We are beyond honored to be a part of the Grassroots Grand Opening of the Raleigh Downtown Amphitheater featuring The Connells! I (James) was there when the Connells helped open what was then Walnut Creek Ampthitheatre in 1991. Hell, I was there when the Connells played a Harvey Gantt fundraiser in Winston Salem in 1989. And nineteen other Connells shows! Now we get to make some history ourselves as we join Willard McGee, The Small Ponds, Sleep Control, Old Avenue, and Mosadi Music for the Grand Opening of the venue!
There has been a lot of debate over the sponsorship of this place, over its looks, costs, and just about everything else. There are somewhat varying perspectives within our band as well. We agree in that we hope it does well, and to us that means that hopefully it will be friendly to local bands and promoters, offer music fans an aesthetically pleasing and affordable evening on the town, and prove to national touring acts that the Triangle is a MUST STOP area. The degree to which any of that rings true is up to the operators, bookers, and crowds. So we hope you come out and help open this place up.
We will do our best to test the structural integrity of the stage and sound system if you do your best to scream and dance till they can feel it inside the convention center! Here is a video with John, Rachel, and Curt from WRAL!