The Road to Now
with Benjamin Sawyer and Bob Crawford
One afternoon in 2006, Bob Crawford and Ben Sawyer sat down in a Detroit coffee shop to talk history. Their discussion ended when Bob had to leave to play a show with his band, The Avett Brothers, but the conversation never stopped. In the years that followed, Bob’s band became one of the most celebrated musical groups in the country, and Ben went from graduate student to a professional historian. In 2016, they decided it was time to take their decade-long dialogue to the public. Their roads converged again, this time in the basement of Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, and they recorded the first episode of The Road to Now podcast.
Since then, Bob and Ben have met up in cities across the country to speak with some today’s great thinkers about the ways that the past shapes the present. They’ve recorded more than 150 episodes of The Road to Now with a wide range of guests, from award-winning historians to entertainment legends to prominent politicians, as an incredible base of listeners have provided the fuel to keep them moving forward.
The Road to Now Live invites those listeners to be part of the conversation. Each show features discussions with great thinkers, along with live musical performances, comedy, and special segments that are unique to each show and venue. In short, RTN Live brings the skills that Bob and Ben have been developing for most of their adult lives together into one show that is both enlightening and entertaining. The conversation goes on, and we hope you will join us as we take it on the road.
Directions & Parking
A special preferred parking rate of only $5* is available for our patrons in our designated garage.
7th Street Station Parking Garage
Enter on 6th or 7th Streets between N. College and N. Brevard Streets.
*The $5 rate is applicable when parked in the garage after 5pm on weekdays, Mon – Fri. If parked in the garage before 5pm, the $5 rate is void. There is no time restriction for the weekend, Sat & Sun.
GETTING AND USING YOUR PARKING PASS WHEN YOU ARRIVE
- Pull the garage entry ticket when you arrive at the designated garage. You will need this to exit!
- Purchase a $5 Blumenthal exit pass at the theater or purchase in advance online. If you would rather purchase by phone, please call 704.335.1010*
WHEN YOU EXIT
- Insert your garage entry ticket into the yellow slot. Amount due will display on the screen.
- Insert your Blumenthal exit pass in the same yellow slot, with arrow pointing at slot.
- Gate arm will rise and screen will display “drive safely.”
*Pre-paid parking is not available day of show.
McGlohon Theater at Spirit Square seats 730 and has become a showplace for live performances.
Uptown’s only historic theater, McGlohon Theater was originally the First Baptist Church sanctuary. The venue was carefully restored and opened in 1980. With its stained glass windows and Byzantine dome, this historically designated space makes each event a memorable experience. McGlohon Theater features the orchestra (stage) level and the balcony level.
The theater is named in honor of the late, legendary jazz pianist Loonis McGlohon of Charlotte.