Art of Cool Festival 2018

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Weekend Guide Oct 19th 2017

We’re halfway through the month and what a music filled October it has been! Special thanks go out to everyone who joined us for the final installment of the Vibez brunch collaboration with Black Wallstreet, the Durham Chamber of Commerce, and The Durham Hotel. We love bringing you experiences that expand your musical and cultural perspectives. We have more music planned in the coming weeks, so keep your eyes on your inbox and make sure you’re following us on social media for updates. Thanks for your continued support of the movement.                                                                                                                                                                                                                               


Yours in music,

Team Art of Cool




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

Nov 2- Duke Performances Presents Pharaohe Monch and PItchBlak Brass Band

Nov17- The Sol Kitchen and Mad Skillz Presents; A King & A Prince Dance Party


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


British Soul Singer Daley is coming to North Carolina! Meet us at Motorco Music Hall Thursday, October 19th!


That’s right; Daley will bring critically acclaimed 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. Now added, sultry singer Tiffany Gouche will be his opening support.


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

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Pharaohe Monch & PitchBlak Brass Band

Thursday, November 2, 8 PM

Reynolds Industries Theater


In February 2016, twenty-five years after his debut with hip-hop duo Organized Konfusion, Queens emcee Pharoahe Monch took a chance and stepped onstage with Brooklyn’s uproarious PitchBlak Brass Band. They astounded the audience with a full set of full-band rap. Sousaphones and strings, trombones and trumpets, drums and saxes, background singers and bass all blasted the beats for the best of Monch’s catalogue. From the ’90s party anthem “Simon Says” to the verbally acrobatic “Broken Again,” the experiment worked. Monch agreed to revisit the PitchBlak project in Durham, performing his songs with a big, bold band that speaks his language. 

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