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Sofar Brings The Music Back

Sofar Brings The Music Back

When was the last time you saw the legendary, publicity-shy indie band Where’s Fluffy? Did you have to follow a list of clues left behind at places all over the city, that turns into a wild goose chase but finally figure out the last clue and make it to their secret show at some random apartment? Ok, that’s from the movie Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist, but we do have something like that in Raleigh/Durham now. Sofar Sounds is a global network of artists, hosts, and guests, and their goal is to “[bring] the magic back to live music”. They do this by hosting secret, intimate shows, in places like living rooms and other small unique spaces. Local friends Jason Elliot, Matt Phillips, and Maddy Ashmun are the one that brought this international event here to us. So, how does it work?

The location is emailed to members the day before but they don’t release who is performing. There are also some rules to follow while at the show:

1. No talking… During the performances, please give the artists your full attention and refrain from chatting with your neighbors.
2. Stay until the end…Each act deserves the same number of ears, so unless it’s a true emergency, don’t leave early.
3. Support the bands…After the show, please thank the bands by following them online, buying their music & attending their shows.

We got the email, followed the rules and were able to enjoy the bands Porch Light Apothecary, Chris Frisina, and Jack The Radio. Toby Kandie hosted the show in his apartment. Sign up at SofarSounds.com to find out when the next secret show is and spread the word.

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Peter Fradella

Pete is always where the action is in Raleigh. Owner of Redirect Photography and chronicler of what's good.


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