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May is a Musical Month

Downtown Chapel Hill sings in the springtime! Head to Schoolkids Records for some vinyl digging or to find the perfect CD! Re-discover the staples of your youth or find some new tunes to expand your horizon. 

If live music is more of your thing, check out the impressive lineup of shows this week at Downtown Chapel Hill venues. Master turntablist Kid Koala plays CURRENT, up-and-coming local band Jenny Besetzt graces downtown, and 2018 SXSW breakout Dentist plays Local 506. Or, Fridays on the Front Porch is back with their classic event.
Parking is easier than ever in Downtown Chapel Hill! 
Visit to find out where to park. Or, use our fare-free bus system for your next visit to Franklin Street.

Fridays on the Front Porch at The Carolina Inn

Friday, May 3 at 5:00 PM

Kick off the weekend with Fridays on the Front Porch, a popular end-of-the-week celebration in Chapel Hill. Sip on crafted cocktails while listening to live music performed by Jimmy Hayes Band and enjoying these featured food trucks: The Humble Pig and Chick-N-Que.
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Kid Koala's Turntable Orchestra at CURRENT 

Saturday, May 4 at 8:00 PM

In this interactive live performance, CURRENT is transformed into a turntable orchestra, where audience members are seated at one of 50 turntable stations - with four people per station. 
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Jenny Besetzt and Nanami Ozone, with Pool Boy at Local 506

Sunday, May 5 at 9:00 PM

Up and coming local band Jenny Besetzt graces Local 506!
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Rigged at Varsity Theater

Monday, May 6 at 7:00 PM

Free film screening Monday, May 6 of “Rigged: The Voter Suppression Playbook” at the Varsity Theater in Chapel Hill (123 E. Franklin St.) at 7:00 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
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Wild Mind Improv Party at The PIT Chapel Hill

Tuesday, May 7 at 8:00 PM

Come see the dynamic students of Anoo Tree Brod's Wild Mind Improv! The show will open with short form games and scenes based on YOUR suggestions and close with a newly created long form called Cocktail Party put on by the delightful new group, Get ON My Lawn!
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Macula Dog at Nightlight
Wednesday, May 8 at 9:00 PM

"Macula Dog is a 4-person electronic duo from New York City, making music that is just as much pop as the performers are human; its unclear." 
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Dentist // The RockNRoll Hifives // Winfield at Local 506
Thursday, May 9 at 9:00 PM

Rightfully earning their place as one of New Jersey's buzziest bands, Dentist was named one of the top 10 bands at this year's SXSW by Mercury News and a darling of critics at NPR, Stereogum, Flood Magazine and more. 
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