DCP Concert Series

The new Durham Central Park Concert Series is all summer long and includes a range of musical styles from salsa to second line! Concerts are rain or shine, all ages, and free and open to the public, Fridays from 6–8pm, June 23-August 25.

Performances

Orquesta GarDel

Thoroughly multinational but uniquely North Carolinian, Orquesta GarDel thrills audiences with a high-energy Latin dance music experience. The monstrous thirteen-member lineup replicates the format of a classic Nuyorican salsa dura ensemble – a full deck of horn players, percussionists, and coro singers. Continue reading

Too Many Zooz

Week 2: TOO MANY ZOOZ, presented in partnership with The Art of Cool Project. With the snowballing trend towards electronic instrumentation in music, it’s easy to forget where it all first started: on street corners with real instruments, playing for tips, that is until you’ve heard TOO MANY ZOOZ. Too Many Zooz is a three-piece “BrassHouse” band comprised of Matt Doe, Leo P, and King of Sludge. The group found their voice playing for change on New York’s subway platforms, honing extremely danceable rhythms and melodies.
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Skylar Gudasz w/ Special Guest Kamara Thomas

Skylar Gudasz (full band!) with Special Guest Kamara Thomas Music. Durham based Skylar Gudasz’s “antecedents are no mystery. She summons Joni Mitchell throughout Oleander, particularly in the twisted acoustic romp of the ebullient “Just Friends” and the Blue-like piano fantasy of “About Great Men.” – Grayson Currin. Durham-by-way-of-Brooklyn transplant, Kamara Thomas, is a songwriter, storyteller, and mythology fanatic
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Cris Jacobs

Rolling Stone named Cris Jacobs one of 10 New Country Artists You Need To Know this spring. “ Cris Jacobs’ 2016 album Dust to Gold snuck up on everyone, quietly announcing itself as one of the best roots-soul records in a year that also produced a new album from Sturgill Simpson.
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Jonathan Byrd & The Pickup Cowboy

Jonathan Byrd is a preacher’s son, a Gulf War veteran, and an award-winning songwriter from Chapel Hill, North Carolina, known for literary, outsider songs that have become campfire favorites. The Chicago Tribune called Byrd “one of the top 50 songwriters of the past 50 years.” Continue reading

The Grammy Award-winning Rebirth Brass Band

Whether seen on HBO’s Treme or at their legendary Tuesday night gig at The Maple Leaf, Grammy-winning Rebirth Brass Band is a true New Orleans institution. They headline this year’s Durham Central Park Concert Series.
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The Allen Boys

Sacred steel guitar uplifts its listeners. As The Allen Boys pedal steel guitarist DaShawn Hickman says, “The music that we play makes you forget about everything that happened in the day and just have fun.”
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Be Steadwell

Singer-songwriter Be Steadwell is an innovative musician from Washington D.C. With roots in jazz vocals, acapella and folk-Be composes a blend of genres into what she calls queerpop. In her live performances, she utilizes loop pedal vocal layering and beat boxing to compose her songs on stage.
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Laila Nur & The Love Riot

A Durhamite by way of NYC, Laila Nur is the best kind of trouble the South needs. Raised Sunni Muslim in the city, Nur knows very well the struggle of poverty, discrimination, and how to find resilience and celebration as part of survival. As a self-taught artist, Laila Nur played her first show in 2010, just months after picking up a guitar.
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Concert Series Sponsors

Special thanks to our concert series sponsors! Their generous support helps make these amazing free shows in the park possible.

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