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Music in the Gardens: XOXOK

Photo of XOXOK (Keenan Jenkins)
Wednesday, June 21, 2023
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Music in the Gardens

Softly powerful vocals layered over captivating and skillful guitar playing are the defining characteristics of XOXOK's "atmospheric soul music" - an expansive blend of soul and jazz. This soulscape is at once immersive and beguiling, enveloping the listener in a quiet intimacy made richer by thoughtful and occasionally wrenching lyrics. XOXOK was originally envisioned as a side project while creator Keenan Jenkins completed his Ph.D. at UNC Chapel Hill, but now, Carrboro-based XOXOK (Jenkins) is recognized as one of the Triangle's most exciting new artists. Hailed by INDYWeek for his "restrained but resplendent vocal performance... and discreetly flashy guitar playing," this live performance is not to be missed.


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. Food and water will also be available for purchase on-site from The Palace International, with ice cream from Scoop Local. The lawn will open at 6 p.m. University parking at the Gardens is $2/hour until 7 p.m.

In the event of rain, an alternate location will be announced by 1 p.m. on the day of the event.


Reservations open Tuesday, June 13 at 11 a.m.
Reservations are highly recommended and will be made available at We will also accept walk-ups on the day of the event on a first-come, first-served basis until the event has reached capacity.

Contact: Yesenia Yanez