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Preserve the Heritage...Embrace the Experience!
Preserve the Heritage...
Embrace the Experience!

Hayti Heritage Center Announces New Date for Legendary Blues Festival and New Partnership

For Immediate Release

Angela Lee



804 Old Fayetteville Street

Durham, NC 27701


Hayti Heritage Center Announces New Date for Legendary Blues Festival and New Partnership

Durham, NC (August 23rd, 2018) – The Bull Durham Blues Festival has a new look!  The Hayti Heritage Center presents Blues and Roots, a two-day festival honoring the legacy of African American contributions to the Blues and Roots music genres with iconic headliners The B.B. King Blues Band with Tito Jackson.

This year’s event has been rescheduled from September to Friday and Saturday, October 5th and 6th, at the historic Hayti Heritage Center.  “There is no better way to honor Hayti’s rich past, vibrant present and bright future than by presenting music rooted in the African American experience in a venue that remains an African American cultural hub for the City,” states Hayti Executive Director Angela Lee. “We are going to have a great weekend!”

Friday’s celebration kicks off at 6:00 pm with a juke joint themed reception followed by performances from Baron Tymas and his band “Hit Ya Right Here” and Justin Robinson of the Carolina Chocolate Drops.

The celebration continues on Saturday from 11:00 am until 6:00 pm on Fayetteville Street with a unique partnership with Phoenix Fest, which celebrates 17 years as the funkiest FREE street music festival in the historic Hayti community.

Blues and Roots excellence continues Saturday evening at 7:00 pm with Lenora Helm and producer Lana Garland performing their original multi-media production Blues Women and concludes with the iconic B.B. King Blues Band with guitarist, songwriter, and vocalist Tito Jackson of the famed Jackson family.  Blues and Roots will provide an unforgettable experience celebrating Hayti’s return to the blues.

The festival supports the mission of keeping alive music rooted in the African American experience.  Tickets are now on sale on Eventbrite under “Hayti Blues & Roots.” For additional information contact Angela Lee at info@box2378.temp.domains or visit hayti.org.

About Hayti

Since 1891 the historic brick structure located at the corner of Fayetteville and Lakewood Streets has been a cultural hub for Durham’s African American community.  An anchor of “Black Wall Street,” the Center continues offering quality visual and performing arts program along with facility rentals and tours year round. From the acoustically near-flawless Performance Hall to the Lyda Moore Merrick Gallery to the Chuck Davis Dance Emporium, Hayti offers a vibrant space for artists, arts advocates, individuals, groups and organizations, and is committed to practices of equity and inclusion.  We love this place!

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