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Music lover's paradise comes to Chatham County

Posted Friday, April 15, 2005

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3rd Annual Spring Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival of music and dance, April 21 - 24, 2005

FOUR DAYS, FOUR STAGES AND OVER SIXTY BANDS: The Shakori Hills GrassRoots Festival is a non-profit, non-commercial event of world class musicians from around the globe, juxtaposed with talented local singers, songwriters, musicians, and performers. It combines the excitement of big venue blowouts with the intimacy of a small town celebration, and draws an exuberant caravan of listeners whose love for traditional and roots music unites them. Music, dancing, camping, great food, and lots of free children's activities on a lovely 75 acre farm, a safe, inviting, and easily accessible natural space just a short drive from both the Triangle and the Triad areas.

MUSIC: Over 60 performers! A spectacular line-up of great music includes bluegrass masters Nickel Creek, genre-bending Americana outfit Donna the Buffalo, energized funk machine Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, acclaimed country songwriter Darrell Scott, Louisiana Zydeco greats Preston and Keith Frank, pedal steel pioneers The Campbell Brothers, old-time bluegrassers the Avett Brothers, funk popsters Jump (Little Children), West African kora virtuoso Mamadou Diabate, folk-pop musicians Adrienne Young & Little Sadie, freewheeling acoustic trailblazers Snake Oil Medicine Show, soul-tinged rockers Hobex, the ever popular Steep Canyon Rangers, blues master Cool John Ferguson, and more local and national favorites filling four tents with concurrently playing music encompassing Bluegrass, Old Time, Zydeco, Folk, Latin, Reggae, Blues, Cajun, Country, Native American, Hip Hop and Jam Band music. With a full program of music, dance, workshops, craft vendors, games, a parade and more, festival go-ers must choose which tent to visit on each hour or divide their time between several.

DANCING: Contra, swing, zydeco, reggae, and foot-stomping music will keep you dancing day and night in the Dance Tent.

FOOD: Bring picnic food or choose from nutritious, good, interesting food choices. Coffee Barn open 24/7.

FOR CHILDREN: FREE performances and fun activities include Paperhand Puppet Intervention led parade, storyteller Louise Kessel, Mother Goose, Mickey LePew the clown, Compost Theatre, Boomer Fun, parachute games, make your own jewelry, a supervised children’s area and more for children of all ages. Whether you come for the day or stay the weekend, you’ll see that the Shakori Hills GrassRoots Festival is organized and geared toward being a true family affair.

CRAFTS: Shop with talented artisans selling a wide variety of jewelry, clothing, pottery and more.

WORKSHOPS: Enjoy Yoga, Tai Chi, Tensegrity, and more in the NEW Movement Tent and stop by the Healing Arts Tent for a massage, acupuncture, or other modality to make your day all the more enjoyable.

CONTESTS: Compete in Old Time Bluegrass Fiddle, Banjo, Mandolin, Band or Poetry Slam.

ACCESS: Drive to Shakori Hills Farm in Silk Hope, the heart of Chatham County, NC -- 0nly 18 miles south of Chapel Hill. (also close to Raleigh and Greensboro). Park in a nice field at the festival site. Carpool because cars with four people save gas and get in free! Map and directions at

TICKETS: Buy day passes at the gate: $15 for Thursday, $25 for Friday, $30 for Saturday and $20 for Sunday. Four-day passes: Adult $65, Youth 13-15 $35 until April 17th , Adult $75, Youth 13-15 $35 after April 17th and at the gate, or at the Shakori Hills web site or 919-542-8142. Kids under 12 accompanied by an adult get in free.

Tent camping is free with a four-day pass. Gates open Thursday at 10 am and close at dark on Sunday.

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