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Join us for live music in the courtyard at Brightleaf Square.


We (Brightleaf Square) feature some of the areas finest artists.

  Some of our restaurants offer outdoor seating, and most of the retail shops are open during the concerts.  Admission is always free.  No outside food, drinks or coolers please.

Wentworth & Leggett Books is open later then usual Friday night, so when the band takes a break come check us out.

May 13   7-9pm   

Mo Jazz

Lead Vocal: Connie McCoy, Keys: Derrek Croney, Drums: Rick Lindsay, Lead Guitar: Kenny Demery, Bass: Reggie Jessup.

May 14   1-3pm   

Durham Symphony Jazz Ensemble


May 27   7-9pm   

Alex Weiss

African / Latin / Jazz
Led by award-winning composer and multi-instrumentalist Alex Weiss, Different Drum bridges the sounds of Africa & the Americas. Playful Calypsos, beautiful Brazilian Sambas and Funky South African Township music are some of the fabric that holds this band together.

June 10   7-9pm   


“Jazziando”, this is our newest project; we are very excited about this five (5) piece band which is performing instrumental Latin Jazz, along with some Brazilian fusion rhythms, projecting the musical energy of its members, who are ready to ignite and excite your guest.

June 18   11am-3pm   

Bare Theatre Presents "Two Gentlemen" of Verona


June 24   7-9pm   

Durham Symphony Jazz Ensemble


July 8   7-9pm   

Counterclockwise String Band

Bridging the traditional and the progressive, Counterclockwise String Band puts forth a style of bluegrass that is both compellingly new and refreshingly familiar. Energetic, creative and genuine, the central-North Carolina five-piece has quickly become a local favorite, molding unique interpretations of time-tested songs and long forgotten melodies while never forgetting the musical traditions of ages past.

July 22   7-9pm   

Capital Transit

Capital Transit is an energetic, four-part vocal jazz ensemble with musical accompaniment. Many of our songs are reflective of the New York group “Manhattan Transfer,” and we also branch out into blues, swing, pop, and Doo-Wop. What makes our group unique and showcases each of our talents is that, in addition to singing four-part harmony, we also accompany with flute, sax, guitar, bass, and hand percussion. This Triangle-based seasoned group of vocal musicians includes Laura Ridgeway (soprano), Lola Youngman (alto), Tim Smith (tenor) and Drew Lile (bass). Dave Youngman tickles the ivories and drums are added for certain performances. Collectively, this group represents 125 combined years of performing jazz!!

August 5   7-9pm   

Teacup Gin

deco era jazz standards, tin pan alley classics, ragtime & delta blues, torch, chanson, cabaret, bossa, tango, & show tunes
The members of Tea Cup Gin share a passion for crafting original musical cocktails under the influence of an eclectic blend of early 20th century genres (deco era jazz standards, tin pan alley classics, ragtime and delta blues, torch, chanson, cabaret, bossa, tango, and show tunes). The band takes an authentic yet unconventional approach to the great American jazz tradition, stirring together original melodies and lyrics, served up on two blazing acoustic guitars, with impassioned vocals, dynamic upright bass and percussion, and occasional guests on trombone, violin, sax and more.

August 19   7-9pm   


folk pop
Ozymandias showcases their passion for music through their original works. Ozymandias’ songs possess a distinctive sound strongly influenced by folk pop artists. The finished pieces are characterized by tight harmonies, danceable beats, funky bass, melodic piano, and exciting guitar. Kaitlin Bailey’s writing style began as a therapeutic way to process and continues to be strongly influenced by emotion. Curtis Stith insures that each new song develops into a well-constructed, cohesive masterpiece, while keeping the beat. Peter Newell shows his creative side and moves from acoustic to electric guitar without batting an eye. Andrew Newell showcases his smooth bass skills and levels each song with a jazz-like flair. Johnny Snead trades the frontline with Peter as he gracefully taps the keys of the keyboard, bringing a beautiful melody to each song. All of the members add a significant slice of style to each song performed, the appreciation and dedication for music and this group shows clearly through every members' talent and infects the crowd with their own lively love for the music.

September 16   7-9pm   

Happy Abandon

orchestral indie rock
Happy Abandon is an orchestral indie rock band based in Chapel Hill consisting of Peter Vance, Jake Waits, Alex Thompson, and Justin Ellis. Although the four members met as students at UNC in 2010, Happy Abandon didn’t form until early 2015. The band is currently hard at work writing and recording, applying to festivals, and booking tours of the Northeast and Canada for August 2016 and the West Coast in early 2017.

September 23   7-9pm   

Big Fat Gap

Big Fat Gap is Miles Andrews on lead vocals and bass, Jon Hill on mandolin and vocals, Chris Roszell on banjo, and Jamie Griggs on guitar. One of North Carolina's top bluegrass bands, they have a reputation for expert musicianship, tight vocal harmonies, great songwriting, and engaging stage performances. A long time anchor of the Chapel Hill music scene, Big Fat Gap has been fortunate to have many distinguished and talented musicians in its ranks including Andy Thorn of Leftover Salmon, Ryan Cavanaugh formerly of Bill Evans Soulgrass, Bobby Britt of Town Mountain, and Jon Stickley of the Jon Stickley Trio, to name a few.


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