DPAC Events

Bull City Food and Beer Experience – February 24, 2013 at 4:00pm, $75 Three local partners DPAC, Sam’s Quik Shop, & Tyler’s Restaurant & Taproom have collaborated in creating a true Bull City Experience with a national twist! The Bull City Food & Beer Experience is the pairing & sampling of local food showcasing 20 Durham restaurants, unbelievable beer from 20 North Carolina Breweries in addition to another 30 craft and specialty import breweries, and guest speaking appearances by the owners of three of the premier craft breweries in the United States, Ken Grossman (Sierra Nevada), Kim Jordan (New Belgium) and Dale Katechis (Oskar Blues), plus live music from Mipso! This event is an intimate indoor experience with limited number of tickets available! This event is a fundraising event to benefit the ELLERBE CREEK WATERSHED ASSOCIATION ( Nas with special guest DMX, hosted by 9th Wonder – March 3, 2013 at 7:00pm, $55 – $110 Don’t miss one of hip hop’s most influential MCs and lyricists Nas live in concert at DPAC on Friday, March 1. Following the release of his best-selling #1 new album Life Is Good, Nas is currently nominated for four Grammy’© Awards including Best Rap Album and Best Rap Performance. This exclusive concert will be hosted by Durham’s own 9th Wonder, Grammy’©-winning producer, DJ and college lecturer. The Whispers vs. The Dramatics featuring L.J Reynolds, hosted by DJ Heavy – March 9, 2013 at 8:00pm, $40 – $80 Who will win the battle when The Whispers and The Dramatics take the stage at DPAC? Join us for another legendary night with the best of R&B. Hosted by DJ Heavy! Lord of the Dance created by Michael Flatley – March 10, 2013 at 7:00pm, $35 – $75 Sixteen years ago, Lord of the Dance, created by Michael Flatley ( launched; today, it is selling out arenas and theaters as the world’s highest-grossing Irish dance show. Generations of audiences – more than 60 million people from 68 countries – have seen Lord of the Dance. Presented by MagicSpace Entertainment and Global Entertainment Group, the tour arrives in the Triangle at DPAC on March 10, 2013. RAIN – March 12, 2013 at 7:30pm, $45 – $85 RAIN, the internationally-acclaimed Beatles concert, returns by popular demand! As “the next best thing to seeing The Beatles!” (Associated Press), RAIN performs the full range of The Beatles’ discography live onstage, including the most complex and challenging songs that The Beatles themselves recorded in the studio but never performed for an audience. Together longer than The Beatles, RAIN has mastered every song, gesture and nuance of the legendary foursome, delivering a totally live, note-for-note performance that’s as infectious as it is transporting. From the early hits to later classics ("I Want To Hold Your Hand," "A Hard Day’s Night," "Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band," "Let It Be," "Come Together," "Hey Jude" and more), this adoring tribute will take you back to a time when all you needed was love, and a little help from your friends! Daryl Hall and John Oates – March 13, 2013 at 7:30pm, $50 – $125 Rock’s dynamic duo, Daryl Hall and John Oates will return to DPAC for the first time since their last sell-out 2011 performance. Arguably one of pop music’s most influential acts, Daryl Hall & John Oates’ unique fusion of Philly soul and rock ‘n’ roll have made the singer-songwriter duo legendary. Anything Goes – March 19-24, 2013, $35 – $100 “ALL ABOARD for this saucy and splendid production of Roundabout Theatre Company’s ANYTHING GOES, winner of three 2011 Tony Awards’® including Best Musical Revival and Choreography! One of the greatest musicals in theater history, Cole Porter’s first-class musical comedy is sailing to the Triangle, starring critically-acclaimed actress Rachel York as Reno Sweeney and directed and choreographed by Tony Award’® winner Kathleen Marshall. When the S.S. American heads out to sea, etiquette and convention get tossed out the portholes as two unlikely pairs set off on the course to true love…proving that sometimes destiny needs a little help from a crew of singing sailors, an exotic disguise and some good old-fashioned blackmail. Peppering this timeless classic are some of musical theatre’s most memorable standards, including “I Get A Kick Out Of You,” “You’re the Top,” and of course, “Anything Goes.” Seth Meyers – March 29, 2013 at 8:00pm, $29.50 – $39.50 SNL’s’ Seth Meyers will bring his stand-up comedy straight from the "Weekend Update" desk to the DPAC stage on March 29, 2013.Seth Meyers recently returned for his eleventh season on Saturday Night Live as a cast member and his sixth season as both head writer and “Weekend Update” anchor. In 2011, Meyers won the Emmy’® for Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics for host Justin Timberlake’s musical monologue. He was nominated in same category in 2012 for host Jason Segel’s monologue song. Meyers has also garnered five additional Emmy’® nominations for his work as a writer on SNL and the 2011 special The Real Women of SNL. Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell and Thompson Electric Trio – March 30, 2013 at 8:00pm, $45 – $65 In celebration of a new collaborative album to be released February 26, Old Yellow Moon, Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell are embarking on a series of tour dates this spring, including a stop at DPAC on March 30. Smokey Robinson – April 5, 2013 at 8:00pm, $50 – $125 Don’t miss one of the most iconic figures in American R&B, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame legend and Motown pioneer Smokey Robinson coming to DPAC Friday, April 5. Smokey Robinson is responsible for much of what is known as the ‘Motown sound,’ having written, produced and performed a vast number of the label’s signature hits. Over his five decade career, Smokey founded the Miracles, scouted talent like the Supremes for Motown, and he helped define pop-oriented soul with his smooth tenor voice, impeccable timing and profound sense of lyric. Diana Krall – April 6, 2013 at 8:00pm, $65 – $95 Grammy’®-winning pianist/vocalist Diana Krall, one of today’s best-selling jazz artists, returns to DPAC with an evening of unmistakably sophisticated jazz. She will appear on the heels of her self-proclaimed “song and dance” album Glad Rag Doll. NEEDTOBREATHE: Drive All Night Tour 2013 with special guest Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors – April 10, 2013 at 7:30pm, $29.50 – $35 When NEEDTOBREATHE’s Bear and Bo Rinehart set out to write the songs that appear on the band’s new album, The Reckoning, they felt something bigger awaited them. It wasn’t just commercial success either. The band’s last album The Outsiders hit No. 9 on Billboard’s Rock Albums chart, went Top 20 on the Top 200, saw the band sell out venues such as Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium and Chicago’s House of Blues, and score an impressive number of placements in blockbuster films and numerous prime time television-shows.With their reputation as a must-see live act built from non-stop touring, the Rinehart brothers, pastor’s sons who hail from the rural South Carolina town of Possum Kingdom, along with drummer Joe Stillwell and bass player Seth Bolt, were determined to create a statement-making album that truly captured the magic behind this genuinely appealing rock band. Bill Engvall and Larry the Cable Guy with special guest Reno Collier – April 13, 2013 at 5:00pm and 8:00pm, $49.75 Larry the Cable Guy is a multiplatinum recording artist, Grammy’® nominee, Billboard award winner and one of the top comedians in the country. He has his own line of merchandise and continues to sell out theaters and arenas across the United States. Larry has created The Git-R-Done Foundation, and is currently the host of Only in America with Larry the Cable Guy for History, which has been ordered for a third season. Bill Engvall is another top comedian today and among the busiest. Bill was the host on the game show LINGO for GSN, which premiered on June 6, 2011 and was the highest rated show in GSN network history. He had a 3-episode arc on the TNT show Hawthorne, narrated a documentary for the Speed Channel on Darrell Waltrip and starred in the Hallmark Channel movie Kiss at Pine Lake. Brit Floyd P-U-L-S-E2013- The Pink Floyd Ultimate Light & Sound Experience – April 14, 2013 at 7:30pm, $35 – $55 Having performed to over a half a million fans around the world since its first show in Liverpool, England in January 2011, The World’s Greatest Pink Floyd Show, Brit Floyd, returns to the USA in February, March and April 2013 to present P-U-L-S-E 2013, The Pink Floyd Ultimate Light & Sound Experience, a stunning new three hour show featuring note-for-note performances of five full album sides, including Wish You Were Here, Animals, The Wall, The Division Bell, and, in celebration of the 40th anniversary, Pink Floyd’s classic defining album, The Dark Side of The Moon. An Evening With Alton Brown: The Science of Cooking – April 18, 2013 at 7:30pm, $25 – $65 The North Carolina Science Festival brings Alton Brown, host of the Food Network’s “Good Eats,” to DPAC with a show that celebrates the science of food. “An Evening