November Raleigh-area Local Music Concert Guide

By Grant Golden

November 3, 2022

It’s hard to believe Thanksgiving is already upon. As we reconnect with family and friends, we’re thankful for the many venues in the Triangle area that continue to entertain us with the profusion of musical talent the region has to offer.

Here’s a look at our November local music concert picks:

Treee City Good Job Album Release Party

Friday, November 4 at The Pinhook

Tickets: $10 plus

Join an impressive array of Triangle-based DJs and producers for a celebration of Treee City’s newest album, Good Job. Good Job is Treee City’s first full-length record on Raund Haus Records, the collective of innovative North Carolina producers responsible for some of the area’s finest electronic output. Treee City blends techno and house soundscapes for downtempo dance bops, and is joined by labelmate FootRocket, certified vibesmith Queen Plz, and Brydecisive. Treee City and The Pinhook have pulled together what’s arguably the best night of dance music all month in the Triangle.

Blue Footed Boobies with Pink Beds

Friday, November 4 at The Pour House

Tickets: $10 plus

Wilmington’s Blue Footed Boobies boast a playful name, but they bring a forthright approach to blues rock on the stage. This power-duo crafts raucous rock ‘n’ roll music that captivates the crowd with no-frills intensity. BFB’s tunes will be directly contrasted with the work of Asheville’s Pink Beds, a lush indie pop group that infuses deep grooves into their heady jams. This two band bill finds an interesting intersection of indie rock, but promises to be a night full of compelling music.

Jooselord’s Birthday Bash: How to Mosh for Dummies

Saturday, November 5 at Transfer Co. Ballroom

Tickets: $15 plus

The Moshpit Messiah is puling out all the stops for his birthday celebration at Transfer Co. Ballroom. On the heels of his newest single “Oh Yea,” Jooselord will be bringing punk-infused, biting hip-hop to a crowd of high-energy fans. Joining Jooselord is a who’s who of rising local hip-hop acts, including artists like 3AM Sound, NunAfterHours, Icey Da Boss and more. Jooselord’s music is visceral in nature and makes for a fascinating live experience that will make even the most timid of attendees want to don their Doc Martin’s and stomp into the moshpit.

Sing Out NC: A Concert for Reproductive Justice

Sunday, November 6 at Cat’s Cradle Back Yard

Tickets: $25 plus

Sing Out NC brings some of the state’s most acclaimed songwriters together to raise funds and awareness for reproductive rights. Hosted by Tift Merritt, guests include Alice Gerrard, HC McEntire, Rissi Palmer, Kym Register, Kate Rhudy, Kamara Thomas, and many more highly revered local acts. This collection of folk-leaning songwriters makes for a day full of affecting live music for a cause. Hard to think of a better reason to get out of the house.

Valient Thorr with He Is Legend, Mega Colossus, and Night! Night!

Saturday, November 12 at Transfer Co. Ballroom

Tickets: $20 plus

Two North Carolina hard-rock/metal icons come together with some heavy-hitting locals for a night full of unadulterated fun. Valient Thorr and He Is Legend have crafted driving rock music for two decades and their live performances show they remain as relevant as ever. Their blistering riffs and melodic vocals combine for a dynamic experience that elicits mosh pits and sing-alongs all the same. Local stalwarts Mega Colossus bring fantasy-inspired metal alongside the Raleigh debut for Night! Night!

Truth Club with Power Washer, Ravine

Saturday, November 12 at The Pinhook

Tickets: $10 plus

Raleigh’s Truth Club burst onto the scene as one of the fastest rising acts in the region, garnering acclaim from Stereogum as one of 2019’s best new bands. While the band took a break shortly thereafter, they’ve picked up where they left off with the same dynamic, frenetic indie rock that boosted them to local stardom. The band’s live offerings are still fairly scarce, so fans should jump at a chance to see them, especially when joined by Power Washer and Ravine.

J. Roddy Walston and Young Mister

Sunday, November 13 at Transfer Co. Ballroom

Tickets: $20 plus

J. Roddy Walston gained national acclaim as the leader of J. Roddy Walston and the Business throughout the early aughts, so solo performances for this Richmond-based songwriter tend to be very special occasions. Now leading the rock group Palm Palm, Walston’s songs are smooth and melodic with a Southern rock flair. Regardless of the project, Walston’s raspy, passionate vocals keep fans coming back for more. Opening the evening is revered songwriter, Young Mister. While Young Mister’s Steven Fiore has writing credits for acts like Art Garfunkel and Natasha Bedingfield, it’s Fiore’s work with Young Mister that strikes hardest. Fiore creates relatable folk/pop tunes steeped in romanticism and sentimentality.

Tumbao with Nappy Head Funk Army and Julia. 

Thursday, November 17 at The Pinhook

Tickets: $12 plus

Raleigh’s Tumbao is spearheading a new movement in the Triangle for international dance acts. Fusing elements of salsa, funk, cumbia, jazz and psychedelia, Tumbao creates an irresistible live performance. Joining the Latin Fusion outfit is the futuristic funk crew of Nappy Head Funk Army and local funk rockers, Julia. These two openers find themselves inspired by acts like Parliament-Funkadelic; Julia. grew up with the timeless tunes, and Nappy was ensconced in their scene and even performed at George Clinton’s birthday party. Fans of funk will want to show up early for this one.

Sam Fribush Organ Trio with Sonny Miles

Saturday, November 19 at The Pour House

Tickets: $12 plus

Sam Fribush has quickly become one of the most revered organists in North Carolina thanks to his work with Hiss Golden Messenger, so his rare stop in Raleigh with his Organ Trio is a must-see night of tunes. When you factor in the fact that frequent live collaborator Sonny Miles will be opening with his brilliant blend of soul, hip-hop and R&B, the night becomes all the more special. With Fribush’s dazzling work on the organ and Miles’ acrobatic vocals, it’s a match made in heaven.

Into the Fog with Songs From The Road Band

Friday, November 25 at Lincoln Theater

Tickets: $14 plus

Into the Fog has been gaining traction as one of the region’s premier newgrass acts. In typical bluegrass tradition, their shows are full of astonishing riffs and runs and they do so with a grit and flair that breaks from the expected bluegrass sounds. Asheville’s bluegrass supergroup, Songs from the Road Band, will kick off the night with their bluegrass stylings. Folks hankering to get away from days full of family time and gravy-induced comas can find a great means of escape with this barn burner of a show.


Saturday, November 26 at Lincoln Theater

Tickets: $12 plus

This powerhouse funk quartet has been taking the state by storm even though they’re still in their infancy as a band. Led by the impressive vocals of Donnie Tyree, Duck takes flight with an amalgamation of blues, rock, funk and soul that’s impossible to ignore. Shows are likely to devolve into electric washboard solos and expansive jams, but don’t be surprised if you’re also joined by some of the state’s finest musicians for sit-ins along the way. On Thanksgiving weekend, this one’s surely gonna be a collaborative family affair.

Boulevards with Jack The Radio

Saturday, November 26 at Transfer Co. Ballroom

Tickets: $15 plus

Raleigh’s Boulevards brings a swampy, Southern-infused take on funk that begs for live consumption. Cutting his teeth on synth driven, Rick James-esque tunes, Boulevards has continued evolving throughout the years while maintaining a strong focus on grooves. His recent Electric Cowboy: Born in Carolina Mud proved to be an inventive and invigorating take on the funk traditions. Combining the upbeat jams of Boulevards with the Raleigh alt-country favorites Jack the Radio will be a stellar night of music.

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