DATES: APRIL 25-26, 2014

Here is an overview of our festival highlights:

Free Festival Kick Off Party on Friday complete with live music and a food truck rodeo @Durham Central Park

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Free Outdoor Stage for the Ultimate Day Party to be held at American Tobacco on Saturday. This will include family friendly programming and kids activities.



Multiple Indoor Venues
for the Club Pass Series on Friday and Saturday Nights. These venues are: Motorco Music Hall, Pinhook, Hayti Heritage Center, Beyu Caffe and Durham Arts Council.


Two Night Headliner Series @ The Carolina Theatre featuring legendary jazz icon Maceo Parker and Miguel Atwood-Ferguson Ensemble.

Maceo Parker

Our Carolina Soul Tribute Concert is scheduled for Saturday, April 26 of the festival, featuring the Miguel Atwood-Ferguson Ensemble and an all-star line-up. This tribute is to the jazz legends who are from our state of North Carolina: Nina Simone, John Coltrane, Thelonious Monk and Roberta Flack.

VIP Experience: Through PNC Bank’s support, The Art of Cool Festival provides a unique VIP experience. There will be a limited number of tickets for the two-day VIP experience at AOCFEST. Included in the VIP experience are an exclusive opening party at the Nasher Museum on April 23rd, access to VIP lounges and secret VIP venues, along with priority access to all shows and a swag bag. Simply put, VIP tickets are a must for the jazz aficionado.

Panel Discussions: We will host a panel discussion at a local brewery. This discussion will be around the word jazz and its link to hip hop culture. We will invite local jazz leaders to be on the panel.

Master Classes: We will be asking our premier performers to hold masterclasses on neighboring university campuses.