PLAYList Concert Series
Durham 150 Grantee
PLAYlist is Durham Central Park’s (DCP) summer concert series. Since 2017, we have presented concerts that are free and open to the public, intentionally designed as all ages, family-friendly events that welcome all. The concerts cover a wide range of genres and feature local, national and international performers from diverse backgrounds. A main goal of this series is to create fun, inclusive events where people from all walks of life can come together through shared experience of the arts. The series has been very successful thus far with average concert attendance of 800 and headiners drawing more than 2500. The series and performers have been featured regularly in local radio (including artist interviews on WUNC radio’s “The State of Things”), television (including features on ABC 11 and WUNC-TV), and numerous features in print features.
This year features eight free Friday evening concerts from June 14-September 20. The 2019 headliner is critically acclaimed, Grammy award winning musician, Van Hunt. Hunt is a singer, multi-instrumentalist, and musical maverick whose unique sound has elements of punk, funk, glam, electro, soul, folk, and jazz. In 2019, we are increasing the presence of NC based artists as a nod to Oxford American Magazine’s Celebration of NC Musicians. Six of our eight concerts will feature a diverse array of NC based artists as either headliners or openers. The NC artists (and genres) include: Ricardo Diquez and Orquesta Tropico (Salsa), New Reveille (Americana), Niito (progressive jazz/soul), Project 919 (go-go), Diali Cissokho (Chatham County-based West African musician), Raleigh Rockers (b boy/breakdancing troupe) and we hope to include the NCCU Sound Machine (college drumline).
For the finale night, we welcome, for the first time, international performers, Les Filles de Illighadad from the Republic of Niger. Les Filles are led by Fatou Seidi Ghali, one of only two known female Tuareg guitarists in Niger. We have paired them with renowned korist and percussionist from Senegal, Diali Cissokho, who moved to Durham after years of performing and teaching in Senegal and Europe. He was born into the musician caste of Manding griots. Historically, each village had its own griot who told tales of births, deaths, marriages, battles, hunts, affairs, and other important events and celebrations. Mr. Cissokho will be the opening act and serve as the French-English interpreter for Les Filles.
To enrich the community and deepen appreciation for the arts, we always include educational components that enhance the performances in innovative ways. We are excited to include a Q&A session with Les Filles de Illighadad as a unique opportunity for cross cultural exchange. When Raleigh-based Go-Go band Project 919 plays, we will have a dance instructor on-site demonstrating moves that encourage participation — helping people dance to the band’s funky, syncopated rhythms. We are also developing an event that pairs up-and-coming performers with various forms of percussion.
This series is designed to bring together Durham’s diverse community for a fun, laid back evening where people can share space to enjoy music and arts, the outdoors, and one Another.
6/14/19 – ALANNA ROYALE
6/28/19 – RICARDO DIQUEZ & ORQUESTA TROPICO
7/12/19 – VAN HUNT
7/26/19 – EXACT LINEUP STILL IN THE WORKS (BUT WILL INCLUDE RALEIGH ROCKERS)
8/9/19 – NEW REVEILLE
8/23/19 – &MORE WITH NIITO
9/6/19 – PROJECT 919
9/20/19 – LES FILLES ILLIGHADAD WITH DIALI CISSOKHO
Please check their website for the most up-to-date lineup