No rain on Gavin’s parade

Gavin Degraw performing for the crowd at Red Hat Amphitheater in Raleigh, NC.
Gavin Degraw performing for the crowd.

An early onset of drizzle during the opening acts played no factor Friday night in the kickoff concert of the weekend Rock n Roll Marathon Series, operated by the City of Raleigh and presented by WRAL. “I don’t want to be anything other than me” sang the crowd of the Red Hat Amphitheater in chorus with show headliner, Gavin Degraw. While popularly being known as the opening theme for the mid-2000’s WB/CW teen drama “One Tree Hill“, the song “I Don’t Want To Be” is an anthem of self-acceptance and a declaration of one’s unique individuality and Gavin certainly represents that with his soulful vocals and humble disposition.

Degraw on piano.
Degraw takes to the piano.

The Grammy Award nominee’s performance initially played like a live rendition of his 2014 compilation album “Finest Hour: The Best of Gavin Degraw”, representing the hits of his career (“Chariot”, “In Love With A Girl”), before changing gears and paying tribute to his musical inspirations by performing classics from other catalogs (a cover of Paul McCartney’s “Maybe I’m Amazed” on piano being a standout number). Looking to make the night a memorable moment, Gavin left the stage and made his way into the crowd, flanked by venue security and rushed by fans. Degraw would again show his appreciation for those who came out in support of him by staying well after the event parameters and hosting an impromptu and meet and greet. A regular visitor to Raleigh, NC and professed lover of North Carolina, Gavin Degraw is a welcomed sight always.

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Lamarr Fowlkes is a Raleigh/Chapel Hill based contributing writer for Triangle Arts and Entertainment and Promotions Assistant for LiveNation Entertainment. A former UNC Tar Heel and UNC Asheville Bulldog, descendant of Welsh and Nigerian ancestry and noted hockey enthusiast, Lamarr will continue to provide art and entertainment coverage for the Triangle area while simultaneously expanding his reach to the remainder of the Carolinas. To read more of Lamarr’s posts for Triangle Arts and Entertainment, click


By Lamarr Fowlkes

Lamarr Fowlkes is a Raleigh, NC-based journalist. A former UNC-Chapel Hill Tar Hill, he is currently finishing a B.S. in Information Technology. While continuing to contribute as a writer for Triangle Arts and Entertainment, Lamarr seeks to expand his media coverage beyond the Carolinas.