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AOC Schedule & Payment Plan (Between Paychecks – No Problem)

The Art of Cool Festival (AOCFEST) returns to Downtown Durham, NC April 28-30, 2017.  AOCFEST presents an exceptionally talented and diverse group of artists ranging from industry veterans to rising new stars.  Headlining the festival are George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic, Rakim, and Common with an exclusive VIP Jazz Brunch performance delivered by Kindred Family Soul and Frank McComb.

In addition to this all-star cast, attendees have the opportunity to see over 40 artists and bands in just one weekend! Whether you choose to attend just one day or the entire festival this is bound to be an unforgettable event.

AOCFEST offers a variety of ticket packages allowing you to customize your ideal festival experience.  Choose from Single Day, Two-Day, or VIP All-Access passes with prices that range from $65 to $265.

In addition to the highly anticipated performance schedule, we are pleased to announce three new payment options!

Not able to come for both days of the festival, but still really want to attend? We have the solution! That’s right, Single Day Passes are now available! For just $65 per day you can now choose to attend either Friday or Saturday club performances.

***But wait, there’s more! Interested to attend both days? Want to experience the best of the festival as a VIP but the price has you on the fence? Great news! An incredible monthly payment option has now become available through Affirm. With Affirm, attendees have the option to pay for an Eventbrite order and spread payments out over time!

Simply choose Affirm as the payment method during checkout, complete a quick application on Affirm’s site, and get a real-time decision. If approved by Affirm, attendees instantly receive their tickets and pay Affirm back directly in fixed monthly installments over 3 or 6 months!

Click here for a demo of the Affirm checkout process:

Finally, introducing the New School Discount”.  For attendees under 25 years of age, $30 day passes will be available for a limited time. There is only a limited supply of these discounted tickets which include access to Friday or Saturday club events only.  Please note: a valid ID will be required to prove the attendee is 25 and under. Failure to prove this at pick up will result in being charged the difference in the full price at wristband pickup.

To recap we have:

1) Single Day Passes for $65 each

2) Affirm Extended Payment Option

3). New School Discount Passes for $30 each

To purchase tickets click here

This is huge!!! We’re so excited to present these new options as this opens the door for even more of you to experience the beauty of AOCFEST. Spread the word far and wide! We look forward to seeing you in Durham!

If you like jazz, hip hop, or soul don’t miss this incredible celebration of Black American Music. Tickets are on sale now: CLICK HERE

About Art of Cool Project

Mission-Driven Cool

The mission of Art of Cool is to present, promote and preserve jazz-influenced music.

AOC Project is a 501(c)(3) jazz presenting non-profit organization that strives to cross artistic, economic and social boundaries to bring together a diverse mix of people, cultures, experiences and creativity.

They present high-quality music concerts and events in unique venues throughout the Triangle to share our passion for music; our love of the Triangle’s vibrant arts scene; our desire to build and celebrate community; and our joy in providing each and every audience member with a GREAT NIGHT OUT.

Art of Cool was founded in Durham, NC, and is spearheaded by jazz trumpeter and educator, Albert Strong IV, and Cicely Mitchell, DrPH of Al Strong Music Productions.

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Phyllis Coley
Phyllis D. Coley is CEO/Publisher of Spectacular Magazine and Host of Spectacular Magazine Radio Show. With a B.A. in English from NCCU, the Durham native began her professional career as Promotions/Marketing Director for New York City’s WKTU-FM. While at the radio station, Coley discovered the rap group Kid ‘n Play and managed them for five years, guiding their music and movie careers to success. Moving back to Durham, Coley produced a nationally syndicated television show, The Electric Factory, while working as News Director for FOXY 107/104. In April 2002, recognizing a void in highlighting the achievements of African Americans, she started her own business publishing ACE Magazine. Coley launched Spectacular Magazine in November 2004. Recognizing the lack of pertinent and truthful information, Coley began Spectacular Magazine Radio Show in March 2009. Coley is the organizer of Durham's Annual MLK/Black History Month Parade and the Annual North Carolina Juneteenth Celebration. She currently serves on Central Children’s Home Board of Directors, Raleigh Chamber of Commerce’s Board of Advisors, as Immediate Past Secretary of the Durham Rotary Club Board of Directors and is one of the founding members of the Triangle United Way’s African American Leadership Initiative.

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