NC State LIVE@the Lot

LIVE@the Lot logo with photo of Rissi Palmer by Jimmy Bruch

A Drive-in Concert Featuring Rissi Palmer
Friday, October 23, 2020

GATES & FOOD TRUCKS at 5:30pm | CONCERT at 6:30pm


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

RAIN DATE: In the case of inclement weather, LIVE@the Lot will be rescheduled to Saturday, October 24 with gates opening at 5:30pm.

About NC State LIVE@the Lot

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

Join us for a drive-in concert experience on Centennial Campus, overlooking Raleigh’s picturesque autumn trees and city skyline. There will be selection of the Triangle’s best food trucks on the Lot open for digital ordering. Food trucks will make deliveries directly to your car while the sweet sounds of Rissi Palmer’s live concert are broadcast to your car’s radio.

This event is at capacity. Click here to sign up for the waitlist.


Learn all about our safety precautions, what to bring, and more by reading our Frequently Asked Questions page. Note: 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 their cars. Face coverings will be required when walking to and from the restrooms. Read more about the event guidelines on our FAQ page.

About Rissi Palmer

Rissi Palmer’s gift lies in reaching across boundaries. She is at home in R&B but made her mark in country, bringing the entire spectrum of popular music to bear on music she calls “Southern Soul.”

The daughter of Georgia natives, Rissi was born near Pittsburgh and spent her adolescent years in Missouri. Raised in a musical family that loved both country and R&B, she sang in a singing and dancing troupe sponsored by a local television station at 16. She was offered her first publishing and label deals at 19, and in 2007 released the album Rissi Palmer, charting with the singles, “Country Girl,” “Hold On To Me,” and “No Air.” She followed with a Christmas single, an independently released children’s album, Best Day Ever, and an EP called The Back Porch Sessions. Her most recent release, Revival, has been critically hailed as her most personal and uplifting work yet. 

Rissi has performed at The White House, Lincoln Center, and the Grand Ole Opry, has appeared on Oprah & Friends, CNN, the CBS Early Show, and the Tavis Smiley Show. She has shared stages with Taylor Swift, The Eagles, Chris Young, and Charley Crockett, and she has been featured in Rolling Stone, The Wall Street Journal, People, Parade, Ebony, Newsweek, and The Huffington Post.

Rissi can now be heard bi-weekly on Sunday afternoons on her Apple Music Country radio show, Color Me Country Radio w/ Rissi Palmer. On the show, the singer-songwriter brings to the forefront the Black, Indigenous, and Latinx histories of country music that for too long have lived outside the spotlight and off mainstream airwaves. Listen in as Rissi has riveting, funny, and necessary conversations with country music’s most vital and underrepresented voices.

Food Trucks

BulkogiPoblanos Tacos, and Magnificent Concessions will have food trucks on site offering delivery service to your vehicle. Food trucks will only be offering delivery service. Audience members can order and purchase food from your phones on the night of the event via the Street Food Finder app. Food truck staff will deliver your food directly to your car!

Our Supporters

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

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