Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Raleigh Celebrates America with The 'Works Event

Thousands of people from around the Triangle will gather to celebrate America with local brew, great eats, contests, music and fireworks.  Join in on the fun at City Plaza and Fayetteville Street; the party starts at noon and will last until about midnight. 

Of course for us at The Triangle Beat, music is the most important part of any celebration, so let's check out the details on the music scene. There will be three stages covering music from every genre:

Red Hat Amphitheater
      5:00 Doors Open
      5:30 – 6:30  Matt Phillips and The Philharmonic  (Blues/Folk)
      7:15 – 8:30  US Army Ground Forces Band – Loose Cannons (Bluegrass)
      9:50 – 11:00 Toubab Krewe (Headliner – World)

Morgan Street Stage
      1:00 – 1:45 Slinger Francisco (Indie Rock)
      2:15 – 3:00 Youma (Indie Hard Rock/Hip Hop)       
      3:30 – 4:15 Apples and Airplanes (High Energy Alternative)
      4:45 – 5:30 Nuclear Honey (Indie Jam)     
      6:00 – 6:45 Monika Jaymes (Female Rock)
      7:15 – 8:00 Milagro Saints (Poetic Roots Rock Americana)      
      8:30 – 9:15 Outside Soul (New Funk)
10:00 – 11:00 Young Cardinals (Grunge Rock)

City Plaza Stage
      12:00 – 1:00 Clockwork Kids (Neo-Psychedelic Rock)
      1:30 – 2:15 Ed Stephenson (Nuevo Flamenco)      
      2:45 – 3:30 Acoustic Manner (Up Beat Bluegrass)
      4:00 – 4:45 Amanda Daughtry (Country Pop)      
      5:15 – 6:00 Archbishops of Blount St (Ska/Pop)
      6:30 – 7:15 Four Founders (Easy Listening across Multiple Genres)       
      7:45 – 8:45 Crucial Fiya (Reggae)
      9:15 – 11:00 Kaira Ba (Headliner – World)

If music isn't the highlight of your life like it is ours, no worries, there are plenty of other things to keep you entertained.  Let's talk food.  Several food trucks will be on hand, ready to serve up delicious treats from sweet,  to exotic,  to good ol' American.  Raleigh's favorite spots such as The Oxford, Busy Bee, and Raleigh Times will also be serving food, tailgating games, and live music.  

If it's competition that you crave, downtown Raleigh has you covered.  Show your talents in any of the food-eating contests; choose from watermelon seed spitting, ice cream eating from Lumpy's, and the hotdog challenge. Also, see performances by Gouge wrestlers and King's BMX bike stunt performers.

Fireworks will be presented in two different locations:  Red Hat Amphitheater will have a 9:30 display as well as the south end of Fayetteville Street in front of the Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts. 

Just like the beer and wine provided in the beverage tent, the festivities flow endlessly.  Check out the full list of events and map here

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