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, Carolina Theatre, the Pinhook and The Masonic Lodge. AOCFEST 2019 tickets go on-sale to the public on May 18th through Eventbrite.
Three-time GRAMMY® award-winning singer-songwriter, New York Timesbest-selling poet, and critically acclaimed actor Jill Scottwill headline the AOCFEST stage on Friday, September 27th. Dreamville Records singer-songwriter Ari Lennox who hails from Washington D.C. will also perform at AOCFEST Friday evening. That same evening, Darryl “DMC” McDaniels will hit the Motorco Music Hall stage with a live rock performance.
Run DMC, one of the most influential acts in the history of hip-hop culture, will headline AOCFEST on Saturday, September 28th. This iconic group has sold tens of millions of records worldwide and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2009. Whodini, one of the first rap groups to add a R&B twist to their music, will also grace the AOCFEST stage Saturday evening.
Additional confirmed AOCFEST performers for this year include: NC hip-hop producer, rapper and scholar 9thWonder presenting 95Live; NC native and saxophonist Marcus Anderson; classically-trained string instrumentalists and hip-hop duo Black Violin and British soul singer-songwriter Omar. More national and local acts will be announced on a rolling basis.
“We are excited about the lineup and activities planned for AOCFEST 2019,” said Sulaiman Mausi, CEO, The DOME Group LLC. “We are working to become one of the top independent music festivals in the nation, to expand the festival’s mission and to deliver a great cultural experience for loyal Cooligans and newcomers alike.”
“We are particularly proud to have AOCFEST 2019 be a part of the Durham150 year of events,” said Lesleigh Mausi, Co-Founder and Vice-President, The DOME Group LLC. “It is a privilege as entrepreneurs to continue to build something that will prominently position the Durham community artistically and economically for years to come.”
Ticket offerings include General Admission and VIP. Local Hotel partners are offering special AOCFEST rates and packages available now on a first-come first-served basis.
ABOUT THE DOME GROUP LLC
The DOME Group, LLC is a trusted producer of live entertainment events, including top-billed concerts and music festivals for both urban and mainstream markets since 2007. The DOME Group LLC owns and operates the Durham NC-based Art of Cool Festival. With two regional offices in the United States, The DOME Group LLC promotes and produces sold-out events including Mary J. Blige, Big Sean, Kirk Whalum, T.I. and Young Jeezy, The Isley Brothers, Nas, Maze featuring Frankie Beverly, KEM, India.Arie, Smokey Robinson, The Whispers, Anita Baker, Erykah Badu, Toni Braxtonand countless others. The DOME Group LLC provides programming for some of the nation’s most state-of-the-art venues including The Aretha Franklin Amphitheatre and other venues in Detroit, Greensboro Coliseum, Durham Performing Arts Center and various venues in North Carolina as well as Chevitz Arena in St. Louis, MO. The company also books major artists for university homecoming shows, community events and for corporate clients nationwide.