Art of Cool Festival 2018

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Weekend Guide July 5th 2017

It’s official, Art of Cool has the best audience in Durham. When we put out the call for support, you all really come through! Your support helped us to successfully send deserving children at Global Scholars Academy in Durham to summer jazz camp. Please know your contributions were truly appreciated. In addition, we had over 100 people to RSVP in the first hour of announcing the screening after party for the HBO documentary The Defiant Ones and over 300 people on the waitlist for a chance to attend.  Shout out to our partners last week Black Wall Street, the Durham Hotel, and DJ Bro Rabb for helping bring a true party to the rooftop! What a beautiful night out in Durham!!  Luckily the summer is just beginning and we have even more great entertainment lined up for both Durham and Raleigh.  Hit the links below to learn what’s up next. Mark your calendars and please share with your family friends


Written while dreaming of more Durham Summer Nights,

Team Art of Cool



July 18- 3rd Tuesday Jazz Night at The Durham Hotel feat. Donovan Cheatham Trio

July 21–   Art of Cool X Sol Kitchen Present Dre-Z : Tribute to the Music of Dr. Dre & Jay Z
July 29-   Art of Cool & Motorco Present Eric Roberson


Jazz Night presented in collaboration with The Durham Hotel has moved to the roof. AOC-approved local and visiting musicians provide the soundtrack for drinks, snacks, and 360-degree views of downtown. The Donovan Cheatham Trio joins us Tuesday, July 18. 


Great news! Now added to the hotel menu is the “The Lovestrong” cocktail. Named in honor of AOC co-founder Al Strong, this refreshing drink was originally introduced to help fundraise for stArt of Cool Jazz Camp.  All summer long, The Durham hotel will donate $2 per drink sold to go towards the Start of Cool Jazz Camp!


Every 3rd Tuesday, 6-9pm. No Cover.  Reservations for 6 or more can be made at 919-768-8831.


The Sol Kitchen X Art of Cool are bringing one of the illest parties celebrating HipHop back to the triangle. Friday, July 21st, meet us in Raleigh at The Pourhouse Music Hall as we honor two of the most respected performers, producers and moguls in hip-hop: Dr. Dre and Jay-Z. 


With over 30 years in music, we know Dr. Dre as the mastermind behind legendary songs from artists like NWA, 2Pac, Snoop Dog, Gwen Stefani, Eminem, and more. Since Jay Z debuted over 20 years ago he has been considered one of the greatest rappers of all time and has collaborated with some of the biggest names in music from Biggie, Beyoncé, Kanye West, Coldplay, 9th Wonder, Rihanna, and Dr. Dre to name a few.


Heads up! All Free RSVP tickets are sold out. Advance price tickets are still available, but moving fast. The last event was a sell out, so don’t wait get your tickets early before they are gone! Tickets are only $10 in advance, $15 at the door. 


Music will be provided by #aocfest2016 alum DJ Skillz and hosted by DJ and emcee Mad Skillz.

Come dressed comfortably and be ready to dance all night!


Hear from Dr. Dre     Discover music by Jay Z


Motorco Music Hall and Art of Cool are proud to present another fantastic night of soul music! Join us on Saturday, July 29th as GRAMMY Nominated Singer/Songwriter Eric Roberson brings his tour to Durham, NC.


Erro, as he is affectionately known by fans and friends alike, is a successful songwriter and producer and has worked with many notable artists like Jill Scott, Dwele, The Foreign Exchange, and more. Known for dynamic live performances, Eric is sure to captivate the audience with his sultry, smooth delivery.


In 2017 Eric will release an EP Trilogy: Earth + Wind + Fire. The first EP ‘Earth: The Push’ was released on April 21st. Followed by ‘Wind: The Love’ in July and ‘Fire: The Message’ in October.


 If you love R&B and Soul, you’re sure to enjoy this show. Tickets are $30 in advance, $35 day of show. 


Hear from Eric Roberson  


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