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Chapel Hill hosts Tracks Local Music Fest with five local artists from various genres

Tracks Local Music Fest, a free outdoor concert in downtown Chapel Hill, was held for the first time at CURRENT ArtSpace + Studio at 123 West Franklin St. this weekend.

Chapel Hill Community Arts & Culture and Carolina Performing Arts collaborated to host the concert.

This year, the Tracks Local Music Fest featured five artists: Anne-Claire, Dissimilar South, Treee City, Austin Royale and BANGZZ. Each artist played a 30 minute set with a short break between each set.

Marketing and Communications Coordinator Melissa Bartoletta said Chapel Hill Community Arts & Culture is on a mission to inspire creativity and celebrate the community for a better Chapel Hill.

“We curated the lineup to feature a diverse selection of artists from the collection, a diverse selection of sounds,” Bartoletta said. “So we have pop, electronic, Americana, hip-hop and punk popping up on the lineup.”

Dissimilar South, an Americana music duo that performed at the gig, is comprised of Carter Hodge and Maddie Fisher, who met while attending school at UNC.

Hodge said the two have been making music together for six years and releasing music for three.

“Since graduating, we kind of refocused,” Fisher said. “Our other two original members left and that’s kind of when we started prioritizing music and trying to make it part of our daily work.”

Hodge said Dissimilar South released two records. Their EP Treehouse was released in 2019 and is available to listen to on the Tracks Music Library. The duo recorded their latest album, Tricky Things, with Grammy-nominated producer Jason Richmond.

Now Dissimilar South is focusing on regional touring their new album with a full band.

“I think it’s a bit of a stretch for a public library to venture into the world of digital music, and so when they decided to do a live event, we were very excited to to participate in it because we love the setup and the organization,” Hodge said.

Anne-Claire Cleaver, who goes by the stage name Anne-Claire, is a singer-songwriter raised in the Triangle and currently living in Durham. She said she has been writing and performing since 2014 and started music in middle school and high school, where she was involved in a choir and musicals.

Cleaver attended UNC Greensboro to study music and began writing his own material after graduating. She also has her own voice studio called Anne-Claire Voice, where she gives virtual voice lessons to clients around the world.

Cleaver said she was happy Chapel Hill Community Arts & Culture and Carolina Performing Arts organized the music festival.

“They go even further,” she said. “They’re coming out of the library, and it’s great. I just think it’s such a new idea, and they’re clearly investing in something they really believe in.

All of this weekend’s performers are featured in Tracks Music Library, a free local music streaming platform provided by Chapel Hill Community Arts & Culture and Chapel Hill Public Library. The goal of Tracks is to support local artists and bands and introduce listeners to new local music, and new music is added every year.

The library gives listeners the ability to stream curated, ad-free music from over 100 Triangle-based artists for free. Additionally, Chapel Hill Public Library cardholders can download music or record their favorite tracks.

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