First slate of live music, art, grant programs and panels announced for Bull City Summit


The inaugural Bull City Summit (BCS), a new showcase festival and business conference in Durham city center celebrating innovation in music, art, science and technology, announces its first phase of programming, including opening and closing musical performances, art exhibitions, featured panels and other highlights!

The four-day event will officially kick off on Wednesday, March 23 at Motorco Music Hall with a highly anticipated performance from Durham-based rapper and producer JooseLord. The trailblazing artist and activist won Best New Artist and Best Male Hip-Hop Artist at the Carolina Music Awards and Artist of the Year at the WRAL Voters’ Choice Awards. JooseLord is critically acclaimed for his recent release ‘Quarantine’, written during the pandemic lockdown. The opening night will also feature techno producer Calapse, whose upcoming album ‘New Era’ follows his 2020 track ‘Impending Eternal Doom’, released in Durham based on Maison Fauna labels.

On Thursday, March 24, award-winning North Carolina multiplatform music and culture brand Carolina Waves is hosting a Thursday night showcase at The Pinhook, featuring R&B artist Imani Pressley and alternative hip-hop artist 3amsound , as well as emerging local MCs and producers. . Carolina Waves, founded by Miriam Tolbert in 2017, promotes budding artists through concerts, podcasts, showcases, industrial mixers, festivals, open mics and a radio show on K97.5 FM featuring artists. Carolina artists.

On Friday, March 25, legendary global DJ/producer Tommie Sunshine, host of Red Bull TV’s ‘After The Raves’, headlines his takeover of the Brooklyn Fire Records label at the Surf Club in downtown Durham, presented by the Greensboro-based nightlife promoters Strictly Social. Sunshine, who has collaborated on remixes with Katy Perry, Fall Out Boy, Major Lazer, Billie Eilish, Bob MarleySantana and many others will curate a lineup of North Carolina-based DJs and producers.

The BCS Fest 2022 Festival Closing Barbecue takes place at the Blue Note Grill on Saturday, March 26, with guitarist, songwriter and blues-rock virtuoso JD Simo, as well as Triangle-based American artist Clint Roberts, the funk-soul band Jives, bluegrass storyteller James Dalton and local blues-rock bands Jason Damico and the Gabe M. Trio. The event will feature multiple stops as well as Blue Note’s signature Southern BBQ. Additional BCS music showcases throughout the week, hosted by partners including Maison Fauna, Raund Haus, Polychromatic Records, FLOODFM, Triangle Blues Society and others, will be released when the lineup for phase two is announced on February 15.

BCS is also proud to announce that the festival art fair, open to BCS Business PRO badge holders, will feature exhibitions by Ban Art, Beth Palmer Studio, Brooks Frederickson, Durham Production Company, Shilpa Kancharla, Sophia Sobers, Sugar Cadavers, Steven Pestana and Tommy. Coyote, with more to come. Participating galleries, artists and photographers will exhibit, perform and sell visual, sound and digital art on Thursday March 24 and Friday March 25 at the WeWork offices in downtown Durham. Additional art installations will be presented in concert halls during evening showcases.

BCS will welcome entrepreneurs, community leaders, municipal officials, local artists, industry experts and members of the academic communities to participate in discussions and panels, speeches and lectures representing multiple perspectives and contemporary issues. . The BCS Panels will take place at Cinemas 1 and 2 at the Carolina Theater in Durham City Center on March 24 and 25 from 9am to 5pm, open to BCS Business PRO badge holders.

Additionally, BCS has launched its 2022 Arts Grants Program in partnership with the Durham Arts Council and Love, Tito’s. Artists can apply online on the BCS Applications page and submit their work in different categories for a chance to receive micro cash grants. Submitted artists will be judged by the Durham Arts Council with local arts organizations nominating category winners.

Apply on the BCS Applications page with your information and include a brief description of how you will use the prize money to advance your artistic career through social justice. Submitted artists will be judged by the Durham Arts Council, with participating local arts organizations nominating the winners.

Exploring the emerging world of non-fungible tokens, BCS partners with Fanaply, the leader in live event NFTs, to deliver the Keys to the City collection to VIPs and attendees. These special Bull City Summit NFT editions, designed by a local studio Durham Production Companywill unlock benefits this year and for future festivals. Participants should therefore look for information on upcoming sales.

To complement the BCS arts program, Creative Allies, a women-led and minority-owned marketing firm based in North Carolina, is launching a pair of design competitions to create official commemorative items for sale online and onsite at festival. Contests are open to Creative Allies’ global creative community as well as all North Carolina artists. Applications are available on Creative Allies website.

The announcement of BCS Phase One also includes a series of panel discussions and presentations which will take place in Cinemas 1 and 2 at the Carolina Theater in Durham City Center on Thursday March 24 and Friday March 25 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. h, open to Holders of the BCS Business PRO badge. The Phase Two announcement on February 15 will list the following keynote speakers and panelists:

“Return to Life”
Featuring talent agents, record label executives, touring artists, promoters and other industry leaders to discuss the reinvented post-pandemic music industry.

“Perspectives on Cryptocurrencies”
Covering current trends in the cryptocurrency space and what the future may hold for these assets, their value and their effect on issues ranging from global trade to income inequality and climate change.

“Music and Art as a Tool for Social Justice and Personal Reform”
Give a Beat, a national organization that uses music as a pathway to justice and healing, joins members of The Justice Arts Coalition and Creative Allies to discuss the power of the arts to effect change in the age of incarceration massive.

“Metaverse: The Future of the Internet”
Explore the future of the metaverse and the impact it can have on education, social justice, recidivism, and closing gaps in society.

Presentation: Project Aeschylus
Durham Production Company founder and CEO Scott Frey shows how an augmented reality (AR) initiative preserves the stories and artifacts of Durham’s history, bringing art and architecture to life as a means of support local businesses.

Presentation: Revolutionizing local music booking
David Baird, CEO of independent music booking marketplace Gigmor, discusses how technology is bringing game-changing improvements to the local music landscape for emerging artists and smaller venues across the country.

Presentation: NFT and the environment
Vice President of Fanaply Sam Huntington explains how the company’s proprietary technology significantly reduces the environmental impact of NFT transactions.

Applications to present or present at BCS 2022 are still open until January 31. BCS Business PRO conference badges, including all live music concerts and showcases, BCS Art Fair, panels and networking events, are now on sale at COVID-19 safety and health protocols are also available on the festival website.


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