The Art of Cool Fest Finds A Home In Charlotte


For the past four years, soul music lovers, and well, music lovers period, have flocked down to way below the Mason Dixon line to North Carolina to regain their “cool”, as the Art of Cool Fest has taken over Durham.

With each year, the fest continues to grow and with Cackalacky being as vast as it is, there was no all this goodness couldn’t spill over into other parts. Well the time for that has come, as the Art of Cool Fest will now take some stakes in the Queen City. Commencing on October 6 – 7, the Charlotte festival lineup will be headlined by Grammy Award Winning Group, Robert Glasper Experiment (Saturday) and North Carolina’s own Rapper Big Pooh (Friday).

On Friday night at Morehead, the additional talent that will be featured are Harvey Cummings and Friends and The Queen’s Guard. Saturday’s schedule includes the following: The Evening Muse, featuring Al Strong Quartet, Chantae Cann, Zoocru & DJ Mic Check; Heist Brewery will feature a very popular party called Su Casa which features a performance by Blame The Youth with DJ’s Justice and Steel Wheel; The Blind Pig will feature a popular Durham party called The Hang with DJ’s Fannie Mae & That Guy Smitty & the finale will be held at Neighborhood Theatre and feature Dynamo, Kenneth Whalum & Robert Glasper Experiment.

Keeping in line with the original fest’s tradition, the shows will be taking place at various venues throughout the Charlotte area at local music venues such as Morehead Tavern, The Blind Pig, Heist Brewery, The Evening Muse and Neighborhood Theatre.

If you want to get in on the inaugural AOC Fest Charlotte festivities, more information including times of the various shows, tickets and packages, please visit For more information on the Art of Cool Festival Charlotte, tickets for Robert Glasper Experiment, please purchase via

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