short list winners

The votes are in, and it’s official: the winner of June’s Chapelboro Short List for “Best Place To Listen To Live Music” is the Haw River Ballroom!


The Haw River Ballroom has only been open for three years, but in that short time it’s become a vital part of the Triangle music scene. Built from the dye house of a converted cotton mill in Saxapahaw, the ballroom is a welcoming venue tucked into the countryside. National stars like Lucinda Williams and Aimee Mann have already performed there, as have local standouts The Mountain Goats. It also doubles as a gorgeous space for weddings and parties!

Also on the Short List

Cat’s Cradle

cfiles19984Cat’s Cradle is a local landmark, welcoming some of the biggest names in rock before (and while) they were stars – everyone from Nirvana to Ben Folds Five to Smashing Pumpkins. And it’s still reinventing itself after 45 years, with a totally rearranged floor plan and new back room space improving the audience experience.

The ArtsCenter

Artscenter-best_462X305This Carrboro meeting place is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, and it’s as vital as ever. With performances by local and national music, theater and dance acts, The ArtsCenter is always buzzing. It’s also one of the Triangle’s most important centers for arts education, offering classes to artists of all ages.