At venues like the Stallion Club and the Baby Grand, local artists and national acts played to enthusiastic crowds looking to cut loose. Your Own Theater opened its doors to teenage talent shows, poetry readings, and black theater productions. Performers traveling through Durham needed accommodations to stay in town overnight. Lucky fans might catch James Brown stepping out of his tour bus to check into a room at the Biltmore Hotel before putting on a show later that night.

At local record stores, music fans could buy their favorite performers’ records or discover new artists. At Snoopy’s, store manager Jimmy Liggins even scouted for young talent and helped launch the careers of local groups like Chapel Hill’s Liquid Pleasure band.

Every local music scene needs places where performers and fans can come together.

Durham’s soul music scene of the 1960s and 1970s was no exception. Over the years, Durham residents expected to find good music and talented performers at these Soul Spots.

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Roll over the names of  these Soul Spots to read more about them.

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