In my college days and for a few years after, one of my major hobbies was making mix cds for people. I even did a crowd-funding project (before it was a thing) to get myself a cd burner so I could make cds for people of the music I loved. People actually helped to fund it too! So, it’s fun to remember that while helping to select the bands for the Shakori Hills GrassRoots Festival. It’s basically the same thing, just on a much bigger level. Getting to share music I love with people I care about is one of the greatest things about my life. Watching festival people fall in love with bands is the best reward I could receive for the work I do. Here are some bands that you may not have heard of that are playing with us this spring…check them out now and love them at the festival!
If you’re looking for a new favorite local band, do yourself a favor and find Rebekah Todd & The Odyssey. When she was first introduced to me, I thought she was a talented singer-songwriter with a soothing voice and sweet songs. We knew she had a good amount of fans and thought she’d be a great local band to put on the bill. THEN I saw her live! That girl has SOUL! And on top of that, she’s just a good soul and loves doing what she does, and it shows. Rebekah Todd plays with her band, The Odyssey, on Sunday in the Grove at 11am.
Ok, guilty pleasure alert, I watch The Voice. Amid a lot of “talent” shows on tv, it actually seems that this one really cares about the artists. Plus, it’s fun to watch singers and musicians come into their own because of a bit of a confidence builder. My favorite act on the show so far has been Sarah Potenza, so when we found out she had some GrassRoots connections, we knew it was fate to have her with us. Sarah’s got soul too, some say she’s like a country Janice. Her hard work in Nashville has paid off, and Blake Shelton hasn’t been the only one to notice her. See Sarah and her husband Ian Crossman on Saturday in the Grove at 9:30pm and Sunday in the Meadow at 1:45pm.
Danay was supposed to be with us last fall but her plans changed, so we had to delay our excitement about sharing her with our NC friends. She’s been with us twice in Miami, and is a pretty magical experience. From Havana, Suarez definitely brings the breezy island sound with her, with a great voice and beautiful, sultry presence. Her traditional Cuban sound blends seamlessly with her socially conscious and poetic lyrics. It’s somewhat rare to hear hop-hop at GrassRoots, but it’s also rare you hear hip-hop like this.
DISHOOM, Birdgherl, & Bless Your Heart
If it’s a dance party you’re looking for, this is the festival for you! We’ve got some great folks visiting us from the Bull City (Durham) who will be in the Cabaret Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights. Thursday & Friday nights are STACKED Dance Parties featuring Bless Your Heart both nights, joined by Birdgherl on Friday. Stacked is a Triangle-based dance party series where proceeds from each event go to support organizations working in social and food justice in our community. Check out the organization and some amazing beats, and be prepared to get close and sweaty! On Saturday night we bring back the international dance party of DISHOOM. Learn moves you didn’t’ even know you could do and dance to new worlds with Bollywood, Bhangra, electro, hip-hop, trap, dancehall, house, reggaeton and more alongside live drums and amazing visuals.
A Taste of Miami…
This Spring, we have such a huge Miami presence. Miami possesses a rich musical scene and we’ve been extremely lucky to get to know some of its greatest examples and share not only music, but the festival itself, with some talented, amazing people. Do not miss out on our Miami friends’ sets, they’ll make you dance, for sure, and they might make you come visit them at home with us next February! They include Locos Por Juana (Dance Tent, Thu 11:45pm & Fri, Meadow 8:15pm), Tamboka (Meadow, Thu 6:30pm; Carson’s Grove, Sat 5:30pm; & Dance Tent, Sun 4:30), FABI (Dance Tent, Sat 9:30pm & Meadow, Sun 4pm), Uma Galera (Carson’s Grove, Fri 11:30pm & Meadow, Sat 2:15pm), Cortadito & Friends (Dance Tent, Sun noon), Nag Champayons (Dance Tent, Sat 6:45pm & Meadow Stage, Sun 5:45pm).
Here’s a video from Tamboka to get you excited…
Happy Shakori, y’all!
Love & Peace,
Shakori Hills GrassRoots Festival of Music & Dance Co-Coordinator