Coffee shops in the Chapel Hill-Carrboro area are embracing a different way of bringing the community together — through live music.
Lanza’s Cafe, Epilogue Books Chocolate Brews and 1922 by Carolina Coffee Shop have hosted live music events in their intimate settings, a different experience from a concert at Cat's Cradle or Local 506.
Christina Chiarolanza-Vad and Catherine Coley are the co-owners of Lanza’s Cafe in Carrboro. Vad said the idea behind opening the cafe was to create a place of comfort and familiarity in the community.
“I think anytime there's music, it brings more people out,” she said.
Lanza’s hosts various evening events open to the community each week. Vad said the cafe’s most popular events are the trivia and chess nights.
“It's just coming together with food and drink, to play games, to talk, to share,” she said. “That's literally the motto — when people come in, we just want them to feel like they're coming to our house to hang out and have a drink.”
Lanza’s has featured a variety of different musicians of different genres — from folk to funk — and the performances are all part of the effort to bring the community closer together, Coley and Vad said.
David Austell writes original poetry and music. He has played at Epilogue, performing and reciting his songs and poetry.
Austell said his goal is to offer a calming experience in the coffee shops where he performs. He embeds his poetry in music to create something different, he said.