Since I have started my music venue reviews I could NOT leave out the ultimate, fabulous, hidden charm. The one and ONLY.....HAW RIVER BALLROOM in Saxapahaw, North Carolina!
Located in a quaint, small town south of Burlington, The Haw River Ballroom is host to huge name artists such as Jason Isbell, the Drive-By-Truckers, Holly Williams, and many others. You drive through the back country roads expecting that someone has given you the wrong address when all of a sudden you spot in the distance this restored warehouse turned retro antique.
From the moment you begin your walk from your car to the venue, everything is just neatly created. From the river that runs behind the venue, to the lights that run along the pathway you just fill that you're walking up on a unique treasure.
When you walk inside, it just keeps getting better. You would be seriously surprised at how large the inside is. This must be why is attracts such larger names. It can hold an extremely good amount of people. However, despite the grand size, you still feel as if you and everyone else standing amidst the show has revealed some kind of secret, hidden charm of sort. You leave feeling as if you and everyone else belong to some kind of music treasure. It also helps that every time I have been to see a show here I have somehow ended up in a conversation with the owners. The fact that they are so involved, not just hidden behind the scenes, also gives it that closer, familiar feel.
I will just let the pictures talk for themselves. The drive is TOTALLY worth it. If not simply for the awesome music you will hear, but for the unique scene you will be embraced within. Check it out! The Haw River Ballroom, Saxapahaw, North Carolina. Just one of our states hidden jewels!
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