Art of Cool announces festival schedule

Feb. 27, 2014 @ 10:51 AM

The Art of Cool Festival this week released the schedule of venues for local and guest artists who will perform at the inaugural festival April 25 and 26. Twenty-two local and guest artists will perform at nine outdoor and indoor festival venues.

The festival begins at 4 p.m. April 25 with a free concert in Durham Central Park. Artists scheduled to perform during this free block are Raleigh-based Peter Lamb and the Wolves, the North Carolina Central University Jazz Combo, vocalist Yolanda Rabun, blues harmonica player Mel Melton & The Wicked Mojos, and the Kidznotes Jazz Ensemble.
The free events also include a screening of the Center for Documentary Studies film “In My Mind” (about pianist Jason Moran’s re-interpretation of Thelonious Monk’s 1959 Town Hall concert). The film will be screened at 6:30 p.m. April 26 at the Full Frame Theatre.
The Durham Central Park event will be modeled on the food truck rodeos that take place there, said Cicely Mitchell, co-founder of The Art of Cool Project and principal organizer of the festival. The festival has a permit to close off the street around the park, she said.
Festival headliner saxophonist Maceo Parker will perform at The Carolina Theatre at 8:45 April 25. The other headliner, violist Miguel Atwood-Ferguson, will perform at The Carolina Theatre at 9 p.m. April 26. Atwood-Ferguson will present a Carolina Soul Tribute to the music of Nina Simone, John Coltrane, Thelonious Monk and Roberta Flack.
Other guest artists will be guitarist Cody ChesnuTT, vocalist Amel Larrieux, trumpeter Christian a Tunde Adjuah Scott, R&B trio KING, vocalist Laura Reed, trumpeter Russell Gunn, and more. Local artists who will perform include cellist Shana Tucker, vocalist Lois Deloatch and Nnenna Freelon, and saxophonist Stanley Baird.
Festival passes are on sale online. Admission is only available through passes: Tickets to individual concerts will not be sold, Mitchell said.
Single-day passes are $65; two-day passes, $120; and the VIP pass, $275. Ticketholders will redeem their passes for color-coded wristbands available at The Carolina Theatre. The wristband will give ticketholders access to the festival’s venues.
Festival organizers have tried to keep the ticket costs as reasonable as possible. “We managed to get about a third of the budget underwritten, which I think is pretty good for a first year festival,” Mitchell said.
Venues for the festival are Durham Central Park, Diamond View Park in American Tobacco, Beyu Caffe, The Carolina Theatre, Hayti Heritage Center, Motorco Music Hall, Pinhook, PSI Theatre at Durham Arts Council, and The Stack in American Tobacco.
The Art of Cool Project began presenting monthly concerts in 2011. In 2012 the non-profit organization began organizing to bring a festival focusing on jazz and related music to Durham.

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