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By: Chelsey Holts | July 13th, 2018

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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...

Good (Vibe)rations

By: Chelsey Holts | June 13th, 2018

Multifaceted to say the least, singer, songwriter, DJ, and producer, Iman Omari will take over the stage with his “vibe music” at this years AOCFEST in Durham, North Carolina. With underlying vibrations of jazz and funk, it is evident some of his greatest influencers are Stevie Wonder and J...

Vibe with our AOCFEST playlist

By: Chelsey Holts | June 4th, 2018

AOCFest Vibes: Vol. 1 Get ready for this year’s AOCFEST by catching the vibe! Enjoy our curated playlists to introduce you to our lineup, and get you in the groove!

A Guide to Wristband Retrieval

By: Chelsey Holts | June 2nd, 2018

Wristband City Your festival weekend begins at Wristband City! Located at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park (409 Blackwell St), pickup will be on Friday from 9am- 10pm and Saturday 9am – 10pm. PLEASE do not remove your wristband at all during the weekend, as this is your “golden ticket”...


By: Chelsey Holts | May 1st, 2018

Maxwell has helped to shape the Neo-Soul movement, and is an award winning singer, songwriter, producer and actor. He has topped charts with such hits as “Sumthin, Sumthin”, “…Til the Cops Come Knockin'”, “This Woman’s Work”, and “Pretty Wings”. His numerous awards include “Best New Artist” (Soul Train Music...

Erykah Badu

By: Chelsey Holts | May 1st, 2018

Erykah Badu’s distinctive voice is iconic, and her credits include singer, DJ, producer and actress. Discovered by kedar massenberg after opening For D’Angelo, Erykah soon skyrocketed to fame, releasing timeless classics as “On & on”, “Next Lifetime”, “Honey”, and “Tyrone”. Her album Baduizm has been recognized by music writers...

Anthony Hamilton

By: Chelsey Holts | May 1st, 2018

Hamilton started singing in his church’s choir at age 10. He attended South Mecklenburg High School where he sang in their award-winning choir under the direction of Mark Setzer. In 1992, he met producer Mark Sparks who encouraged Hamilton to leave Charlotte and head to New York City where...


By: Chelsey Holts | May 1st, 2018

Andwele Gardner was raised on the west side of Detroit in a musical family. He played piano from the age of six, later taking up trumpet, bass and guitar.He was deeply affected by the fatal shooting of his father outside his home when he was age ten, later stating...

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