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George Clinton Headlines AOC; Ticket Payment Plan Offered


Headlining the 4th Annual Art of Cool Festival will be music legend George Clinton of Parliament Funkadelic. Known as the Godfather of Funk, Clinton revolutionized R&B during the 1970s by twisting soul music into his own brand of funk, affectionately called “Pfunk.”

The 4th Annual Art of Cool Festival (AOCFEST) takes place April 28-30, 2017 in Durham, NC.  AOCFEST seeks to remix the Black American Music Festival experience by featuring forward thinking jazz, alternative soul, and mature hip hop as part of the overall mission to expand the audience of jazz as well as innovative thought. The 2017 AOCFEST was curated with very diverse slate of artists to capture the sound and feel that a variety of festival goers will enjoy.

GEORGE-CLINTON-parliamentInspired by Motown‘s assembly line of sound, George Clinton gradually put together a collective of over 50 musicians and recorded the ensemble during the ’70s both as Parliament and Funkadelic. While Funkadelic pursued band-format psychedelic rock, Parliament engaged in a funk free-for-all, blending influences from the godfathers (James Brown and Sly Stone) with freaky costumes and themes inspired by ’60s acid culture and science fiction.

Parliament Funkadelic achieved great success with smash hits like “Flash Light”, “Aqua Boogie”, and “One Nation Under a Groove”. Winners of a Grammy, a Dove (gospel), and an MTV video music award, Clinton’s Parliament/Funkadelic was also inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997.

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.  This year the festival introduces an incredible monthly payment option available through Affirm. With Affirm, attendees have the option to pay for an Eventbrite ticket 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! To learn more about Affirm, click here.

You do not want to miss your chance to witness this legendary performance. We invite you to board the Mothership with us at AOCFest. George Clinton’s performance will take place on Saturday, April 29th. For the full lineup please visit To purchase tickets: CLICK HERE

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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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