East Carolina Is Full of Talent!
In our 16-year history of hosting live music at RAF, one thing has become abundantly clear: lots of talent resides around here, and there’s a whole lot more out on the road looking for a place where an audience will appreciate what they play.
In the process, a number of nationally touring acts have stopped by, and we’ve attracted a fair number of performers from other parts of the world.
Trying to categorize these performers in a meaningful way was difficult, but what we landed on is a breakdown of who’s played RAF that’s organized primarily by place of origin: regional, for example, means simply they’re from here–eastern and piedmont NC primarily– not that many of our best haven’t earned their own national and international reputations and audiences.
Lots of challenges: Alice Gerrard lives in Durham, close enough to be regional to us, but she had a national and international reputation before she moved to Durham, so she’s listed as a national act. Lightnin’ Wells, on the other hand, grew up in Goldsboro, like the Malpass Brothers; they’ve all built national and international reputations but because they started out here, we’ve listed them as regional acts.
We’re still building the descriptive pages associated with these performers and are glad for additions, corrections, or updates, especially documentary evidence on any of these performers and/or the dates they played RAF: firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you’re an act who played here but don’t find yourself listed, please know it’s not an intentional omission. (Letting us know performance date(s) is especially helpful.) The list of acts has been compiled using data that’s also reflected in our calendar of events, which can be searched back to our opening in November 2014, with most of our performances indicated and many of them described, often with detail from our publicity at the time of the performance. Some holes remain in the calendar of events, also.