The Blue Note Grill is one of the Triangle's premier live-music venues, complete with a full-service BBQ & Ribs restaurant and bar. Family-owned and operated, the Blue Note Grill has consistently been voted by readers of the INDY as Best Place in the Triangle to hear Blues, Best Place to hear Bluegrass, and several times for Best Place for Wings, and Best Waitstaff!. And the barbecue and ribs are second to none!

We are a non-smoking venue; smoking is only allowed outside in designated areas.


Since opening in 2010, the Blue Note Gill has hosted local, regional and touring artists alike – from our outstanding local talent to national artists like Paul Thorn, Chris Smither, Coco Montoya, Popa Chubby, Shemekia Copeland, The Waybacks, Nick Moss, Wishbone Ash, Vanessa Collier, Maria Muldaur, Larkin Poe, Walter Trout, Janiva Magness, Barrere & Tackett with Craig Fuller, Marcia Ball, Randall Bramblett, Amanda Ann Platt & the Honeycutters, Scott Sharrard & the Brickyard Band, John Hammond Jr, Ana Popovic, Davy Knowles, Albert Cummings, The Nighthawks, The Subdudes, Roomful of Blues, Jimmy Thackery, Les Dudek, Will McFarlane, Rev. Billy C. Wirtz, Victor Wainwright, Samantha Fish, Tas Cru, Tommy Castro, Albert Castiglia, Selwyn Birchwood, Kelvin Holley, Tinsley Ellis, Slam Allen, Lil' Ed & the Blues Imperials, Madeleine Peyroux, JP Soars, Delta Moon, Teresa James & the Rhythm Tramps, Darrell Scott, Cedric Burnside, The Quebe Sisters, Bobby Messano, Anne McCue, Ruthie Foster, Jarekus Singleton, Bruce Katz Band, Harvey Dalton Arnold, Larry Mitchell, Annie McCue, Harper & Midwest Kind, The Gravy Boys, Wayne Sharp & the Sharpshooters, and local/regional favorites.

If you are interested in playing at The Blue Note, please contact us by email: and include the word Booking – followed by the band/artist name – in the subject line.

Make sure to send us links to your website, music links (ReverbNation, YouTube, etc) along with band bio information, available dates, band contact, etc. Please do not send us mp3 files!


Once a date is confirmed, we work together with you to promote the show so it can be a success. Please provide The Blue Note Grill with current approved copy, graphics, and posters and be prepared to help us promote through all social networks. We'll share your appearance on our website and in our weekly email newsletter and expect you to do the same with your fans. Feel free to contact us to coordinate promotional and marketing efforts for your upcoming show.


Yes, we are available for private events and functions. Just ask.


Seating Capacity: 200/225 with a mix of seated and standing.

Total Square Feet: Approx. 2500 SF

Due to construction in the area limited parking is available behind the building near our loading ramp.

Dressing Room
Located at the side of the stage for equipment storage and dressing.

Dinner meal provided to performers following soundcheck.

In-house high-speed wi-fi available throughout the building. PW: BBQ&BLUES

We can provide a table either in the lobby or directly beside the state.

Venue Specs

Stage Dimensions: 18′ wide x 12' deep x 13″ high

Total Square Feet: Approx. 2500 SF

Distance from stage to nearest/furthest seating: 12ft./50ft.

Ludwig Classic Maple Downbeat 20 4-pc drum kit – 20" kick,12" mounted tom,14" floor tom, Pearl snare, Zildjian ZBT Hi Hat, 22" Paiste Ride/Crash, 15" and 18" Zildjian Crash.

Suhr Hombre amps (2)

Fender Hot Rod Deluxe amp (1)

Fender Blues Junior amp (1)

G-K RB bass amp 300 watt with 350 watt Eden 210 XLT Cabinet (1)


12 chauvet slimPAR QUAD 12 IRC

myDMX 2.0 software controller running on house computer


Mixing Console

Yamaha MGP 24X (16 mic ch.- 4 monitor mixes- 2 Digital EFXs)

dbx 231 EQ (1)

Behringer FBQ 6200HD EQ (2)

Main Speaker System

JBL PRX 710 (2)

JBL JRX 100 Subwoofers (2)


Alto TS112 (front) (2)

Harbinger 112 (mid front) (1)Behringer F1320 (drum) (1)


Shure Beta87 (1)

Shure SM58 (5)

Shure SM57 (3)

Sennheiser e935 (1)

Sennheiser e835 (7)

Shure DMK5752 Drum Mic Kit (1)

Audix D2 Drum Mics (2)

Shure "Elvis" Mic (1)

Fun Facts

  • We're across the street from the old Durham Bulls Athletic Park, where Bull Durham was filmed.
  • BNG is a former machine shop and auto parts store.
  • Durham Distillery is our next-door neighbor.  Distillers of internationally renowned Conniption Gin named the # 1 Craft Gin distillery in the U.S. in 2018 by USA TODAY and the winner of Best Distillery and Best Local Liquor by Indy Week for 7 consecutive years (2016 - 2022).


Friday shows: All start at 9:15pm after the 6-8pm band. Load-in cannot happen until 1st band is cleared.

Ticket Sales: Etix and at the door

Reservations for family members need to be made WELL IN ADVANCE by phone, not email. We book up early and would hate to disappoint your personal guests.


BNG weekly newsletter, press releases for touring artists, social media, advertising ticket & CD giveaways

Artists should provide as much support toward the show as possible: Posters, giveaways, be available for interviews