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You don’t have to travel around to find great folk, jazz, country, hip-hop, rock, punk, or metal.

Some of the best artists in all genres can be found in just one state: North Carolina. Host to Moogfest, Epicenter Festival, and top university music programs, North Carolina is a leader in musical attraction and inspiration.


  • Ben E. King
  • Ben Folds Five
  • Betty Davis
  • Eric Church
  • George Clinton
  • J. Cole
  • James Taylor
  • John Coltrane
  • Luke Combs
  • Nina Simone
  • Randy Travis
  • Scott Avett
  • The Charlie Daniels Band
  • The Embers
  • Thelonious Monk

Music Venues & Festivals

  • Bank of America Stadium
  • Belk Theater
  • Bojangles' Coliseum,
  • Coastal Credit Union Music Park
  • Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts
  • Durham Performing Arts Center
  • Epicenter Festival
  • Hopscotch Festival
  • Memorial Auditorium
  • Merlefest Festival
  • Moogfest Festival
  • North Carolina Jazz Festival
  • PNC Music Pavilion
  • The Fillmore Charlotte
  • The Orange Peel
  • The Ritz
  • The Terrace
  • Triad Music Festival
  • White Oak Amphitheatre

Music Schools

  • Ambassador Baptist College
  • Appalachian State University (Mariam Cannon Hayes School of Music)
  • Brevard College
  • East Carolina University
  • High Point University
  • University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG College of Visual and Performing Arts)
  • University of North Carolina School of the Arts

Major Music Conferences

  • Moogfest
  • International Bluegrass Music Association Business Conference
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