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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

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!

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.  

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!

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.


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)

 

2nd Friday Art Walk: Painting The Plaza
Oct
10
6:00 pm18:00

2nd Friday Art Walk: Painting The Plaza

  • The Plaza at 140 W. Franklin Street

2nd Friday Art Walk will find Dan Nelson creating a painting live of the Plaza throughout the evening.  This interactive experience will include an opportunity for everyone to paint their own watercolor at the event.

One Guitar, One Voice
Oct
3
6:00 pm18:00

One Guitar, One Voice

  • The Plaza at 140 W. Franklin Street

As simple as it sounds, Eric Scholz will tickle your earbuds with his voice and acoustic guitar.  Fresh, genuine and a treat for all ages! (Americana / Rock / Blues)

Get Your Groove On!
Sep
26
6:00 pm18:00

Get Your Groove On!

  • The Plaza at 140 W. Franklin Street

Get down with Chit Nasty & the UNC Kamikazi Dance Team.  As a graduate of Berklee School of Music and the Durham School of the Arts, Chit Nasty is a paino virtuoso.  (Funk / Soul)  

UNC Kamikazi Dance Team was the first co-ed dance team at UNC-Chapel Hill. The team’s is a diversity-oriented, unified dance team, committed to highly-practiced routines and they perform a variety of dance styles: hip hop, jazz, break dancing, popping, locking, and more!

Swang Into The Fall Series
Sep
19
6:00 pm18:00

Swang Into The Fall Series

  • The Plaza at 140 W. Franklin Street

A three-piece outfit, The Swang Brothers play American music from the 50s and 60s, combining a heady mix of traditional country, rockabilly pop and blues. Click to learn more about The Swang Brothers

Matt Phillips & the Philharmonic
Aug
21
6:30 pm18:30

Matt Phillips & the Philharmonic

  • 140 West Franklin Plaza

Join us for a Thursday evening of live & local music on the plaza courtesy of Matt Phillips & the Philharmonic. Bring your lawn chair, family, friends, coworker, and anyone we left out to this free event! 

Capital Transit Jazz Ensemble
May
30
6:00 pm18:00

Capital Transit Jazz Ensemble

  • The Plaza @ 140 West Franklin

The Live and Local, Music and Art on the Plaza continues in its spring series with musical performances by Capital Transit.

Gregg Gelb’s Jazz Quartet
May
23
6:00 pm18:00

Gregg Gelb’s Jazz Quartet

  • The Plaza @ 140 West Franklin Street

The Live and Local, Music and Art on the Plaza continues in its spring series with the talents of Gregg Gelb’s jazz trio.

2nd Friday Art Walk with Justin Tornow and COMPANY
May
9
6:00 pm18:00

2nd Friday Art Walk with Justin Tornow and COMPANY

  • The Plaza @ 140 West Franklin Street

The Live and Local, Music and Art on the Plaza continues its spring series in partnership with the 2nd Friday Art walk. Justin Tornow and COMPANY will present a site specific movement installation.