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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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April 2020

An Evening with Earleine (full band)

April 4 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Sugar Magnolia Café, 219 South White Street
Wake Forest, NC 27587 United States
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Earleine performing outdoors

Born in Clarksville, Tennessee, just 40 miles outside of Nashville, Earleine grew up immersed in musical culture. At 18 she picked up the guitar, and soon began writing her own songs. Earleine made her way to the Blue Ridge mountains…

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An Evening with the Black Feathers

April 10 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Sugar Magnolia Café, 219 South White Street
Wake Forest, NC 27587 United States
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The Black Feathers cross the Atlantic from the U.K. to make their second Wake Forest Listening Room appearance! ABOUT The ability to write songs that are both modern and ancient is a rare thing. The product of an arcane art…

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May 2020

An Evening with The Roman Spring

May 1 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Sugar Magnolia Café, 219 South White Street
Wake Forest, NC 27587 United States
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The Roman Spring performing

The Roman Spring is a Triangle, NC based five piece, concocting dreamy, Americana tinged pop: think Band of Horses meets R.E.M., with a dash of Ryan Adams. After the demise of his rock outfit Colourslide, singer/songwriter Alex Lawhon decided to…

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An Evening with Abigail Dowd, Jason Duff and Rebekah Todd

May 8 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Sugar Magnolia Café, 219 South White Street
Wake Forest, NC 27587 United States
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Abigail Dowd Jason Duff Rebekah Todd promo shot

Stories... the ones we tell ourselves, the ones we tell others... the ones we make up, the ones we live through... all these stories are our past and our present, our hopes and our fears, our sins and our salvation.…

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Toney Rocks & the Rejects

May 9 @ 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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“Listening to Toney Rocks is like driving down a long desert highway”. After two years on the scene, Toney Rocks suddenly left Las Vegas for a round-the-clock commitment to the road. "For years I really tried to have the best…

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James Renner: “Confessions of a True Crime Addict”

May 22 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Sugar Magnolia Café, 219 South White Street
Wake Forest, NC 27587 United States
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$20
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Join us for an evening of standup comedy and frightening stories about our obsession with crime - and James' interesting adventures as a true crime journalist. James is a nationally-known author and frequent guest on true crime podcasts as well…

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June 2020

An Evening with Aaron Burdett (Trio show)

June 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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The Wake Forest Listening Room and Sugar Magnolia Cafe are thrilled to bring Aaron Burdett back for a third time! Aaron was just listed as one of the most important Western NC musicians by WNC Magazine, along with Doc Watson,…

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July 2020

An Evening with John Whelan

July 18 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Sugar Magnolia Café, 219 South White Street
Wake Forest, NC 27587 United States
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$18
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Seven-time all-Ireland champion John Whelan is one of the world’s best living Irish button accordion players. John was raised in the vibrant London Irish music scene of the 1970s, and learned his craft from such legends as Lucy Farr, Roger…

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