Carolina Theatre of Durham Presents Center Stage: The Wavemakers Series

November 13, 2023 by Sandy Lerebours

Series Curated by Grammy-Nominated Singer Rissi Palmer 

DURHAM, NC —November 13, 2023— The Carolina Theatre of Durham presents Center Stage: The Wavemakers Series curated by Grammy-nominated singer Rissi Palmer. The first artist will be Southern fusion singer-songwriter, Denitia.  

Center Stage: The Wavemakers Series is a groundbreaking performance series, dedicated to celebrating diverse voices and uncovering new favorite artists. This innovative series spotlights emerging talents from a myriad of backgrounds, promising an eclectic mix of musical genres and exceptional artistry.  

Center Stage isn’t just a concert series—it’s a testament to the investment in both artists and the community, fostering an inclusive space where unique voices shine and audiences discover the extraordinary. The series will allow audiences to explore the craft of artists hand-selected by curator Rissi Palmer, through a live music performance and an interview conducted by Palmer, herself. 

Palmer’s gift lies in reaching across all musical boundaries and providing platforms to showcase unique talent. She does this by highlighting country artists of color and those who have been marginalized in mainstream country music, through her radio show Color Me Country with Rissi Palmer on Apple Music Country; her Color Me Country Artist Grant Fund, designed to support new country artists of color who are just beginning to build their music careers; and now, the Center Stage: The Wavemakers Series at the Carolina Theatre.  

The first performer in The Wavemakers Series, Denitia, is also a recipient of Rissi Palmer’s 2023 Color Me Country Artist Grant. Denitia’s music fuses elements of country, folk, and rock informed by her southern heritage. Her unique sound has garnered her critical acclaim and recognition, including being named a 2023 AmericanaFest Showcasing Artist, being named to the 2023 Black Opry + WXPN Artist to Watch Residency and CMT and mtheory’s Equal Access Cohort, and being featured in The Nashville Scene’s 2023 Country Music Almanac. 

Don’t miss your chance to see Denitia as part of the Center Stage: The Wavemakers Series at the Carolina Theatre on January 25, 2024. Tickets are available at the box office and at the Carolina Theatre’s website. 



About The Carolina Theatre of Durham: 

Carolina Theatre of Durham, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization which manages the city-owned Carolina Theatre at 309 W. Morgan Street, Durham, NC 27701. Carolina Theatre of Durham, Inc. is dedicated to presenting vibrant, thought-provoking film and live performances that contribute to the cultural and economic vitality of downtown Durham and the Triangle Region. More information at 


Contact: Jordan Hewitt Beard 

Senior Director of Marketing, Carolina Theatre of Durham 

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