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Art of Cool Durham, USA - 28 April 2017


Getting There

Getting There

nearest bus station:
Durham Greyhound Station: Greyhound & Megabus

shuttle bus:
Bull City Connector

special festival bus:
Art of Cool shuttle between venues (or take a bike)

nearest airport:
Raleigh-Durham (RDU)

nearest train station:
Durham Amtrak Station (DNC)



Free events, Pay per event, VIP options
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Prices in the table are quoted in USD
Weekend pass285All-access VIP
1-day pass150Single Day VIP + Sunday Brunch
1-day pass51Single Day Headliner ticktet
1-day pass50Single Day Club Pass
1-day pass25Senior Single Day Club Pass
Art of Cool Festival Tickets
  • Buy AOC tickets 4 ways:
  • All-access VIP
  • Single Day VIP
  • Single Day ticktet
  • Single Day Club pass

Art of Cool

Art of Cool

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Durham, USA

Motorco Music Hall
36.003611, -78.900395
type of festival
jazz, hip-hop & rap, r&b / soul / funk, acoustic & instrumental, americana roots, fusion
start Fri, 28 April 2017
end Sun, 30 April 2017

Art of Cool: Prog-Jazz & Alt-Soul

Art of Cool is a 3 day explosion of progressive jazz & alternative soul + hip-hop & clubbing nights, produced by The Art of Cool Project, a non-profit org started by jazz trumpeter Albert Strong IV & Cicely Mitchell of Al Strong Music Productions, devoted to promoting jazzy vibes, concerts, conferences & youth education via the Art of Cool Festival and StArt of Cool in Bull City. AOC features jam sessions & jazz club shows by dozens of stars (including Grammy winners) and local jazz master by night, plus The Coolest Day Party by day, and a Sunday brunch replete with eats, treats, wine & jazz. 8,000+ fans attend 60 shows at 10 venues like Pinhook, PSI Theatre, Carolina Theatre, the Durham Armory & Motorco Music Hall in Durham North Carolina.


Art of Cool: Prog-Jazz & Alt-Soul

Art of Cool Festival, with shows, clubbing, day parties and a brunch, is part of the larger project that includes the StArt of Cool jazz education program, which began in 2014, dedicated to teaching youths jazz fundamentals via group & private lessons, jam sessions, mentorship by pros and opportunities for showing-off at live concerts. The initiative is directed by jazz trumpeter Al Strong, co-founder of The Art of Cool Project, which presents all things jazz related to the public using contemporary club shows, parties and funky feature concerts as a backdrop for making Jazz cool and avant-garde.


AOC Festival also has a VIP side that includes a chic brunching in the Carolina Theatre lounge and special access to the Balcony during the AOC Coolest Day Party, plus VIP perks for all shows and jazz nights during the three-day jazzy soirée.

Jazzy Cool by Bike

This is not an old-school jazz event but a “Cool” festival of progressive jazz, alternative soul, hip-hop and all things funky-jazzy-cool where AOC promotes getting to the outdoor concerts and parties by bike.

Art of Cool is “Cool” progressive jazz, alternative soul & hip-hop in Bull City!

contributor: Festinga
published: 19 February 2016
updated: 07 September 2016
Age: Family, a family event with something for everyone
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General: new, popular
Ambiance: outdoor, indoor, urban
Features: self-expression, partying, live music & shows, talks & debates, conference, workshops & labs

Art of Cool Details

Jazz Friendly Durham

  • Durham is home to Jazz Studies at NCCU
  • It’s also home to Jamla by Grammy-winner 9th Wonder.
  • 9th Wonder frequently collaborates on Art of Cool events.

Art of Cool History

Art of Cool Venues

  • Carolina Theatre: 309 West Morgan St.
  • Durham Armory: 220 Foster St.
  • Durham Arts Council PSI Theatre: 120 Morris St.
  • Motorco Music Hall: 723 Rigsbee Ave.
  • The Pinhook: 117 W. Main St.
  • American Underground: 201 W. Main St.
  • American Tobacco Campus: 318 Blackwell St.
  • Beyu Caffe and Jazz Club: 341 W. Main St.


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Beds & Eats


Durham Accommodations
  • Art of Cool Host Hotels:


Eats & Drinks: Bars, Restaurants, Water
Fresh & Clean: Toilets
Cash & Shops: Cash, Shops
Zone In & Out: VIP Zone, Kids Zone
Accessibility: yes
Art of Cool Venue Amenities
  • WIFI
  • Water
  • WCs
  • ATMs
Eats near Art of Cool Venues



start Fri, 28 April 2017
end Sun, 30 April 2017
Art of Cool Date Details
  • Art of Cool is held in late April or early May.

Season & Weather

Season: Spring
Temperature: 13 to 26 °C

Durham weather in spring is pleasant, although hot, humid spells, and occasional thunderstorms, can occur.



Tel: +919 672 0060


The Art of Cool Project: 201 West Main Street, Suite 100, PMB 108, Durham, North Carolina, USA.

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