Durham is blazing toward summer concert season – a time when all you need to enjoy great live music is a blanket or a couple of lawn chairs. As usual, Durham has something for everyone, and music lovers can find pop, rock, soul, and more. There are an increasing number of outdoor concert series and it can be hard to keep track of them all.
Back Porch Music on the Lawn at American Tobacco will hold eight outdoor concerts in the American Tobacco Amphitheater, next to the Lucky Strike Water Tower. Picnics and coolers are welcome at the event.
Rock the Park Movie and Concert Series is held by Durham Parks and Recreation and occurs on Saturday evenings at various local parks around Durham. Music runs 6–8 p.m. and movies 8:30–10 p.m.
Durham Central Park's Warehouse Blues Concert Series brings four Fridays of live blues to the pavilion in the park in July. All are free and also boast food trucks and craft beer.
Duke Performances' Music in the Gardens is a summer music series held between June 1 and July 27 at the Sarah P. Duke Gardens, on the lawn behind the visitor center. This year, the concerts feature genres like jazz, big band, bluegrass, Cajun, folk, blues, and more. Blankets and picnics are encouraged, alcohol is permitted, and food is available. Tickets can be purchased at Duke Performances website.
The Brightleaf Square Concert Series is a popular free outdoor music series, drawing curious onlookers, shoppers, and music lovers into the brick-lined district. Concerts last from 6 to 9 p.m. and there are food and drink vendors on site.
The Streets at Southpoint's Music on Main music series is free, outdoors, and near hundreds of places to shop, eat, and be entertained.
Northgate Mall is also bringing its Blues on the Plaza series back, allowing its shoppers to enjoy a series of blues concerts on Fridays in May. A different food truck will be available at each concert.
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