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NC State LIVE @ Centennial – Spring 2021

A Series of Drive-In Concerts Celebrating NC Musicians
APR 8 | APR 22 | MAY 6 | MAY 20

CONCERTS at 6:30pm

Student Gate Pass: $5
Public / Faculty / Staff Gate Pass: $10

Gate Passes will only be available online until 4pm on the day of each concert.

LOCATION: Spring Hill Park and Ride Lot, 698 Barbour Drive, Raleigh NC 27603.

NC State LIVE and Visit Centennial have become known for their vibrant LIVE@Lake Raleigh sunset concerts featuring some of North Carolina’s most exhilarating musicians. We’ve kept the sunset and the musicians, but found a new location to keep everyone safe!

Join us for NC State LIVE@Centennial (formerly NC State LIVE@the Lot), a drive-in concert series on Centennial Campus, overlooking Raleigh’s picturesque combo of trees and city skyline. At each concert, there will be a unique selection of the Triangle’s best food trucks on site open for digital ordering. Food trucks will make deliveries directly to your car. See more details and safety protocols for the events in our FAQs.

SPRING 2021 Line Up

Lizzy Ross and Omar Ruiz-Lopez from the band Violet Bell stand looking at each other while playing the violin and guitar. The background is a wall of flowers.


blending pop sensibilities with folk traditions

singer Charly Lowry sings into a microphone. She stands in light in colorful beaded jewelry in front of dark background.


spiritual soul with Lumbee/Tuscarora roots

Four members of Jack the Radio stand, looking content and focused on viewer


Raleigh-born rock and Americana

Caique Vidal dressed all in white with white electric guitar jumps with joy

May 20

High-energy Afro-Brazilian grooves


Learn all about our safety precautions, what to bring, and more by reading our Frequently Asked Questions page. We will be following all University and government guidelines regarding COVID-19. Audience members will experience the concert and food truck delivery while remaining in (or on) their vehicles. In keeping with NC State’s community standards, effective May 1, 2021 face coverings are not required in outside areas, but they are highly encouraged. Read more about the event guidelines on our FAQ page.

Rain Dates

Our concerts can proceed in light rain, but will be rescheduled if weather forecast is severe. The rain dates are scheduled as follows: Violet Bell on April 15, Charly Lowry on April 23, Jack the Radio on May 7, and Caique Vidal & Batuque on May 21 with gates opening at 5:30pm and the concerts at 6:30pm. We will let Gate Pass holders know via email and on the website if the concert is going to be moved to the rain date.

About the Bands

  • Violet Bell – Lizzy Ross (guitar/banjo/vocals) and Omar Ruiz-Lopez (cello, violin, guitar, mandolin,vocals) blend pop sensibilities with classical chops and folk traditions. “In a crowded field of Americana artists who claim influence from disparate genres…. Violet Bell truly pushes against the limitations and expectations of genres and genders…Ross’s soulful vocal gymnastics sound downright wild… defying stylistic bounds.” -Indyweek
  • Charly Lowry – A musical powerhouse from Pembroke, NC, Charly is proud to be an Indigenous woman belonging to the Lumbee/Tuscarora Tribes. Among her community, Native women are traditionally barred from the hand-drum, singing behind the men’s drum and/or dancing instead.  Lowry defies that norm, following in the footsteps of her mentor Pura Fé. Robeson County, her home, is one of the most diverse counties in the U.S., and Charly celebrates that diversity in all aspects of her life. While she may be familiar to some from her success as a semi-finalist on American Idol, she has maintained close ties to her Native American roots and culture. It is important to her to express the struggle, sacrifice, and obstacles her people have overcome throughout history. She serves as a voice for her ancestors, as well as the youth of today, and remains committed to music that honors roots but lives vibrantly in the here and now. 
  • Jack the Radio – Raleigh, North Carolina roots-rockers Jack the Radio blend rock and blues sensibility with Americana, folk, and country to create a tapestry of swampy southern-tinged sounds on their latest album release, Creatures.  All of the songs on the album were written by singer George Hage with a common thread that weaves its way through telling us to stand strong as we ride out the highs and lows of what life throws at us. Over the years, Jack The Radio has shared the stage with The Avett Brothers, Robert Randolph and the Family Band, George Thorogood, Cold War Kids, Rayland Baxter, and American Aquarium to name a few. Their music has been featured in countless commercial, film, and TV projects including Modern Family, Boardwalk Empire, Graceland, Beverly Hills 90210 as well as in sports programming for NASCAR, NFL, PGA among others.
  • Caique Vidal and Batuque – This Afro-Brazilian band brings pure energy and riveting dance grooves to the stage. “Batuque” (pronounced ba-TOO-kee) means to drum. The band delivers an explosive performance integrating the sounds of Afro-Brazilian percussion with keyboards, bass, guitar and horns to produce an innovative version of samba, reggae, salsa, bachata, pop, rock and Bossa Nova. Caique Vidal and Batuque just released their debut EP titled TYSM (Thank You So Much). TYSM exemplifies the diversity of rhythms and genres performed by the band during their live shows. Caique Vidal and Batuque have performed in music festivals and universities across the nation providing an insight to Afro-Brazilian music and culture.

Feed the Pack

If you’ve been to a LIVE@Lake Raleigh concert in the past, you are familiar with the red Feed the Pack food donation bins. Feed the Pack is a community-based food pantry to combat the food insecurity experienced by members of the Wolfpack family. Since this is a drive-in event, we are encouraging all guests to help support Feed the Pack by making a donation. Support Feed the Pack here.

Our Supporters

It takes a village. NC State LIVE and Visit Centennial would like to thank our supporters who help to make NC State LIVE@Centennial possible: Eastman, Arts NC State and 88.1 WKNC.

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