Since 1933, North Carolina’s newly elected governors have selected the Junior League of Raleigh to serve as the host of the Governor’s Inaugural Ball.
80 years and 30 Inaugural Balls later, the North Carolina Inaugural Ball has gone 2.0, aiming to engage the next generation of movers and shakers--young voters--with the second annual Rock the Ball Concert at Raleigh’s Lincoln Theatre from 9 p.m. to midnight on Thursday, January 10th .
Tickets to Rock the Ball, which sold out in 2009, are $20 and are still available on The Junior League of Raleigh's event page.
Young McCrory enthusiasts campaigned across the state, helping to turn the Old North State red, in 2012. Rock the Vote gives young voters who are less likely to attend the Inaugural Ball the chance to join in his victory, as well as, to celebrate North Carolina's musical talent.
All of the League’s Inaugural Ball events will feature North Carolina entertainment, and Rock the Ball is no exception. Entertainment at Rock the Ball, will include Raleigh-based American Aquarium, Raleigh- and Charlotte-based Balsa Gliders and Big Daddy Love from Western North Carolina.
“At the Inaugural Ball events we will not only celebrate the Council of State and Governor Pat McCrory, but all of North Carolina,” said Pat Wilkins, Junior League of Raleigh President, in a statement. She also thanked Dave Rose from Deep South Entertainment for his help in securing performers from across North Carolina.
Governor Pat McCrory, is expected to make a brief appearance, introduced by his very own nieces and nephews, who have been named the event’s honorary hosts.