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Outdoor show at the Pinhook

Outdoor show at the Pinhook

Durham Strikes a Chord

Music is a large part of Durham's cultural landscape. Durham's decidedly eclectic music scene melds deep musical traditions with a broad representation of genres - all of which take place in supportive local venues.

Each of Durham's music venues offers a unique expression of the Bull City. Duke Coffeehouse, a small venue located on Duke's campus, has been feeding the community with indie and experimental music since 1982, making it Durham's longest-running music venue. The Pinhook is the centerpiece of Durham's gritty indie music scene, where show-goers can expect to see up-and-coming artists on tour across the country, as well as the region's top talent.

In the nearby Central Park District, situated between Fullsteam Brewery and the Historic Durham Athletic Park, lies Motorco Music Hall. The former midcentury car dealership is Durham's largest music venue and is known to book nationally touring acts, as well as the area's biggest headliners and unique musical events like Pop Up Chorus.

Beyú Caffé, a welcoming and social place for music lovers of all ages, is one of the venues working to spread the love of jazz. Both the area's hottest up-and-comers and its most esteemed jazz musicians take the stage. You're just as likely to stumble upon a surprise set by Durham's Grammy-winning saxophonist Branford Marsalis as students from the prestigious jazz program at North Carolina Central University.

Also on Main Street, Talk of the Town is Durham's long-running traditional R&B club. Saturdays are a best bet for experiencing talent from around the Triangle. The Blue Note Grill serves up blues and jazz alongside a menu of burgers, ribs, and BBQ.

Visit venue websites for individual schedules and updates, or search upcoming shows on the Durham Event Calendar.


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The Blue Note Grill

  • 709 Washington St, Downtown Durham
  • Durham, NC 27701
  • (919) 401-1979
  • Downtown Area

Located in Downtown Durham near the Historic Durham Athletic Park, the Blue Note Grill is known for both the blues music you can hear there on Fridays and Saturday and their North Carolina smoked …

Fairview Dining Room

  • 3001 Cameron Blvd, Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club
  • Durham, NC 27705
  • (919) 493-6699
  • W Central Durham, including Duke

The Fairview Dining Room is a restaurant located on Duke University's campus at the Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club. Executive chef Jason Cunningham uses locally grown foods to create seasonally …

All People's Grill

  • 6122 Guess Rd
  • Durham, NC 27705
  • (919) 620-9591
  • W Central Durham, including Duke

Live blues Saturday nights starting at 9 p.m.

The Bar

  • 711 Rigsbee Ave, Downtown Durham
  • Durham, NC 27701
  • (919) 956-2929
  • Downtown Area

The Bar is a LGBTQ community and neighborhood bar with a club vibe on Friday nights.

Beyu Caffe

  • 341 W Main St, Downtown Durham
  • Durham, NC 27701
  • (919) 683-1058
  • Downtown Area

A local hotspot that runs the gamut from early morning coffeehouse to popular lunch café to late night lounge, offering locally sourced menus, live jazz music, cocktails, spirits, and more.

Bralie's Sports Bar

  • 1725 Carpenter Fletcher Rd
  • Durham, NC 27713
  • (919) 806-1441
  • SW Durham, including Southpoint

Southern-style bar.

Duke Coffeehouse

  • 106 Epworth Lane, Crowell Bldg, Duke University East Campus
  • Durham, NC 27708
  • W Central Durham, including Duke

Located behind Wilson Dorm on East Campus, the Duke Coffeehouse is a performance venue that links the university and Durham community.Check Duke Coffeehouse's calendar to see upcoming acts. The venue …

Durham Jazz Workshop / Sharp 9 Gallery

  • 4608-L Industry Lane
  • Durham, NC 27713
  • (919) 486-5299
  • SE Durham, including RTP & NCCU

The Durham Jazz Workshop (DJW) is a non-for-profit, 501(c)3 organization which provides the Jazz community of the Triangle with educational programs, performances, and special events. The DJW runs …

James Joyce Irish Pub

  • 912 W Main St, Brightleaf District, Downtown Durham
  • Durham, NC 27701
  • (919) 683-3022
  • Downtown Area

Irish pub experience with food and drink from both sides of the Atlantic.

La Fiesta Club

  • 1000 E Geer St
  • Durham, NC 27704
  • (919) 641-3728
  • East Durham

Latin-American focused sports bar.






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Durham Convention & Visitors Bureau
212 W Main St #101
Durham, NC 27701 USA
Phone: (919) 687-0288
Toll Free: (800) 446-8604