2019 Sixth Annual Art of Cool Festival (AOCFEST)- Durham, NC

Durham, NC – 2019 sixth Annual Art of Cool Festival (AOCFEST) will feature a range of R&B, Neo Soul, Hip-Hop, Jazz, alternative and spoken word performances and speakers at multiple venues: Durham Bulls Athletic Park (DBAP), the Durham Armory, Motorco Music Hall, Carolina Theatre, The Pinhook, The Masonic Lodge and Beyu Caffe in downtown Durham. Produced by The DOME Group LLC, AOCFEST will be held on September 27-29th.


BJ The Chicago Kid
Dionne Farris

Motown Records singer-songwriter BJ the Chicago Kid will headline AOCFEST’s Saturday, September 28th show on the Durham Armory stage. On that same stage, DJ Nabs presents “Free Yourself” featuring Sole, Dionne Farris, and DJ Mike Nice, as well as, “The Dirty South” with DJ Scientist (Yin-Yang Twins).


Jessica Care Moore
Talib Kweli

Additional performances at AOCFEST 2019 on Saturday, September 28th at Motorco are Rapper, entrepreneur and activist DJ Talib Kweli; Poet Jessica Care Moore; Los Angeles-based collective Emotional Oranges, and new genre-bending band Chiiild.


Saturday night
J. Gunn
Saturday night
G. Yamazawa

Performing at Pinhook on Saturday night are Rapper and National Poetry Slam Champion G Yamazawa together with Rapper J Gunn, Hip-hop artist Lvitto; 3am, and Durham artist Caliwood Rassamon.


Saturday night
Brett Chambers

An Ultimate Musicians Jam session will be held Saturday night at Beyu Caffe, hosted by Brett Chambers.



Saturday’s 12-hour DJ Party will feature Reggae, Hip-Hop battles, Mixes and Scratches by DJ Lil Bee, DJ CK, DJ Fatz, DJ HighRise, DJ Assassin and Public Enemy’s Terminator X at the Masonic Lodge.

Run DMC, Whodini and Big Daddy Kane featuring The Symphony lead the all-star lineup at the DBAP Saturday with “The Afterparty” with DJ Skillz.  Professor, author, and speaker Michael Eric Dyson will inspire festival-goers with a keynote on Saturday, September 28th morning at the Carolina Theatre.

National Basketball Association star Rasheed Wallace will be the special guest host for the DBAP performances during AOCFEST 2019. Festival attendees can enjoy this one-of-a-kind event featuring 20-plus acts for 1 price. One Day, Weekend, VIP and Sunday Brunch passes for AOCFEST 2019 are available through Eventbrite: http://bit.ly/30BS5Nb. After obtaining your ticket, it MUST be exchanged for an RFID wristband at Wristband City.


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