Durham opens performing arts center

November 30, 2008 3:31:15 PM PST
The brand new Durham Performing Arts Center, also referred to as DPAC, is now open for business. Sunday night music fans are attended the premier performance in the multi-million dollar theater. Construction has wrapped and Monday they will cut the ribbon.

It was the 1st annual bull Durham winter blues concert. The big star Sunday, legendary musician BB King and Durham based Mel Melton and the Wicked Mojos will take the stage. It's the first performance in the new arts center.

"Very fortunate to get this gig, I mean to open for BB in general that's quite and honor especially with his career but then to open this new venue that's very special," Melton said.

Melton owns Pappa Mojo's Roadhouse off Highway 55 in Durham. He says he is excited about the business and the upscale feel the new theater will bring to the bull city.

"It's elegant. And the type of entertainment they're attracting coming out of the box is fitting with this type of venue," Melton said. "Something like this pretty much sets the bar pretty high from her eon hour."

The theater is the largest of its kind in north and South Carolina, recruiting big Broadway titles with star studded casts.

Rent, Fiddler of the Roof, Legally Blonde the Musical, and Oprah Winfrey's The Color Purple --just some of the big hits set to take stage in Durham.

Despite the economy, tickets are selling. There are already 5,500 annual ticket holders. Sunday's show sold out.


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