American Tobacco Campus, 318 Blackwell Street, Durham, will once again be the site for live music, and once again, the shows are free to the public.
Love outdoor music? Check out our huge day by day list of outdoor music around the Triangle! Most of the shows are free.
No tickets or reservations are required. Bring your own chair, and visit pop-ups for drinks and dinner.
The amphitheater is the grassy area below the Lucky Strike water tower. Parking is available in three nearby decks.
Here’s the schedule for the concerts. Follow each link for more details.
Orquesta K’Che and Salsa Dance Lesson
Wednesday, September 7th, 2022
5:30pm: Pre-show salsa dance lesson by Zach Wolf
6:30pm: Concert Begins
Orquesta K’Che (kah-CHAY) is the brainchild of percussionist and leader Billy Marrero and has become the Triangle’s Latin Party Dance Band of choice. When on stage, the eleven-piece band—representing Venezuela, Cuba, Puerto Rico, and the USA—brings energy and variety to their shows. With the aim of being an all-purpose dance band, their repertoire features Cumbia, Merengue, Bolero, Latin Jazz, and Hot Salsa, traversing the genres and charts by playing tight, disciplined arrangements.
Orquesta K’Che will kick off a series of four free concerts at the American Tobacco Campus, hosted every Wednesday during the month of September. Does the music get you moving? Salsa instructor Zach Wolf will teach a free dance lesson one hour before the show begins.
Wednesday, September 14th, 2022
Since winning the 2019 Sarah Vaughn International Voice Competition, New York-based vocalist Samara Joy’s rise has been meteoric. With unprecedented maturity and depth for a 21-year-old newcomer, Joy’s voice beguiles.
A Bronx native, Joy grew up singing gospel and R&B with her family, including her grandparents, who led the gospel group The Savettes, and her father, who toured with lauded gospel artist Andre Crouch. But it wasn’t until high school that Joy found vocal jazz through records her friends lent her.
Between devouring Sarah Vaughn’s “Lover Man,” and winning Best Vocalist at the Essentially Ellington Competition with her high school jazz band, Joy found her trajectory and set her sights on studying vocal jazz at the acclaimed SUNY Purchase College.
While studying there, Joy recorded her self-titled debut record, which dropped on July 9th. The debut, highlighting Joy’s formidable talent, features delicious interpretations of the Great American Songbook—including her favorite, “Lover Man.”
Wednesday, September 21st, 2022
Nominated for ACM’s New Female Artist of the Year in 2022, Caitlyn Smith’s story is a lesson in perseverance. Hailing from the small town of Cannon Falls, Minn., Smith began making the 14-hour drive to Nashville at just 19 years old, where she quickly established herself as one of the city’s“most reliable songwriters” (Billboard) by penning singles for the likes of Garth Brooks, Lady A, Kenny Rogers, and Dolly Parton. With 2018’s Starfire, Smith finally got her turn in the spotlight, a bold debut that established her as a rising voice in country music.
Smith will come to the American Tobacco Campus fresh off the release of High, her third solo LP for Monument Records.Self-produced, the album is proud of its influences, from the country icons (Sheryl Crow, Patty Griffin, The Chicks) to the personal favorites (Paul Simon, Harry Styles, The Beatles). It’s just the first of two releases slated for 2022—the other, naturally, is titled Low. But for now, Smith is content to ride this high.
Wednesday, September 28th, 2022
Austin-based songwriter Zach Person certainly knows how to wield an axe. Joined onstage only by drummer Jake Wyble, Person’s guitar alone packs more power than most four-piece bands can manage. Summoning the rollicking blues-rock of The Black Keys and the scorched psychedelia of Funkadelic in equal measure, Person’s sound sits squarely in the tradition of American roots music. He puts his own spin on this heritage, from his raucous interpretation of Elvis Presley’s “All Shook Up”to the original track “Crossroads,” an homage to blues legend Robert Johnson. Person provides a refreshingly modern take on a timeless rock and roll formula.
More Outdoor Music in the Triangle
Learn all about outdoor music in the Triangle, including a description of the concert series, and a 90-day calendar, or take a quick look at some of the upcoming outdoor concerts here: