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JUST IN!! The Revive Big Band Added to Art of Cool Festival

Revive Big Band

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 for the full lineup. To purchase tickets, click here <INSERT AFFILIATE LINK 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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