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.

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Estimated run time: 1.5 hours.


Katelyn Read

Aug 28, 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.

Boylan Brass

Jun 5, 2016

Boylan Brass
Comprising some of Raleigh’s best symphony musicians, freelance performers, and educators, the Boylan Brass are privileged to bring decades of collective experience to every musical activity. If you’re already a member of our community, our gratitude to you is immeasurable – and if we haven’t yet met, we eagerly welcome you to share our passion for great music.

We’ve spent years forging our craft in practice and rehearsals with the goal of making music you’ll want to hear again and again. Just as every journey begins with a single step, we urge you to begin what we hope will be a fulfilling and lasting musical kinship by sampling a little bit of what we’ve poured our hearts into.  Additional information at http://www.boylanbrass.com/. Read More »

Estimated run time: 1.5 hours.


Raleigh Boychoir

Oct 9, 2016

$10  available at the door

The Raleigh Boychoir 

It started with just 20 boys and a $50 donation from the Woman’s Club of Raleigh. But humble beginnings never daunted The Raleigh Boychoir’s vision.  Thomas E. Sibley founded the choir in 1968 to give boys with unchanged voices a chance to learn and perform some of the world’s greatest choral music. Sibley believed a choir could help boys develop talent and character – traits that would serve them for a lifetime. Sibley, who worked as music coordinator for the Raleigh public schools as well as organist and choir master at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Raleigh, directed The Raleigh Boychoir for 40 years. He retired in 2008.  Read More »

Estimated run time: 1.5 hours.

Danika Holmes and Jeb

July 10, 2016 at 7 pm at the Murphey School, 224 Polk Street, Raleigh.  All tickets $15, available at the door on the night of the show.

Danika Holmes featuring Jeb Hart will give you a concert to remember between Danika’s smooth vocals and Jeb’s guitar chops.  This duo from Nashville combines their own unique styles to create a new blend of acoustic pop and soul. Currently touring the US, you can hear them on Sirius XM’s coffeehouse station.  Mike Wolfe from American Pickers said, “She’s a true American talent… I couldn’t stop listening.”  To preview their music and download 3 free songs please visit http://www.danikaholmes.com.  

Danika Holmes
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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 »