Downtown Durham (NC) will experience a musical take over the last weekend in April as local non-profit The Art of Cool Project present the 4th Annual Art of Cool Festival. Taking place April 28-30th, attendees are presented with the chance to enjoy over 40 different bands over the course of three glorious days of music.
In addition to the festival headliners, The Art of Cool Festival will feature a few marquee showcase performances. This includes an immaculate presentation from The Revive Big Band. Under the direction of Igmar Thomas, the band is poised to perform A Journey Through The Legacy of Black Culture – a groundbreaking testament to the breadth of African diasporic musical traditions and their impact on American culture. Fusing jazz, soul, blues, rock and R&B, the band presents a transformative series that peels back the layers of appropriation and the noise of pop culture to translate the roots of black music according to the unifying rhythms at the foundation of the art-form.
Spanning genre and generation the Revive Big Band presents a body of work reflective of their collective reverence of the standard and unabashed sonic freedom. Labeled the “most electrifying young lions in jazz,” Revive Big Band makes music without walls that exists as a living homage to the black musical canon, from Louis Armstrong, and Marvin Gaye to James Brown. Featured special guest artists for AOCFEST include vocalist Goapele and legendary organist Dr. Lonnie Smith. They will join the band in honoring the classic compositions and innovators that have served as the heartbeat of their signature sound.
Not sure what to expect? Get a sneak peek into the performance here.
To experience this musical journey for yourself, you will need either a Friday Club Pass, Two-Day Club Pass, or All Access VIP Passes. Ticket Prices range from $30-$265. Visit www.aocfestival.org for the full lineup. To purchase tickets, click here <INSERT AFFILIATE LINK HERE>