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DPAC debut

Although bluesman B.B. King plays the inaugural gig at Durham's $44 million, 2,800-seat Performing Arts Center a week from Sunday, the official Community Open House and Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony doesn't happen until the next day.

Something about pianists: Harry Connick Jr.

The hits keep on coming at the soon-to-open Durham Performing Arts Center. The DPAC's latest booking, according to Pollstar, is Harry Connick Jr. The Crescent City crooner-pianist-heartthrob-cellphone pitchman will play the DPAC on Dec. 17 -- a return visit to the Triangle after his June 2007 performance in Cary.

Meanwhile, R&B pianist John Legend's Dec. 13 DPAC show goes on sale Saturday.

Nice: John Legend to DPAC

The Durham Performing Arts Center won't open until late November, but it's already got some mighty fine shows on the books. And here's another -- singer/keyboardist John Legend on Dec. 13. Tickets go on sale Oct. 4.

Between this, B.B. King on Nov. 30 and 2009 dates with Four Tops/Temptations and Bill Cosby, DPAC is shaping up as the Triangle's cool old-school joint.

King of kings: John Hiatt, B.B. King

Click through for a bunch more verbiage on John Hiatt than the blurb that's in Friday's paper.

King of the DPAC

Construction continues apace on the Durham Performing Arts Center, a plush new venue with a capacity over 2,700 rising just a stone's throw beyond the outfield fence of Durham Bulls Athletic Park. The target date to open is Nov. 30 -- and that's a firm deadline because legendary bluesman B.B. King is scheduled to break the place in with a grand-opening show that night, billed as the "Bull Durham Winter Blues Concert."

Tickets for the King show are $38-$68 and go on sale Sept. 27. Other concert bookings include a Kenny Rogers Christmas show on Dec. 11; and pianist Jim Brickman with the NC Symphony on Dec. 18. More details coming soon.

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