It’s what the name implies. It’s a safe space for musicians and audience members, where nobody has to compete with conversations, sports on TVs or loud drunken people (we hope…) It’s a place where you can sit and “be in the music.” (However, we highly encourage clapping, whistling and yelling your support between songs!)

All Wake Forest Listening Room shows happen in the space next to Page 158 Books in downtown Wake Forest. The physical address is 415-C Brooks Street, Wake Forest, NC 27587.

Yes! Great food, beer, wine, soft drinks, water, tea and coffee are available at the Lemon Tree counter and in the grab-and-go coolers.

Yes, there are two restrooms to the left of the Lemon Tree kitchen off the hallway leading out the back.

Unless otherwise noted on the ticket, all our shows start at 7:30pm and end at 9:30pm (give or take). We normally do not have opening acts. We open the doors at 7:00pm. Most artists and bands do two 45-minute sets with a short break in between. Some may prefer to play through.

No, all our shows are general admission. All our seats are first come first serve.
We ask that you get permission from the artists, but we haven’t had a performer say no. We do ask that you tag us and the performer on social media and share your experience!

Check the Wake Forest Listening Room page on Facebook or on this site for all the show listings and advance ticket links. You can also visit Etix.com and search for us or the artist. On the day of the shows, you can purchase tickets at the counter by the front entrance to the room.

Absolutely. We have some Wake Forest Listening Room shirts for sale, but we HIGHLY encourage you to buy the artists’ merch – shirts, CDs, LPs, stickers, etc. Supporting musicians is our #1 priority, and you can help by buying stuff directly from them.
While our shows are all ages, but we do not recommend you bring kids under 10 unless they can sit quietly for 90 minutes. And please no babies. Also, we encourage you to do some online research on the artists beforehand and determine the appropriateness before bringing children.

Yes. The front door is at ground level, and we have a ramp in the back of the building at the end of the rear exit hallway. If any other accommodation needs to be addressed, please contact Page 158 Books or email wflisteningroom17@gmail.com.

Lots! We have several good restaurants on in the main section of White Street (Bodega, The Burger Shop, Pizza Amore, and Las Margaritas. We are located in between Over the Falls restaurant and Strike & Barrel – a game room and bowling alley (think Dave & Busters). We also have two taprooms: White Street Brewing and Norse Brewing (just down Brooks Street from us toward downtown), Unwined on White, a wine bar with a rooftop patio, and Tonic Bar and Social Club. Also check out the Record Krate and dig through some vinyl before the show! And of course, please visit Page 158 Books next door to the listening room!

Email us at wflisteningroom17@gmail.com, call Mike Allen (music manager/booking/sound) at 919-818-4738 or Page 158 Books at 919-435-1843.

Just enjoy yourself, have fun and soak up some good music, be courteous to your neighbors and the musicians by simply listening, and by all means tell your friends and bring them back to the next show!


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