Erykah Badu, surrounded in by “pyramid” of magical light headlines the 5th annual Art of Cool Festival in downtown Durham, North Carolina. Sonic Pie Productions provided Production and Venue Management at five of this progressive jazz, soul, hip hop and R&B festival’s venues, September 28-29, 2018.
How about MAXWELL, last Friday night? “Fortunate” from between the barricade and stage. Night two of Maxwell’s ’50 Intimate Nights” North American Tour at the 5th annual Art of Cool Festival, Durham, NC.
Did you see Don Cheadle play Miles Davis in the biopic, Miles Ahead? The soundtrack and all the recreated “live” tracks were played by trumpeter Keyon Harrold, pictured right, in a full band set at the 250 capacity Pinhook (at full capacity!)
Plus, we provided sound production services at the 12 act, multi-stage Groove In The Garden (below), at Stephenson Amphitheater and Rose Gardenin Raleigh, North Carolina, on this beautiful WPA-built stage.
Richie Havens, Odetta and Ani DiFranco are examples of cancellations Sonic Pie Productions’ founder Tess Mangum Ocaña navigated, but with ample advance notice, and one for unavoidable good reason (death). Sound Girls shows you how to handle patron disappointment (and anger) when the venue finds out the artist never got on the plane. The game plan has to be in place before #dayofshow https://theatreartlife.com/one-and-done/unexpected-show-cancellation/
Sonic Pie Productions Marks Five Years of Business in Durham This Weekend
Posted by INDY Music on Fri, Feb 9, 2018 at 3:50 PM
The music industry is notoriously dominated by dudes, but this weekend, one woman is celebrating her success as an independent promoter—and looking toward expanding her business.
Tess Mangum Ocaña runs Sonic Pie Productions, staging and promoting shows in the Triangle and all over North Carolina. She’s served stints booking for The ArtsCenter (for which the INDY gave her an Arts Award in 2012) and with Casbah (which is now Social Games and Brews), but more recently, she’s worked with the Art of Cool Festival, the Festival for the Eno, and the International Bluegrass Music Association’s annual World of Bluegrass festival downtown. One of her biggest current projects is booking the annual free summer music series in Durham Central Park, which begins on June 8 and runs through late August.
Ocaña is marking the anniversary with a party at The Rickhouse in Durham on Sunday afternoon. It’s free and open to the public, and features a performance from Diali Cissokho & Kaira Ba that begins at 3:15 p.m. But even as the celebration approaches, Ocaña is still looking toward growing Sonic Pie into something bigger and better—she’s stepping into regional production with Hippie Fest, a series with stops in North and South Carolina, as well as in Michigan and Ohio.
Sonic Pie Productions, proudly based in Durham, NC is turning FIVE and we’re throwing a party at The Rickhouse, downtown! We strategically chose a Sunday afternoon so you and all our friends across North Carolina can actually come. Catering by Soigné Events. Live music TBA…no cover charge. We are so thankful you let us create community and commerce through live events. https://www.facebook.com/events/1540747715991592/
Dress code: fly as hell
2017 has been a GREAT Sonic Pie Productions Year In Live Music. Here are some snapshots. Thank you to all our clients, production partners, artists, and audience members.
Charley Crockett. Up and coming Texas blues/country/honky tonk artist. First headlining show in Durham. We’ve supported a lot of talent and we (our co-presenting sister Cicely Mitchell/So When Do I Clap?) see great potential in this band. If you like Gary Clark, Jr., you’re going to like this. You’re going to kick yourself if you don’t see them at this stage in their career, and we want Texas to know how much we love them–plus, Rissi Palmer Band opens! #TrustTheCurators #CheckThatTrumpet
Tickets to the show, Wednesday, September 27, are only $12 adv, $14 day of show. Nice early 7:30 p.m. curtain, and if you’ve never been to Motorco, it’s a one-story venue in downtown Durham, near Fullsteam. There’s room for both dancing in front of the stage and sitting, house left.
Rolling Stone named Crockett one of the “Best Things We Saw” at AmericanaFest in Nashville last week. His brand new album is called “Little G.L.’s Honky Tonk Jubilee” but here’s the title track from his last album, “In The Night.” See you at the show!
To conclude their Threads of Africa celebration and the 20th anniversary summer concert series, the North Carolina Museum of Art presents a free concert by Angélique Kidjo with Diali Cissokho & Kaira Ba, hailed by Time magazine as “Africa’s premier diva.” Kidjo blends the West African traditions of her childhood in Benin with elements of American R&B, funk, and jazz, as well as influences from Europe and Latin America. A three-time Grammy winner, Kidjo is admired throughout the world.
Opening for Angélique Kidjo is Diali Cissokho, a griot born to a family of professional musicians in Senegal, who currently makes his home in North Carolina. Cissokho is a master of the kora, a traditional West African instrument with strings and a skin-and-gourd resonator. Cissokho and his band Kaira Ba have created an electrifying style of West African dance music that has attracted a fervent following.