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PREVIEW: THE FIFTH ANNUAL ART OF COOL FESTIVAL 2018 by LARRY RENI THOMAS
(Published: September 13, 2018)



The fifth annual Art of Cool Festival (www.aocfestival.com), a two-day music festival, which will feature hip-hop, rhythm and blues, soul and jazz, is scheduled to take place September 28 and September 29, 2018, in downtown Durham, North Carolina. The event's new owner, The DOME,LLC (Divine Order Music and Entertainment Group, LLC), a Detroit, Michigan and Raleigh, North Carolina-based entertainment group, is calling the much-talked-about, well-attended, highly-anticipated festival, "a collusion of jazz, rhythm and blues, hip-hop and soul." The lineup includes rhythm and blues favorites such as vocalists Anthony Hamilton and Maxwell, hip-hop stars, Nas, and 9th Wonder, soul singers Erykah Badu and Meshell Ndegeocello, and jazz artists, including the British-based, The Sons of Kemet and the trumpeter Kenyon Harrold.

Most of the jazz connoisseurs will be looking forward to the September 28, 2018 concert, at The Pinhook which will present the much talked about, Sons of Kemet, which features the soulful reedman Shaba Hutchings. Their latest recording, "Your Queen Is A Reptile" (Impulse Records) includes the infectious danceable "My Queen Is Harriet Tubman." Hutchings and his group sound a great deal like what saxophonist Ornette Coleman was doing late in his career-loud, colorful, happy music. This will be the Sons of Kemet's first visit to North Carolina. Their scheduled appearance is a part of a North American tour that begins in Toronto (9/23/18) and ends in late October, 2018, in California. They will be coming to Durham, North Carolina, after a performance (9/27/18), at The Songbyrd Music House, in Washington, D.C.

Jazz aficionados should also be in attendance at the Pinhook, September 29, 2018 for the performance of Ferguson, Missouri, native trumpet sensation Keyon Harrold, whom Wynton Marsalis called "the future of trumpet." Harrold is a member of family full of over 100 musicians. His brother, Emanuel Harrold, is a long-time drummer with vocalist Gregory Porter. Keyon, who calls trumpet master Charles Tolliver his mentor, has recorded and performed with Tolliver, Common, Beyonce and Jay-Z. His latest recording is titled "The Mugician (Criss Cross Records, 2017). Other jazz acts scheduled to perform at the Fifth Annual Art Of Cool include violinist Damien Escobar, Freelance, and Zoocru.

For more information about The Fifth Annual Art Of Cool Festival call: (984) 244-1033, or go to: info@aocfestival.com.

More Information: http://info@aocfestival.com


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