The Wake Forest Listening Room was started in 2017 as a series of performances around town featuring local and regional original musicians. The main intent of the WFLR is to give artists a “sacred space” where their music could be focused on with no distractions like sports on TVs, conversations, etc. It also provides the same for audience members.

The series found a permanent home downstairs from Sugar Magnolia Café, where we hosted more than 300 performances before COVID shut us down in late 2021.

Some of the artists we hosted include:

The Veldt

Blue Cactus

Robbie Fulks

Lou Barlow

Joe Newberry

Tres ChicasThe Backsliders

Laurelyn Dossett

H.C. McEntire

The Fireside Collective

Morgan Wade

Kenny Roby

Rod Abernethy

Don Dixon

Marti Jones

Honey Magpie

Reese McHenry

Stuart McLamb

Dexter Romweber

Jon Shain & FJ Ventre

David Childers

Jim Avett

Big Fat Gap (w/Andrew Marlin)

Into the Fog

John Howie, Jr. and the Rosewood Bluff

Time Sawyer

Jess Klein & Mike June

Anya Hinkle

Hank, Pattie & the Current

Chris Jones & the Night Drivers

Jill Andrews

Lowland Hum

Libby Rodenbough & Kate Rhudy

Peter Holsapple

Wyatt Easterling

In October 2023, we’re reopening in the new space next door to our independent Wake Forest bookstore, Page 158 Books. We’ll have more seating, new sound and light systems, delicious food and drinks, and we’ll keep that same “listening room” vibe that guests and musicians have come to love and appreciate!

All our shows and ticket links can be found on this site or at eTix.com. Join us for a show and enjoy a great evening of live, original music from some of the best local, regional, national and international artists!


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