Why Durham Is North Carolina’s Hippest City

“Durham is perhaps known first and foremost as the home to Duke University (and its famed basketball team), but it’s becoming a destination for much more than just Blue Devils games. In recent years, a bustling and creative culinary scene has emerged. The Durham Performing Arts Center, American Tobacco Campus, Brightleaf Square, and Durham Bulls games—where you can watch a home run while noshing on empanadas and peach cobbler with ice cream—are also noteworthy attractions.”

Read more in Vogue.


Back Porch Music on the Lawn Lineup Returns to Durham!

 Eight Free Concerts Welcome Returning Favorites and New Sensations to AmericanTobacco Campus

(Research Triangle) – March 29 – Pickers, rockers, groovers and all cool cats are invited to the return of American Tobacco’s legendary Back Porch Music on the Lawn concert series, May 11 – September 14. The eight free Thursday evening concerts will once again take place on the historic campus’ interior quad. The popular series is a joint production of the American Tobacco Campus and WUNC-FM 91.5.

Signing on as Music on the Lawn’s co-sponsors are Mercedes-Benz of Durham, GoTriangle, WRAL’s Out & About and Fox 50.

American Tobacco’s beloved restaurants will be open and preparing quick grab items for concertgoers to enjoy picnic style as they take in the shows. This year, fans can sample new neighbors Wedgie’s sandwich shop and The Bullpen, featuring Heavenly Buffaloes wings.

Beer and wine are available for purchase at the concerts. Picnics, coolers and well-behaved dogs are welcome. Please no glass.

The all-star line-up — with each free concert starting at around 6pm — is as follows:

  • May 11 – Front Country (Opener: Demolition String Band)
  • May 25 – Tellico (Opener: Skylar Gudasz)
  • June 15 – Jim Lauderdale (Opener: Fireside Collective)
  • June 29 – Alice Gerrard & Melody Makers (Opener: Onyx Club Boys)
  • August 3 – Rob Ickes and Trey Hensley (Opener: Acoustic Manner)
  • August 17 – Acoustic Syndicate (Two sets)
  • August 31 – Seldom Scene (Opener: Cicadia Rhythm)
  • September 14 – Billy Strings (Opener: Whiskey Shivers)

About American Tobacco Campus

American Tobacco offers one million square feet of premium office space in a historic factory setting bustling with restaurants and businesses as well as the Durham Performing Arts Center and Durham Bulls Athletic Park. Featured in US News & World Report as the national model for urban revitalization, the campus serves as a bridge from Durham’s past as one of the Tobacco capitals of the world to its present and future as a knowledge, science and medical capital.

ATC owner Capitol Broadcasting Company, Inc. is a diversified communications company which owns and/or operates WRAL-TV, WRAL Digital, WRAZ-TV, WRAZ Digital, WRAL-FM, WRAL-HD2, WCMC-FM, WCMC-HD1, WDNC-AM, WCMC-HD2, WCMC-HD3, WCLY-AM, WCMC-HD4, Microspace, CBC New Media Group and Wolfpack Sports Properties (a joint venture with Learfield Sports) in Raleigh, NC; WILM-TV, WILT-LD and Sunrise Broadcasting in Wilmington, NC; The Durham Bulls Baseball Club in Durham, NC; and real estate interests including the American Tobacco Project and Diamond View office buildings in Durham, NC.

About North Carolina Public Radio WUNC

North Carolina Public Radio WUNC is one of the early tenants of the American Tobacco Campus. The station is one of the most successful public radio stations in the country. It serves listeners from Greensboro to the Outer Banks with NPR News and Information during the week and Back Porch Music on the Weekend.

NC Tech Madness

“ExitEvent and Adzerk partner to launch March Madness-style competition to name the most promising startup in North Carolina.”

Read more at ExitEvent.


Our region in the news…The Triangle ranked #7 as on of the BEST places to live!

The Triangle is the seventh best place to live in the United States.

In the U.S. News and World Report’s ranking of the 100 most populous metro areas, the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill metro area beat out other cities, like Boston, Colorado Springs and Nashville, Tennessee to claim the seventh slot. The central North Carolina metro also ranked seven spots higher than Charlotte, which came in 14th.

Read more at WRAL.com


American Underground team adding new co-working concept in downtown Durham

“A new co-working space out of the American Underground team is about to debut in downtown Durham’s Kress & Co. Building on Main Street.  Gridworks Durham is being advertised as a co-working and small office space that targets the freelance and small business community. It’s a change of pace from American Underground, which focuses on entrepreneurs.”

Read more in the Triangle Business Journal.


Christmas tree of bikes lights up in Durham

“A Christmas tree made of 120 new bicycles that will be donated to needy children will lit up at the American Tobacco Campus on Friday December 2nd.

The Tree of Bikes, based on a project done in New Zealand and now the first of its kind in the United States, has transformed what was for more than a decade a modest effort to give local children bicycles for Christmas into a community-wide event to celebrate the spirit of giving.”

Read more in the News & Observer.
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