Update: I’ll be at the Carolina Theater (309 West Morgan St) in Durham on Wednesday, September 20th, 2006 at 7pm for a meetup! If you plan to attend, please RSVP by sending an email to tour@pandora.com with ‘Durham’ in the subject line.
I’m currently planning an itinerary for my tour stop in North Carolina – amazing music scene. Come mid-September, I’ll definitely be stopping in Raleigh and Durham for a town hall meeting, and would love the opportunity to meet Pandora listeners at nearby universities. Asheville and Chapel Hill residents have been great with suggestions for concert clubs and local bands. Keep the tips coming! If you have any suggestions for appropriate venues in the area or on college campuses, don’t hesitate to leave a comment below. I can’t wait to visit!
We love reading and responding to your feedback on the blog – the comments have been a treasure trove of great insights and guidance as we plan our visits. If you have a particular idea you want to discuss, or just want to get more involved, we’re eager for help – just drop us an email at tour@pandora.com. Please include your location in the subject line of your message too. No idea is too big or small!

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  1. North Carolina has it all. Drive I-40 from Ashville to the Research Triangle, then continue on down to Wilmington. It will be a mountains to the beach tour. Diverse food, music, people, cultures, and surroundings. Just remember drive I-40 and enjoy.

  2. This is my first time every hearing about Pandora and it is much better than Yahoo music radio, and Netscape combine. I enjoy the selection and if I don’t like the music I have chosen Pandora will cut that music short in an instant. I am music phantic, I play piano and organ so I am always looking for different music to play as well as entertain others. I am from NC in the eastern part of NC near Raleigh. Be sure to look me up if you’re in my neck of the woods.

  3. Go see http://www.chickenhotrod.com ! Their album is from the label “Old Oblivion”. It’s available through CD Baby. Chicken Hot Rod is standing by.
    These guys were the first bluegrass band on the university/coffeehouse circuit in the early ’70′s and they were a huge fun hit wherever they went, which was all over the country. They all still play, and occasionally CHR is reunited — look out !

  4. so, Asheville has Yo’ Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band AND DUB FACTION, Emerald Lounge hosts many dubby and reggae beats. Lots of bluegrass to choose from Jack of the Wood is a great place to hear Bluegrass music, the LazyBirds out of Boone are great. Check out the sushi bar on Lexington (below Civic Center) great luscious eats.
    Peace and Music.
    These are real bands I’ve listed, not just people with instruments. These guys have spirit, musical talent and can WRITE GOOD MUSIC, they don’t whine and put you to sleep, what’s with some of that boring stuff being allowed on pandora, you know what GOOD MUSIC IS, don’t you?!?!

  5. About a year ago I had the privelidge of seeing a Bonepony show in Raleigh at my favorite hole in the wall. It’s little place called the Pour House that has live music every weekend. I think you guys should give them a listen if you have the opportunity to see them live. Barring that check then out at http://www.bonepony.com/. I definitely think they would be a great addition to the genome project. Pandora is fantastic. Keep up the good work.

  6. Discovered your site this afternoon and can’t beleive it’s for real…..wow, the net never ceases to amaze me but this is the most amazing yet! Keep it coming!

  7. The Karloffs are still alive and kicking and playing in the Boone area. Possum Jenkins is quickly becoming a main stay of the Boone Music scene. (David Brewer guitars/vocals is a co-worker of mine – they do have a CD – check out http://xrl.us/rkok )
    Other bands that have been through Boone that are worth looking into in
    Raliegh(?I think?)- Soloz Unit
    Asheville: The Makeout Room
    Knoxville: The Royal Bangs (their new CD “We Breed Champions” is AMAZING.
    Atlanta: A Fir-Ju Well

