The NCMA presents, in association with the African American Cultural Festival of Raleigh and Wake County, Stephanie Mills with Special Guest Will Downing

The NCMA is excited to welcome Grammy-winning singer, songwriter, actress, and Broadway star Stephanie Mills and Grammy-nominated R and B performer Will Downing for a stellar bill this September.

About Stephanie Mills

Born in Brooklyn, New York, Stephanie Mills rose to stardom as Dorothy in the original Broadway run of the hit musical The Wiz. Her number one hit records include “I Have Learned to Respect the Power of Love,” “I Feel Good All Over,” “You’re Putting a Rush on Me,” “Something in the Way You Make Me Feel,” and “Home.” Mills is the recipient of many prestigious awards, including Grammys, Tonys, NAACP Image Awards, and American Music Awards.

In June 2021 Mills released her new single “Let’s Do the Right Thing.” Her long-awaited new music brings fans back to her traditional soulful sound infused with empowering messages. Mills wants to do more than just sing about love. As the mother of a Down Syndrome child, she recently formed her own nonprofit, the 444LOVE Foundation, headquartered in Charlotte, NC. The 444LOVE Foundation advocates and invests in caring for, educating, and developing programs for individuals with special needs.

About Will Downing

With a career that spans over 35 years and 25 albums, baritone Will Downing, known as the Prince of Sophisticated Soul, is one of the most versatile and loved voices of our time. His repertoire consists of signature interpretations of R and B classics like “I Go Crazy,” “Wishing on a Star” and “I Try,” with original hits “A Million Ways,” “Sorry I,” and the showstopping duet with Rachelle Ferrell, “Nothing Has Ever Felt Like This.”

Musician Photo and Recording Policy
No flash or professional photography allowed without prior approval. Audience recording of the show is prohibited.

No smoking allowed inside venue gates.

Please note that some tickets could be refunded based on ongoing alignment with the governor’s executive orders in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Can’t wait for the show? Join the Stephanie Mills concert text group, where we’ll provide real-time weather and traffic-related info on the day of the show. To join, text NCMAmills to (866) 603-4250. We promise not to send annoying frequent texts, just useful messages and updates. Standard text and data rates apply, and you can stop at any time.

Do you or a family member need a general accommodation for your visit? Contact the membership and visitor experience team at help@ncartmuseum.org.

Picnic in the Park

Preorder picnic baskets for NCMA outdoor films and Park Theater events. Picnics for two or four, filled with sandwiches, salads, sides, and drinks. Members save 10% with code MEMBER.

No time to order? No worries! We have a full concession menu on-site featuring a variety of hot and cold items and family packs. Cold drinks, beer, wine, snacks, and popcorn are also available.

Baskets will be ready for pickup on-site when gates open for the concerts and movies.



Sep 02, 2022


8:00 PM


Premium Reserved: From $68 Members, $75 Nonmembers; Nonpremium Reserved: From $59 Members, $65 Nonmembers; General Admission: From $50 Members, $55 Nonmembers


Joseph M. Bryan, Jr., Theater in the Museum Park

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Special Instructions:
Doors open at 6:30 pm
For More Information:
(919) 715-5923
Wednesday through Sunday, from 10 am to 5 pm
Special Instructions:
Doors open at 6:30 pm
For More Information:
(919) 715-5923
Wednesday through Sunday, from 10 am to 5 pm
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