Update 7/7/2015: This event has been cancelled due to the extreme weather foretasted for tonight
There is some great music to be heard this week in Raleigh. The Johnny Folsom 4 (Johnny Cash Tribute Band) is scheduled to perform this Thursday at the Oak City 7 concert series and I’m pretty stoked about it. If you’ve never been to one of the shows at Oak City 7 here’s what you need to know. Oak City 7 is a FREE summer concert series located in City Plaza (at the end of Fayetteville Street) in downtown Raleigh. Admission is free to the public and the events take place from 5:00pm to 10:30pm
(rain or shine) every other Thursday, from Memorial Day through Labor Day.
Photo Courtesy Johnny Folsom 4
There are typically 3-4 bands with openers starting around 6pm and the headlining act at 9pm. Local craft beer is available for purchase and there are usually several great local food trucks. The event is pet friendly (dogs must be on a leash). You can bring a chair to relax, but there is also plenty of room for dancing.
Oak City Seven Music Lineup for July 23rd
Johnny Folsom 4 9:00pm
Megan Doss Band 7:45pm
Windsor Oaks Band 6:15pm
Food Trucks – July 23rd
Bam Pow Chow
Bulkogi Korean BBQ
CJ’s Street Food
The Humble Pig
Sweet Water Ices
Tar Heel Creamery
If you can’t make it this week you have two more chances to catch the Oak City 7 series with shows on August 6th (Country Tribute) and August 20th (Jimmy Buffet Tribute). To learn more about this convert series visit the event website or follow them on facebook and twitter.
R-Line Pulling up to stop on Peace Street at Seaboard Station
I’ll admit it. Raleigh doens’t have the best public transportation, but the addition of the R-Line in early 2009 is baby step in the right direction. In case you don’t know about it, here is the deal. The R-LINE, dubbed an eco-friendly approach to urban transportation, is a FREE circulator service that features hybrid electric buses that connects you to restaurants, retail, entertainment venues, museums, hotels, and parking facilities in downtown Raleigh.
The R-Line stop in front of the new Raleigh Convention Center
The buses run every 10-15 minutes on a continuous loop around downtowns busiest spots. Including places like Seaboard Station, Glenwood Avenue, City Plaza, and Wilmington Street. Stops are conveniently spread out along the loop and you can use your smart phone to check out exactly where the bus is to gauge how long you have before heading to the stop closest to you.
One of my favorite things to do when I am going to an event downtown is to park my car up by Seaboard Station (near Peace Street) where parking is free and plentiful and take the R-Line to destinations along Glenwood Avenue and downtown City-Plaza. This allows me to take in the scenes of downtown and avoid paying for parking. For people who get frazzled looking for parking the R-Line takes a lot of the stress out of visitng downtown.
If you are going to the first Oak City 7 Concert this Thursday night in City Plaza give the R-Line a try and let me know what you think!
R-Line Hours of Operation
Mon-Wed (7 am-11 pm)
Thurs-Sat (7 am-2:15 am)
Sun (1 pm-8 pm)
To view the R-Line route map or check out its real-time location visit the R-Line website: http://www.godowntownraleigh.com/get-around/r-line