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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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December 2019

The Backsliders – NC Americana Heroes in a Rare Live Show

December 6 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Sugar Magnolia Café, 219 South White Street
Wake Forest, NC 27587 United States
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$12
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The Backsliders came to be in 1992 when Steve Howell and Chip Robinson began playing as a guitar-mandolin duet in Raleigh, NC. They soon found themselves wanting to amp up their sound in the spirit of the Flying Burrito Brothers…

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Sunday Sessions with Leah Kaufman, Penne Sandbeck, Isabel Taylor, and Karyn Oliver

December 8 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Sugar Magnolia Café, 219 South White Street
Wake Forest, NC 27587 United States
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Four gifted singer-songwriters, each with a unique style and perspective. They are also tied together by their love for songwriting and performing and their 2018/2019 recordings projects produced by 2019 International Blues Challenge winner Jon Shain and recorded at Chapel…

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Julian Davis & The Situation

December 12 @ 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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Rising Mandolin Superstar of Bluegrass and “Newgrass.” Julian Davis is a traveling musician, plying his trade through guitar and mandolin on the roads of this country. Since 2016 he has been proving that Bluegrass isn’t only an old man’s game,…

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An Evening with Mac & Juice

December 13 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Sugar Magnolia Café, 219 South White Street
Wake Forest, NC 27587 United States
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For nearly two decades, Mac & Juice have continued to make tremendous evolutionary strides from their days as a dynamic acoustic duo. Now performing as a full band, their vast stylistic range is seamlessly translated into every original song. The…

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An Evening with Mel Melton & The Wicked Mojos

December 14 @ 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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Smokin' Zydeco/Cajun flavored blues. reverbnation.com/melmeltonthewickedmojos

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Lowland Hum: Songs for Christmas Time

December 15 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Sugar Magnolia Café, 219 South White Street
Wake Forest, NC 27587 United States
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$15
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The band’s 2017 holiday collection (appropriately titled Songs for Christmas Time), resonated powerfully with fans and critics alike, achieving one of the highest ratings from the LA Times and making the Huffington Post top-five Christmas albums of the year. lowlandhum.com

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An Evening with the Chatham Rabbits

December 20 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Sugar Magnolia Café, 219 South White Street
Wake Forest, NC 27587 United States
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$15
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“Their music is as mesmerizing as it is earnest, but a hard-earned matter-of-factness, and sometimes even a darkness, creeps in around the edges of the harmonies.” — STAR NEWS- WILMINGTON, NC chathamrabbits.com

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An Evening with Wes Collins & Friends

December 21 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Sugar Magnolia Café, 219 South White Street
Wake Forest, NC 27587 United States
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Wes Collins playing in a studio

“His skill with the guitar makes the most of his imaginative arrangements and nuanced control of cadence and phrasing, underscoring the subtlety and bite of his lyrics. He credits many other singer/songwriters in his musical tent as inspiration, including Neil…

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Stuart McLamb (The Love Language) with Special Guest Reese McHenry

December 22 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Sugar Magnolia Café, 219 South White Street
Wake Forest, NC 27587 United States
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$12
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Front man of The Love Language in a rare solo show with Reese McHenry.

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January 2020

An Evening with Stray Local

January 5, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Sugar Magnolia Café, 219 South White Street
Wake Forest, NC 27587 United States
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Husband-and-wife songwriting duo of Hannah and Jamie Rowen, based in Wilmington, North Carolina. Indie rock/folk/pop. straylocal.com

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An Evening with the Gina Furtado Project

January 10, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Sugar Magnolia Café, 219 South White Street
Wake Forest, NC 27587 United States
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Award-winning fiddler. Her album, “True Colors,” was released in September 2017 and debuted at #13 on Bluegrass Billboard charts, and had two #1 songs on Bluegrass Today charts! ginaclowesbanjo.com

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An Evening with Rod Abernethy

January 11, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Sugar Magnolia Café, 219 South White Street
Wake Forest, NC 27587 United States
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$12
Rod Abernethy performing

Rod Abernethy’s new double album “The Man I’m Supposed To Be” has currently reached #9 on Folk Alliance International’s Folk DJ chart. He is an authentic southern folk troubadour, master acoustic guitarist and award-winning soundtrack composer for film, TV and…

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