Poster by Roland Lefox

We’ve been SUPER busy the last few of months working hard alongside The Art of Cool Project, to present the first ever Art of Cool Fest in Downtown Durham, North Carolina! This has been a huge project, bringing many acts who have never performed in the “triangle” area of North Carolina, to produce an amazing line-up of jazz and soul musicians. As part of this incredible weekend of live music, our very own Cognito, who has been wearing the “AOCFEST Creative Director” hat, has conceptualized and curated the festival’s Saturday night headlining event “Carolina Soul” which will be a historic musical tribute to four North Carolina born legends – Nina Simone, John Coltrane, Roberta Flack and Thelonious Monk. Music Directed by the acclaimed viola player and string arranger, Miguel Atwood-Ferguson. Guest Performers N’Dambi, Marcus Strickland, Gerald Clayton, Bilal & Nnenna Freelon will grace the Carolina Theatre stage with tribute performances you certainly do not want to miss!

Make sure you have your VIP, 2 Day or Saturday tickets so you are in the building during this historic musical event.

The full AOCFEST lineup:

Art Of Cool Presents A World-Class Line-Up Featuring  Maceo Parker / Miguel Atwood-Ferguson  Cody Chesnutt / Amel Larrieux / Alice Smith / The Clayton Brothers    The Foreign Exchange / Thundercat / Bilal / Christian Scott / King  Hubert Laws / Mark De Clive-Lowe / Revive Big Band / Kneebody  Nnenna Freelon / Maya Freelon Asante / N’dambi / Marcus Strickland    Gerald Clayton / Russell Gunn & Electrik Butterfly / Butcher Brown    Marcus Anderson + Liv Warfield / Yolanda Rabun / Gizmo / The Beast  Stanley Baird / Rafiq Bhatia / Brian Horton / Apple Juice Kid+Jocelyn Ellis  Lois Deloatch-Gomes / Zoocrü / The Hot At Nights / Shana Tucker  Kate Mcgarry+Keith Ganz / Carolyn Malachi / Akua Allrich+Kris Funn  Soul Understated / Nccu Big Band / The Brand New Life / NCCU Vocal Jazz Ensemble    Valleyboy Music / Heather Victoria / Inflowential / Joshua Gunn / Toon & The Real Laww  Peter Lamb And The Wolves / NCCU Combo / Mel Melton and The Wicked Mojos     Laura Reed / Shirlette & The Dynamite Brothers / Kidznotes Jazz Ensemble

 AOCFEST branding & design by @missfrolab –

If you’re ANYWHERE near I-85, you need to hop on the road and get to Durham,NC for this incredible weekend for music lovers. April 25th & 26th! Check out the website for all the details, line-up, schedule, hotels, and anything else you want to know. See you there!