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21 Days to Play – Motorco

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 share “21 Days” of some event, place or organization in the Triangle, enabling (and I mean that in the most positive sense possible) your inner Localista to come out and join us. This month it’s all about making time to play, at local sports facilities, live music venues, indie movie theaters and fun places and spaces all around the Triangle.


Once upon a time, in the not too distant past of Durham’s DIY/Central Park District, a music venue arose from the remains of a building that once housed a car dealership. They called it Motorco. And it was good. Though the building has been transformed from its former purpose, there are vestiges of the industrial use remaining that lend to the character of the space. But character only goes so far. There has to be entertainment value in a venue like Motorco. Personally, I find a lot to value at this 450 person capacity “play” space.

Motorco is part Music Hall, part weekend brunch hang out spot and all entertainment, all the time. The term “music hall” is a little limiting in this case, though that is the bigger part of acts one finds on the main stage. Over its history, there’s been a bit of something for every taste at the venue including comedy, story telling events, fashion shows, arts & craft fairs, as well as films, sports and popular TV shows on the “Super Mega Jumbo Tron”. The upcoming week at Motorco is the perfect example of that diversity, with The Monti’s StorySLAM tonight, a special event for the Merge Records 25th Anniversary on Wednesday, followed by musical acts that range from progressive to pop to neo-soul. Most shows are general admission/standing room, but there are bleachers inside the performance space and seating in the lounge area when you need to take a load off. 

Since opening in late 2010 the venue has continued to evolve with the neighborhood, adding a patio and a kitchen bar called “Part & Labor” (retaining the automobile theme) in the last year, providing more reasons to get out and “play” a bit more often in this favorite part of Durham.

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