Tue, Jan 24

A Memphis vs. Durham Barbecue Tailgating Taste Off to Take Place prior to Thursday Memphis

(Durham, NC) Memphis the Musical, Winner of the 2010 Tony Award Best Musical, will open this week at DPAC, Durham Performing Arts Center. To get in the spirit DPAC is hosting a barbecue event prior to Thursday’s show to give Triangle residents and show attendees the fun opportunity to taste test local barbecue, a little competition between our familiar NC barbecue and the more western Memphis style.

Three local RDU establishments, Old North State BBQ, Melvin Backyard BBQ Pit, and Dickey’s Barbecue Pit will offer $10 plates that feature both styles of BBQ. Food will be sold on the sidewalk in front of Vivian Street, directly in front of DPAC. This event will be open to the public and attendees of the show are encouraged to partake of this special dinner prior to the show. Guests with tickets to the show will be able to enter the main lobby beginning at 5:30 p.m. with their food, before the show starts at 7:30 p.m. All three restaurants will offer regular menu options in addition to the special plates.

A percentage of all proceeds from the special event will benefit the Durham based KidZNotes. KidZNotes is an El Sistema-inspired nonprofit 501(c)3 organization that fights poverty and encourages positive decision making by instructing and engaging children in classical orchestral music. KidZNotes aims to improve children’s musical performance, to develop values that contribute to success at school and in society, and to promote children’s and families’ engagement in program and community activities.

For more information on Memphis the Musical visit http://www.memphisthemusical.com/. Tickets are still available for this one week engagement and can be purchased:
• Online at DPACnc.com
• DPAC Ticket Center: 919.680.2787 123 Vivian Street, Durham, NC
• Ticketmaster.com / Ticketmaster Charge by phone at 800.745.3000
• Ticketmaster outlets including Crabtree Valley Mall

About DPAC
The Durham Performing Arts Center is a 2,700 capacity multi-use theatre that features the hottest Broadway and family shows, high-profile concerts and incredible special events. DPAC is listed five times in the top 50 in Pollstar magazine’s Top Theater Venues, and currently ranked #4 in US Theaters. DPAC has become a beacon of energy in the Triangle and the region’s home for superstar entertainment. Operated under the direction of Nederlander and PFM, the theatre is also home of SunTrust Broadway at DPAC with over 10,000 season ticketholders and show-stopping Broadway engagements of Wicked, Tony Award winner Memphis and much, much more. For more information please go to www.DPACnc.com.