March 2015

The Mantras “Jam” at Artsplosure 2015

We love bringing North Carolinians to our stage! Jam band The Mantras will be taking Artsplosure’s NC Stage on Sunday, May 17.

Known for their “musical” conversation on stage, as well as a collaboration of passion they share with a loyal fan base and audience members, we look forward to a transcendent musical experience. Their most recent studio release, Jam Bands Ruined My Life, was recorded at the home studio of Jake Cinninger (axe man of Umphrey’s McGee), where Cinninger is actually featured on two tracks. In fact, the bond was furthered after the recording as The Mantras shared the stage with the renowned band while performing “Kinetic Bump.” the Mantras have named a slew of other impressive collaborations including The String Cheese Incident, Tea Leaf Green and Perpetual Groove.

Watch The Mantras in action below. We are so looking forward to their jam on Fayetteville Street in May!


Volunteer at the 2015 World Beer Festival

Artsplosure is happy to once again be partnering with the World Beer Festival for its 10th anniversary!

Please consider joining our friends at All About Beer Magazine by volunteering at “the legendary festival that started it all.”

Sign up to volunteer here!

The 10th Annual World Beer Festival Raleigh

Saturday, April 11
Moore Square Park, Downtown Raleigh

There are five volunteer sessions available:
Pre Festival Set Up (Friday, April 10) – 1 pm-5 pm
Day of Festival Set Up (Saturday, April 11) – 5 am – 12 pm
Afternoon Session (Saturday, April 11) – 10 am – 5 pm
Evening Session (Saturday, April 11) – 4 pm – 11 pm
Post Festival Tear Down (Saturday, April 11) – 10 pm – 12 am

With your volunteer experience you will receive a free t-shirt, a complimentary half-year (3 issue) subscription to All About Beer Magazine, an opportunity to learn about and interact with representatives from some of the best breweries in the world, as well as receive an invitation to our Volunteer Appreciation Party where you will have the chance to sample beers from the festival, along with free food, and have a chance to win some exciting raffle prizes.

All volunteers will be requried to attend a Mandatory Volunteer Training Session at 6 pm on Monday, April 6 located at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in Raleigh located at 1707 Hillsborough Street, Raleigh, NC 27605.

Sign up to volunteer here!

Join Us for Our Spring Fundraiser on April 23!

It’s that time again! The annual fundraiser for Artsplosure will be taking place in Market Hall in downtown’s City Market. We’re diligently working away to make this our best party yet. So make sure you join us on April 23!

Thursday, April 23
6 pm – 8:30 pm
Market Hall (formerly Cobblestone Hall): 215 Wolfe Street, Raleigh, NC

Join us for a night of art and merriment, all proceeds benefiting Artsplosure!

– Heavy appetizers
– Wine and beer
– Silent auction including fine art and crafts and lunch with Mayor Nancy McFarlane McFarlane
– Wine wall
– Live painting by the renowned Dan Nelson

Tickets are $45 and can be purchased here.

Buy soon – we’re expecting a sellout!

Welcoming Matt Andersen to Artsplosure 2015

He has over 2 million views on YouTube and after clicking on video after video of his performances, we can see why. We’ve been trying to get him for a while and we’re so thrilled to bring Matt Andersen to the Artsplosure 2015 stage. Winner of Best Solo Performer at the Memphis Blues Challenge and taking home a 2013 European Blues Award, this powerhouse performer is not to be missed. With giant soul and commanding stage presence, downtown Raleigh better be prepared to have its socks knocked off!


He has an extensive list of seven albums, but his most recent Weightless finds him bringing in his blues influences but singing “soul/gospel over a reggae groove.” You can stream his music here.

While Matt has plenty of incredible original music, we can’t get enough of his cover of “Ain’t No Sunshine” that has over 1 million views on YouTube. See why below! And below that, be sure to check out Matt’s work on his new album Weightless just below.