Dozens of musicians have and will continue to perform at locations along Franklin Street as part of Downtown Live, a free outdoor concert series hosted by the Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership.
The annual series began on March 25, and events will occur every Saturday and on the second Friday of each month throughout the spring.
"It's outside. It's on the street. It's free," Jerri Lynn Schulke, the director of arts and culture for the CHDP, said.
Downtown Live aims to highlight local artists and brings live music directly to the community.
Musicians participating in the series perform outside of Epilogue Books Chocolate Brews, Roots Natural Kitchen and Talulla’s for passersby to enjoy.
Schulke said the original purpose of the concert series was to bring people downtown during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“People were outside, people were coming to support businesses and it was just another way to do something that would draw people downtown,” she said.
Schulke said the CHDP is working to broaden the type of music played at events like Downtown Live and provide local musicians with more opportunities now that many pandemic restrictions have been lifted.
Andrew Kasab, a harp guitarist, performed on April 1 and March 25 as part of the series.