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Community Partnerships + Wristband Perks

By: Danita King | September 15th, 2018

  In just TWO WEEKS, thousands of people from across the state and nation will converge on Downtown Durham to experience music excellence. We have curated an incredible weekend of events from the mainstage and club venue performances to the Beer Garden & Urban Market, innovation conference, and all...

Getting Around AOCFEST

By: Danita King | September 11th, 2018

Your Gateway to All Things Cool You’ve  locked in your plane ticket and booked your hotel using the festival group rates. You’ve even looked at the performance schedule and created your personal itinerary…now let’s talk about getting around AOCFEST. As you can see from the map, all the performance...

Assemble your Crew…30 Days until #AOCFEST

By: Danita King | September 6th, 2018

This is not a Drill! AOCFEST is only 30 days away!!   To all our Cooligan friends old and new, we don’t want you to be caught on the outside looking in, so we are giving you this friendly reminder.  Time is getting short but there is still time to assemble...

Ready to be COOL and LIT?

By: Danita King | August 24th, 2018

  The Art of Cool Festival is set to be the hottest festival of the year and we want you! September 28-29, 2018   Downtown Durham, NC will be transformed into a music lover’s dream as guests from near and far converge upon our great city. Key to helping us...

Let the fun begin…Official Schedule Has Dropped

By: Danita King | August 24th, 2018

ICYMI: We’ve recently released the official performance schedule for AOCFEST and the streets are all abuzz!  If you haven’t had the chance to check it out, make sure you take a few moments to review and plan out your weekend!  The beauty of AOCFEST is that you get to create your own personalized...

Level up by Booking Your Stay In the Heart of the City

By: Danita King | August 20th, 2018

Late night festivities and drinks can be a well needed break from a long week, so make it even more enjoyable by staying the night right near the center of it all! For this year’s AOCFest there are a multitude of hotels to satisfy your needs for the weekend....

Dwele Brings a Taste of Detroit to AOCFEST

By: Danita King | August 10th, 2018

Vocalist, songwriter, and producer are just a few of the titles used to describe AOCFEST feature artist Andwele Gardner. Hailing from the legendary music mecca of Detroit the singer known simply as Dwele, started writing songs when he was 10 years old. Shaped by the soulful music delivered from...

Coolest Festival Experience…EVER

By: Danita King | July 23rd, 2018

Your Ticket to cool starts here The 2018 Art of Cool Festival (AOCFEST) takes place in Downtown Durham, NC September 28-29th. AOCFEST is a celebration of the Black American Music experience and will present a diverse group of artists consisting of both music industry veterans and rising stars. This...

Let Em Know Who Your Queen Is…

By: Chelsey Holts | July 13th, 2018

Hailing from across the pond, Sons of Kemet is a British jazz group that formed in 2011 consisting of saxophonist and band leader Shabaka Hutchings, who was born in London but moved to Barbados at the age of six and began studying classical clarinet when he was nine and...

A little sumthin’ sumthin’

By: Chelsey Holts | June 23rd, 2018

Born Gerald Maxwell Rivera, the Gemini vocalist surprised many that he desired to become a singer, as he grew up shy and sheltered. Using his middle name as his stage name, Maxwell did not let people define him, instead he defined himself. Now known for his masterful showmanship and...