Deep South Entertainment to Produce Summer Music Series at Dix Park, Cancels City Plaza Events

Deep South Entertainment has announced the development of a new music series this summer slated to take place at Raleigh’s Dorothea Dix Park. The new series, which is scheduled to be held on Saturdays, promises to combine great local music, family fun, food trucks, local beers, and will remain FREE to the public.

Deep South announces summer concert series for Dix Park alongside the cancellation of City Plaza programming Oak City 7 and Pickin' in the Plaza.

Deep South announces summer concert series for Dix Park alongside the cancellation of City Plaza programming Oak City 7 and Pickin’ in the Plaza

In a statement from Dave Rose, President of Deep South Entertainment:
“Evolving with the growth of downtown Raleigh, Deep South is pleased to announce we are in the development stages of a music-based series at Dorothea Dix Park. We will not, however, be continuing the Thursday night Oak City 7 and the Pickin’ In The Plaza series which were held in City Plaza.

Although Oak City 7 and Pickin’ In the Plaza were well received, we believe the entertainment demands of downtown have progressed and the needs [of] the community are different than they were when we started. Throughout the years, the series did not utilize any taxpayer money, which we are very proud of, and is a testament to the incredible dedication of the sponsors and music fans who supported these events.

Deep South originally created, in partnership with the Raleigh Convention Center, a series of free downtown concerts in 2005 called Downtown Live, held in Moore Square Park. It was a precursor to major residential developments, the reopening of Fayetteville Street, the development of the new Convention Center, and Red Hat Amphitheater.

Once our downtown became more vibrant, we created the Oak City 7 series in 2012 to cater to our existing and diverse community. Soon afterward we added a sister series, Pickin’ In the Plaza, which highlighted our city’s love for bluegrass and traditional music.

Now, as we enter a new chapter of our maturing downtown, we agree it’s time to change our focus on the entertainment that surrounds it. Deep South plans to grow and adapt to the ever-changing landscape with the events it provides for the City.

It is an honor to serve this eclectic community in Raleigh and we look forward to continuing this service with some new and exciting events. Mostly, we want to thank the community, music fans, bands, and sponsors who made Oak City 7 and Pickin’ In the Plaza a fun and creative part of the downtown Raleigh landscape. We look forward to seeing you all this summer!”

About Deep South Entertainment

Deep South Entertainment is an artist and business management firm, concert production company, talent agency and live music venue with offices in Raleigh, NC and Nashville, TN. Founded in 1995 by college friends Dave Rose, Andy Martin, and Amy Cox, the company began as a record label, Deep South Records, with releases that included Five For Fighting, Butch Walker, Sister Hazel, SR-71, Far Too Jones, Athenaeum, and Marcy Playground with their #1 hit “Sex and Candy.” As an artist and business management firm Deep South has worked with Grammy-winning and Billboard-charting artists such as Bruce Hornsby, Little Feat, Parmalee, Vienna Teng, Stryper, Jason Michael Carroll, Marcy Playground, SR-71, Tres Chicas, LANco, Allison Moorer, The Warren Brothers, and more.

The company’s concert production division, based in Raleigh, is recognized for having produced or bought talent for some of North Carolina’s most notable events, including the NC State Fair, Oak City 7, Pickin’ in the Plaza, Raleigh Wide Open, The NC Governor’s Inaugural Ball, Out! Raleigh, Farm Fest, Downtown Live, Cuegrass, The Got To Be NC Ag Jam, Fayetteville After 5, Chapel Hill’s Live & Local, The Capital City Bike Fest, and many more. Deep South also owns and operates Deep South The Bar, a live music bar located in downtown Raleigh.


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