RALEIGH, NC (WTVD) – For the Red Hat Amphitheater’s first concert since 2019, the venue hosted local hip-hop group Kooley High and a debut concert of The Hot at Nights.

“Just having the opportunity to be in the community is great,” said Crystal Reed, who was with her husband Scooter. “Looks like it’s going to be socially distant. I’m fully vaccinated so I have all my bases covered. We’ve gone almost a whole year without being struck by COVID in my home.”

Ahead of their tonight show, Kooley High was thrilled to be back in the crowd.

Since the last show, a lot has changed: the metal detectors are wandless, the bathrooms are individual instead of a large trailer – you can also get your food using a code. There was also a COVID-19 vaccination unit outside of Red Hat.

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“This is the first time that I have come back to anything,” said Justin Glover, who was with Marget Ragsdale. “My friend is playing here tonight so we came over to support him and just to come back it feels good.”

The Amped Up music series will take place every Thursday through July with local Raleigh performers preparing for even bigger concerts later.

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