Take a look back at photos and videos from the festival this past July and celebrate all over again.

Duke Performances Concert Series Announced!

Merge Records continues its 25th anniversary celebration this summer by teaming up with Duke Performances for their popular Music in the Gardens series. Taking place throughout the months of June and July, the series invites local bands and musicians in the national spotlight to play at various venues on the Duke University campus. This year, they have extended that reach to include artists on neighboring Durham-based label Merge Records.

Among the Merge artists slated to appear at Duke’s Baldwin Auditorium are Lambchopperforming their iconic album Nixon front to backin addition to William Tyler, Mount Moriah, Stephin Merrittand Mark Eitzel. The historic venue has recently reopened after a two-year renovation and will serve as the perfect backdrop for these special shows.

For family-friendly outdoor concerts, join Merge artists King Khan & the Shrines, the newly signed Spider Bags, The Rosebuds, Richard Buckner, and Portastatic for the Music in the Gardens series. These shows will take place in the beautiful Sarah P. Duke Gardens. Lawn chairs, blankets, and picnics are encouraged for these performances, and food and beverages will also be available for purchase.

Tickets for these concerts may be purchased online at or by phone at (919) 684-4444. Duke Gardens tickets are $13 general / $10 Duke students and employees / free for ages 12 & under. Baldwin Auditorium tickets are $35 general / $10 Duke students.

Duke Performances is committed to bringing world-class music to the Duke campus year-round. For more information on the summer music series and the rest of their 2014 schedule, visit their website.

Merge in collaboration with Duke Performances concert schedule:

Tuesday, June 3, at 7pm 
Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham, NC
King Khan & the Shrines

Wednesday, June 18, at 7pm
Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham, NC
Spider Bags

Wednesday, June 25, at 7pm (buy tickets here)
Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham, NC
The Rosebuds

Wednesday, July 9, at 7pm (buy tickets here)
Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham, NC
Richard Buckner

Wednesday, July 16, at 7pm (buy tickets here)
Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham, NC

Wednesday, July 23, at 7:30pm (buy tickets here)
Baldwin Auditorium, Durham, NC
Lambchop performs Nixon
Mount Moriah
William Tyler

Wednesday, July 30, at 7:30pm (buy tickets here)
Baldwin Auditorium, Durham, NC
Stephin Merritt
Mark Eitzel

We look forward to seeing you at all of the Merge 25 events this summer!

Margaret Cho added to Merge 25 Festival

Comedian Margaret Cho has been added as the official MC of the Merge 25 Festival on Saturday, July 26!  

Cho could be called “Queen of All Media,” conquering film, television, books, and theatre, with Grammy nominations, sold-out tours, and off-Broadway and TV shows under her belt. Equally as important are the causes she is passionate about. Margaret is widely recognized for her charitable work with gay rights and anti-bullying campaigns.

Margaret recently had Bob Mould on her podcast Monsters of Talk to discuss his new album Beauty & Ruin. Take a listen to the Bob Mould episode here.

Tickets for the Saturday show are still on sale via Cat's Cradle, so don't wait! Limit 4 tickets per customer. 

Also, on June 5th we'll celebrate 25 years with help from the Durham Bulls! Mac will throw out the ceremonial first pitch, and Heather from Mount Moriah will sing the national anthem. Learn more and get tickets here!