Info to Know
October 11, 2017
A 10 day celebration of the NC-born jazz icon Thelonious Monk. The festival will be performed entirely at Durham Fruit & Produce in downtown Durham. With the exception of Sunday gospel, only compositions by Thelonious Monk will be performed at the festival. MONK@100 will prominently feature several pieces of visual art commissioned for the festival from Raleigh artist André Leon Gray.
MONK@100 will be staged at Durham Fruit & Produce, a 15,000 square foot warehouse space in downtown Durham, located at 305 S. Dillard St. (at Ramseur St.). The venue has recently undergone renovation and is now climate controlled, fully accessible, and equipped with restrooms sufficient to accommodate large events at the space.
Parking for MONK@100 is available free of charge — after 6 PM during the week and throughout the day on Saturday and Sunday — in the parking lot for Durham Health and Human Services located at E. Main St. & S. Dillard St.; the entrance to the lot is off of S. Dillard St. Additionally, there is nearby street parking on Ramseur St. & S. Dillard St. We will have an attendant on-site throughout the evenings of the festival to help patrons find parking and the venue easily. Note: For the public conversation on Friday, October 20 at 2 PM, street parking is available.
Comfortable seating will be provided for all MONK@100 concerts and events. Seating is general admission; all seats will provide excellent sound and a good view of the stage. The capacity of the performance space is 250. The seating area will open roughly 30 minutes prior to each set.
AVAILABLE FOR SALE
There will be a selection of beverages available for sale at MONK@100. In addition, we will also have MONK@100 souvenir t-shirts and posters available for sale at the venue.
Every evening of MONK@100 (with the exception of Sunday) will feature two separately ticketed sets at 7 PM and 9 PM. If there is sufficient capacity, patrons for the 7 PM set will be permitted to stay for the 9 PM set. MONK@100 will exclusively feature compositions by Thelonious Monk, again with the exception of the Sunday performance. The set list for each show will be at the discretion of the artists — it is possible that two sets could contain identical tunes, or they could be entirely different.
MONK@100 will feature several events that are free and open to the public. On Wednesday, October 18 and Saturday, October 21 at 10:30 PM, we’ll host Jam Sessions on Monk led by MONK@100 co-curator Ethan Iverson; local musicians and students are encouraged to attend and participate (INFO). On Friday, October 20 at 2 PM we’ll host a conversation on Thelonious Monk & Geri Allen moderated by former New York Times music critic Ben Ratliff (INFO). (Note: Street parking is available for this event.) On Saturday and Sunday, October 21 and 22, we’ll host Monk Songbook featuring five acclaimed jazz pianists playing the entire Thelonious Monk songbook (INFO).