The Info List - Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival

The Shakori Hills GrassRoots Festival of Music and Dance is a music and dance festival that takes place each spring and fall in Pittsboro, North Carolina, near Chapel Hill. The festival takes place on a 75-acre (300,000 m2) farmstead which is managed by Shakori Hills Community Arts Center Inc. a non-profit organization. The festival has been held twice annually, each spring and fall, since 2003. It is associated with and modeled after the larger Finger Lakes Grassroots Festival that takes place near Trumansburg, New York
Trumansburg, New York
each summer.


1 The Festival 2 Music 3 Controversies 4 See also 5 References 6 External links

The Festival[edit] The festival typically lasts four days, beginning on Thursday afternoon and going through Sunday night. The farmstead has two large outdoor stages, one large covered dance tent, and several smaller tents. Camping is available for an additional fee. In addition to the music, the festival has dance and instrument workshops, a sustainability fair, kids activities, and food and craft vending. The festival is typically promoted as being kid and family friendly. In fact, children 12 and under get in free. Daily attendance for the 2013 festivals peaked at 8,500 participants. Music[edit] Each festival draws fifty or more bands who play on four stages over four days. Many genres of music are represented, including bluegrass, zydeco, country-western, psychedelic rock, folk rock, reggae, and world music. Past headliners include Billy Strings, Nahko Bear, Robert Randolph,Yonder Mountain String Band, Donna the Buffalo, Nickel Creek, Keith Frank, Patty Loveless, Toubab Krewe, Steve Earle
Steve Earle
and the Dukes, and Rising Appalachia. Bands play throughout the day with headliners playing on the largest outdoor stage after sunset. Controversies[edit] A workshop on shamanic journeying scheduled for the 2011 festival was cancelled by request of the chair of the festival board apparently because of her Christian beliefs. Subsequently, a revised explanation for the cancellation differing from the original explanation regarding the Christian sensibilities of the board chair has been given by Shakori Hills spokespersons. The revised explanation has not been supported by documentation despite requests.[1] The Chatham County Sheriff maintains a visible presence during the festival and reportedly runs undercover operations. The undercover police can be quite aggressive.[2][3] See also[edit]

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^ "The worm in the Shakori apple" (PDF). Retrieved 2013-10-03.  ^ "Police crack down on drugs at Shakori Hills". Retrieved 2013-10-03.  ^ "2012 Shakori Hills Grass Roots Festival of Music & Dance Review". Retrieved 2013-10-03. 

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External links[edit]

Official Shakori Hills GrassRoots Festival of Music and Dance homepage

Coordinates: 35°47′28″N 79°18′22″W / 35.791°N 79.306°W / 35.791; -79.306

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Music venues of North Carolina


Bank of America Stadium Kenan Memorial Stadium Koka Booth Amphitheatre PNC Music Pavilion Red Hat Amphitheater Coastal Credit Union Music Park


U.S. Cellular Center (Asheville) Bojangles' Coliseum Cabarrus Arena Crown Coliseum Dean Smith Center Dorton Arena Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum PNC Arena Spectrum Center

Theaters and clubs

The Brewery Carolina Theatre The Clayton Center Carolina Crossroads Durham Performing Arts Center The Orange Peel Ovens Auditorium The Pour House Music Hall Raleigh Little Theatre Tremont Music Hall Ziggy's The Garage (Winston-Salem)

Multi-venue complexes

North Carolina
North Carolina
Blumenthal Performing Arts Center Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts Greensboro Coliseum Complex


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