Our fourth annual series of hot sounds in the summertime at Burning Coal. Join us one Sunday evening of each month, from May to October, to experience new music that is exhilerating, fresh and unlike anything you’ve heard before!

Swift Creek

May 15, 2016

$10  General Admission/Available at the Door

Swift Creek’s name pays tribute to the origins of this Americana/Bluegrass band, formed six years ago in Central NC near meandering Swift Creek. Their highly original songs feature strong traditional and progressive bluegrass influences, a touch of country and a healthy dose of folk. Driving guitar and bass support the band’s signature three-part harmony singing , punctuated with impressive mandolin, fiddle and banjo solos.

The lineup is Kevin Brown, whose strong tenor leads, rhythm guitar and songwriting frame the band’s sound; Casey Elder, expertly playing the mandolin and dobro; award-winning fiddler Stephen Fraleigh, also playing the banjo; bassist Dennis Hoyle setting the beat; and vocalist Ann Searcy, adding bluesy leads and spot-on harmony singing.

Swift Creek’s debut CD “Winner Winner Chicken Dinner” was produced at The Rubber Room in Chapel Hill, NC and released in August 2012. Tracks from the CD have been featured on radio, including WQDR’s “Pinecone Bluegrass” show and WUNC’s “Back Porch Music.”

The band reached the 100-show milestone recently, with performances at many well-known area venues.

Find us at: www.swiftcreekmusic.com

Estimated run time: 1.5 hours.

Katelyn Read

Oct 2, 2016

$10  Only at the door

Katelyn ReadKatelyn Read, a WV native, is a folk-blues singer songwriter now living in Raleigh, NC. She embraces lyrics that stir up hope, attempt to define love, and speak of the joy of living. Influenced by The Civil Wars, Amos Lee, and Ray Lamontagne, her sound blends folk melodies with a hint of blues and soul. She recently appeared on NBC’s popular reality TV singing competition The Voice, where she successfully auditioned and joined Christina Aguilera’s team. Now continuing to pursue her music career,  Katelyn captivates new fans in cities along the east coast where she travels and performs. “I want to write music others can connect with, and speak for them when life brings moments that words fail to describe.” At the root of Katelyn’s music you will find the ebb and flow of haunting melodies intertwined with her deep love of lyrical poetry.

Estimated run time: 1.5 hours.


Past Productions & Events

The following shows/events have passed.



Qualian – a Triangle based outfit, will rock the Murphey School on Sunday, August 9, 2015 at 7 pm.  You don’t want to miss this one if you like a broadly ecclectic, alt-style of music.

Formed in the first months of 2014, Qualian is a five-piece alternative band comprised of students from both St. David’s School and Broughton High School in Raleigh. Although it has been only a little over a year since its beginning, Qualian has managed to record and release their debut EP and celebrate it with a well-attended Summer Release Show at the Kennedy Theater in downtown Raleigh. Since then, Qualian has continued to play shows locally and across the state of North Carolina. They are more than thrilled to celebrate their second release here at Burning Coal Theater and await the chance to share yet another great experience with their fans.  More info about Qualian can be found at reverbnation.com/qualian. Read More »

Ed Stephenson and the Paco Band

Jun 22, 2014

$10  at the door

Burning Coal welcomes back Ed Stephenson and the Paco Band to our MusiCoal 2014 series. The performance will take place Sunday evening, June 22nd at 7 pm at Burning Coal’s Murphey School, 224 Polk Street, Raleigh.  Tickets are $10 and are available at the door. The concert will feature internationally-acclaimed guitarist Ed Stephenson with The Paco Band along with special guest, flamenco dancer Sarah Shelton.

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Estimated run time: 2 hours.

Gregg Gelb

Sep 22, 2013

Gregg Gelb and the Second Line Stompers are a NEW band based in the Raleigh area that plays New Orleans Jazz –  sometimes described as Early Jazz, Dixieland or Traditional Jazz.  Each player comes from many years of experience playing in and leading numerous different musical groups in the region, such as: Gregg Gelb Swing Band, Dave Wright and the King Rippers, Atomic Rhythm All Stars, Countdown Quartet, Squirrel Nut Zippers, North Carolina Jazz Repertory Orchestra, North Carolina Symphony, Dick Gable All Stars, and the Heart of Carolina Jazz Orchestra. The group has authentic New Orleans roots through Greg Cagle, our cornetist, who grew up listening to live performances in his house by authentic Traditional Jazz players in New York/New Jersey area and Steve Wing, our pianist, was born in New Orleans where he grew up listening to jazz funeral bands and learned to play piano from his mother, the late composer and producer Lee Wing. Read More »

Children of the Horn

Aug 4, 2013

MusiCoal presents a concert by Raleigh-based Children of the Horn (COTH). COTH combines influences from soul jazz, funk, rock, R&B, and world music. With a front-line of horns, COTH performs original compositions that range from super-syncopated funk and Latin to swaggering New Orleans Second Line to classic Motown-inspired grooves. Tickets: $10 tickets available at the door, Murphey School Auditorium, Sunday, August 4, 7pm. Read More »

Estimated run time: 1.5 hours.

Emma White

Jul 28, 2013

Emma White is a pop singer-songwriter, musician, dancer, actress from Baltimore, MD. She now splits her time between LA/Nashville (mainly), New York & Baltimore writing & recording her next album and performing. Emma studied at the world renowned Berklee College of Music. Her music is heavily influenced by Pop, Soul music, Country and R&B – creating a unique blend in Pop music. A vocalist first, Emma also plays piano, guitar and drums. Read More »