Art of Cool Festival 2018

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Weekend Guide Oct 5th 2017

The countdown is officially here!  Queen City, get ready to be immersed in the ultimate weekend of cool! We are just 24 hours from the inaugural AOCFEST Charlotte experience and we’re beyond thrilled to share with our Charlotte fans! We hope that this expansion will foster a continuation of the beautiful culture of music appreciation that has blossomed out of the Art of Cool in Durham. AOCFEST is not your typical music festival. It is fresh, innovative, and is carefully curated to ensure that we present our audience with artists that will challenge your very notion of Jazz music. Durham, we haven’t forgotten about you! Keep reading to see what’s happening in the coming weeks.  Thanks for your support of the movement. Please be sure to follow us on social media and continue to share with friends and family.


Yours in music,

Team Art of Cool




Oct 6-7AOCFEST Charlotte featuring headliner Robert Glasper

Oct 11-13- Black Wall Street Homecoming 2017

Oct 14- Vibez: The Brunch Series Presented by Black Wall Street & The Durham Chamber of Commerce

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




ICYMI: For a limited time only, all ticket packages to the inaugural AOCFESTCLT are discounted!!! While supplies last, all ticket packages are 50% off!! These price breaks won’t last long so don’t procrastinate! In just 24 hours we will invade Charlotte’s NODA district for a weekend of unbelievably great music. It all goes down October 6-7th! We have curated a lineup featuring some of the premier names in contemporary jazz and soul music. Headlining the weekend are none other than the Robert Glasper Experiment and Rapper Big Pooh.  


Friday night is dedicated to highlighting some of the best and brightest local artists with the Hidden Gems Showcase featuring Harvey Cummings & Friends,  Queen’s Guard featuring Blanche J, and then cap of your night with none other than Rapper Big Pooh.


Saturday Oct 7th the fun continues! Whether you like a DJ set or live music we’ve got you covered!  Featured performances include Al Strong Quartet, Chantae Cann, ZooCrü, Blame The Youth, Dynamo, Kenneth Whalum, and the Robert Glasper Experiment. AOCFEST is a music lover’s dream as there is a little something for everyone.


Regularly $25, now you can take in the Charlotte Hidden Gems Showcase on Friday night for just $12.50. Unable to attend Friday? No worries! Saturday take in over 6 performances, participate in the day parties, and experience the headliner performance for just $30 while supplies last. Prices will increase to $60 soon, so act now!  Enjoy the full weekend as a VIP for the discounted rate of $50 ($100 regular price) which grants access to perks such as priority entry, preferred seating, a private reception, and a meet and greet with festival headliner Robert Glasper.  VIP tickets are available in limited supplies, so act early to ensure you get the best of the festival.


Hear from Robert Glasper


Purchase AOCFEST Charlotte Tickets Here


October 11-13, 2017 is the return of Black Wall Street Homecoming! This annual networking conference seeks to bring together early-stage entrepreneurs to learn from diverse, mulit-cultural entrepreneurs in an environment that will foster growth and continued success.  From the keynote speakers and workshops, to the networking and music, Black Wall Street Homecoming is designed to help you move to the next level.


For a full agenda and to purchase tickets click here


Brunch and a day party on the rooftop of The Durham? Yes, please. Black Wall Street and the Art of Cool teams up with the Greater Durham of Commerce and the Durham Hotel to present Vibez: The Brunch Series. Saturday October 14th marks the final in a three-part series.


Designed for entrepreneurs and professionals to come together for brunch and networking while soaking in the vibe of The Durham Hotel over mimosas and refreshments. The brunch will feature opportunities for speed consulting with industry experts, vendors, and a special guest.

Consultants include: 
Derrick James – My Local CFO
Warren Greshes – Speaking of Success
Dr. Kim Moore – NC Mutual Life Insurance Company
Dr. Bahby Banks – Pillar Consulting
Domenick Rella – Engine Brandmakers
Jerri Bland – Cloud CIO

Reservations for brunch: 919-768-8831

Sign up for consulting time slots here:

11:30am-1:30pm | Speed Consulting & Brunch
12:00pm-12:30pm | Keynote & Remarks
12:30pm-3:00pm | Rooftop Day Party


For more information on Vibez Business Series


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 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. 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. Reserved seating $30.


Get to know Daley

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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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