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Take Note of All the Musical Artists That Thrived During the Raleigh Underground Club Scene

The City of Raleigh Museum on Thursday, July 26, will officially open a new exhibit that highlights the golden days of Raleigh's celebrated nightlife hotspot beneath Cameron Village. Titled "The Underground," the exhibit will look at the clubs that were known as Raleigh Underground or the "Village Subway" due to the New York City subway-like entrance.

Back in the '70s and '80s, Raleigh Underground's burgeoning club scene became a key stop for up-and-comers including REM, Barry Manilow, Bette Midler, The Captain & Tennille, Herbie Hancock, and Chuck Mangione, as well as for top jazz greats.

Since being shuttered in 1984, the space has remained vacant but largely intact. Many Raleigh newcomers today are not aware of the Underground's existence or its significant cultural contribution to our region. With this exhibition, the museum hopes to bring awareness to this important facet of Raleigh culture.

The specially curated Underground exhibit is based on the documentary photographs of local photographer Chris Seward, who, in the late 1970s and early 1980s, took thousands of images of the music scene happening in these clubs, including famed jazz venue Frog and Nightgown. More than 200 photographs will be featured, along with show flyers, artifacts, and videos from the heyday of Raleigh's alternative music scene.

We know you love your home at The Heights at La Salle Apartments in Durham, North Carolina, but it’s important to stay active and involved in your community. Attending this event is the perfect chance for you to journey outside your comfort zone to meet new people and seek new opportunities.

Event Time/Date:
Thursday, August 9, 2018— 9:00 PM

Event Venue Location:
City of Raleigh Museum
220 Fayetteville Street
Raleigh, North Carolina 27601

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