Durham, North Carolina was once again the scene for the Art of Cool Fest, which held its second festival the weekend of April 24th-26th. After a successful kick-off in 2014, music lovers traveled near and far to Bull City to soak in jazz, soul and alternative R&B sounds from local acts to national headliners at the growing three-day event.
The talent lineup at Art of Cool Fest 2015 didn't disappoint. From Roy Ayers, who kicked off the weekend's performances at Durham Armory on Friday night and lived up to his title of the "Godfather of Neo-Soul," through Avery*Sunshine, who treated attendees of the VIP Sunday Brunch to a rousing performance and made impromptu magic with saxophonist Mike Phillips who joined her on stage, the Art of Cool concerts were the hotness. Acts such as Mad Satta, Moonchild, Chris Turner, Jesse Boykins III, Laura Reed and Mumu Fresh and so many more impressed audiences and left with many a new fan while making their existing fans fall deeper in love. Robert Glasper Trio and Snarky Puppy showed and proved why they're GRAMMY winners and some of the most sought after and adored acts in music today.
If there was a downside to this year's festival, it was the weather. Mother Nature showed out and brought unseasonably chilly temperatures and a day of rain on Saturday that cancelled some outdoor events and dampened others. The big show of the night was at an outdoor venue, the Durham Athletic Park, and crowds endured the conditions to see Anthony Hamilton, but it was well worth the wet clothes and ruined hairstyles to hear him sing his debut album Comin' From Where I'm From in its entirety.
Once again, SoulBounce had a ball at Art of Cool Fest 2015. We'll be back for the third one next year and hope to see you there. Save the date for Art of Cool 2016 from May 6th-8th, 2016!