PRESS RELEASE: Grand Opening of Imurj in Downtown Raleigh: May 4-7 * Imurj
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PRESS RELEASE: Grand Opening of Imurj in Downtown Raleigh: May 4-7

Raleigh, NC – May 3, 2014 – Imurj,  the Triangle’s newest art and music venue and incubator located in downtown Raleigh in the Warehouse District, is having a four-day Grand Opening this week.  The Grand Opening goes on from Thursday, May 4th through Sunday, May 7th.  There will be plenty of free events including live music, open mic, beer tasting, break dancing and interactive art.  All Free. All Weekend.

Imurj is described as a collaborative music and art community center.  This passion-project from co-founders, Heather Burns and Karl Thor, is a place for all musicians, artists, teachers, and patrons to create, perform and engage in art. Imurj’s objective is to strengthen the local art community by providing an incubator for local talent, from amateur to professional, with cross-fertilization between performance and visual artistic mediums. Imurj’s 6000 square foot space located at 300 S. McDowell St in downtown Raleigh’s warehouse district (underneath the Whiskey Kitchen) houses well-equipped music, video, and art production studios, as well as a café/bar with stages for live performances, demonstrations, lectures, and seminars.  

The event this weekend is open to the public and welcomes anyone that enjoys local art and music.  Imurj is a membership-based club offering a $1/year public membership.   Imurj also offers membership for artists and musicians who want to be more involved in the community. 

Please visit for more information about Imurj and the Grand OpeningImurj Raleigh Grand Opening

Full Weekend Schedule:

Thursday May 4
7PM-8:30PM Draft & Craft with Raleigh Brewing Company

Imurj is pairing Raleigh Brewing Company beer tasting with beer-inspired crafts and Nico Zarcone performing on our Cafe Stage.
ALL AGES (21+ to participate in beer tasting)

8:30- 12AM Open Mic Night

Hosted by Brian Jones. Show your off your talent and perform on Imurj’s Main Stage.

Friday May 5
9:30AM – 9:30PM Artists on View

In the spirit of our month-long exhibit INHABIT, we invite four Imurj Member artists to work freely at one of the easels in our main space. Bring your own materials, take up one of the 4 easels we set out… and start working on your art in public view.

5PM – 9PM INHABIT Opening Reception

The Imurj Main Gallery is transformed into 4 spaces for Imurj Members to INHABIT. We are featuring the artist as the installation as these artists work in public view throughout the exhibition run. Join us May First Friday

7PM – 8:30PM Samuel Gerweck

A local performer and multi-instrumentalist from Raleigh, NC

9:30PM – 12AM N’KOGNiiTO

Based out of Raleigh-Durham, NC, N’kogniito has spent the last two and a half years crafting their own original sound and honing their skill set. Their music blurs the lines between R&B, Soul, Funk, Jazz, Blues and more.

Saturday May 6

12PM-12:50PM Art Activites

Join in on three art activities inspired by movement and street art: “Move It” Create a Keith Haring-inspired figure, “Tag a Board” design your name plaque in graffiti-style colorful block and bubble lettering on magnetic cardboard, and “Gyro Human Art Machine” capture the elliptical movement of your limbs in a human spirograph-like communal drawing.

1PM-2PM Raleigh Rockers – Crew Breakdancing

Local B-boy crew and break dancing extraordinaires.

2:30PM -3:30PM Orlando Parker Jr.

Orlando Parker Jr. is a singer/songwriter, international fashion model, actor, business manager and activist in North Carolina.

4PM-4:30PM Eye d’Neau

Eye d’Neau is a solo singer/ acoustic guitarist performing cover songs from a repertoire of over 200 songs.

4:30PM-7:00PM Open Jam Evening

Everyone is invited to jam on our Main Stage on our stellar backline of instruments. Come grab a beer and experience the creative process.


7:30PM-9:30PM Cypher Univercity

In traditional hip-hop canon, a cypher is a circle of lyricists and performers exchanging ideas in free verse form.
*Not appropriate for children*

10PM-11PM 3AM

Raleigh based artist 3AM effortlessly switch between soulful R&B and 808-heavy trap anthems puts him head and shoulders above his competition, and makes you wonder if there’s any style he wouldn’t excel at.

Sunday May 7

4PM – 5PM NoNoClay

NoNoCLay’s music combines influences of Steve Vai, Slash, Eddie Van Halen, Vernon Reid, John Frusciante, & Prince. His style is his own.