A Duke basketball coach and a famous musician are part of a fundraising concert this weekend for Durham mayoral candidate Pierce Freelon. The campaign for Freelon, who leads the hip-hop jazz group The Beast, is presenting a Mike Posner concert at 3 p.m. Saturday at the Living Arts Collective in Durham.
Singer Posner is known for songs like “Cooler Than Me,” “I Took A Pill in Ibiza” and “Bow Chicka Wow Wow” featuring Lil Wayne. He is a 2009 graduate of Duke University. Posner performed at Cat’s Cradle in Carrboro in April.
Smith is a former Duke basketball player who was on the 2010 national championship team and played two seasons in the NBA. He joined Duke’s coaching staff in 2016 as a special assistant coach.
Tickets for the private party fundraiser for Freelon range from $10 for students to $500, and are classified as campaign contributions. Posner donated $5,200 to Freelon’s campaign in the latest finance report. Smith has not donated to Freelon’s campaign according to finance reports through August.
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Freelon is running for mayor against Farad Ali, Steve Schewel, Shea Ramirez, Sylvester Williams and Tracy Drinker. Durham’s nonpartisan municipal primary is on Oct. 10. The top two vote-getters move on to the municiple general election on Nov. 7.