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Third ConvergeNC Southern Music Festival at 140 W Franklin St Plaza

  • 140 West Franklin St Plaza 140 W Franklin St Chapel Hill, NC, 27516 United States (map)

Third ConvergeNC Southern Music Festival

A Celebration of Water + Music in the South

The third annual ConvergeNC Southern Music Festival -- featuring two bands, food trucks and a global theme paired with the American South -- is set for 6 p.m. Friday, March 27, at the 140 West Franklin Street Plaza.

ConvergeNC joins forces with UNC-Chapel Hill’s campus theme “Water In Our World” and the Town of Chapel Hill Parks and Recreation Department. The free, public celebration will celebrate the community’s natural and creative resources. ConvergeNC seeks to enrich our conception of Southernness and of the cultural identity of this place and time. Our goal is to create a festival that feels as if it could take place nowhere else in the world.

For the past two years, ConvergeNC has grappled with Southern identity by assembling acts that together form a rough sketch of the diversity of Southern music. This year, we’re simultaneously zooming in and zooming out. Two bands—one local and one from the Gulf Coast—will headline a single evening devoted to one big idea: water in the South. Lineup to be released in late February.

As part of UNC’s Water Theme, this year’s festival asks: "What does water mean in the South, and how do we explore that meaning through music?" It also falls on the first day of the Global American South Conference, focused this year on food. ConvergeNC will serve as an intersection of these two themes and their meaning in the American South.

Please join us for food, festivity, and some of the area’s best music.

The concert will be free and all-ages. Food trucks, vendors, and street performers will also join the festivities.

ConvergeNC is sponsored by the Town of Chapel Hill Parks and Recreation and is a part of the UNC campuswide theme "Water In Our World." More info about Water In Our World at