Kinston’s Maceo Parker, who was instrumental in putting the funk into the James Brown Band, headlines the Art of Cool Festival in Durham this weekend. Good news — it’s not too late to make plans to attend!
Tickets are available at the Carolina Theatre’s Fletcher Hall Box Office today from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., call (919) 560-3030 or toll free (888) 241-8162.
Parker, who plays tonight at 8:45 p.m. at the Carolina Theater, was one of many African American musicians from Kinston who played a key role in the development of several forms of American music: jazz, rhythm and blues, fund and gospel music. Maceo Parker, his brother Melvin, Nat Jones, Dick Knight and Levi Raspberry all became some of the founding fathers in funk in their work with the James Brown Band. (Learn more in African American Music Trails of Eastern North Carolina, a guidebook and project of the N.C. Arts Council.)
Music events kick-off at 4 p.m. in Durham Central Park with Peter Lamb & The Wolves and concludes at 11:45 p.m. with a performance by Thundercat. On Saturday the music starts at noon at the American Tobacco Campus with Stanley Baird. Throughout the day there are more than 25 musical performances and events on tap.
A highlight on Saturday is the “Carolina Soul Tribute” at the Carolina Theatre featuring the music from North Carolina greats John Coltrane, Roberta Flack, Thelonious Monk and Nina Simone. Performing will be Durham’s own Nnenna Freelon, Bilal, and N’Dambi as guest performers.
A complete schedule of the Art of Cool is here.
The Herald Sun’s Cliff Belamy has a great profile of Akua Allrich and Kris Funn in today’s paper.
The News & Observer’s Craig D. Lindsey has an article in today’s News & Observer about the festival.
For more information visit: http://aocfestival.org/