Puttin’ on The Ritz: A New Face To An Old Place
By: Leslie Hadaway
Music conglomerate Live Nation purchased The Ritz in Raleigh, and also owns such venues as The Fillmore in Charlotte and Time Warner Cable Arena. Live Nation has spent over one million dollars in renovations to the venue since this past October. Upon entering the newly-renovated venue, notice there is no more wooden dance floor, new permanent light and sound fixtures, and the very rich and vibrant sound-dampening curtains. The goal is to bring The Ritz up to the level of The Fillmore, according to Grant Lyman, current talent buyer for The Fillmore Charlotte.
Is Raleigh ready for this? Can the good citizens handle the big name bands and artists that are sure to grace the stage? The answer is a resounding yes! The venue’s concert season is sure to be one for the record books, a real blockbuster! Gracing the NC music scene at The Ritz: The Marshall Tucker Band, G-Eazy, Los Huracanes Del Norte, Rebelution, Rockers Tesla and Blackberry Smoke.
The times are changing, especially for The Ritz Raleigh. The venue has a long history in the Raleigh music scene. Back in the 70s it started out as a disco, and survived the whole disco backlash, record burnings and all. In the 80s it evolved into a rock club, bringing big bands to the city long before The Lincoln Theater came around.
When you hear ‘The Ritz’, it brings a certain nostalgia; you think of grandeur, opulence and over-the-top glitz and glamour. It is simply one of the best places in the Tri-area for live music. For the last three decades, the venue has been known in the Triangle for its Latino flair, even renaming itself in 1985 to Disco Rodeo, and has played host to many Latin music sensations as Los Tigres del Norte and Los Huracanes del Norte.
Coming this month to The Ritz:
1/21 The Marshall Tucker Band
Tour Tickets: $35.68
The Marshall Tucker Band got their start in Spartanburg, SC, practicing in an old warehouse, perfecting their blues-infused southern rock sound. The inspiration for naming the band came from a key to said warehouse, with the name Marshall Tucker engraved on it. The band has gone through many lineup changes in the past few decades, but one thing remains the same, they are still able to rock.
1/22 G-Eazy – From the Bay to The UniverseTour Tickets: $35.68
G-Eazy is a young, energetic performer, whose style is reminiscent of Eminem in his early days. G-Eazy’s mixture of hip hop and smooth rhythm and blues vocals are sure to please. This is one up-and-coming artist that MTV got right. G-Eazy, a graduate of Loyola University, has been nominated for numerous awards in music including MTV’s Artist to Watch.
Download the new album, These Things Happen, at iTunes.
1/23 Los Huracanes Del NorteTour Tickets: $47.81
These guys are a staple in the Mexican Norteno musical genre. Los Huracanes have a style of their own, a mixture of traditional mexican music with a touch of country, and completely worth giving them a listen.
Tour Tickets: $28.91
These pioneers of California Reggae are bringing their globe-trotting show right to you. Rebelution has traveled all over the world bringing their reggae-infused style to the masses. These guys have played massive music festivals all over the world, including the following: Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo, and Outside Lands.
Seating for The Ritz is general admission, so get there early for a good spot. Don’t forget to share your photos with our site using hashtag #TWITFROMTHEPIT.
Stay tuned for an exclusive interview and gallery on the upcoming venue!