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The Wicked Witch, a New Music Venue, Opens in Raleigh Thursday Night

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Raleigh will grow richer by one live-music venue as of tomorrow. The owners of Ruby Deluxe, which offers live music and d.j. sets, have announced the opening of The Wicked Witch at 416 W. South Street. Pegged as Ruby Deluxe’s “nasty-cool big sister,” The Wicked Witch will continue in the spirit of its predecessor.

Daniel Tomas, a co-owner, says the venue will be "a space that hosts and fosters talent across our community by prioritizing our booking to showcase femme, queer, nonbinary, and people of color's voices and art. Local music fans can expect an inclusive and fun atmosphere that entertains an array of nationally and internationally touring musicians, d.j.s, burlesque troupes, and drag queens."

Named to echo witches' historical spirit of rebelliousness, the new space builds on the foundation of Ruby Deluxe's DIY, queer-friendly space, but on a slightly bigger scale. Tomas says the growth of that scene has necessitated the expansion "in order to accommodate new ideas and shows."

The Wicked Witch kicks things off tomorrow with a three-act bill featuring a range of industrial dance sounds and styles. BODYKIT is the side project of Whatever Brains frontman Rich Ivey and a major turn away from the punk stylings of his main band. The band celebrates the release of its debut full-length, No-NRG, a dubby, dissonant, but danceable set via New Body Tapes. They'll be joined by Floor Model and Gar-ud, both of which relish chaotic beat manipulation. 

Take a listen to the bands below, and be sure to check out this exciting new venue.



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