Conventional wisdom advises that habits are ingrained after 21 days of repetition. If that theory holds true, then the eat~play~shop local habit requires time and effort to develop. Each month I’ll be sharing “21 Days” of some event or place in the Triangle, enabling (and I mean that in the most positive sense possible) your inner Localista to come out and play. This month it’s all about local festivals that celebrate arts, culture, food and beverage.
2014 will be the inaugural year for the Art of Cool Festival, a two-day music festival (April 25 & 26) in Durham on two outdoor stages, at six indoor venues and with more than 30 (at last count) scheduled performers (both local and national/international acts). The festival results from the diligent efforts of the non-profit Art of Cool Project, an organization dedicated to preserving, presenting and promoting jazz-influenced music.
The festival promises entertainment for everyone’s musical tastes, as evidenced by the variety of jazz genres represented, and for every budget. A free festival kick-off party is set for Friday in Durham’s Central Park and a day party is planned for Saturday at Diamond View Park on the American Tobacco Campus. However the coolest shows will be at the nightly performances at the Carolina Theatre and the “clubs” (accessed through purchased single-day or two-day passes) including Motorco Music Hall, Pinhook, Hayti Heritage, Beyu Caffe and the Durham Arts Council. VIP pass holders can experience extra perks like a special opening party at the Nasher Museum of Art (where one finds the current exhibition “Archibald Motley: Jazz Age Modernist” on view through May 11), as well as “secret” VIP venues.
To keep up with festival news and local jazz events throughout the year, like The Art of Cool Project on Facebook, follow them on Twitter and pay special attention to news about their upcoming project, The stART of Cool.