Art of Cool Festival

AOCFEST will feature a range of R&B, Neo Soul, Hip-Hop, Jazz, alternative and spoken word performances and speakers at 6 venues. Three-time GRAMMY® award-winning singer-songwriter, New York Times best-selling poet, and critically acclaimed actor Jill Scott will headline the AOCFEST stage on Friday, September 27th. Dreamville Records singer-songwriter Ari Lennox who hails from Washington D.C. will also perform at AOCFEST Friday evening. That same evening, Darryl “DMC” McDaniels will hit the Motorco Music Hall stage with a live rock performance.

Run DMC, one of the most influential acts in the history of hip-hop culture, will headline AOCFEST on Saturday, September 28th.
This iconic group has sold tens of millions of records worldwide and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2009. Whodini, one
of the first rap groups to add a R&B twist to their music, will also grace the AOCFEST stage Saturday evening.

Additional confirmed AOCFEST performers for this year include: NC hip-hop producer, rapper and scholar 9thWonder presenting 95Live; NC native and saxophonist Marcus Anderson; classically-trained string instrumentalists and hip-hop duo Black Violin and British soul singer-songwriter Omar. More national and local acts will be announced on a rolling basis.