The ‘City of Oaks’ again plays host to annual pilgrimage for fans of American Aquarium next weekend, January 24-25.
Fans of the North Carolina based American Aquarium have become familiar with the late January trip to the state’s capital and annual roadtrip orchestrated by front man B.J. Barham. Inviting talented artists from other parts of the country, to those right here in our own backyard, Barham meticulously pieces together a solid lineup for the ‘Roadtrip to Raleigh’, now in its sixth year.
Initially gaining notoriety around the Carolinas with a tireless touring schedule, Barham continues working hard to connect with his fans and it is this persistence that has expanded their fan base and led to national tours with sell outs in tow. From humble beginnings the band now regularly visits Texas and has repeatedly played festivals like Mile 0 Fest in Key West (Florida), Music Fest in Steamboat (Colorado) and Medicine Stone (Oklahoma), in addition to traveling across the pond for European tours over the past few years – but none compare to seeing Barham perform on his home turf.
In years past, fans have traveled from all over the United States and even the world to experience these unique back-to-back American Aquarium performances, see others on each bill and take in the hometown sights often referred to by Barham in his lyrics. Once in Raleigh you can, hear “the church bells ringing down at old St. Mary’s” and experience “landlocked nights down at Slim’s” all on your own.
As always, Barham has mapped out the cities finest restaurants, coffee shops and other entertaining establishments (available here), in addition to a new after party each night at Slim’s, return of the ‘Tough Folks’ craft beer and custom tattoo specials.
The full 2020 lineup features, Mike and the Moonpies and Futurebirds on Friday night with Kelsey Waldon and Charley Crockett scheduled to perform Saturday – all ahead of American Aquarium who closes the show both nights. Late night, enjoy The Monologue Bombs (FRI) and Jaime Wyatt (SAT) over at Slim’s.
Mike and the Moonpies (Friday 1/24)
Futurebirds (Friday 1/24)
Kelsey Waldon (Saturday 1/25)
Charley Crockett (Saturday 1/25)
American Aquarium (Friday 1/24 and Saturday 1/25)