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The Triangle’s only true listening room setting for local, regional and national musicians.

Our lower level features a live music venue, Magnolia Roots, where shows in the Wake Forest Listening Room series are presented. On weekend nights, you’ll hear original blues, bluegrass, rock, folk, singer/songwriter, Americana, jazz, world music and more. All in a setting where musicians can actually be heard and appreciated, without having to compete with TVs, conversations or other distractions. Come join us, slow down from the the world and really get into the music.
 

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February 2020

An Evening with Anya Hinkle and Tellico

February 28 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Sugar Magnolia Café, 219 South White Street
Wake Forest, NC 27587 United States
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$12
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With vivid storytelling, vibrant musicianship and arresting honesty, Anya Hinkle & Tellico explore the beauty of songcraft through the lens of the Appalachian stringband tradition. Tellico features the singing and songwriting of Anya Hinkle, originally from the mountains of Virginia,…

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An Evening with Poinsettia

February 29 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Sugar Magnolia Café, 219 South White Street
Wake Forest, NC 27587 United States
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"The endearingly ramshackle riff rock of Raleigh's Poinsettia vacillates between the tongue-in-cheek slacker blues of "Motel Room" to the supercharged Archers-like nineties indie of "Necklace Vial", all rendered with the ebullient, off-the-cuff charm of the best sort of low-stakes enterprise.”…

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March 2020

Sunday Sessions with Fallow Ground

March 1 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Sugar Magnolia Café, 219 South White Street
Wake Forest, NC 27587 United States
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It’s an exhilarating feeling finding a new band or artist on SoundCloud to connect with. I could see Fallow Ground being of these ‘finds’ for many. They came to me with a plan to play together, live, and uncut. It’s…

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An Evening with Bill and the Belles

March 6 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Sugar Magnolia Café, 219 South White Street
Wake Forest, NC 27587 United States
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“Bill and the Belles showcase with their debut album, DreamSongs, Etc., what may be the most innovative modern interpretation of vintage roots music.” — No Depression “ is committed to helping early country music remain appreciated – not just replicated.”…

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An Evening with Jonathan Parker

March 7 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Sugar Magnolia Café, 219 South White Street
Wake Forest, NC 27587 United States
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$10
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Jonathan Parker is an American, no apologies, country music artist from the moonshining swamps of Johnston County, North Carolina!

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An Evening with Momma Molasses

March 13 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Sugar Magnolia Café, 219 South White Street
Wake Forest, NC 27587 United States
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Momma Molasses album cover

"Sweeter than honey, Momma Molasses sings like a quilt comforts." — Tom Netherland, Bristol Hearold Courier "Superbly haunting, a poignant anthems to loneliness, heartbreak, hope and the wistful intracacies of life's twists." — David Namerow "There is power in simplicity,…

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An Evening with Sarah Siskind

March 14 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Sugar Magnolia Café, 219 South White Street
Wake Forest, NC 27587 United States
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$12
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Sarah Siskind is one of today's most respected and covered songwriters as well as a stand-out independent artist. Armed with a striking vocal style and solid guitar and piano work, she has toured with Bonnie Raitt, Paul Brady, Grammy winner…

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An Evening with Alexa Rose

March 19 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Sugar Magnolia Café, 219 South White Street
Wake Forest, NC 27587 United States
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$12
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Alexa Rose was born in the Alleghany Highlands of western Virginia, raised in the tiny railroad town of Clifton Forge. Though no one her immediate family played or sang, she inherited a deep musical legacy. “Growing up I would hear…

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Songwriter Showcase: Emily Stewart, Florence Dore, and Chet Nichols

March 20 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Sugar Magnolia Café, 219 South White Street
Wake Forest, NC 27587 United States
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Songwriter Showcase performers

Three phenomenal North Carolina singer/songwriters grace the stage of Magnolia Roots on Friday night, March 20. $10 suggested donation - 100% to the artists. Presented by The Wake Forest Listening Room. CHET NICHOLS Chet Nichols is an Americana/roots singer-songwriter from…

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An Evening with Whiskey Foxtrot

March 21 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Sugar Magnolia Café, 219 South White Street
Wake Forest, NC 27587 United States
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$12
Whiskey Foxtrot playing live

Whiskey Foxtrot is an Americana band from Winston-Salem, NC founded by Seth Williams and Sam Foster in 2017. Both Seth and Sam had been performing as solo artists for several years around North Carolina, and on various occasions would perform…

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Sunday Sessions with Kyle Petty

March 22 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Sugar Magnolia Café, 219 South White Street
Wake Forest, NC 27587 United States
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$15
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Kyle Petty is a former race car driver turned racing analyst who has always carried a passion for music. A traveling preacher at the racetrack gave Petty his very first guitar at age 12. Petty soon began writing his own…

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An Evening with Laura Rabell

March 27 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Sugar Magnolia Café, 219 South White Street
Wake Forest, NC 27587 United States
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$10
Laura Rabell performing

Music has always been an innate catalyst for Laura Rabell. From singing at the top of her lungs in her ’96 Chevy Cavalier to the first time she recorded at Blackbird Studios, Rabell knew that music was meant to be…

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