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Chuck Berry to help open Raleigh convention center

Posted July 15, 2008

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— Legendary rocker Chuck Berry will headline a series of September concerts that will help the city open its downtown convention center, Mayor Charles Meeker said Tuesday.

The "Raleigh Wide Open" event will feature Berry, whose hits include "Johnny B. Goode," "Maybellene" and "Roll Over Beethoven," on Sept. 5. The convention center will officially open at noon that day.

Grammy Award-winning hip-hop group Arrested Development will open for Berry on the stage in the 500 block of South Fayetteville Street.

Lou Gramm, the former lead singer of the 1970s and 1980s rock group Foreigner, will headline a second night of concerts on Sept. 6. Rockers Soul Asylum will open for him.

The weekend celebration also will feature an alternative music stage, dubbed Cherry Bounce. The Annuals, a Raleigh-based band, will perform on the stage on Sept. 5, and Islands, a high-energy act out of Montreal, will perform on Sept. 6.

Other music acts will be scheduled around downtown in addition to the headline concerts, officials said.


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  • mrcritic Jul 17, 2008

    Nowhere in the triangle ever came close to Seattle. It takes more than funding... it takes talent in the area and support for the talent that you have. Stop going to see cover bands and start checking out original music at The Pour House or The Dive Bar. Funding has little to do with it.

  • chance Jul 16, 2008

    "chance, you're right. They should be booking the Jonas Brothers, just for you LOL.* ....DAVIDGNEWS**

    Thanks David ... I'll take that as a compliment as I'm not that young! :) The median age for Raleigh is 32-37 ... wouldn't it be a bright idea to actually try to target the majority at that age range? Besides, it's just extremely sad that with all the talent out there Raleigh couldn't do a better job. My Company gets better talent at their conventions. Heck, many of the small clubs in the area get better talent.

  • hollylama Jul 16, 2008

    I'll be there if only to see Arrested Development. I hope they perform Tennessee! LOL

  • foetine Jul 16, 2008

    I'm excited about a chance to see Chuck Berry for free. Although who'd really rock the stage: Jim Nabors. Why can't we get Gomer to come home for a free show? I'm hooked on the RTN Gomer Pyle show.

    The least they could do is pay for Andy Griffith to come out and launch the place. Or James Taylor? Or Maceo Parker and his son's band?

    Chuck Berry is great. Arrested Development? Why? Why? They had a minor hit nearly 20 years ago. And it's a song about Tennessee. Couldn't we at least get Petey Pablo?

    Meekerville is too meek.

  • davidgnews Jul 16, 2008

    Just a matter of time before they will follow in the footsteps of the Lincole Theatre and host tribute bands. So typical of Raleigh. This is not a place for music or the arts. mrcritic

    The 'triangle music scene' is highly, highly, overrated. Chapel Hill still hasn't gotten over trying to be 'the next Seattle' from the early 90s!

  • davidgnews Jul 16, 2008

    chance, you're right. They should be booking the Jonas Brothers, just for you LOL.

    Seriously, Chuck's ok and a legend, but IMO he's a little overrated at this point. If I wanted to see an old rocker, it would be Little Richard or Jerry Lee Lewis.

  • Funky Neighbor LEE Jul 16, 2008

    *A couple of posters have mentioned BEACH MUSIC.
    FREE "THE EMBERS" SHOW Tomorrow, Thursday at NORTH HILLS. 6:00pm to 8:30pm. Now come on, put those penny loafers on and hit it. http://www.northhillsraleigh.com/EventsEntertainment.htm

    *I miss Alive After 5. It was the best Meat/Meet Market in the Land. I think it was Channel 5 that killed that off. They used to sponser it, then there was that issue they had with the city about the public art display down there and things just fell apart. Don't know for sure that was the reason but the timing was the same.

    *Possibly many that complain about CHUCK BERRY, would after seeing him, at some point in their life say, "YES - I've SEEN CHUCK BERRY". Wish I could say that about ELVIS.

  • chance Jul 16, 2008

    WOW! THIS IS ALMOST EMBARRASSING! With all the talent out there an 81 year old convicted felon who was popular 50 years ago is the best Raleigh could come up with??? WAKE UP RALEIGH!!! LOOK AT THE MEDIAN AGE OF YOUR POPULATION! MOST OF US WERE NOT EVEN BORN WHEN THIS GUY WAS POPULAR!!! Who are they trying to attract to this event ... the Rockin' Senior 70 and up crowd???

  • SubwayScoundrel Jul 16, 2008

    The WRAL board of complainers are alive again. This comment board is nothing but people who go out and complain on the internet. Get a life. Sounds good and fun even if you think you are too cool to attend or it is too boring, then good, stay at home but you can bet it will be packed and a successful event, no matter how much the "wral-krumudgens" complain about it.

  • rabbitrabbit Jul 16, 2008

    I think people here would find a way to complain if the city miraculously reunited the Beatles and had them play. I'm excited to see Islands and the Annuals, and I'm glad something is going on downtown. (Hey, I'm from eastern Kentucky, so this is a big deal...y'all should be happy you even *have* a downtown.)