Save the Music lineup — May 1


Our Save the Music street performance series returns to its standard day and time this week as we end a gorgeous week and enjoy outdoors without masks being required!

Join us in Downtown Chapel Hill from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. as we kick off the month of May with four local performers Saturday evening.

Although North Carolina’s mask mandate is lifting in outdoor settings (effective 5 p.m. April 30), we remind you to have your mask with you for any time you step inside to support one of our local businesses while downtown.

Alice Osborn

Alice Osborn will play at Blue Dogwood Public Market (at 306 W. Franklin St.).

Alice Osborn is a Raleigh-based singer-songwriter who performs folk Americana that’s rooted in the New South. Her music features upbeat tempos, poignant lyrics, catchy melodies, and powerful vocals—check out her latest creation, Searching for Paradise, an album packed with story songs about losing and finding home and hope. She’s currently at work on an album about the powerful women’s voices of the ill-fated Donner Party. Alice’s acoustic originals are influenced by diverse artists such as Natalie Merchant, Phil Collins, and Mary Chapin Carpenter. She is the President of the NC Songwriters Co-op and the artist-in-residence for Western Wake Farmers’ Market. Alice also plays fiddle, mandolin, and bluegrass banjo.

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The Hourglass Kids

Catch The Hourglass Kids at Peace and Justice Plaza @ 179 E. Franklin St.

“The Hourglass Kids” are a Reggae / Psychedelic Rock fusion band that incorporates a variety of musical elements into our musical experience. The musical and instrumental diversity as a six-member band allows this group to explore, improvise, and unify sound throughout the course of a song.

All of the band members are either students or recent graduates of Chapel Hill or NC State who feel fortunate to call North Carolina our home. The band says, “We appreciate the abundance of nature this state has to offer, which is why its mountains, forests, and beaches often find their way into our music.”

Our mission through music is to inspire listeners to dance. At gigs, The Hourglass Kids have the most fun when the crowd is on its feet and moving to the beat. “We believe that dancing is a form of self-expression that comes from a place of confidence and security, or in other words: self-love. From personal experience, we know it’s easier to love one another after finding a little love for ourselves. Growing a network of love on Earth is the only long-term solution to the world’s major problems. This is why and how we drive so much energy into our music: it helps keep the planet (as well as ourselves) forever young. Let the Kids play!”

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Ancestor Piratas

Listen to Ancestor Pirates at Que Chula.

Ancestor Piratas is the solo music project of Peruvian musician and visual artist Renzo Ortega. He has been performing and recording music for over 25 years, playing both political and love songs in different venues including museums and DIY art spaces in Lima, New York, Texas, Chicago, North Carolina, Berlin, and México City.

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Lennon Kuhl Chimera

Lennon will play on E. Franklin Street, just east of Epilogue.

Check out Lennon on YouTube and on TikTok.