Lauren Bromley Hodge – a former record company executive and a 16-year resident of Carrboro – founded PopUp Chorus in 2014. The group that’s received praise from the likes of David Byrne, Duran Duran, They Might Be Giants and Zooey Deschanel previously held its bi-monthly meetings at Motorco in Durham.
“We loved our time in Durham, and our organization really took root there, attracting loyal followers,” says Lauren. “Carrboro also has a welcoming culture that supports the arts, and since The ArtsCenter shares our mission of creating community and inspiring creativity – this new partnership makes perfect sense. The town’s slogan is ‘It’s Carrboro, Feel Free.’ We’re adding to that: ‘It’s Carrboro. Feel Free… to Sing!’”
To commemorate the move to Carrboro, PopUp Chorus filmed a video at the Carrboro Farmers’ Market. They are hoping to attract anyone from 5 to 75 looking to embrace and share the love of singing to unify and create a one-night chorus.
“We are never the same group of people twice,” Lauren says. “Everybody is welcome to join us!”
So if you enjoy belting out your vocals in the car or shower but can’t find the time to join a band or choral group, PopUp Chorus is the group for you. Just pay a small admission price, grab a beer, and gather around the stage to join in singing along to the wide array of timeless pop songs by a range of artists from the Beatles to Michael Jackson to Beyonce. It’s not about perfection or skill, it’s all about having fun. The goal is to gain the experience of singing together, conquer fears of singing in public, or ease the process of returning after time away.
Upon arrival at each event, singers “learn” two recognizable songs and are conducted by Carolina Friends School art teacher and founder of NC Girls Rock, Amelia Shull, alongside musician and graphic designer, Spencer Harrison. (The participants attending opening night Sept. 20 are tackling Elton John’s “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” and Culture Club’s “Karma Chameleon.”) Once the songs are prepared, the group records a music video during the final performance.
Take a peek on PopUp Chorus’ Youtube channel to see past music videos and test out your pipes in this fun, stress-free environment with PopUp Chorus on the first and third Tuesday of each month, with the fall season running through Dec. 6. Buy tickets for the opening night Sept. 20 event here. Doors open at 6pm and the singing begins at 7pm. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for students and free for children under 12.