Art of Cool Festival 2018

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Weekend Guide August 23rd 2017


It has been a summer filled with memorable experiences! From dance parties and live music to art hangs and yoga. Thank you to those who hung out with us this past Saturday as we had a whirlwind of a day beginning with brunch and ending with the Jazz jam and dance party in Raleigh. We promised to keep the entertainment coming all summer and as we approach the last few weeks of the season, we invite you to kickback with us to close it out right. Keep reading for details on what’s up next.  


Yours in music,

Team Art of Cool



Aug 25- Art of Cool & The Sol Kitchen Present PJ Morton at Motorco

Sept 12- Jazz Night at The Durham Hotel

Sept 14 -UNC Stone Center Opening Exhibit: Meaningful Fiction and the Figurative Tradition: The Art of Mequitta Ahuja

Sept 20-UNC Stone Center: 25th Annual Sonja Haynes Stone Memorial Lecture  delivered by Edwidge Danticat, Award-winning author and activist

Oct 6-7AOCFEST Charlotte featuring headliner Robert Glasper

Oct 17-26- “MONK @100”: A Century of Genius presented by Duke Performances

Oct 19- Art of Cool & The Sol Kitchen Present Daley at Motorco

Oct 24 –UNC Stone Center : The Diaspora Festival of Black and Independent Film


Friday, August 25th Art of Cool is excited to present the incredibly talented PJ Morton! Presented in collaboration with Sol Kitchen, PJ Morton returns to Durham for the 1st time since his 2016 #AOCFEST appearance.


Singer, songwriter, producer, & multi-instrumentalist Morton is a Grammy and Dove Award winning artist from New Orleans. Known by many as the keyboardist for Maroon 5, Morton has built an unbelievable career.


He has worked with various artists ranging from BJ the Chicago Kid and India Arie to Jazmine Sullivan, Lil Wayne, and Solange. Morton brings the tour for his latest release Gumbo to Motorco Music Hall for one night of earth shattering soul.  In addition, none other than the talented and beautiful soul singer Ash will provide opening support for the show.


Tickets are moving fast! $15 adv/$20 day of show.


Hear from PJ Morton   Meet ASH


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Join us as we present a special installation of Jazz Night in collaboration with Duke Performances!


Meet us on the rooftop as AOC-approved local and visiting musicians provide the soundtrack for drinks, snacks, and 360-degree views of downtown. Not only will you enjoy a night of great dinner with jazz but guests will also be able to learn more about the upcoming “Monk @ 100” celebration.  No Cover. 6-9pm on the roof.


Reservations for 6 or more can be made at 919-768-8831.


Duke Performances Presents MONK@100: A Century of Genius


A comprehensive celebration to commemorate the centenary of Jazz icon and North Carolina native Thelonious Monk.


Beginning Tuesday, October 17th through Thursday, October 26th  25 of the finest musicians in Jazz will be presented over 10 days in downtown Durham at the Durham Fruit & Produce Company.


In addition to its extensive musical offerings, this celebration of Monk’s music — the most visible of its kind in the world — will bring to Duke and Durham a variety of free public events including conversations, jam sessions, film screenings, and all-day vinyl listening stations spanning Monk’s entire catalogue.


Learn More About MONK@100


Just announced! British Soul Singer Daley is coming to North Carolina! Meet us at Motorco Music Hall Thursday, October 19th as Daley brings his Spectrum Tour to Durham! Presented in collaboration by Art of Cool and The Sol Kitchen, this is sure to be a truly unforgettable night.


Since his debut, Daley has become one of the UK’s most respected soulful exports, recording and touring on both sides of the Atlantic and working with the likes of Pharrell Williams, Miguel, Jessie J, Emeli Sande, Maxwell, Jill Scott and Marsha Ambrosius. His single “Alone Together” became a top 5 hit in the US garnering him kudos from The Grammys, BET, Soul Train and MOBO awards and a loyal international fan base.


Doors open at 7 pm, show starts at 8 pm. Tickets are on sale now. $20 adv/$25 day of show. Reserved seating $30.


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