Raleigh is losing another iconic music venue. Hideaway BBQ on Capital Boulevard was known for some great pulled pork and brought some of the best live musical acts to downtown Raleigh. Sadly, because of financial woes (according to a posting on their myspace page), it will be shutting its doors later this month. The restaurant has already stopped serving and the music will cease after the January 19th show featuring Delta Moon and Filmore Valley Boys. Hideaway was starting to book some of the best musical events of 2008, including Asylum Street Spankers, Don Dixon and Malcolm Holcombe. Fortunately these shows, all of which are recommended by New Raleigh, will be moved to Lincoln Theatre and Berkeley Cafe, but February looks very dim in the folk and roots music scene in Raleigh.
Raleigh has now lost three prominent music venues in the past year. This time last year Kings Barcade, Bickett Gallery, and Hideaway BBQ were all going strong, booking shows in various genres of music from folk to electro. This all changed when Kings decided to move out as the Convention Center moved in across the street. Bickett folded and now Hideaway. Geez! If Raleigh was to have resolutions for the year 2008 (coming soon….), reviving the music scene would be high on that list.
Nevertheless, Hideaway will have a handful of final shows between now and January 19th. I recommend Cadillac Stepbacks on Saturday and Bombadil on the 18th as two of the better options. If you have never been to a show there, this may be your last opportunity unless someone with lots of money (Ahem!) can save it from the pit.
(Update: New Raleigh has received word from Hideaway booking agent Marianne Taylor that downtown staple Berkeley Cafe may re-emerge as the top-spot for Roots music in Raleigh. More to come…)
Hideaway Final Schedule and Moved Shows HERE
Hideaway will be closing after the January 19 show. The restaurant part is already closed.
No shows are being cancelled. They are being moved. A lot will go to The Berkeley Cafe (capacity 300). Some shows will go to The Lincoln Theatre (capacity 900). I will keep you posted through this My Space page, the Hideaway web site, and through the weekly email that I send out about the shows that I am bringing to town and where they are. If you are not on the email list and would like to be, send me an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and I will add you.
I appreciate all of your support in the last 15 months at Hideaway. It is a great venue, owned by the biggest music fan anywhere in Palmer Stacy. It is very sad to all of us to have to close but the finances of running a restaurant along with the music venue just were not working.
I hope that you will trust in me to continue to provide the best Roots acts anywhere in cool venues.
The times they are a changin’. With sadness, the page is turning.