chevelle, Sevendust, 10 Years
Wed 07/28 – The Slightly Stoopid Legalize It Tour featuring Cypress Hill and Collie Buddz
Mon 08/09 – Switchfoot, Goo Goo Dolls
Tue 08/10 – OAR, Citizen Cope
Fri 08/13 – Umphrey’s McGee, Rebelution
Sat 08/14 – Heart
Wed 08/25 – Sound Tribe Sector 9
Fri 09/17 – The Black Crowes

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~ by johnnyjay on May 21, 2010.

One Response to “Raleigh Amphitheatre News”

  1. What time does the June 4th music start?

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