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David Gray, 41, coming to DPAC

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More than a decade ago, but—see?—young.
  • More than a decade ago, but—see?—young.

Durham Performing Arts Center announced this morning that British singer-songwriter David Gray will perform at DPAC Friday, April 9. Tickets ($25-$60) go on sale next Friday, Dec. 11, but, more important than the show itself, is Gray's youth, at least relative to many of the other musical acts booked in the city's 2,700-seat theater. Since opening in December, the core of DPAC's musical bookings has been a stable of aged heroes and icons—B.B. King, Roger Daltrey, Leonard Cohen, John Prine, Willie Nelson. There have been exceptions of note (Ben Folds, Maxwell, Indie. Arie), but Gray's youth and my suspicion that Gray, who's slipped well out of the mainstream since his stateside hit "Babylon," from 1999's excellent White Ladder, won't fill all of those seats are good signs for DPAC's booking future: They're looking to be more than a hall of legacy, even if it means landing artists who've met some share of apathy in America.

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