Parties For The Park: Treat Your Sweet Tooth on the Roof!

Enjoy a delicious array of sweets, dessert wines and coffees on the Church+Main Rooftop in the heart of downtown with lots of room and its 360 views of Durham!  After your Friday dinner, save room for mouthwatering desserts prepared by Monuts, Sweets By Shayda and Ninth Street Bakery.  Dessert wines provided compliments of D B Sutton & Co Wine Shop and coffees served courtesy Little Waves Coffee Roasters. It promises to be a sweet fall evening!

(If by chance, we need to make this a ‘take-out’ event because of Covid, we are making this a ‘tickets for two’ event…that way we can send you home with a bottle of wine! Hopefully this won’t happen…but just in case.)

Hosts: Ann & Lex Alexander and Charlie Witzleben

Church+Main 

130 East Main Street, Downtown Durham

October 22, 8:00 – 10:00p.m.

20 Tickets for 2

$100

Dress: Casual

Menu: A fabulous and delectable assortment of desserts accompanied by delicious dessert wines and coffees.

*Cancelled*Parties for the Park: Trucks for the Park

We’ve been missing DCP’s Food Truck Rodeos, so we are thrilled that Trucks for the Park is back! Trucks for the Park is a special private, mini food truck rodeo that gives you access to easily sample the flavors of each of the truck’s rolling kitchens. This year, 10+ local food trucks will roll up to the pavilion and prepare a sample of a special menu item they wish to share with you. Walk up to the truck with your ticket and pick up your food, no long lines! Vegetarian options will be available from most trucks. Along with the yummy menu items, each ticket comes with two beers from Durham craft breweries and a cash bar. So, bring your lawn chairs and blankets and enjoy this unique opportunity to enjoy delicious food truck cuisine – both savory and sweet – in one lovely evening in the park!
This year’s featured food trucks: Bulkogi, Gussy’s Greek, Oink & Moo, Safari Eatz, Qspresso, Baton Rouge Cuisine, Bull City Eats, Not Just Icing, Fahsyrah’s Lemonade, Glass Jug Brewery, Bull City Brewery and more to be confirmed soon!
Hosts: Becky & Mike Hacker (Pie Pushers) and Brian Bottger (Only Burger)
The Pavilion at Durham Central Park
501 Foster Street, Durham Central Park
4:00-6:00 p.m.
150 Tickets,
$50, 1 ticket can typically feed 1–2 people, depending on appetite
Dress: Picnic casual
Trucks for the Park is generously sponsored by Clancy Theys Construction Company.

PLAYlist Concert Series: Soul Understated ft. Mavis Swan Poole

Led by vocalist extraordinaire Mavis ’SWAN’ Poole (Lauryn Hill, Prince) and powerful yet melodic drummer Jeremy ‘BEAN’ Clemons (who has performed with Gregory Porter, Burning Spear, Jennifer Holliday and more), Soul Understated delivers a beautifully performed organic sound with stellar musicianship. They’ve appeared at such major festivals as The Blue Note Jazz Fest, The Brooklyn Hip Hop Fest, the Toronto Jazz Festival and the Capital Jazz Super Cruise, while Swan appeared in the HBO series Vinyl.

WNCU’s Friday night Funk, Old School and Disco show and its host, DJ Travis Gales, will simulcast live from Durham Central Park at 7 p.m.

Soul Understated: PLAYlist Concert Series finale Friday

PLAYlist’s finale night, Friday, October 1, presents Soul Understated featuring Mavis “Swan” Pool! Led by vocalist extraordinaire Mavis ’SWAN’ Poole (Lauryn Hill, Prince) and powerful yet melodic drummer Jeremy ‘BEAN’ Clemons (who has performed with Gregory Porter and Burning Spear), Soul Understated delivers a beautifully performed organic sound with stellar musicianship. As a result, they’ve appeared at such major festivals as The Blue Note Jazz Fest, The Brooklyn Hip Hop Fest and Toronto Jazz Festival. Mavis appeared in the HBO series Vinyl! Check out this Kennedy Center footage and look at all this local talent rounding out the band:

Branden Williams II – Keyboards
Hugh Swaso – Guitar
Stacy Dillard – Saxophones
Al Strong – Trumpet
Brevan Hampden – Percussion

WNCU’s Friday night Funk, Old School and Disco show and its host, DJ Travis Gales, simulcasts live from Durham Central Park at 7 p.m. Soul Understated play a 90-minute set at 8 p.m. Local food and beverage vendors are Amagee’s, Oink n’ Moo, Epic Vegan Food Truck, JAM Ice Cream, Glass Jug, Bull City Burger and Brewery and Portfolio Group.

