PLAYlist Concert Series opens with Soul & Salsa: Alanna Royale, Ricardo Diquez

This third year of PLAYlist Concert Series features a few changes, inspired by audience feedback. We are extending the series into the fall, by presenting concerts every other Friday evening from June 14 to September 20. We have also shifted the time: local food trucks and craft beer vendors will start serving at 6 p.m. but music starts at 7 p.m. Finally, we are including more opening acts with the concerts.

 

One thing that has not changed is the fact that each of these concerts is welcoming to the whole community and, most importantly, absolutely free to attend! The series is curated by Tess Mangum Ocaña, who works for Durham Central Park and leads Durham-based production company Sonic Pie Productions.

The full line up ranges from progressive R&B to Latin, soul, Americana, hip hop and world music:

Alanna Royale-Friday, June 14

Ricardo Diquez y la Orquesta Trópico-Friday, June 28

An Evening With Van Hunt-Friday, July 12

Bull City All-Stars Drumline w/ Caroline Brodie-Friday, July 26

New Reveille w/ Raleigh Rockers-Friday, August 9

&More (Chill Moody & Donn T) w/ Niito-Friday, August 23

Project 919 Band w/ Empower Dance lesson-Friday, September 6

Les Filles de Illighadad w/ Diali Cissokho-Friday, September 20

The concert series also continues a tradition of community partnerships and free educational/experiential before or during some of the performances, such as an audience Q&A with Les Filles de Illighadad (from Niger) facilitated by Chatham County-based kora player Diali Cissokho. Cissokho will act as their French to English translator. “We are so excited to present this free concert series to the Durham community. Providing welcoming, inclusive and free programming is central to Durham Central Park’s mission” says Durham Central Park Executive Director Erin Kauffman.

Parking is free in the lot beside Durham Central Park, and there are metered spaces along Foster Street which change to free parking meters after 7 p.m.

Admission to PLAYlist Concert Series is free, due to support from sponsors North Carolina Arts Council, Durham Arts Council, Durham 150, WeWork, Friends of World Music, Urban Durham Realty, Resolute Building Company, Cambria Durham, PickleFest, 90.7 WNCU, Duke Performances, Acme, Morningstar Law, Pinnacle Financial Advisors and Downtown Durham Inc., Kompleks Creative.

Picnics, blankets and folding chairs are welcome. Local food trucks and craft beer vendors will be on site. There are restrooms at Durham Central Park and the venue is wheelchair accessible. For more information, visit https://durhamplaylist.com/

Gabriel Garzón-Montano kicks off PLAYlist Concert Series Friday!


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The Wait Is Over: 2018 PLAYlist Concert Series Opens Friday. Our concerts are FREE, all-ages and rain or shine from 6-8pm on Fridays through August 10 at Durham Central Park. Click here for local food truck and craft beer offerings each night. Bring a chair, bring your FRIENDS. First time visitor? We’ve got a map, parking, and park features. Here’s what we have in store for June:

Gabriel Garzón-Montano/June 8
“After quietly releasing one of the best R&B albums of 2017Gabriel Garzón-Montano seems determined to ratchet up the noise levels this year.” -NPR.org

Laura Reed/June 15


South African-born, Nashville and North Carolina-based, Reed commands the stage with powerful vocals, a soulful sound passionate storytelling.

Aztec Sun w/ stArt of Cool/June 22


Washington DC’s Aztec Sun produces an upbeat and retro groove steeped in 70’s Funk and Soul. Students from stArt of Cool, the Art of Cool Project’s jazz education arm, and their instructors, open the evening.

Valerie June w/ Kamara Thomas/June 29

PLAYLIST HEADLINER!

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.” -Rolling Stone. Cosmic Americana songwriter Kamara Thomas opens the evening.

Durham Central Park’s PLAYlist Concert Series is only possible with the generosity of our sponsors! We want to extend a huge THANK YOU to….
Urban Durham Realty
The Lodge at Croasdaile
RESOLUTE Building Company
The Rickhouse’s Picklefest
WNCU 90.7 FM
Food FWD
Cambria Hotels and Suites
Acme Plumbing
Morningstar Law Group
Bank of North Carolina
Downtown Durham Inc.
Durham County Library
Kompleks Creative

and the generous support of the the
North Carolina Arts Council and Durham Arts Council

Warehouse Blues Series Awarded DAC Season Grant!

Grant writing is crucial to any non-profit, but Durham Central Park is especially pleased to announce Winter grant writing is turning into programming dollars! We have been award a Durham Arts Council 2014-15 Season Grant, which will specifically help ensure the Warehouse Blues Series, a beloved series of free Blues concerts, will continue in 2015!

The Durham Arts Council’s Season Grant Program provides access to quality arts experiences for the people of Durham by supporting the activities of arts organizations that provide a range of professional and amateur arts opportunities. Applications to the Season Grant Program are evaluated by a panel of community experts and evaluated on five major criteria: artistic quality, community impact, feasibility of project, stability and fiscal responsibility of organization and diversity of organization.

Durham Central Park’s Executive Director Ann Alexander says “we are proud to be partnering with DAC and couldn’t carry on the fine Warehouse Blues Series tradition without them.”

Lakota John Locklear at Warehouse Blues 201417-year-old Lakota John Locklear performing at the 2014 Warehouse Blues Series