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140 West Franklin Street
Chapel Hill, NC

919-968-2784

Live and Local Series in downtown Chapel Hill, featuring live music and arts performances, on the Plaza at 140 West Franklin, in downtown Chapel Hill. Downtown Begins Here. The Plaza at 140 West Franklin Street is a Place for Everyone! A visit to Chapel Hill means world-class performances, indie music and top-notch opportunities to stimulate your senses with visual and performing arts.The Plaza @ 140 West Franklin Street is downtown Chapel Hill's newest music and arts venue

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Live and Local Music & Arts Series

 Every Friday, 6 pm - 9 pm ...Discover the Charm and Culture of Downtown


Speaks & Beats II
May
19
6:00pm 6:00pm

Speaks & Beats II

     Proud Sponsor of Live & Local

     Proud Sponsor of Live & Local

Live & Local is getting a fresh new face lift on May 19th- come have your voice heard!

In partnership with Blackspace and The Corner, we're bringing poetry, spoken word, music and more to the Plaza. There is no better way to close out an awesome season than with the artistic words of the community

Live & Local will feature various acts, such as Mariah M. and Yoni, and even open the floor for you to read some things you've been working on at the Open Mic

Whether you're an artist, a spectator, young or old, this is a Live & Local you absolutely do not want to miss.

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Cirque du Plaza
May
12
6:00pm 6:00pm

Cirque du Plaza

Join us for Cirque du Plaza - a Live & Local favorite!

This year, we're bringing back the favorites and adding a little new flavor. Down to Earth Aerials will be blowing your mind with their aerial silk routines, a face painter and balloon artist will give you that colorful flair you've been searching for, and a local caricature artist will be sketching away all night.

Come ready to dance to some music, gaze in awe, and play games - it's going to be an awesome night full of fun and adventure!

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Bluegrass and Bike Week
May
5
6:00pm 6:00pm

Bluegrass and Bike Week

Gear up for Chapel Hill's Bike Week with some bluegrass!

Ellis Dyson & The Shambles will be strummin', stompin' and pickin' for you in the Plaza on May 5th, so you'll definitely want to make Live & Local a stop on your Cinco de Mayo festivities. Ellis Dyson & The Shambles, a bluegrass band from Chapel Hill, have made waves with their theatrical and explosive live shows and masterful musicianship. Their music is sure to start your weekend with a BANG and a HOLLER.

 

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Folk Music Medley
Apr
21
6:00pm 6:00pm

Folk Music Medley

It's Earth Day weekend! There's no better way to celebrate this big and beautiful planet than sitting outside and enjoying local music, crafts and games for the whole family.

Christiane Smedley is a local artist who will blow you away with her songwriting and soothing Americana tunes. Her original music and covers will fill the Plaza with the energy you need to start the weekend off right.

Be sure to stop by the Pinwheel Creation Station to celebrate Earth Day in a crafty fashion!

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Spring Fling
Apr
7
6:00pm 6:00pm

Spring Fling

Spring is upon us... join us in kicking off the season in style!

For the first Live and Local of 2017 we're bringing some special guests into the Plaza. You'll be graced with the presence of an extraordinary face painter, creative balloon twisting, a flowering stilt-walker, and even the Easter Bunny himself!

Bring your inner-artist for some fun seasonal crafts and don't forget to pack your game-face for some cornhole, giant Jenga, tic-tac-toe and more!

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The Hot Spot!
Jun
3
6:00pm 6:00pm

The Hot Spot!

Channel your inner child and join us for a Night of Play! We will be filling the Plaza with games of all shapes and sizes - Twister, Giant Jenga, Cornhole and more! Be sure to bring your friends and your competitive edge as we dance and play to the sounds of DJ Shahzad!

