The Save the Music street performance series is hoping to provide a lifeline for local musicians while supporting businesses in downtown Chapel Hill.
The first street performance of the Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership's Save the Music series kicked off last Saturday with four acts. It was originally scheduled for Oct. 10, but was rescheduled due to rain.
The series encourages people to check out local musicians spread across downtown while they eat, shop or stroll.
Kevin "Kaze" Thomas, the arts and culture director of the Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership, described it as an opportunity for people to walk by some live musicians and support a local business.
The Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership is also directing people to GoFundMe pages and fundraisers for local music venues such as Local 506, The Cave and Nightlight.
Two of the performers last Saturday included Tony Matthews of the Twang Bandits and the Cajammers, and singer and guitarist Andrew Gilreath.
Local music venues have been closed since early March, which not only hurt the businesses themselves but also left many local musicians without places to perform.
“It’s just disappointing. It is just really depressing,” Matthews said. “As musicians, the major part for us is getting out and connecting with the community and performing. And it’s like a big part of your life has been taken away.”
Matthews said the series will give musicians a way to connect with an audience through their music for the first time in months.