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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

Spinnin' and Grinnin'
May
6
6:00 pm18:00

Spinnin' and Grinnin'

It's bike week! Wheel over to Live and Local to hear the East Chapel Hill School Ukulele Orchestra perform tunes in honor of our two-wheeled friends. See them perform here and get ready to hear strumming that will transport you to your favorite beach.

Hudson & Haw in the Plaza
May
13
6:00 pm18:00

Hudson & Haw in the Plaza

Chapel Hill based Hudson & Haw are bringing poppy sweet folk tunes to the plaza this May. The UNC Chapel Hill trio released their debut album in April and are causing a stir in the local folk scene. Come out for good tunes and great vibes! 

Come One, Come All!
May
20
6:00 pm18:00

Come One, Come All!

  • 140 West Franklin St. Chapel Hill, NC USA

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!

Foot-Stompin, Fist-Raisin
May
26
6:00 pm18:00

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.

The Hot Spot!
Jun
3
6:00 pm18:00

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!


Creating an Uproar
Apr
29
6:00 pm18:00

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!

Care to Dance?
Apr
22
6:00 pm18:00

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! 

The Beat of the Street
Apr
15
6:00 pm18:00

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.

Spring Swing Kick-off
Apr
8
6:00 pm18:00

Spring Swing Kick-off

  • The Plaza at 140 W. Franklin Street

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!

 

All About That Jazz
Oct
30
6:00 pm18:00

All About That Jazz

  • The Plaza at 140 W Franklin Street

The Jo Gore Trio brings heavy vibrato, improvisation, and interpretation of melody that is quite reminiscent of the great jazz stylists of the 50’s and 60’s.  We're ALL about that JAZZ!

Eclectic Pop Covers
Oct
16
6:00 pm18:00

Eclectic Pop Covers

  • The Plaza at 140 W. Franklin Street

Local favorite Unifier's own Aslan Freeman returns to the Plaza to showcase your favorite pop and rock covers.

International Flavor
Oct
2
6:00 pm18:00

International Flavor

  • The Plaza at 140 W. Franklin Street

Performing an eclectic mixture of Brazilian Jazz, Onda, will wow your work week away one note at a time. 

Shake, Shake that Booty!
Sep
25
6:00 pm18:00

Shake, Shake that Booty!

  • The Plaza at 140 W. Franklin Street

Creating live band, mash-ups of your favorite dance tunes is what Bless Your Heart brings to the the plaza.  Prepare to dance the night away!  

**Due to the weather, Live & Local is cancelled this evening. We are so sad about this, but looking forward to next Friday!**

Taking Flight
Sep
18
6:00 pm18:00

Taking Flight

  • The Plaza at 140 W. Franklin Street

The soaring vocal harmonies from Season & Snare will take you to a whole new level.  Enjoy this sweet, indie pop duo.

Cirque du Plaza
Aug
28
6:00 pm18:00

Cirque du Plaza

  • The Plaza at 140 W. Franklin Street

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!

Fall 2015 Live & Local Series Dates
Aug
27
6:00 pm18:00

Fall 2015 Live & Local Series Dates

  • The Plaza at 140 W Franklin Street

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

Dance Party
Jun
19
6:00 pm18:00

Dance Party

  • The Plaza at 140 W Franklin

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.

2nd Friday Art Walk:  All About the Strings
Jun
12
6:00 pm18:00

2nd Friday Art Walk: All About the Strings

  • The Plaza at 140 W Franklin

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

BarHop String Quartet is a quartet of classically trained musicians with a passion for branching out & exploring new genres for string quartet.  They take the audience by surprise by exploring the worlds of jazz, rock, blues, and funk... all while performing on strings.  It's ALL about the Strings!

Bring the Twang
Jun
5
6:00 pm18:00

Bring the Twang

  • The Plaza at 140 W Franklin

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

Chapel Hill's own folk, blues, and country duo, The Holland Brothers, bring a soaring vocal harmonies, blues harp, acoustic slide guitar and thumbpickin' that form the basis for a very memorable, entertaining show.  

Strike Up The Band
May
29
6:00 pm18:00

Strike Up The Band

  • The Plaza at 140 W Franklin

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

Traveling from Winston-Salem to join us, Suitcase is the cheery reminder that feelgood pop music still exists.  Check out their lovely video of Can't Stop, which is a great reminder that we all have the potential to create a positive reaction!

Thursday Night Pickin'
May
21
6:00 pm18:00

Thursday Night Pickin'

  • The Plaza at 140 W Franklin

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

Born and raised in Chapel Hill, Jon Stickley is a force of nature with evolving from the bluegrass flatpicking into his own sound that spans from soft harmonic chimes to straight-up shredding.  The Jon Stickley Trio will carry you through a mind-blowing musical experience with their jazzgrass toe tappin' fun!

Spring Rocks!
May
15
6:00 pm18:00

Spring Rocks!

  • The Plaza at 140 W Franklin

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

Authentic, soulful, and optimistic are just a few of the traits that Jared Place & Company will bring to the stage.  Come day dream with us!

2nd Friday Art Walk: Aerialist & Interactive Art
May
8
6:00 pm18:00

2nd Friday Art Walk: Aerialist & Interactive Art

  • The Plaza at 140 W. Franklin

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

The plaza will be a spectacular sight to see on this Friday night, an Elevate Aerialist will be performing throughout the evening on a free-standing lyra.  While enjoying the striking performances, we will have stations to create art throughout the Plaza, including Spin Art, Watercolors, and Finger Painting.

A Family Affair
May
1
6:00 pm18:00

A Family Affair

  • The Plaza at 140 W Franklin

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

Although all the events held throughout the Live & Local series are family friendly, bring out kids of all ages to enjoy the rockin', rootsy music of  Sandbox.  

Also, in conjunction with the GoChapelHill Transit will be playing games all related to Bike Week.

Dreaming Through The Evening
Apr
24
6:00 pm18:00

Dreaming Through The Evening

  • The Plaza at 140 W Franklin

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

Hailing from Durham, NC, Eric + Erica is a duo making dream pop music with instruments and voices. Their intimate style is sure to remind you of a soft spring evening.

World Music & Soaring Voices
Apr
17
6:00 pm18:00

World Music & Soaring Voices

  • The Plaza at 140 W Franklin

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

The steel drum is a magical instrument creating music around the world.  Wilton Dubois & Company will be performing steel drum sets throughout the evening.  

Tar Heel Voices will join us for an accapella performance at 7pm.  Check out one of their soaring vocal performances here.

2nd Friday Art Walk & Sculpture Lighting:  Spring Pops!
Apr
10
6:00 pm18:00

2nd Friday Art Walk & Sculpture Lighting: Spring Pops!

  • The Plaza at 140 W Franklin

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

Spring is here and we are back at it!  Come out and enjoy an eclectic collection of pop and rock covers performed by Unifier's lead singer, Aslan Freeman.  

The sculpture will be turned on during this event and the contemporary hip-hop dance team, Black Irish, will perform twice throughout the evening.

One Man Band
Oct
17
6:00 pm18:00

One Man Band

  • The Plaza at 140 W. Franklin Street

Whether you are in the mood for Sweet Caroline or Baby Got Back, the one man band that is Adam Pitts will bring you pure joy.  (Pop Rock / R&B)