The Station is a historic landmark older even than the name “Carrboro.” Built in 1882, it was the focal point of the town–then called West End. The space, which originally housed the local train depot, also holds a place in music history: Elizabeth Cotton was inspired to write her famous folk song, Freight Train, in the early 1900s as tribute to the trains that stopped in Carrboro, which she could hear at night from the bedroom of her childhood home. It’s also the location that R. E. M. chose to play their first show outside of their home state of Georgia in 1980. In the past century, the space has been home to an assortment of businesses, only to come full circle back to its musical beginnings.
Our plan for The Station is to celebrate the musical moments that it’s been built on and host our own events for the history books. We are upgrading the sound, lighting, and acoustic treatments in the room so we can offer professionally-run and intimate shows in a unique space, that feels and sounds good, where bands and fans can get up-close-and-personal. We will also be offering ten beers on draught, craft cocktails made with fresh and locally-sourced ingredients, and a unique selection of house-made Bloody Marys.
The bar will be open Monday – Friday from 5:00 PM to 2:00 AM and on Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 2:00 AM, and we will host live music, DJ events, and other unique acts every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. In addition to our regularly scheduled events, we are booking quarterly Secret Shows, featuring bands that you won’t want to miss, which will be announced the day of the event.
So come over, grab a drink and a seat on the porch and listen to some tunes with us!