Joe Bruno was on the scene to cover (and network) the Raleigh Arts Forum at Lincoln Theater last Thursday. Wake county is the best kept secret when it comes to it’s thriving music and arts scene. Even people who live in this area don’t realize what an expansive amount of talent and activity we have in Raleigh and the Triangle. The Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce along with sponsors Jerry’s Artarama, Red Hat and Bev’s FIne Art put together a forum in order to review the positive impact it has on our local economy as well as highlighting the return of investment toward the local music scene.
Live music performances opened the event while speakers including Mayor Nancy McFarlane, Loren Gold (executive vice president of the Greater Raleigh Convention & Visitors Bureau), Greg Lowenhagen (director, Hopscotch Music Festival), Dave Olsen (executive vice president and general manager, PNC Arena), William Lewis (executive director, Pine Cone) and Dave Rose (owner, Deep South Entertainment) ran a live panel.
The cultural tide is strong in Raleigh. As our population grows so does the diversity of our people bringing in unique cultural pairings and creative juxtapositions. These are the seedlings of a unique and identifiable culture for our city. We are proud to play a small role in that tide coming in.