Summer Concert Series At CCB Plaza opens May 9

Apr. 03, 2013 @ 07:27 PM

Downtown Durham Inc. will launch its free “Find Your Cool” Summer Concert Series at CCB Plaza May 9 at 7 p.m. 

“From soul to salsa, African to Americana, ‘the plaza with the bronze bull’ will be bustling with local bands, locally-brewed beer from Bull City Burger and Brewery and people of all ages, ready to start the weekend a day early,” DDI said in a news release Wednesday. 

“Downtown Durham is thriving with new restaurants, bakeries, shops and venues opening every month.” said Downtown Durham Inc. Special Events Coordinator and series organizer Tess Mangum Ocaña. “I’m thrilled DDI is bringing back a regular music series, and honored, as a long-time Durham resident and fan, to be a part of it all.”

Here’s the schedule for the Thursday-night series. Each concert is from 7 p.m to 8:30 p.m. at CCB plaza, 201 N. Corcoran Street, between the Marriott and SunTrust building.

-- Jo Gore & The Alternative (Soul) – May 9

-- Onyx Club Boys (Gypsy Jazz) – May 16

-- Sarah Shook & The Devil (Rockabilly) – May 23

-- Virgins Family Band (Pop) – May 30

-- The Pinkerton Raid (Pop/Americana) – June 6

-- Mel Melton & the Wicked Mojos (Blues) – June 13

-- Dark Water Rising (Rock) – June 20

-- Orquesta GarDel (Salsa) – June 27

-- Cyril Lance Collective Arkestra (Blues) - July 11

-- Jonathan Byrd (Americana) – July 18

-- Birds & Arrows (Alternafolk) – July 25

-- The Fair and the Four (Americana) – August 1

-- Khalat Africa featuring Diali Cissokho (West African) – August 8

There will be no concert July 4.

Free on-street parking is available within the City Center District and paid parking is available at the Corcoran Street deck.

In case of rain, concerts will be moved indoors, right around the corner, at The Pinhook, 117 W Main Street. 

The “series is made possible in part by Downtown Durham Inc., Friends of World Music, MHAworks Architecture, the City of Durham and Bull City Burger and Brewery.

For more information, ways to volunteer during the series, or information on tax-deductible sponsorship opportunities, contact Tess Mangum Ocaña, Special Events Coordinator, (919) 682-2800 or