Hamilton to Return to DPAC in 2020/2021 Season!


Here’s some good news! It was announced today that the national tour of HAMILTON will return to DPAC in the 2020 / 2021 season!

SunTrust Broadway at DPAC members who renew for the 2020 / 2021 season will have first priority to purchase tickets to this next engagement of HAMILTON.  More information regarding engagement dates and how to purchase group and individual tickets will be available at a later date.

For more details about SunTrust Broadway at DPAC visit: https://www.dpacnc.com/suntrust-broadway/season/2019-2020-broadway-season




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Weekend Pick: Raleigh St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Saturday!


The weather is looking great for the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Raleigh this Saturday, March 16th. The parade starts at 10am on Wilmington Street and Marches through parts of Fayetteville and Salisbury Streets before concluding in front of the Raleigh Convention Center. There are tons of great bands, dancing teams, and local groups in the parade. I think my favorite thing about it is all the dogs! I’ve never seen so many four-legged friends in a parade before!

After the parad the party continues with music and entertainment at the festival on City Plaza on Fayetteville Street. For more info about the parade visit http://raleighstpats.org

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Tap Dogs Dances Its Way on Stage at DPAC Next Week!


2018-19 International Tour Cast of “Tap Dogs” (Photo by Chris Richardson)

The stage at DPAC is going to take a pounding next week….literally, when it will be home to the amazing tap skills of the Tap Dogs crew when they bring their high energy tap show to the Bull City  next Tuesday, March 19th and Wednesday, March 20th.  This performance serves up an intermission free 85-minute high-intensity show filled from end to end with precision tap dancing moves and heart pounding rhythms and  music.

The performance is part dance and part rock concert with dancers showing off their skills on a set that resembles a construction site. The setting lends itself well to different surfaces and building materials like metal girders and moving platforms the dancers can manipulate for amazing stunts and tap routines. The set also includes a large digital screen background with a colorful light production blended into the performance making for an exciting backdrop to the dancers.


2018-19 International Tour Cast of “Tap Dogs” (Photo by Chris Richardson)

The popularity of Tap dogs has helped propel the popularity of tap in the United States and around the world and helped shaped the world of modern tap and features an amazing internal cast of dancers and musicians. It’s a small but tight cast with 6 guys tapping rounded out with two extremely talented female musicians adding a high-energy beat to accompany the tap moves.

Nathanial Hancock is one of the six talented tap dancers currently touring with the production and adding to the fancy footwork delighting fans all over the world. He has performed with Tap Dogs throughout Europe, Asia, Bahrain, UAE, Australia, and South Africa over the past 7 years.


2018-19 International Tour Cast of “Tap Dogs” (Photo by Chris Richardson)

Nathanial’s love of rhythm and unique, intricate time signatures place him at the forefront of modern tap dance in Australia. He has toured with the production for the past seven years and when he is not touring he is teaching tap in his home country of Australia. I spoke Nathaniel last week by phone to learn a little more about his journey to the stage and what the audience can expect from the show at DPAC.


Nathanial Hancock

When did you first know you wanted to be a tap dancer?
I pretty much knew I wanted to dance since I was a little kid. My first exposure was seeing Gene Kelly tap in the movie “Singin’ in the Rain” when I was around 6 years old. Then I saw tap dogs in Brisbane when I was just 11 years old and I knew tap is what I wanted to do!

What can Audiences expect at the show?
This is a high-intensity high energy show filled with amazing tap footwork all choreographed beautifully with music performed live on stage. There is no dialogue, just dancing and music. It’s very much like a rock concert, but with the rhythm and intensity of tap!

How has the show changed over the years?
Well Tap Dogs has been touring for almost 23 years. I’ve been with the Production for 7 years now. We added the two female musicians in recent years and modified the sets. There has also been the addition of an amazing light and digital screens to adding to the overall visual experience to attending the show.

What do you think makes this show so popular
It’s a family-friendly show that is accessible for everyone regardless of your experience with tap. There is dancing, music which really offers something for everyone to enjoy. Most if all, because there is no dialogue there is not language barrier so everyone all over the world can enjoy the performance as it speaks through the universal language of dance.

“Tap Dogs” has performances at DPAC Tuesday, March 19th and Wednesday, March 20th. through through Sunday February 17th. For tickets visit: https://www.dpacnc.com/events/detail/tap-dogs


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Boxyard RTP Coming in 2020!


Boxyard RTP – Coming in 2020

Cool announcement out of from Research Triangle Park today. Boxyard RTP, a 15,000-square-foot cargotecture development, will be coming to the Frontier RTP campus (Highway 54 near T.W. Alexander Drive) in 2020.

Plans for Boxyard RTP include space for up to nine food and beverage vendors, as well as several retailers and service providers. The site will be designed to support retail and dining entrepreneurship in the Triangle. Food and beverage container spaces will come with partial kitchen equipment upfits, enabling smaller businesses to focus on preparing food rather thanexpensive overhead.

The unique development will also be home to a rich program of events, providing social, educational and health-oriented opportunities to patrons. Covered spaces for seating, special events and performances will be located throughout Boxyard RTP, creating an indoor/outdoor shopping and dining experience to enjoy year round. The complex will be people and dog-friendly, and is adjacent to an existing public dog park on the Frontier RTP campus.

For more information check out https://boxyard.rtp.org/ and follow them on instagram at @boxyardrtp.


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Durham Mardi Gras Celebration this Tuesday!

Durham Mardi Gras is one of my favorite local events! This Tuesday night you can catch New Orleans inspired music and festivities on 5 stages in the Bull City (all within walking distance of each other). Best of all it is all FREE and open to everyone. Check out the full music schedule below and laissez les bon temps rouler!

Durham Mardi Gras 2019 Schedule:

Motorco (723 Rigsbee Avenue)
7:30 – Phil Cook
9:15 – The Bulltown Strutters

The Blue Note Grill (709 Washington Street)
8:00 – Ragweed Brass
9:45 – Lester Coalbanks & the Seven Sorrows

Fullsteam Brewery (726 Rigsbee Avenue)
8:30 – Mystery Hillbillies
10:00 – 11:15 Ally J

The Pit Authentic Barbecue in Durham (321 W Geer Street)
8:00 – Shamu Garcon
9:30 – Cajammers

the bar… durham (711 Rigsbee Avenue)
9:30 The Mardi Gras Drag Show


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