LIVE @ Lake Raleigh

Location: On the shore of Lake Raleigh, at the corner of Main Campus Drive & Campus Shores Drive.


About LIVE @ Lake Raleigh

Show of hands. You’re probably aware that Centennial Campus grows and grows, and boasts extraordinary spaces like Hunt Library. But did you know there is a beautiful lake that’s crying out for concerts on its shore?

This spring, NC State LIVE and Visit Centennial team up to present a series of sunset concerts by Lake Raleigh. These free outdoor events will feature an amazing lineup of musicians: Diali Cissokho & Kaira Ba on April 12 and Holy Ghost Tent Revival on May 10.

Bring your picnic blankets and lawn chairs for a family friendly good time. Food trucks will be on-site beginning at 5:30. Free Parking.


Curious about what you can bring or where you can park? Find answers to these questions and more in our FAQS for LIVE @ Lake Raleigh!

Food Trucks

About the Bands

ON APRIL 12: Diali Cissokho & Kaira Ba
Combining fierce authenticity and passionate musicianship, Diali Cissokho & Kaira Ba, take West African dance music into new territory—literally, the North Carolina Piedmont. That’s where Cissokho, a griot born to a family of professional musicians in Senegal, makes his transplanted home.

Their electrifying sound mixes the centuries-old musical culture of Cissokho’s ancestors with dance grooves, serpentine guitar work, and indie rock. Agile basslines interweave with the melodic twins of kora and electric guitar, while an explosive rhythm section of djembe and trapset drums gets the audience up on their feet. Cissokho’s soulful voice propels songs old and new about timeless themes of mythology, migration and universal love. The band is rounded out by four outstanding North Carolina musicians – Jonathan Henderson, Austin McCall, Will Ridenour, and John Westmoreland, each bringing the their own musical influences to bear. In fact, “universal love” is a rough translation of “Kaira Ba,” a promise the band communicates live.

ON MAY 10: Holy Ghost Tent Revival
Nine years, three genres, and four records into it, Asheville-based Holy Ghost Tent Revival’s sound has emerged as something different than anyone might have expected. The music is filled with three and four-part harmonies reminiscent of the Beatles in one section and Motown in the next. The drums, bass, and keys, are centered on a Stax-like groove, and the three electric guitars breathe dynamic into each song. All-the-while with organic horns provide soul to get people up and dancing.

With their latest EP release, Summer Jelly, Holy Ghost Tent Revival adds new depth to their sound, and their fans are digging it. The seven expert musicians include Stephen Murray, Dulci Ellenberger, Kevin Williams, Matt Martin, Ross Montsinger, Henry Widmer and Charlie Humphrey. Paste Magazine describes their style as “soul-inspired rock that maintains a rootsy sound, brightened by warm swells of horns and rich harmonies.”