The third annual Art of Cool Festival touched down in Durham, May 6th through 8th and transformed the downtown area into a mecca for jazz enthusiasts and music lovers, alike. Over the three days, attendees trekked from various venues to experience more than 30 mind-blowing performances by local and internationally renowned artists. Terence Blanchard, Thundercat, Kamasi Washington, The Internet, Dark Moon Rising, Chantae Cann, All Cows Eat Grass, Rapsody, Anderson .Paak and the Free Nationals, as well as PJ Morton–to name a few–showed out in highly-attuned crowds.
In addition to the artist showcases, there were other options for the festival-goers such as the Art of Turntables, a live-performance, mega party featuring exhibitions from superstar, pioneering DJ’s. Audiences were moved and in awe by the impressive turntable skills as beats bounced from classic hip hop to soul, from reggae to house afro-beat, and from genres such as the 80s and 90s. The To Pimp A Butterfly Panel consisted of Terrace Martin and Rapsody detailing their experiences in working with Kendrick Lamar on his powerful album, while the JamShopSipRepeat was nothing short of a shopping party featuring various vendors and performing artists.
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