  8. Hi Tim, just got the e-mail about your Wed 20 Sept town hall at The Carolina Theatre in Durham – awesome! Really looking forward to meeting you, congratulating you, and doing a story on you and Pandora and MGP for the blog.
    While I am extremely excited that you’ve chosen Durham, you may be missing a much larger audience just 12 miles away at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. While Durham has Duke University and a great music community (but only a very small club scene), Duke only has a total of about 6,000 undergrads and 5,000 graduate students. In contrast, UNC-Chapel Hill has in excess of 26,000 students, many of whom are residential without cars and may not make it to Durham, especially mid-week. Chapel Hill also has an even better music scene (best of the many college towns in which I’ve lived) and is adjacent to Carrboro (Boulder of the Piedmont), site of the most revered rock club in the area, Cat’s Cradle (as noted by others on this thread.).
    So, if you are around for an extra day, I’d schedule another appearance in Chapel Hill to speak with this larger and more vibrant music community. It just reminds me how lucky we are to have such a great density of music and education here in the Triangle.

  9. Come to Durham because DURHAM ROCKS!
    Check out Chaz’s Bull City Records. Old fashioned, independent, “Record” store. Vinal, CDs and you get to talk to a real live person.
    He puts on awesome shows as well. No cover, just pass the hat.
    305 South is another cool venue that needs some love.

  10. I see everyone is taking about Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill, but I really think that you should come to Greenville and check out the local music scene here! There is a great variety of bands and sounds that are perfect for this college town!

  11. Good NC bands that should be included are:
    Glass Casket
    He Is Legend
    Classic Case
    Cartwright
    Farewell
    House of Fools.
    If you are coming through Raleigh/Durham, a lot of good bands play in real dives, but you get a real sense of the music scene there. The Brewery in Raleigh is a great one (run by music enthusiasts, for music enthusiasts). The MarVell Event Center runs a Thursday night arrangement for bands, and they pull a lot of neat ones. Dog Fashion Disco played there a few weeks ago (too bad I missed it).

  12. I’m not sure what direction you are travelling through NC, but a great local Charlotte band is the Near Misses (http://www.thenearmisses.com/), I see that you are in Raleigh/Durham tomorrow, if you happen to still be there on Friday it looks like they are playing a club called RubberSoul Bar (I’m not familiar with the venue just the band) in Winston-Salem, a little ways north and west. Whether or not you catch them live, they are definitely worth a listen! Enjoy & thanks for all your awesome work!

  13. just found about pandora yesterday…very, very cool! i’ve been listening for two days straight and counting. great to see you coming to NC…i’m in greensboro, basically midway between charlotte and raleigh. there are a ton of talented bands in this area. check out:
    –defiant
    (shameless plug…my band!)
    myspace.com/defiantthereal
    –chemical youth
    chemicalyouth.com
    –haiz rail
    haizrail.com
    –niro
    niroband.com

  14. Update: I’ll be at the Carolina Theater (309 West Morgan St) in Durham on Wednesday, September 20th, at 7pm for a meetup! If you plan to attend, please RSVP by sending an email to tour@pandora.com with ‘Durham’ in the subject line.
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  15. Just got into pandora the other day though I’d heard of it in passing over the past few months.
    One of the key sources of new and indie music in the middle of the state is WKNC 88.1 FM, North Carolina State University’s student-run radio station. I was the heavy metal director and dj there my senior year and am still a regular listener. Weekday music is primarily indie rock, but the evenings are saved for electronica, and weekends are used for specialty shows (metal from 8pm friday through 6am saturday). And you can listen online at http://wknc.org.
    Aside from that, the whole Triangle area (Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill) has a very vibrant musical nightlife with bands and fans from all three cities and the surrounding areas going back and forth for shows. Though it may not seem that way from some of the comments I’ve read — there is a lot of competition between the cities due to their respective collegiate institutions.
    The musical history of the state as a whole is just fantastic — bluegrass, beach music, rock, metal, electronica, rap, the state has been a great source for quality music for nearly 100 years now.