with Alton Brown: The Science of Cooking” will feature Brown’s unique brand of kitchen science with comedy, culture and cooking. A question-and-answer session with audience members will follow Brown’s performance. Chris Tucker  – April 19, 2013 at 8:00pm, $39.50 – $69.50 Actor, comedian, and humanitarian Chris Tucker will make his debut on the DPAC stage as part of "The Return" tour 2013. Tucker is best known for playing the role of Detective James Carter in the Rush Hour film series, but became as a frequent stand up performer on Def Comedy Jam in the 1990s. He came to prominence in 1995 film Friday alongside Ice Cube, and then appeared in Luc Besson’s The Fifth Element before beginning work on the highly commercially successful Rush Hour films. In 2006 he negotiated an unprecedented $25 million salary to appear in Rush Hour 3, which at the time made him the highest paid actor in Hollywood. Tucker is also a humanitarian and spends much of his spare time traveling and working with his foundation. His latest film, the critically acclaimed Silver Lining Playbook with Robert DeNiro and Bradley Cooper, is receiving Oscar’® attention. B.B. King with special guest The Robert Cray Band – April 21, 2013 at 7:00pm, $50 – $120 DPAC, Durham Performing Arts Center, welcomes back for the third time the most legendary bluesman to ever pick up a guitar, B.B. King with special guest The Robert Cray Band on April 21, 2013. During B.B. King’s last two performances at DPAC, the King of the Blues played to adoring, sold-out crowds. Fans can expect tickets to go fast for the blues event of the year featuring these two Grammy’® Award-winning artists. Mike Tyson: The Undisputed Truth – April 23, 2013 at 8:00pm, $45 – $65 MIKE TYSON: UNDISPUTED TRUTH is a rare, personal look inside the life and mind of one of the most feared men ever to wear the heavyweight crown. Directed by Academy Award’® nominee Spike Lee, this riveting one-man show goes beyond the headlines, behind the scenes and between the lines to deliver a must-see theatrical knockout. Celtic Woman – April 27, 2013 at 3:00pm and 8:00pm, $43 – $103 Singing sensation Celtic Woman brings their 2013 North American Tour to DPAC! Under the distinct musical direction of Emmy’®-nominated music producer, David Downes, this spectacular musical experience features Celtic Woman performing traditional Irish tunes, timeless pop anthems and inspirational songs including the return of fan favorites “You Raise Me Up,” “Orinoco Flow” and many more, all with the signature Celtic Woman sound. Don’t miss this opportunity to see Celtic Woman as you’ve never seen them before. Priscilla Queen of the Desert – April 30-May 5, 2013, $35 – $100 This spectacular show tells the uplifting story of a trio of friends on a road trip of a lifetime, who hop aboard a battered old bus searching for love and friendship in the middle of the Australian outback and end up finding more than they could ever have dreamed. Il Divo – May 7, 2013 at 7:30pm, $65 – $150 IL DIVO, the world’s foremost classical crossover quartet, brings their new Best of Il Divo tour to the Triangle for the first time on May 7. This new show features Il Divo performing their signature classical interpretations of popular songs across their whole career catalogue with a full orchestra. Laughter and Reflection with Carol Burnett – May 12, 2013 at 7:00pm, $67.50 – $125 Come spend Mother’s Day with comedic legend, Carol Burnett when she returns to DPAC, Durham Performing Arts Center on May 12, 2013. “Laughter and Reflection with Carol Burnett: A Conversation with Carol where the Audience Asks the Questions” is Burnett’s off-the-cuff conversation with the audience, a format that grew out of the question-and-answer sessions she shared with her studio audience on each episode of The Carol Burnett Show. Sister Act – May 14-19, 2013, $35 – $100 SISTER ACT is Broadway’s feel-amazing musical comedy smash! The New York Post calls it "RIDICULOUSLY FUN,” and audiences are jumping to their feet in total agreement! Featuring original music by 8-time Oscar’® winner Alan Menken (Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, Little Shop of Horrors), SISTER ACT tells the story of Deloris Van Cartier, a wannabe diva whose life takes a surprising turn when she witnesses a crime and the cops hide her in the last place anyone would think to look—a convent! Under the suspicious watch of Mother Superior, Deloris helps her fellow sisters find their voices as she unexpectedly rediscovers her own. A sparkling tribute to the universal power of friendship, SISTER ACT is reason to REJOICE!