Tracks Music Library, a local music streaming platform launched in collaboration with Chapel Hill Public Library and Chapel Hill Community Arts & Culture, announces the release of Tracks in the Stacks, a video series of three intimate, short concerts and interviews filmed inside Chapel Hill Public Library. Watch the videos at chapelhillarts.org/tracks.
A.yoni Jeffries, known for her “soulful, spiritual sound”, takes her audience on an eloquent journey through lyrics, rhythm, and beats. WATCH NOW
XOXOK transcends jazz and R&B, performing an “atmospheric soul” sound with sweet and romantic vocals. WATCH NOW
Austin Royale takes fusion to a whole new level with his genre-bending rock and rap performance. WATCH NOW
The video series originated amidst the COVID-19 pandemic with people yearning for live music and to be among the “stacks” at Chapel Hill Public Library. The library has also been a sought after space for live performances. “I’ve long thought about how much fun it would be to perform in the library, but it never seemed like the right time — you know, there were always people reading or studying or working, and I just got a feeling that they didn’t want me playing guitar and singing,” says Keenan Jenkins (XOXOK).
After conceiving of the project, Tracks Music Library staff worked jointly with Rowdy to realize the vision. From artist selection to set design, audio engineering to videography, the project was a collaboration with local creatives, music lovers, and book enthusiasts.
The videos were filmed by Vertex Theory, and recorded, mixed, and mastered by Threee Corners.
The set also features a variety of hand-picked titles and authors which highlight Black musicians, performers, graphic novelists, and more. The booklist can be found here.
The community can expect to see more announcements from Tracks Music Library this summer. Tracks in the Stacks launches just weeks before the anticipated “Second Collection” — introducing over 30 new albums from Triangle-based artists to the streaming platform.
Tracks Music Library released it’s first collection last June with over 70 local bands featuring a wide range of music available for free streaming. The platform aims to help music lovers find new bands to enjoy and to help local musicians connect with new audiences.
To learn more about Tracks Music Library, visit tracksmusiclibary.org. To support the artists and watch the Tracks in the Stacks video series, visit chapelhillarts.org/tracks.