Save the Music initiative & street performance series


Eat, sip stroll, tip.

walk past outdoor performances by solo musicians,
dine & drink at a local restaurant,
donate to a fund to support a favorite local music venue or performer.
The Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership is bringing live music to the community. Now is the time to support local restaurants, local venues, and local musicians who don’t have open venues to perform in.

With our community and state in Phase 3 of the reopening plan, mass gatherings are still limited. Instead of stopping and gathering around artists, please tip them and walk on to eat, drink or shop at a nearby business in earshot.

Beginning Oct. 17 from 6 p.m.-8 p.m., see and hear live music by a variety of talented performers along Franklin Street (& the cross streets) throughout downtown — keep this event safe by wearing a mask, walking through downtown and keeping social distance as you enjoy all performers.

All musicians will be wearing masks and we look forward to seeing our community enjoy these solo performances safely, following all COVID-19 guidelines and state and Orange County orders.

This event series will support the artists who don’t have stadiums, concert halls or clubs to perform in while adding an ambience, a soundtrack, to our community as we continue to fight through the hard economic times.

On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/381782536297530/

Meet the musicians for Oct. 17

Moving West to east, these artists are who you’ll hear as you move through downtown chapel hill along franklin street AND SAFELY ENJOY MUSIC AT A DISTANCE.

Russell Howard of The Auxiliary

Hear Russell Howard performing Saturday at 450 West Franklin Street (just east of the Chapel Hill Nine Marker).

Carrboro’s The Auxiliary is the forthcoming project of songwriter and producer Russell Howard (US). After years touring the country as a solo songwriter, Russell’s musical ambitions began to exceed the boundaries of the acoustic format. From touring with pop production maven Teddy Geiger, to working behind the scenes on Balún’s 2018 record Prisma Tropical, Russell’s expanding horizon of influences spawned a new approach to music making. Never content slotting into any one scene or subgenre, The Auxiliary brings the same sense of “coloring outside the lines dividing mainstream pop and indie folk” (The Dallas Morning News) that defined Russell’s previous work, but with a widened sonic palette of synthesized and electrified sounds, song structures, and instrumentation.

Sample Russell’s sound & find out more here.

Catherine and Tony
of the Twang Bandits

Catherine and Tony will play Saturday at 400 West Franklin Street (in front of what was formerly The Bookshop of Chapel Hill).

Catherine and Tony have been singing and performing together for five years. Their music is self-described as “mostly old country and country/folk with a lot of nice harmony.” The duo recently formed the band, The Twang Bandits, in fall of 2019. The band includes the addition of keyboards, dobro and upright bass and played at the Carrboro Music Festival last October, with their music airing live over the air on WCHL, The Hill, 97.9 FM.

Virtual tip jar: @TwangBandits on Venmo.

Play more music & learn more here.

Andrew Gilreath

Catch Andrew’s music at the intersection of Columbia & Franklin Street (he’ll be under the awning at the location which housed Spanky’s & Lula’s).

Andrew is a solo performer, playing guitar and signing. He has been playing shows around the Triangle for the past 10+ years.  Andrew is a regular at the Wakefield Wine Cellar (pre-pandemic) and has also played at venues including Full Steam Brewery in Durham and Gizmo Brew Works in Raleigh.

Enjoy music samples & find out more here.

Seth Shamp

Listen to Seth as you walk past Peace & Justice Plaza at the corner of Henderson St. and E. Franklin St.

Seth Shamp been performing for more than 20 years and is thankful for a great group here in Chapel Hill (and in Carrboro) that enjoys his shows. Seth has played a few times since COVID restrictions have lightened and really looks forward to continuing to play guitar and sing.

Enjoy music samples & find out more here on Facebook.

Indoor music venues are still closed.

Save The Cave, Support Local 506,
Keep Nightlight Open.

Save The Cave (again).
Donate here.

Support Local 506.
Donate here.
Purchase a t-shirt here.

Keep Nightlight Open.
Donate here.

Are you a performer looking to play some music for the community?
Email Kaze@DowntownChapelHill.com

Guitarists, banjo players, keyboard performers, singers, violinists, drummers and more — all are welcome, all scheduled musicians are compensated (and tips are encouraged). Face coverings/masks are required.

Please send:

  • Media/Press Kit
  • Links to music (audio &/or video samples)
  • Relevant social media accounts or link to website
  • Email/phone numbers
  • Saturday night/Sunday afternoon availability (Oct. 10-Nov. 14)

Music must be acoustic (or amplifiers must be provided by artist).