Art of Cool Festival 2018

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Weekend Guide Sept 13th 2017


They say when you come out of a storm you’re never the same person that walked in. It’s definitely been tough these last few weeks…between the weather and all the unrest in the nation we’ve dealt with literal and figurative storms. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all those impacted across our nation and we encourage you to not lose hope as sunshine is sure to come. We believe in the healing power of music and find that often the best way to regroup and regain focus is with great music. If you need to get away from it all, we invite you to seek shelter in the company of friends and family at one of our events. Keep reading for a reminder of what’s coming up next. We hope to see you out soon.


Yours in music,

Team Art of Cool




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

Sept 20- 25th Annual Sonja Haynes Stone Memorial Lecture  delivered by Edwidge Danticat

Sept 23- Vibez The Brunch Series Episode 2 Presented by Black Wall Street

Sept 27- Jazz Night featuring Ernest Turner at The Durham Hotel

Sept 30- The ArtsCenter Presents Matthew Stevens and The Hot at Nights

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


The Stone Center will feature the work of figurative painter Mequitta Ahuja this fall. The exhibit opens on Thursday, September 14 at 7pm with a special reception and artist talk with Ahuja and will be on display through November 22.


Ahuja is motivated by big ideas like painting as a record of our changing notions of beauty or how to make paintings that communicate clearly and invite the creative participation of the viewer. Her unique ethnic heritage; she is the daughter of an African American mother and a South Asian Indian father, informs her work as well. She holds an M.F.A. from the University of Illinois and lives in Baltimore, M.D.


For Exhibit details click here


 Edwidge Danticat, Award-winning author and activist will deliver the 25th Annual Sonja Haynes Stone Memorial Lecture.

 Danticat is the author of numerous books, including Claire of the Sea Light, a New York Times notable book; Brother, I’m Dying, a National Book Critics Circle Award winner and National Book Award finalist; Breath, Eyes, Memory, an Oprah Book Club selection; Krik? Krak!, a National Book Award finalist; The Farming of Bones, an American Book Award winner; and The Dew Breaker, a PEN/Faulkner Award finalist and winner of the inaugural Story Prize. The recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship, she has been published in The New Yorker, The New York Times, and elsewhere.


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The Durham Chamber, in partnership with the Art of Cool and Black Wall Street will host a Saturday brunch series designed for like-minded individuals and professionals to soak in the vibe of the Durham Hotel over mimosas and refreshments while receiving expert, complimentary consulting from industry leaders in HR, marketing, finance, and more.

The next brunch event takes place on Saturday, September 23, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The brunch will feature opportunities for speed consulting with industry experts, vendors, and special guest, Dr. Phail Wynn, VP, Durham and Regional Affairs, Duke University.

Consultants include: 
Carena Lemons – The Lemons Law Firm
Gary Roscoe – Accalim HR Consulting
Derrick James – My Local CFO
Priscilla Wood – i2iSEOConsulting
Warren Greshes – Speaking of Success
La-Tasha Best-Gaddy – Small Business & Technology Development Center

Reservations for brunch: 919-768-8831

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


Learn about Vibez Business Brunch


**RESCHEDULED** Join us Wednesday, Sept 27th 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. The featured performance will come from extraordinary pianist Ernest Turner.


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


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Saturday, September 30th AOCFEST Alum Matthew Stevens makes a return to NC along with our friends The Hot At Nights!  Presented as part of the ArtsCenter’s 2017/2018 Performance Season this evening will bring forward thinking Jazz to Carrboro!


Since graduating from Berklee College of Music with the Jimi Hendrix Award in 2004, guitarist Matthew Stevens has vaulted quickly to the forefront of his jazz generation on the strength of his sideman work and musical direction. Stevens has extensively performed and recorded with leading contemporary artists including Christian Scott and Esperanza Spalding, and his recent appearance at the Art of Cool festival has left Triangle crowds eager for more. His latest release Preverbal has been called “subtle, clever jazz fusion” by The Guardian.

Chris Boerner (The Foreign Exchange, Freeman, Hiss Golden Messenger) on 8-string guitar, Matt Douglas (The Mountain Goats, The Rosebuds, Erin McKeown) on woodwinds, and Nick Baglio (Jeanne Jolly, The Foreign Exchange) on drums & keyboards make up The Hot at Nights, a trio heavily influenced by the origins of jazz at the turn of the century, emblazoned by the raw and unbridled freedom of the 50′s and 60′s, and electrified by the external forces of the 80′s. Their 2016 project, Cool It, collected 5 reinterpretations of songs by other bands born from the fruitful North Carolina music scene, such as Sylvan Esso, Future Islands, Hammer No More The Fingers, Bowerbirds, and Delta Rae. Their newest album Three Kids finds them venturing into new, more synth-driven territory.


Tickets are Just $24


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ICYMI: This spring we announced the expansion of Art of Cool Fest to the beautiful city of Charlotte, NC. In approximately 30 days we will invade Charlotte’s NODA district for a weekend of unbelievably great music. October 6-7, 2017 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.


For just $25 you can take in the Charlotte Hidden Gems Showcase on Friday night. Unable to attend Friday? No worries! Saturday take in over 6 performances, participate in the day parties, and experience the headliner performance for just $60.  Enjoy the full weekend as a VIP for $100 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.


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Purchase AOCFEST Charlotte Tickets Here


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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