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Call for Musicians for Unique Community Event Downtown!

The Good Neighbor Initiative is held at the beginning of every UNC fall semester.  The goal is to encourage Carolina students, living in neighborhoods that surround the downtown, to meet their neighbors and to work together to make neighborhoods a place of pride and safety -- by getting to know their neighbors young and old!

Numerous community organizations coordinate the Good Neighor Initiative including the UNC Office of Fraternity & Sorority Life and Community Engagement, along with the Town of Chapel Hill,  the Office of Student Affairs at UNC,  the UNC student body government, Empowerment Inc., and my organization – The Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership.  

On Thursday, September 13, from 5PM to 9PM, we will hold a neighborhood block party with up to 500 downtown residents (families and students) at the Hargraves Community Center at 216 N. Roberson Street in Chapel Hill

The event involves a short neighborhood walk followed by a block party with food, music, and games - free and open to all downtown residents.  This is where we need YOU!

We are looking for a lively musical group to lead the walk from Hargraves Community Center - it loops .8 mile through the neighborhood then back to the center where we have tons of food, refreshments, games & activities -- all free.  Approximately 200 people participate in the walk - led by Chapel Hill Police officers, in cars and on foot, who clear all the streets far in advance.

The one thing missing from this walk in years past is MUSIC! The walk is intended to draw neighbors out of their houses and off their porches – and lead them back to the party at the Community Center. Imagine a lively, spirited drum line, or maybe a fantastic jazzy parade, or even a thumping bucket brigade!

So – who’s in? Any musical groups, bands, drumlines out there that want to be part of this truly unique and community-spirited event?

Contact me at 919-967-9440 or