Barefoot Movement to Play First Night Raleigh 2015

Barefoot Movement

If you were in downtown Raleigh for IBMA’s Wide Open Bluegrass this past weekend, you may have caught wind of an awesome new band that was rocking out on the Martin Street Stage: The Barefoot Movement.

Called “one of the most promising bands on the bluegrass scene” by CMT, this Nashville-based band will be helping out with this year’s Early Countdown at First Night Raleigh. The four-piece acoustic bluegrass band takes us through emotional depth with ballads and “rip-roaring barn-burners.”

Each of the four talents crowds around a single microphone for an authentic feel with singer-songwriter (and fiddler) Noah Wall (of Oxford, N.C.), mandolinist Tommy Norris, upright bassist Hasee Ciaccio and guitarist/vocalist Alex Conerly.

Join the “movement” in downtown Raleigh on New Year’s Eve with us!

Check out one of our favorite numbers here – “Second Time Around”

PopUp Chorus at First Night Raleigh 2015

PopUp Chrous

Our program director hasn’t been able to stop talking to anyone who walks in the office about how “COOL” these guys are. Without auditions, a large group of people (really, ANYONE) meet in Durham each week and enjoy singing. From M.I.A.’s “Paper Planes” to Outkast’s “Hey Ya” to Duran Duran’s “Hungry Like the Wolf,” each session is recorded and posted on the PopUp Chorus YouTube Channel. These videos go viral across the globe and you’ll see why!

PopUp Chrous will be out and about in the streets of downtown Raleigh on New Year’s Eve. Keep an eye on our social media channels as we’ll be joining the PopUp Chorus ourselves to see what it’s really like being thrown into the fun!

Check out more on the PopUp Chorus Facebook Page

Here is one of our favorite performances below. Enjoy!

Raleigh Natives The Love Language to Play First Night Raleigh 2015

Love Language

We couldn’t be more thrilled to announce that favorite local band The Love Language will be joining us for First Night Raleigh 2015! Led by frontman Stuart McLamb, the band features over 20 musicians who rotate and “never fail to impress.” McLamb has made the band an institution of “an extroverted community art project made by responsible citizens of a loosely packed scene who know that he will match whatever they contribute.”

We’re taking it back a few years to one of our favorite songs “Hear to Tell” in the video here. Can’t wait to see them take the stage in December!

The Love Language’s most recent album, Ruby Red, released just last summer is available for purchase or listening on their web site below.

For more information, check out their web site at The Love Language.

Fortunate Ones Confirmed for First Night Raleigh 2015

Fortunate Ones

We are so excited to announce our first confirmed band for First Night® Raleigh! All the way from the small town of Corner Brook, Newfoundland, comes an acoustic folk/pop duo, Fortunate Ones, consisting of Andrew James O’Brien and Catherine Allan. In 2011, O’Brien released his first single album, “Songs for Searches.” The album earned him three MusicNL awards including Male Artist of the Year, as well as a spot opening for Great Big Sea. O’Brien and Allan crossed paths while O’Brien played in a band with Allan’s brother. Allan was hanging out with the band one night and jumped into a song and things took off from there.

Now, the previous artistic relationship has blossomed into an off-stage romance, making their music and performances even more intimate and special. The harmony between O’Brien and Allan is undeniable and is present in every song. Fortunate Ones just released a new song and video, “Carry On,” and are hoping to release their debut album later this year. We look forward to seeing Fortunate Ones at Early Countdown in December!