Free Concerts Celebrating Local Music Come to Downtown Chapel Hill This September

September 6, 2022

Tracks Music Series returns to Chapel Hill in a new downtown location at the Rosemary & Columbia St. parking lot on Thursday evenings, September 8, 15, and 22, from 6-9 p.m. The three nights of free outdoor concerts will feature some of the newest acts on Tracks Music Library, a local music streaming service. The events are presented by Chapel Hill Community Arts & Culture and made possible with the help of Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership.

Tracks Music Series will highlight some of the newest acts in Tracks Music Library and provide a sampling of what listeners can experience in the collection. Each night’s lineup includes 45-minute performances from three different artists.

On September 8 experimental folk duo Magic Tuber Stringband will open the night, followed by DJ/Producer VSPRTN, and rapper GODRIC.

On September 15 indie rock duo Bonies will kick-off the concert, followed by rapper Alicia Marie, who was recently named best new artist at the Carolina Music Awards, and Latingrass duo Larry & Joe (featuring Joe Troop, founder of GRAMMY-nominated Che Apalache).

September 22 will bring hip hop artist Luren Grotto, DJ jstory, and punk rockers Bangzz to the stage.

Concerts will take place outdoors at the downtown parking lot at Rosemary & Columbia St. Attendees should bring a chair as very limited seating will be available. Concert goers are also encouraged to pack a picnic or enjoy the food offerings downtown before, during, or after the show. Carolina Brewery and Maple View Ice Cream will be onsite selling beer and sweet treats. Paid parking is available at the Wallace Deck, which is a short distance from the Rosemary & Columbia St. lot.

Since 2020, Tracks Music Library has become a digital hub for local music in the Triangle area. It houses music from over 100 bands and musicians, ranging in genre, and is curated by members of the local music community. Earlier this summer, thirty new acts were added to the collection that reflect the diverse sounds of the Triangle. “I am so excited about this year’s collection for Tracks Music Library. I feel it reflects and showcases the breadth of beautiful musical talent in North Carolina,” says artist curator Dasan Ahanu. “Being able to help curate a process like this was not only an honor, but it was also a joy. The distinctiveness of who we are musically here in N.C. is being represented in the library and I got to be a part of that.”

If you’re a local musician interested in being a part of Tracks Music Library, the next call for submissions opens on September 8. Artists can submit up to three songs for consideration. The deadline to submit music for consideration is November 30. Learn more about the submission process at tracksmusiclibrary.org.

To learn more about Tracks Music Series and the lineup, visit chapelhillarts.org/tracksconcerts. To learn more about Chapel Hill Community Arts & Culture, visit chapelhillarts.org. To learn more about Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership, visit downtownchapelhill.org. For media inquiries, contact Melissa Bartoletta at mbartoletta@townofchapelhill.org.