Cat's Cradle

★★★★☆
  • 300 E Main St Ste A

    Carrboro, NC 27510

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Not the best place to hear live music by any means. Poor layout, mostly standing room, low stage, fair accoustics and minimal AC. This is Cat's Cradle 3rd location and since they have been successfully in business for decades an upgrade should have been in their plans long ago. I just saw John Hiatt there (7/22/10) and while I liked the music, visibility and enjoyment was limited at this poor venue.

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Not the best place to hear live music by any means. Poor layout, mostly standing room, low stage, fair accoustics and minimal AC. This is Cat's Cradle 3rd location and since they have been successfully in business for decades an upgrade should have been in their plans long ago. I just saw John Hiatt there (7/22/10) and while I liked the music, visibility and enjoyment was limited at this poor venue.

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Such a fun place to be! The reviewer below me is an idiot. This is an awesome place to see your favorite bands if you are ready to let loose and have a good time. The crowd will definitely get a little wild at sometimes if its a rock or metal show so be prepared to dance or mosh or crowd surf!

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★★★★★

Such a fun place to be! The reviewer below me is an idiot. This is an awesome place to see your favorite bands if you are ready to let loose and have a good time. The crowd will definitely get a little wild at sometimes if its a rock or metal show so be prepared to dance or mosh or crowd surf!

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They get great acts to play. No doubt. However, I've seen more than a few bands there and would prefer almost any venue to the Cradle.

Bands are nearly always hours late starting, which wouldn't be so bad if the venue were remotely comfortable and/or large enough for the number of tickets they sell for big-name acts. I think my biggest pet peeve are all of the "blind spots" throughout the venue in which people are forced to stand (again due to the volume of tickets sold), but because of the way things are set up, these folks have no hope of actually being able to see any more than a small section of the stage - which can be pretty disappointing when you've paid to actually "see" the band.

The sound is generally good and the staff have always been fairly friendly but considering the quality of the acts they bring in, you'd think there would be more effort put into making it an overall quality experience for concert-goers.

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They get great acts to play. No doubt. However, I've seen more than a few bands there and would prefer almost any venue to the Cradle.

Bands are nearly always hours late starting, which wouldn't be so bad if the venue were remotely comfortable and/or large enough for the number of tickets they sell for big-name acts. I think my biggest pet peeve are all of the "blind spots" throughout the venue in which people are forced to stand (again due to the volume of tickets sold), but because of the way things are set up, these folks have no hope of actually being able to see any more than a small section of the stage - which can be pretty disappointing when you've paid to actually "see" the band.

The sound is generally good and the staff have always been fairly friendly but considering the quality of the acts they bring in, you'd think there would be more effort put into making it an overall quality experience for concert-goers.

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First of all, the information in the "info" section is incorrect. Cat's Cradle is generally all-ages, but you'll be carded at the door if you want to drink (per usual). At certain shows, the Cradle will hire some security people at the door when they suspect young kids will try to smuggle in alcohol or they expect a rowdier crowd (punk, ska, the 80's Dance). Note: don't try to use a barely passable fake ID at these "higher security" events or attempt to sneak into sold out shows. The Cradle is a great, relaxed atmosphere, but you won't get away with those two things. Also, smoking is not allowed inside, but there is a smoking patio and an alley out back. I don't know what the other reviewers were talking about, there is nothing wrong with the staff here. Parking can be an issue at more crowded shows, but there's a municipal Carrboro lot across the railroad tracks and Weaver St a block a way with plenty of space this time of night. Or if you're coming from UNC, just walk, it's not a terrible walk.

Other than that advice, the Cat's Cradle is a great place to enjoy music. I've been to 25+ shows there. The crowd is a mix of all ages from high school students to 50's, depending on the act. There's a huge floor for standing, moshing, dancing (whatever is playing that night), but seats in the back and sides where less energetic people can pop a squat and still see. The Cradle attracts music from all over the country, without ignoring local bands. Highlights from the last several years have been TV on the Radio, the Black Keys, X, Blonde Redhead, Polvo, the Melvins, Dinosaur Jr, and Yo La Tengo. The scene is mostly rock of various types, predominantly indie old and new, though the occasional hip-hop act such as El-P will come around every few months.