  16. North Carolina has it all. Drive I-40 from Ashville to the Research Triangle, then continue on down to Wilmington. It will be a mountains to the beach tour. Diverse food, music, people, cultures, and surroundings. Just remember drive I-40 and enjoy.
    Greetings

  17. hey Tim I don’t have any suggestions for you here, but I wanted to tell you that I love padora and I’m spreading it’s great news like wild fire while I listen to it every day! I also wanted to ask if you’d ever considered a parental advisory option for music with explicite content?
    Thanks Tim, Lucia, and Jem!!!!
    Patrick

  18. really like the jam ,you guyg are really going places and reaching out.love it and beleive me i love jamming.just all the right songs.perfecti will pass this page around.
    THANKS,cravensway

  19. Hi Tim,
    I don’t have any suggestions, my club days ended a few years back. I discovered Pandora a few weeks ago and I’m hooked! I’m blown away by the catalog of stuff that I only have on vinyl, especially old punk and avant garde/arty stuff, that I’ve been blowing my kid’s inheritance to replace in other formats. I do wish there was some chat/forum thing going, though–I’d love to connect with some people with similar tastes.

  20. come east to the coast…NORTHEASTERN NC IS WHERE ITS AT!!!!!
    ECSU, Nags Head, Kitty Hawk, the OBX

  21. Hey again Tim! Again I thank you 4 a great station it has the music that I would not think would be availble! I actually have 2 questions?? 1st- Do you REALLY Read our replys? I know that you are a busy man I really do not see how you do it?!!!
    2nd- If there is a song that is our absolute favorite why is there not a button on here if we want to send just that song to our friends, and tell about the site?
    If that is not too much to ask I would like a reply back!
    Thanks! Jessica

  22. Hi Pandora,
    I’m really liking the site since I was introduced lately, and I’m a big fan of finding new music. I’m actually writing to inform you about two bands who I think would benefit this site with their music being avaible on here. Both roots reggae. Roots of Creation from New Hampshire, and Spiritual Rez from Boston. Both have excellent cds and live shows and I would highly recommend uploading onto the site for all to hear. Thanks and keep up the good work.

  23. A great band from western Ma. the Drunkstuntmen, will be playing these dates. To all you music lovers out there, if you can, check them out. Great music and raucus fun!

  24. Charlotte NC musicians are amazing. We have at least half a dozen now being featured in major television shows AND major motion pictures. Best places to see original bands – The Evening Muse (best listening room in the state), Snug Harbor, The Milestone Club, The Visulite Theatre, the Neighborhood Theatre.
    Honestly, the Carolinas are filled with a whole lot of talent. The rest of the country will discover this soon enough.
    (I’d list bands to see and hear, but there are so many. Check out http://blog.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=blog.view&friendID=4811551&blogID=311707783 for a list of some of the best shows going on this week.

  25. Hey Tim,
    I just got finished reading about you in INC.I love this service& would like to kn ow what can be done to keep ya’ll up and runnin’!!I dont think I could afford a subscription,but I have started clicking ads.I have also been telling ALL my friends and family,my son is getting ready to start his own rap station-lol
    Thanks for thegreat southern rock&blues.
    BikerBelle

  26. I teach at a community college. I would love to be able to play some classical music while I am teaching and giving exams (some music with no words for students to sing along with). Research has shown that music with 60-80 beats per minute in the background can increase learning and retention of learned data.
    We have media stations in the classrooms with internet access. It would be great if I could set up a station just for my students!

  27. really like the jam ,you guyg are really going places and reaching out.love it and beleive me i love jamming.just all the right songs.perfecti will pass this page around.

  28. So, if you are around for an extra day, I’d schedule another appearance in Chapel Hill to speak with this larger and more vibrant music community. It just reminds me how lucky we are to have such a great density of music and education here in the Triangle.

  29. All that I want to know is how in the world do you get back to the star page after you have went to another page? ex..when you go to the page to mark a song as a book mark. Hell I’ve been trying all night, the only way that I can is if I signout and then sign back in. If you do this then it will not start you back at the point where you left off. Somebody, anybody pls help me!!!