Duke Performances

Duke Performances at American Tobacco Amphitheater

One salve from a locked-down year: a greater appreciation for the many ways we can live, work, and experience the arts in outdoor spaces. As the seasons tilt from summer to fall, Duke Performances returns to in-person performances for the first time since Spring 2020 with a quartet of open-air concerts by acclaimed North Carolina-based artists at downtown Durham’s American Tobacco Campus Amphitheater. Beginning in mid-September with The Dead Tongues’ folk rock and followed the next week by Rissi Palmer’s “Southern Soul,” the series moves to Skylar Gudasz’s genre-fluid vocalizations and closes the first week of October with The Veldt’s shoegaze-soul. Free and open to all, these shows evoke “Music in Your Gardens,” the annual summer series by Duke Performances, and precede a safe return to concert-going indoors. Come one, come all, and welcome back live.


These outdoor concerts are free, no registration is needed, and masks are required. Bring a chair, a blanket, and visit pop-ups by Parker & Otis, Boricua Soul, and Mellow Mushroom for drinks and dinner. The amphitheater is the grassy area below the Lucky Strike water tower and parking is available in one of three nearby decks. Concerts are weather permitting, with notice of cancellation announced online and via social on the day of the event.


Duke Performances will continue to prioritize the health and safety of our extended community (current Duke University guidelines for campus visitors). We strongly encourage all individuals to be fully vaccinated before attending performances on the Duke University campus and at our venues in the community.  Duke Performances will adhere to all university, local, and state regulations on and off campus, which are subject to change on short notice depending on public health conditions. Specific health and safety information will be provided online and via email for each performance in advance.