Last month we spent a date night on White Street in downtown Wake Forest and missed out on Magnolia Roots Music Lounge due to poor planning. (It was closed for the Holiday weekend.) This month, we seized a Parent Night Out opportunity at our athletic club and made this intimate music lounge the priority of our evening.
Located on the basement level of the Sugar Magnolia Cafe & Emporium in the heart of White Street, Magnolia Roots Music lounge has been bringing original artists to downtown Wake Forest since August 2017. It’s a word-of-mouth success with events like open-mic nights and The Wake Forest Listening Room Series.
Our particular visit featured Whiskey Foxtrot, a 2019 CMA award nominee for American/Bluegrass Band of the Year. We’ll cut to the chase regarding the band—AMAZING, and worth every penny of the modest $10 ticket price. (Note: most shows do not require tickets and simply suggest a small donation.)
Magnolia Roots' laid back atmosphere reminded us of The Grey Eagle Music Hall in Asheville, NC, yet smaller in scale and even more intimate access to the band and music. There are several rows of chairs with a few table options towards the back, which fill up first. All seats are general admission so we chose a church pew located back and center. Even the back row felt like first-row seating.
A bar area at the entrance serves double-duty as greeter and bartender. A decent selection of wine, beer, and soft drinks are available and you can also purchase draft beers upstairs in the cafe.
The show started on time and the band played back-to-back songs the entire two hours. We wish we could offer technical comments about the sound quality, but we tend to judge by good or bad, loud or too loud. It was good and not too loud.
Follow Magnolia Roots on Facebook for upcoming shows and dates. Shows are usually 7-9 PM
Bottom Line: When Whiskey Foxtrot strikes it big, we’ll be bragging about how we saw them way back when at this awesome, small music venue in Wake Forest, NC.