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★★★★★

First of all, the information in the "info" section is incorrect. Cat's Cradle is generally all-ages, but you'll be carded at the door if you want to drink (per usual). At certain shows, the Cradle will hire some security people at the door when they suspect young kids will try to smuggle in alcohol or they expect a rowdier crowd (punk, ska, the 80's Dance). Note: don't try to use a barely passable fake ID at these "higher security" events or attempt to sneak into sold out shows. The Cradle is a great, relaxed atmosphere, but you won't get away with those two things. Also, smoking is not allowed inside, but there is a smoking patio and an alley out back. I don't know what the other reviewers were talking about, there is nothing wrong with the staff here. Parking can be an issue at more crowded shows, but there's a municipal Carrboro lot across the railroad tracks and Weaver St a block a way with plenty of space this time of night. Or if you're coming from UNC, just walk, it's not a terrible walk.

Other than that advice, the Cat's Cradle is a great place to enjoy music. I've been to 25+ shows there. The crowd is a mix of all ages from high school students to 50's, depending on the act. There's a huge floor for standing, moshing, dancing (whatever is playing that night), but seats in the back and sides where less energetic people can pop a squat and still see. The Cradle attracts music from all over the country, without ignoring local bands. Highlights from the last several years have been TV on the Radio, the Black Keys, X, Blonde Redhead, Polvo, the Melvins, Dinosaur Jr, and Yo La Tengo. The scene is mostly rock of various types, predominantly indie old and new, though the occasional hip-hop act such as El-P will come around every few months.

Pros: quality of music, popularity/ prestige of venue

Cons: best shows can sell out quickly!

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Staff at CC is appallingly puritanical, especially for such a low class venue. Bow to the almighty "vip" list to get into their D-list shows.

Trashy venue not worth the time, money, or the hype. Can I select "zero" stars?

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★☆☆☆☆

Staff at CC is appallingly puritanical, especially for such a low class venue. Bow to the almighty "vip" list to get into their D-list shows.

Trashy venue not worth the time, money, or the hype. Can I select "zero" stars?

Pros: None

Cons: Slummy Staff

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Cat's Cradle is a small but great venue for up and coming performers to show off their goods. Some really great performers have played here before hitting it big. For example, a year before playing huge stadiums, John Mayer was playing at Cat's Cradle.

CC also holds some great comedy performances and some unusual entertainment. I once saw a performance by El Vez, the Mexican Elvis there. El Vez isn't your typical performer. He mixes his roots and a social message with rock n' roll.

While Cat's Cradle isn't your average concert venue, it's got just enough of an eclectic mix to have a lot of repeat customers.

PROS: Great, intimate venue for music.
CONS: Gets crowded easily.

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★★★★☆

Cat's Cradle is a small but great venue for up and coming performers to show off their goods. Some really great performers have played here before hitting it big. For example, a year before playing huge stadiums, John Mayer was playing at Cat's Cradle.

CC also holds some great comedy performances and some unusual entertainment. I once saw a performance by El Vez, the Mexican Elvis there. El Vez isn't your typical performer. He mixes his roots and a social message with rock n' roll.

While Cat's Cradle isn't your average concert venue, it's got just enough of an eclectic mix to have a lot of repeat customers.

PROS: Great, intimate venue for music.
CONS: Gets crowded easily.

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No mixed drinks is realy a bummer! The bands are good but the over place is not!

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No mixed drinks is realy a bummer! The bands are good but the over place is not!

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Located just minutes from the UNC campus, Cats Cradle is a great place to listen to live music from a wide array of bands. Cats cradle has concerts every week for a pretty low price. The only thing I would change about the place is to make it bigger so it is not as cramped. Other than that, I highly recommend Cats Cradle to anyone in the chapel hill area looking for some high quality live music.