Reserve your free tickets and we’ll see you at the park Friday!

PLAYlist Concert Series: September: The Triangle’s Tribute to Earth, Wind & Fire

September: The Triangle’s Tribute to Earth, Wind & Fire, features an all-star cast of local musicians sharp enough to pull off Earth, Wind & Fire mega hits, as well as deep cuts. The stakes are high because so many audience members, of multiple generations, will know these songs word for word and note for note. Who can pull this off? C.J. Baker (drums, music director), J.C. Martin (guitar), Peanut (bass), Al Strong (trumpet), Collin Williams, (saxophone), Brendan Williams (keys), Brevan Hampden (percussion), Mercel Anderson and Nathan Harris (vocals).

WNCU’s Friday night Funk, Old School and Disco show and its host, DJ Travis Gales, will simulcast live from Durham Central Park at  7 p.m.

PLAYlist Concert Series: Vanessa Ferguson, Theresa Renee and Le’Andra Williams

Greensboro’s Vanessa Ferguson is not just a Season 12 semi finalist on NBC’s “The Voice” (team Alicia Keys), she’s a songwriter, actor, producer and musician. Vanessa was raised by her grandmother and grew up singing with her family. She enrolled in piano lessons at age five and competed in her first competition in fifth grade. Prince, Sting and Jill Scott are just a few of her musical influences. 

Pianist, music educator, vocalist and NCCU graduate Le’Andra Williams serves as music director and keyboardist for this ambitious, never-before-seen project. Le’Andra’s talents began at the age of three. Like many, she began to play in her hometown churches as the Sunday pianist. The band: Theresa Renee (vocals), Sinclair Palmer (bass) Jasmine Best (drums), Emily Musolino (guitar), and Shaena Ryan Martin (baritone sax)

WNCU’s Friday night Funk, Old School and Disco show and its host, DJ Travis Gales, simulcast live from Durham Central Park at  7 p.m.

Blacker the Berry Southern Hospitality

Blacker the Berry is a cultural oasis, a baptism in blackness, a homecoming of sorts coined the Carolina Wine Mixer. These types of experiences are oftentimes reserved for wedding receptions, family reunions, and homecomings, but the #BTBB fills you with the same type of energy. Our team provides patrons with a one of a kind destination dining experience coupled with an environment that cultivates connection as well as expressions of one’s culture through music, food and fun.

Blacker the Berry highlights local culinarians providing specialty cuisine for patrons to enjoy while vibing to soulful sounds that span the diaspora. Along with great food and music, we provide patrons the opportunity to indulge in wine, spirits, and specialty cocktails. (Our goal is to align ourselves with as many local brands, as well as minority owned brands.)

Contact: Colton Palmer 919.451.9864 [email protected]

Story Time with Barnaby D. Troll!

Story Time with Barnaby D. Troll is our NEW, free weekly program for preschoolers and their families. Tuesdays, from 10:30-11:30 a.m., children will listen to a favorite children’s story, sing a song or two and re-create the story through play on the ADA-accessible Mt. Merrill playground.
Masks are required for adults and children 5 and up; recommended for younger children if possible. After Story Time, you can continue to visit Barnaby, Mr. Pickles the Turtle, Rockin’ Reuben the Cardinal, and create a complimentary craft.
Parents/caregivers must stay with their child the entire hour and are ultimately responsible for their child’s/childrens’ behaviors.
–Tuesdays, 10:30-11:30 AM
–Best for ages: 2-5 years
–Location: The Leaf
–Rain location: the Pavilion
–Instructor: Kristin Reali (“Ms. Kristin”)

Food Truck Sunday with Boricua Soul

Food Truck Sunday at Durham Central Park is a time to slow down, enjoy the day, get some local food–to go, or to make a picnic in the park. We will feature ONE truck per afternoon and City of Durham social distancing guidelines apply.
Boricua Soul serves Southern Soul, Caribbean Flair and Euro-African Roots food. Think: pernil (slow roasted, marinated pork), collards, empanadas, mac and cheese…mmmm!

Food Truck Sunday with Bull City Street Food

Food Truck Sunday at Durham Central Park is a time to slow down, enjoy the day, get some local food–to go, or to make a picnic in the park. We will feature ONE truck per afternoon and City of Durham social distancing guidelines apply.
Today’s featured truck is Bull City Street Food, home of the “Fat Bull” burger. BCSF offers unique & delicious street foods from various regions from around the world.