Look Who’s Talking: Tess Mangum Ocana, Durham Magazine

This month we slipped our way into the Durham Magazine’s “Foodie” issue with a little help from Tess Mangun Ocana. When talking about the Durham food scene, Tess stated, “what’s interesting about Durham’s foodie reputation is the simultaneous rise of both Southern brick-and -mortar restaurants and food trucks. They came up together in the last five years. Think Dame’s Chicken & Waffles and Boricua Soul food truck. Monuts and Chez Moi Bakery.”

We are honored to be mentioned in the same breath of these other fantastic business and we can’t thank Tess enough.


In 2014 Tess founded Sonic Pie Productions which is a turn-key source for the best bookings, consulting, P.A. rental, promotional services, sound engineers and event logistics navigation. Live music builds community and commerce.

Tess is a seventh generation North Carolinian. Though she grew up in a musical family (her grandmother, Kate Mangum, taught Randy Travis how to play guitar and and great-uncle Homer Briarhopper was fortunate to call Doc Watson a fan), she always felt her role in the family business was behind the scenes. She holds a B.A. in Public Relations from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a M.A. in Ethnomusicology from the University of Limerick, Ireland. She served as Concerts Director & Facility Rental Coordinator of The ArtsCenter in Carrboro, a non-profit performing arts center in Carrboro, NC, from 2002-2012 and developed the critically-acclaimed American Roots Series, which helped launched the careers of the Avett Brothers and Carolina Chocolate Drops, as well as shine a spotlight on American music legends such as Dr. John and Mavis Staples. Tess is a 2012 Indy Arts award winner.


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