6.17.2008

Need something to do? PLAY MORE in Durham!

Durham Parks and Rec has started a summer concert series for the newly developed CCB plaza in downtown. I found this out today at lunch while walking to the post office. There was a great blues band playing right in the square! It looks like today is the last weekday performance, but there are plenty of evening performances planned for all musical tastes. I copied and pasted the schedule here for your review. If you want to see more, check out the series' website HERE.

Good Music is Happening in Durham
DPR Music Series at the CCB Plaza

With the completion of the downtown streetscape, DPR is introducing a new venue for special events in 2008. The CCB Plaza is a centrally located facility, making it an ideal location for after work and weekend events. Regular programming at this facility will invite audiences to stay in town after work and begin their weekends in downtown Durham. These new events will target adult audiences seeking early evening entertainment after work or to kick off weekend evenings.

CCB Plaza is located at the corner of Corcoran and Parrish Streets in downtown Durham – home of MAJOR, the big bronze bull.

Tuesday and Thursday Concerts (12 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.)

Tobacco Road Series - Tobacco Road is a blues series co-produced with the St. Joseph’s Historic Foundation/Hayti Heritage Center highlighting our rich Piedmont Blues tradition.

  • June 3 - Jasmé Kelly
  • June 17 - Will McFarlane

Thursday Night Concerts (5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.)

As an early start to your weekend, enjoy a series of some of the region’s favorite alternative bands.

  • June 12 - Coolius Caesar
  • June 19 - Dasan Ahanu and Picasso present Jim Crow Jackson
  • June 26 - Dom Casual and Shipwrecker
  • July 10 - Fontana and Maltswagger
  • July 17 - Kim Arrington
  • July 31 - Fire in the Woods, Roxcetera and The Beloved Binge
  • Aug 7 - The Urban Sophisticates
  • Aug 21 - Future Kings of Nowhere
  • Sept 4 - Menes and Back Street Productions
  • Sept 11 - Veronique Diabolique and The Wigg Report
  • Sept 25 - A Guilt Free Affair
  • Oct 2 - The Bad Mothers
  • Oct 23 - The Beast

Friday Night Concerts (6 p.m. – 9 p.m.)

Third Fridays - The Friday Cultural Crawl and art-making activities held in conjunction with the monthly art gallery tour. This programming adds music to this informal visual arts tour of Durham.

  • June 20 - Piedmont- The Backwaits, Dry Heathens, Midnight Gladness (TRY TO COME OUT TO THIS ONE FOR SURE! OUR BUDDY STEVE WILL BE UP THERE ROCKING OUT ON STAGE WITH HIS BAND, THE DRY HEATHENS!!!)
  • July 18 - Scrap Exchange & Triangle Sound Painting Orchestra
  • Aug 22 - CAPS Program
  • Sept 19 - Gospel Rap Extravaganza
  • Oct 17 - Community Arts Program (TBD)

Youth Event – Durham Parks and Recreation will host an evening of fun and entertainment for and by the youth to celebrate the new school year.

  • Aug 29 - Youth Back to School Night

Saturday Night Concerts/Jazz Series/Latin Series (5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.)

This series will include six Saturday evening concerts showcasing Durham’s very active local jazz scene.

  • June 28 - Stanley Baird
  • July 12 - Oscar Wright and Simba
  • July 19 - Freeport Jazz
  • Aug 2 - Freeman Ledbetter and Generations
  • Aug 9 - Martin Eagle
  • Aug 23 - DPI and Kirk Keyes

This four-part Saturday evening concert series was developed to highlight the culture of Durham’s fastest growing population.

  • Sept 6 - Maria Rocha
  • Oct 11 - Julio Martinez

Saturday Night Special (5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.)

A festive mix of upbeat rock, rhythm and blues bands.

- Sept 13 - Rock and R&B Band (TBD)
- Oct 18 - Mel Melton and the Wicked Mojos
- Oct 25 - Rock and R&B Band (TBD)