Looking for some outdoor Friday night fun? The second of two Duke Performances at American Tobacco in one week takes place tonight, October 1. Duke Performances presents the Veldt in concert under the Lucky Strike water tower from 6:30-8:00pm.
The outdoor concert is free and open to the public; no registration required.
Easy categorizations don’t work for Raleigh and New York-rooted indie rock progenitors The Veldt, but the band’s signature blend of shoegaze and soul situates its sonic and political project: a Black-led group — begun in and around Chapel Hill in 1986 by brothers Daniel and Danny Chavis — making unprecedented alt-pop-rock experiments in a predominately white field. (And turning this position into a broader critique — see their 2007 album White Music for Black People, released under the name Apollo Heights.) Now more widely lauded for influencing the spaced-out sounds of The Weeknd’s early efforts, The Veldt ensure each of their new recordings, performances, and critical mentions feel like a canonical rupture and an insistent refrain: We’ve always been here.
Bring a chair, a blanket, and visit pop-ups by Parker & Otis, Boricua Soul, and Mellow Mushroom for drinks and dinner.
The amphitheater is the grassy area below the Lucky Strike water tower, and parking is available in one of three nearby decks.
Please mark your calendars now for the final shows in ATC’s Duke Performances series:
- Wed, Oct. 6: Rissi Palmer
- Current Duke University guidelines for campus visitors apply to all presentations on and off-campus, including the American Tobacco Campus Amphitheater. https://returnto.duke.edu/campus-visitors/
- Don’t have a mask? We’ll supply one.
- Please keep your mask on throughout the performance and only remove it when actively eating and/or drinking.
- Durham has instituted a mask mandate for all businesses. Masks must be worn indoors at all restaurants and other businesses.
ATC Live Music P’s and Q’s
- No glass allowed.
- Leashed and well-behaved pets are welcome.
Please be mindful and courteous of other guests. Aim to leave the now customary six feet of space between you and those outside your party.
Thanks to American Tobacco for this Capcom scoop & graphic.