PLAYlist is DCP’s 10 week summer concert series with shows every Friday night from 6-8pm, rain or shine.

The lineup covers a broad range of musical styles and features local and national acts. Each show will have a great mix of local craft beer vendors and food trucks. Seating is an open lawn, guests should bring blankets or lawn chairs. Picnics are welcome, outside alcohol is prohibited.


The 2018 Lineup

Gabriel Garzón-Montano

June 8th

A Brooklyn-born and raised child of immigrant parents, Gabriel Garzón-Montano’s aesthetic is an extension of his French-Colombian heritage.

His influence is a pastiche of Bach sonatas, Cumbia records, and the machine gun funk that echoes up and down Nostrand Ave. His mother, a member of the Philip Glass ensemble in the 1990s, instilled within him a painstaking attention to detail that remains a hallmark of his process. “She is the reason that I love music,” he says. Her rigorous classical instruction formed the foundation on which he honed his skills over the years in the lab, copping Stevie’s changes, studying Prince’s lyrics, and absorbing the beat theses of Timbaland, Dilla, and Pete Rock.


Bam Pow Chow, Fully Loaded Fritters, Dusty Donuts, Bull City Burger and Brewery, Durty Bull

Laura Reed

June 15th

South African born, Nashville and North Carolina based singer/songwriter Laura Reed has been critically acclaimed for her powerful vocals, soulful sound, vulnerable story telling and passionate stage performance.

Laura Reed released her debut album, “The Awakening” in 2014 to rave reviews. Co-Written with and produced by 2X GRAMMY winner Shannon Sanders (India Arie/ John Legend / Robert Randolph). Laura is currently touring and working on her next album, which is due to be released 2018 on the heels of her socially aware single releases for “Don’t Shoot” and “Shero”.


Crispy Gyoza, Soigné, Bruster’s Ice Cream, Bull City Burger and Brewery, Durty Bull

Aztec Sun with stArt of Cool

June 22nd

“Funk with Soul” band AZTEC SUN has hypnotized the ears and feet of live music lovers since late 2012.

No matter the scale of the venue, Washington DC’s Aztec Sun produces an upbeat and retro groove steeped in 70’s Funk and Soul with overtones of Jazz, Afrobeat and Motown-era pop. What started at DC’s One World Studios as a Funk-Rock 4-piece outfit assembled after a Craigslist ad quickly became a go-to band for live events, house parties and bars throughout Washington, D.C. Over time, band member departures and new arrivals saw AZTEC SUN evolve into a larger group modeled in the Funk and Soul traditions – with horns, group singing, coordinated outfits and synchronized dance moves.


Qspresso, Virgil’s Jamaican, Chez Moi, Bull City Burger and Brewery, Ponysaurus

Headliner: Valerie June with Opener Kamara Thomas

June 29th

Valerie June headlines PLAYlist, Durham Central Park’s free, annual concert series!

“Valerie June perfected her handsomely idiosyncratic brand of Americana on this second LP, steeped deep in electric blues and old-time folk, gilded in country twang and gospel yearning. The press-repeat standout is “Astral Plane,” with its woozy reverb and disarmingly tender, flying-on-the-ground vocals. “Shakedown” is an impressionist juke-joint party jam. But the headiest moments are “If And,” which taps into Tuareg styles to map African sounds from old world, to new, then ’round again; and “Got Soul,” a matter-of-fact re-braiding of Southern musical history with banjo, fiddle and Stax/Volt brass. Who knew musicology could feel so good?” — Rolling Stone.


Boriqua Soul, Mr. Mongolian, Pie Pushers, JAM Ice Cream, Frozen Bull,  Bull City Burger and Brewery, Ponysaurus, Bull City Ciderworks

Mamis & the Papis with Gemynii

July 6th

Mamis & the Papis is a DJ collective of womxn, femmes and tender hearted folx who are excited to share music from our hearts and people.

They will prepare a nostalgic, pan american, diasporic set, full of love, sweat and pura pachanga. At the same time, Durham-based self-taught artist Gemynii will create a brand new painting on the spot, in the moment, inspired by the summer, Durham, DJ culture or tonight’s beautiful crowd. Choreographer Jenny Geska will lead the audience in a Soul Train style dance line as well. At the end of the evening, this painting will be available for sale via silent auction with proceeds benefitting the LGBTQ Center of Durham and Durham Central Park. Presented in partnership with the the LGBTQ Center of Durham.


Ty’s All Natural, Holy Mole, Dusty Donuts, Bull City Burger and Brewery, Ponysaurus

Joshua Gunn

July 13th

Durhamite Joshua Gunn, known to many as J. Gunn, has been a fixture in the NC Hip Hop Scene for over 15 years.

Surrounded by the musical influence of his father’s passion for soul and funk records, coupled with his older brother’s love for hip hop during its golden era, J. Gunn became quickly drawn to the art of emceeing. Starting off as a very young (seven years old) battle emcee, he went on to garner over 200 Freestyle battle victories. Talent and hard work collide in a full band show tonight!


Bulkogi, Bull City Street Food, Morfa Empanadas, Chez Moi, Frozen Bull, Bull City Burger and Brewery, Ponysaurus

Devon Gilfillian

July 20th

Devon Gilfillian fires twin barrels of gospel-blues and southern soul on his debut EP.

Fueled by groove, guitar, and the powerful punch of Gilfillian’s voice, the songs shine a light on a young songwriter who grew up outside of Philadelphia, absorbing everything from the R&B swagger of Al Green and Ray Charles to the rock & roll heroics of Jimi Hendrix. Now based in Nashville, Gilfillian puts a personalized stamp on those childhood influences, rolling them into five original songs that showcase not only his songwriting and singing, but also his talent as an instrumentalist. Gilfillian plants one foot in the classic sound of his influences, with the other foot pointing somewhere new and uncharted. After all, he’s no revivalist. No nostalgia act. No retro wannabe. He is a classic artist for the modern age, discovering new life in soulful sounds that have been making people dance for decades. Students from StArt of Cool (Art of Cool Project‘s jazz education initiative) open the evening. 


Cousin’s Maine Lobster, Route Bistro, Locopops, Bull City Burger and Brewery, Durty Bull

Empire Strikes Brass

July 27th

Born on the streets of Asheville, NC, Empire Strikes Brass has been exciting fans around the world with their unique and dynamic approach.

Since their formation in 2013, ESB intentionally stretches the boundaries of the stereotypical brass band paradigm, fusing sounds from around the globe. Arrangement and the writing process is a collaborative band effort, taking multiple genres of music and weaving them together through the horn section. The diversity present is what makes ESB unique. There are definite nods to Old School Funk, Ska, Southern Rock, Alt Country, Hip Hop, Boogaloo and New Orleans Jazz.


Bagettaboutit, Mama Voula’s, Bruster’s Ice Cream, Bull City Burger and Brewery, Durty Bull

Al Strong & The Fresh Five

August 3rd

This ensemble seeks to push the envelope in defying musical genres, with hints of AfroBeat, Rock, Jazz, and Soul music all nicely woven together.

It’s all dance music for this group and a chance for pure musical expression that’s sure to have any audience on the floor and having a great time! When not performing in the Raleigh-Durham area, Al Strong balances his non-profit responsibilities, adjunct trumpet professorship in the jazz studies program at his alma mater, NCCU with traveling and performing. He is regularly booked in jazz scenes up and down the East coast, frequenting cities such as New York, DC, and Atlanta. He has headlined his own shows at the BlueNote Jazz Festival, the Winter Jazz Fest, Blues Alley, and a host of other clubs. At the heart of Strong’s work ethic is dedication to building a brand based on good, honest music that connects with and speaks to the listener’s hearts.


Porchetta, Only Burger, Hibachi Xpress, JAM Ice Cream, Bull City Burger and Brewery, Bull City Ciderworks

Kyshona Armstrong

August 10th

You’ve heard her music in Issa Rae’s ‘Insecure’. Her latest album, ‘The Ride’, shows off vocal stylings reminiscent of Aretha Franklin, Etta James and Al Green.

“Kyshona Armstrong has been called upon to represent for soul and gospel in roots, rock and folk lineups and to bring singer-songwriter sensibilities to R&B bills. But wherever she plants her feet, she does so with righteous conviction and a strong sense of her own voice”- NPR Music. This final week of PLAYlist Concert Series is presented in partnership with Durham County Public Library.


Gussy’s Greek, Baozi, Locopops, Bull City Burger and Brewery, Bull City Ciderworks