Veteran talent buyer Taki Pappas has joined Durham (N.C.) Performing Arts Center as director of Concert & Comedy Programming. DPAC presented more than 60 concert and comedy events in 2013. Most recently, Pappas served as the assistant director and talent buyer for Texas Performing Arts at the University of Texas at Austin. In his former position, he focused primarily on commercial and comedy events for the 2,900-capacity Bass Concert Hall. Pappas also spent 12 years with Live Nation Worldwide, serving as VP of National Touring for five years.