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Foot-Stompin, Fist-Raisin
May
26
6:00pm 6:00pm

Foot-Stompin, Fist-Raisin

Kasey Tyndall has been taking the country world by storm and you have never seen her like this before. The 20-year-old has opened for stars such as Charlie Daniels, Kane Brown, Casey Donahew, and Parmalee just to name a few. The Greenville, NC native has played to sold out arenas, but is stripping down her show to perform as an acoustic duo in the Plaza. Country fan or not, you certainly won't want to miss this.

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Come One, Come All!
May
20
6:00pm 6:00pm

Come One, Come All!

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Cirque du Plaza is back, and this time better than ever! The Plaza will come to life with color as face painters turn people into lions, tigers and bears, oh my! Minuet Entertainment will make big strides on stilts and balloon twisters will transform balloons into fantastic creatures right before your eyes. Even the Spin Man will be making an appearance, balancing basketballs in a way you have never seen before!

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Creating an Uproar
Apr
29
6:00pm 6:00pm

Creating an Uproar

Feed your inner creative with Live and Local as we welcome UNC’s Art Heels and Chapel Hill based Broadway Bound. The Art Heels use therapeutic elements of art to "heel" through creation! At seven, they'll be joined by the kids and teens of Broadway Bound, who use musical theatre to empower kids in the Triangle to live and act larger than life. Engage with your imagination while the crowd goes wild!

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Care to Dance?
Apr
22
6:00pm 6:00pm

Care to Dance?

Got that dancing fever? Live and Local is excited to present a slam-packed lineup of Triangle dance groups this Spring! Feel the beat with UNC Chalkaa and UNC Moonlight Hip Hop, get into step with the Carolina Irish Association and the Carolina Dancing Divas, swish and swing with UNC Flying Silk and the Bravo Dance Company! With such a diverse line-up of dance groups everyone is sure to get into the groove! 

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The Beat of the Street
Apr
15
6:00pm 6:00pm

The Beat of the Street

Get into the rhythm of the street with Tarheel SPEAKS & BEATS! The UNC Beat Making Lab joins Chapel Hill Sacrificial Poets and the Town of Chapel Hill Teen Center to push the limits of rhythm, art and life. Beat Making Lab teaches youths how to craft music from just about anything - no experience necessary, while Chapel Hill’s Sacrificial poets and the Teen center perform spoken word to elevate and cultivate the Chapel Hill community.

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Spring Swing Kick-off
Apr
8
6:00pm 6:00pm

Spring Swing Kick-off

KICK-off, STOMP-off and DANCE-off Spring at Live and Local’s first event of the new year! We’re celebrating plaza sculpture Exhale’s second birthday with N.C. band Thistledown Tinkers and Studio A Dance Arts. Thistledown serves-up infectious Celtic music that is guaranteed to have you singing, stomping and dancing along. And while you’re at it, join Studio A while they perform an interpretive dance to get everyone in the swing of Spring!

 

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Cirque du Plaza
Aug
28
6:00pm 6:00pm

Cirque du Plaza

Loads of fun for the entire family, Cirque du Plaza will feature a performance by Jeghetto, Down to Earth Aerials, Hula Hooping, Face Painting, and Balloon Twisting.  Join us for this spectacular kick-off to the fall Live & Local series!

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Fall 2015 Live & Local Series Dates
Aug
27
6:00pm 6:00pm

Fall 2015 Live & Local Series Dates

Live & Local Series at The Plaza at 140 W Franklin Street begins on August 28, 2015.  We'll be showcasing great local talent and art from 6 - 9pm on the following dates:

Friday, August 28

Friday, September 18

Friday, September 25

Friday, October 2

Friday, October 9

Friday, October 16

Friday, October 23

Friday, October 30

Friday, November 6

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Dance Party
Jun
19
6:00pm 6:00pm

Dance Party

Every Friday, 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

We're closing the series out with a little dance party.  Join us for one of the Triangle's newest performing acts, Bless Your Heart.  These guys are veterans of the business exploring R&B and Electronica, ultimately creating a mash-up experience that will have the whole plaza grooving.

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