The Beast, now in its ninth year, is an innovative and electrifying hip hop and jazz ensemble, known for pushing creative boundaries and dynamic collaborations. The Durham group mixes tap-dancers, puppeteers and spoken word artists into its repertoire. They’ll perform Sunday on the rooftop of The Durham Hotel.
The “Jazz, Hip Hop and Sunsets with The Beast” event is free and takes place 5:30-8 p.m. For more information, visit thedurham.com.
- Lenora Helm and Stephen Anderson perform Friday at the Sharp Nine Gallery in Durham. 8 p.m. $10-$15. Info: durhamjazzworkshop.org.
- On Saturday, Stanley Baird performs at the Beyu Caffe in Durham. 8 and 10 p.m. $15. Info: beyucaffe.com.
- Also Saturday, C Grace Bar in Raleigh has the Durham jazz collective Zoocru. 9 p.m. $5. Info: cgracebar.com.
- Tony Galiani, Erich Lieth Jazz and Boom Unit Brass Band perform Sunday as part of the Carrboro Music Festival. The free shows start at 2 p.m. at the Arts Center’s Wynn Theatre. Info: carrboromusicfestival.com.