Black Southern Renaissance

Truth-telling poetry and modern blues unite as North and South Carolina natives Adia Victoria and Shirlette Ammons collaborate to explore emergent sounds, blur genre lines and redefine southern music.

Tributing: Gladys Bentley
Food Partner: FARM AID

The 2024 Music in the Gardens series is presented in partnership with Country Soul Songbook (CSSB).

Featured Artists

Adia Victoria

Southern blues rocker, Adia Victoria is a daughter of the South, a born and bred South Carolinian who now makes her home outside of Nashville, Tennessee. It is no surprise, then, that stories of the South find their way into her music, into the lyrics she pens and the chords she plays.

2023 finds Adia writing her next album, with appearances scheduled at the Cayamo Cruise, Winnipeg Folk Fest, Catbird Music Festival, Park City Song Summit and more. Read Adia Victoria’s full bio here.


Shirlette Ammons

Shirlette Ammons is a Black queer southern truth teller, an Emmy and Peabody award-winning TV producer, poet, and musician. She is also an identical twin who hails from a tiny, wonderfully-named pocket of eastern North Carolina earth called Beautancus.

Given this wild set of identifiers, the thought of being someone else’s “spectacle” is not some theoretical consideration for shirlette; she has been “othered” her entire life. Her new album Spectaclescoproduced with Phil Cook, is a captivating and electric 11-track examination of the duality between being objectified by the proverbial, patriarchal, white gaze and cultivating attention when rocking stages. Read shirlette ammons full bio here.

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Visitor Information

Music in the Gardens concerts take place on the lawn behind the Doris Duke Center. Lawn chairs, picnics, and blankets are encouraged. Pets are not allowed. Outside food and beverages, including beer and wine, are permitted and will also be available for purchase on-site from The Palace International. The lawn will open at 6 p.m. before each concert. University parking at the Gardens is $2/hour until 7 p.m. In the event of rain, concerts will take place at Baldwin Auditorium on Duke’s East Campus. Location changes will be announced by 1 p.m. on the day of the event.

Due to the quick ticket claims, walk-ups will be accepted at the door starting 10 minutes before the performance until capacity is reached.

Listen from Anywhere!

This concert will be broadcast live on WXDU 88.7 FM, Duke University Radio! Tune in live from anywhere in Durham or online at

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  • Wed, Jun 26, 2024 at 7:00pm


Walk-ups will be accepted at the door starting 10 minutes before the performance until capacity is reached.


Sarah P. Duke Gardens
420 Anderson Street
Durham, NC 27708


Reservations available Tuesday, June 18 at 11 a.m.

General Admission; Reservations are limited to 4, with an option to add ‘youth’ tickets for children 10 and under. 

2024 Music in the Gardens is presented by Duke Arts in partnership with Sarah P. Duke Gardens and Country Soul Songbook, with support from WXDU and Duke Summer Session.