Art of Cool Festival

Art of Cool

Bring the Art of Cool Festival Back in 2015!

Your gift is a vote of support for the presentation, programming and preservation of jazz-influenced music provided at Art of Cool Festival (AOCF). A cross between a jazz festival and a family reunion, AOCF celebrates the warmth and creativity of Carolina Jazz and Soul music. As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, Art[…]

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AOCFEST HOST Spotlight: Kane Smego

Kane Smego will be your Official Host Friday at Pinhook & Saturday night at Beyu Caffe Kane “Novakane” Smego is a National Poetry Slam finalist, Southern Fried Poetry Slam Champion, touring artist, and Artistic Director of 2010’s Indy Arts Award-winner Sacrificial Poets, a nationally-competing youth poetry organization based out of the[…]

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Full #AOCFEST2014 Line-Up Announced!

Did you see the news?! IT’S OFFICIAL: BILAL, CHRISTIAN SCOTT QUINTET, KING, and GIZMO have all been added to the 2014 Art of Cool Fest lineup this year!! We’ve also added a local hip hop stage (with live band) called R&Boom. Get your tickets now!! See you April 25th & 26th[…]

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Ringing in 2014 with Yahzarah!

Thank you all for joining us for an unforgettable New Year’s Eve with Yahzarah! We had a blast bringing in 2014 at Cuban Revolution. This is just the beginning of what Art of Cool is sharing with the Triangle in 2014! Join us at the Pour House – January 14th, 2014,[…]

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Give the Gift of Cool!

LOOKING FOR THE PERFECT GIFT THIS HOLIDAY SEASON? Why not gift a ticket to the 2014 Art of Cool Festival? Share the holiday tradition as a host of world class artists takeover Downtown Durham April 25 & 26, 2014. GIFTING A TICKET IS EASY! All you have to do is select[…]

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How Many Burgers & Brews Does it Take?

TONIGHT! Tuesday November 19th 5:30-8 p.m. @Bull City Burger and Brewery, Durham How many burgers and beers does it take to launch a jazz festival in downtown Durham? Meet your favorite jazz presenting nonprofit, Art of Cool, at your favorite burger joint — Bull City Burger and Brewery — in[…]

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Miguel Atwood Ferguson Ensemble

Art of Cool is proud to announce the Miguel Atwood-Ferguson Ensemble as another headliner for the Art of Cool Festival (April 25-26, 2014). On Saturday April 26, 2014 Miguel will direct an 11-piece orchestra in a tribute concert to honor North Carolina jazz and soul legends including Thelonious Monk, John[…]

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Maceo Parker to headline AOC Fest 2014!

We are happy to announce legendary jazz musician, Maceo Parker, as the headliner for our 2014 festival.  Maceo, a Kinston native, has a name synonymous with funky music and has played with many leaders of funk, including James Brown, George Clinton and Bootsy’s Rubber Band. His collaborations over the years[…]

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