Downtown Durham Inc. will launch its free “Find Your Cool” Summer Concert Series at CCB Plaza, Thursday, May 9, 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.
Twenty years ago, when Downtown Durham Inc. was a young organization, formed to serve as a catalyst for downtown revitalization, an after-work concert series was one of its first projects to revive the city center. Today, Durham is “America’s #1 Creative Class Metro” according to The Atlantic. “Downtown Durham is thriving with new restaurants, bakeries, shops and venues opening every month. 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” says Downtown Durham Inc. Special Events Coordinator and series organizer Tess Mangum Ocaña.
“Find Your Cool” Summer Concert Series
Thursday Nights, 7-8:30pm, CCB Plaza
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
In case of rain, concerts will be moved indoors, right around the corner, at The Pinhook, 117 W Main Street. 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 email.
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