2019 Motorco Madness T-shirts!

We’re thrilled to have another shirt created by a Powe parent this year. Thanks to Paige Welch for her thoughtful and energetic design. These are perfect for those #RedForEd Wednesdays to show our teachers how much we support their organizing for better schools for all our kids!

2019 Motorco Madness shirt

Shirts will be available at a special discounted price at the show. Adult and child sizes will be available. Afterward they will be sold for full price along with other PTA shirts.

The Line-up

After a lot of work by the Motorco Madness volunteers, I am happy to announce this year’s line-up!

photos of performers

We’re so pleased to have The Beast returning as headliners! Now in their tenth year, The Beast is an innovative and electrifying hip hop and jazz ensemble, known for pushing creative boundaries and dynamic collaborations. Not only are there two Powe alumni in the band, Steve is now a Powe parent and Pierce is a Powe uncle!

This year we’ll also be joined by beloved Powe teacher Nancy Middleton (a.k.a. Ms. Laughinghouse)! One of North Carolina’s iconic songwriters, Nancy gained national recognition with her album “The Way I Do.” After making music in Nashville, she returned home to Durham to continue to play her sweet and soulful rock songs.

We’re also excited to have a band with even more recent Powe alumni, Alley Seventeen! This all-girl band incorporates the rhythmic roots of great American music to craft undeniable melodies and engaging lyrical narratives. With influences spanning Etta James, Amy Winehouse, Alabama Shakes, and Vulfpeck.

Powe teacher Latisha Johnson will be performing a poem (Powe-m?) she has composed just for the occasion. And off stage, we’ll be joined again by Durham’s Poetry Fox, who will take your words and spin them into wonderful poems with his trusty typewriter.


We are so excited to be holding our second annual Motorco Madness benefit concert for  the E. K. Powe Elementary PTA on Sunday, February 10th! 

In addition to Powe heroes The Beast, this year we’ll be joined on stage by Powe teacher Nancy Middleton and Powe alumni Alley Seventeen! The Poetry Fox will also be back, we’ll hear another poem from Powe teacher Latisha Johnson, and there will be all-new t-shirts designed by painter and Powe parent Paige Welch.

Organized by the Powe PTA, Motorco Madness is a family-friendly concert for the Durham community to come together and enjoy local talent while raising money to support our public elementary school. Get lunch next door at Parts & Labor to increase donations.