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Kickoff to College and Career 2019

By: Chandra Lewis | August 8th, 2019

Art of Cool Festival 2019 is proud to partner with A Plus Test Prep, a local organization that helps students turn their test scores into scholarships, to host “Kickoff to College & Career 2019”.  Held Saturday, September 28th from 9am – 12pm at the Durham Armory, this premier “all things education”...

Second Wave of Official Art of Cool Festival 2019 Lineup Announced

By: Chandra Lewis | July 18th, 2019

Big Daddy Kane, BJ the Chicago Kid, Emotional Oranges and more will perform at the 2019 AOCFEST September 27-29th in downtown Durham Big Daddy Kane Presents the Symphony, BJ the Chicago Kid, Emotional Oranges and more artists kick-off the second wave of the all-star lineup for the 2019 sixth...

Tickets for The Sixth Annual Art of Cool Festival Go On Sale May 18

By: test testy | June 23rd, 2018

Durham, NC, May 14, 2019 –Produced by The DOME Group LLC, the 2019 sixth Annual Art of Cool Festivalwill be held September 27-29thin downtown Durham. The main venue will be the Durham Bulls Athletic Park, located at 408 Blackwell Street. Additional venues include: the Durham Armory, Motorco Music Hall,...

Jill Scott

By: test testy | May 1st, 2018

Three-time GRAMMY® award-winning singer-songwriter, New York Times best-selling poet, and critically acclaimed actor are only a few titles held by Jill Scott. Before having the #1 album in the country with The Light of the Sun and most recently, 2015’s Woman, the triple threat began her career collaborating with...


By: test testy | May 1st, 2018

Run DMC is one of the most influential acts in the history of hip-hop culture.  This iconic group has sold 230 million records worldwide and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2009. Founded in 1981 by Joseph “Run” Simmons, Darryl “D.M.C.” McDaniels and Jason “Jam...

Ari Lennox

By: test testy | May 1st, 2018

Discovered after she uploaded a couple examples of her work to the Web, Ari Lennox is an R&B singer/songwriter signed to J. Cole’s Dreamville imprint. Based in Washington, D.C., Lennox began uploading her music around 2012 and released her debut EP, Ariography, in 2013. A couple more stray tracks were...


By: test testy | May 1st, 2018

Formed in 1981, the trio known as Whodini consists of lead rapper Jalil Hutchins, co-vocalist John “Ecstasy” Fletcher, and DJ Drew “Grandmaster Dee” Carter. Whodini was among the first hip hop groups to cultivate a high-profile national following and made significant contributions to to hip hop becoming accepted as...

Big Daddy Kane Feat. The Symphony

By: Chandra Lewis | April 18th, 2018

  Big Daddy Kane is a Grammy Award-winning rapper and actor who started his career in 1986 as a member of the rap collective, the Juice Crew. He is widely considered to be one of the most influential and skilled MCs in hip-hop. “The Symphony” is considered the first bonafide posse-cut...