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★★★★☆

Located just minutes from the UNC campus, Cats Cradle is a great place to listen to live music from a wide array of bands. Cats cradle has concerts every week for a pretty low price. The only thing I would change about the place is to make it bigger so it is not as cramped. Other than that, I highly recommend Cats Cradle to anyone in the chapel hill area looking for some high quality live music.

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Cats Cradle is one of the liveliest places in Carrboro. Its straight down the street from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and runs concerts daily by both non-famous and famous bands. Tickets are usually cheap, running from $10 to $30 dollars. They even give local bands to opportunity to book performances there. I saw the All American Rejects here and it was great, the place amplified the sound very well, and the place was also very lively. Its a great place for those students at University of North carolina to rock to music, from country to pop to heavy metal.

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★★★★★

Cats Cradle is one of the liveliest places in Carrboro. Its straight down the street from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and runs concerts daily by both non-famous and famous bands. Tickets are usually cheap, running from $10 to $30 dollars. They even give local bands to opportunity to book performances there. I saw the All American Rejects here and it was great, the place amplified the sound very well, and the place was also very lively. Its a great place for those students at University of North carolina to rock to music, from country to pop to heavy metal.

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I have seen everyone from a Ska band to Edwin McCain play at the Cat's Cradle. You may even see some local talent. The crowd is generally laid back and music savvy. Get there early because parking is scarce.

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★★★★☆

I have seen everyone from a Ska band to Edwin McCain play at the Cat's Cradle. You may even see some local talent. The crowd is generally laid back and music savvy. Get there early because parking is scarce.

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Cat's Cradle plays host to a wide variety of musical acts all throughout the year. I have seen everyone from Edwin McCain to a completely obscure Indy Jazz fusion group there. The venue is large enough to hold a decent size group, but small enough so that all shows feel like you are watching with a hundred of your closest friends. Like most small music venues, it is smoky and loud, it is hard to find a seat sometimes, but all of that does not matter when the music is good and your friends are having a good time.

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★★★★★

Cat's Cradle plays host to a wide variety of musical acts all throughout the year. I have seen everyone from Edwin McCain to a completely obscure Indy Jazz fusion group there. The venue is large enough to hold a decent size group, but small enough so that all shows feel like you are watching with a hundred of your closest friends. Like most small music venues, it is smoky and loud, it is hard to find a seat sometimes, but all of that does not matter when the music is good and your friends are having a good time.

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Cats Cradle is a great venue to catch a show at. Typically the marquee will list smaller indy bands, but there have been a few better-known musicians I have seen here as well. The actual establishment is rather small and can get pretty crowded, but it is non-smoking which makes the closeness more bearable. On the positive side you can get pretty close to the stage and it makes the whole show a lot more interactive.

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★★★★☆

Cats Cradle is a great venue to catch a show at. Typically the marquee will list smaller indy bands, but there have been a few better-known musicians I have seen here as well. The actual establishment is rather small and can get pretty crowded, but it is non-smoking which makes the closeness more bearable. On the positive side you can get pretty close to the stage and it makes the whole show a lot more interactive.

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Cat's Cradle is definitely my favorite place to hangout in the greater Triangle area. How many venues out there have shows at least 4 days a week--and not just any live music shows, these are GOOD shows. Cat's Cradle has helped launch the careers of many recording artists and is a frequent spot on even bigger bands' tours. If you like music, someone you like will be playing here THIS month, I guarantee it.
Most of Cradle's shows' extraordinarily reasonably priced tickets (usually about $10) can be bought through etix, which is superhandy, and the Cradle is one of the few venues in the southeast featured on Emusic, where live performances are recorded and made available online.
As with any club, the bathrooms aren't immaculate, but there's plenty of juicy gossip on stall doors. The stage area is plenty large and you can get a decent view from most areas of the venue. I recommend the left side facing the stage where you can stand on benches in case of a particularly beautiful performer. It's also easy to meet performers after the show, as Cradle staff are relatively easygoing. Don't get in the way of cleanup, though. It'd be nice to stay on the good side of those who work there, if you'd really like some autographs!

