A variety of musical artists performed at this year's first installment of the Tracks Music Series on Thursday at the Rosemary and Columbia St. Parking Lot in downtown Chapel Hill.
Magic Tuber Stringband, a folk duo, kicked off the event with a duet on guitar and violin. Their performance was followed by DJ and producer VSPRTN and the concert concluded with rapper GODRIC.
Two more concerts are scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 15 and Thursday, Sept. 22 at the same location, both from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
The concert series invited indie rock duo Bonies, rapper Alicia Marie and Venezuelan Appalachian folk fusion duo Larry & Joe for the Sept. 15 show. The event on Sept. 22 will feature hip hop artist Luren Grotto, DJ jstory and punk rock band Bangzz.
The concerts are organized by Tracks Music Library, Chapel Hill Community Arts & Culture, the Town of Chapel Hill and the Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership.
Tracks Music Library is a commercial-free streaming service that curates music from local artists. Tracks is a collaboration between Chapel Hill Community Arts & Culture and the Chapel Hill Public Library.
“The main aim with Tracks Music Series is to give music lovers an opportunity to discover new music and new artists,” Melissa Bartoletta, marketing & communications coordinator for Chapel Hill Community Arts & Culture, said.
The Sept. 8 event was the first Tracks concert that took place in downtown Chapel Hill. Last year, the event was held in a parking lot at University Place.
“We have small public spaces in general in downtown, and there's a lot of competition for them,” Matt Gladdek, executive director at the Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership, said. “So we thought it was the best space that met all the needs without having to shut down the street, which can cause a lot of confusion and difficulty for businesses.”