PREVIEW: Shakori Hills GrassRoots Festival of Music and Dance
The annual fall edition of Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival of Music and Dance starts this Thursday, Oct. 5 and wraps up Sunday, Oct. 8 in Pittsboro, NC. Now in its fifteenth year, Shakori Hills has built a strong sense of community on the 72 majestic acres the festival is held on. Family friendly and truly something for everyone, Shakori is a festival that has a laid-back vibe and dedicated tribe of attendees. Over 50 bands will perform on four stages during the four-day festival and folks can dance from noon till the wee hours of the morning if he soles stay on their shoes.
Setting is one of the most important factors of a festival and the idyllic festival grounds are wildly inspiring. This festival doesn’t herd people together into a confined space; it’s a free-range weekend at Shakori Hills. Bring the kids or bring your need to party. Either way, you will have a hoot at the Shakori Hills GrassRoots Festival of Music and Dance.
The Shakori Hills line-up is extremely diverse, as always. From the transcendental folk sounds of Colorado-based Elephant Revival, the world beat’s (both live and digital) of Beats Antique, the one-man live looping party known as Zach Deputy, or local Americana foot stompers Urban Soil, each band is grassroots in their own way.
With Elephant Revival it’s the use of stringed instruments, a washboard, and the lyrics inspired by living in the hills of Colorado. For Beats Antique, their digital beats and samples are created from scratch in the studio. Meaning, they don’t sample snippets of other artists songs or sounds, they build what they need from the ground up using whatever instruments they need, then use that recording to sample from. For Zach Deputy, it’s the ability to watch him stack the building blocks of his songs right in front of you. For Urban Soil, it’s the bare-footin’ and boots-scootin’ they inspire on hometown soil. All the bands playing this festival have a grassroots element to their sound or story.
Shakori has more than music and beauty to offer. There are dance and music workshops, kid-friendly activities, craft and food vendors, and yoga classes as well. There will also be plenty of Foothills Beer. See you at Shakori!