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★★★★★

Cat's Cradle is definitely my favorite place to hangout in the greater Triangle area. How many venues out there have shows at least 4 days a week--and not just any live music shows, these are GOOD shows. Cat's Cradle has helped launch the careers of many recording artists and is a frequent spot on even bigger bands' tours. If you like music, someone you like will be playing here THIS month, I guarantee it.
Most of Cradle's shows' extraordinarily reasonably priced tickets (usually about $10) can be bought through etix, which is superhandy, and the Cradle is one of the few venues in the southeast featured on Emusic, where live performances are recorded and made available online.
As with any club, the bathrooms aren't immaculate, but there's plenty of juicy gossip on stall doors. The stage area is plenty large and you can get a decent view from most areas of the venue. I recommend the left side facing the stage where you can stand on benches in case of a particularly beautiful performer. It's also easy to meet performers after the show, as Cradle staff are relatively easygoing. Don't get in the way of cleanup, though. It'd be nice to stay on the good side of those who work there, if you'd really like some autographs!

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I think the cats cradle is hands down one of the best places in the state to see small bands. They have a variety of different acts come through year round, the staff is always nice, and the music sounds great.

Come prepared to stand, there is very limited bench seating, and come prepared to walk...parking is scarce if you arrive close to a show time, and the businesses that share a parkinglot with the cradle will have you towed if you aprk ina space designated for their use.

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★★★★★

I think the cats cradle is hands down one of the best places in the state to see small bands. They have a variety of different acts come through year round, the staff is always nice, and the music sounds great.

Come prepared to stand, there is very limited bench seating, and come prepared to walk...parking is scarce if you arrive close to a show time, and the businesses that share a parkinglot with the cradle will have you towed if you aprk ina space designated for their use.

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live music. There are some good smaller places on Franklin St. but Cat's brings in big name artists and the shows are relatively cheap. You can pretty much count on 5 or 6 shows a week. If you want to hear music your best bet is to stop by Cats. If you want to hear local music go somewhere else because most of the headliners at Cats are touring bands from around the world. Check out Cats if you are in town.

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★★★★★

live music. There are some good smaller places on Franklin St. but Cat's brings in big name artists and the shows are relatively cheap. You can pretty much count on 5 or 6 shows a week. If you want to hear music your best bet is to stop by Cats. If you want to hear local music go somewhere else because most of the headliners at Cats are touring bands from around the world. Check out Cats if you are in town.

Pros: Great bands, Great atmosphere

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It's the place to play; King's, Go! and Local 506 are also cool, but the Cradle has the larger capacity, and year after year some of the best shows. Collectively, all 4 are really the only places that you can count on to have consistently good shows. Occasionally the Cradle will book shows at the Ritz, the Brewery (both in Raleigh), or even Local 506; for the Raleigh venues it's about the only reason to ever go...ok, the Brewery has been known to have decent local shows--but I haven't bothered to go there in years b/c they're pretty much clueless

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★★★★★

It's the place to play; King's, Go! and Local 506 are also cool, but the Cradle has the larger capacity, and year after year some of the best shows. Collectively, all 4 are really the only places that you can count on to have consistently good shows. Occasionally the Cradle will book shows at the Ritz, the Brewery (both in Raleigh), or even Local 506; for the Raleigh venues it's about the only reason to ever go...ok, the Brewery has been known to have decent local shows--but I haven't bothered to go there in years b/c they're pretty much clueless

Pros: College radio support, food nearby, A club's club

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Cat's Cradle is the best place in the Triangle to see live music. They book some of the best local (and national) talent.

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★★★★★

Cat's Cradle is the best place in the Triangle to see live music. They book some of the best local (and national) talent.

Pros: Cheap Drink, Great Bands

Cons: Parking, Lines at the Bar

 

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