We are very excited to offer locally made beer and wine for sale at two locations at the festival this fall! Both bars will be open every afternoon at the festival! Stop by, have a brew, support your local breweries and wineries as well as the Shakori Hills Community Arts Center! No need to waste gas on a beer run, we’ve got all you need right here! Beer will be served at the Lil’ Coffee Barn (top of the Carson’s Grove hill) and at the shack located in the center of the food court (formerly Merchandise Barn).
Special props to our wineries and breweries:
There is nothing like the first morning when the humidity lifts and somehow the world can be seen and felt more clearly through the thinner air. In the fall, change – the inevitability and beauty of it – is tangible. The mists of summer clear and we feel more energetic, inspired to begin projects that were put off, to continue with our lessons, or go back to the fields.
The circle of time is no more evident than in autumn’s arrival. The Earth is headed toward the darkness of winter, but still has much life in her. She sprouts out the last tomatoes and then the gourds, the sweet potatoes, the juicy beets, the earthy, sturdy, vitamin-rich blessings that equip us to move into slower times. The leaves begin to turn. We wake up from our summer naps to the reds, yellows, and oranges, and remember just how alive we are, how alive the earth is around us, and the work we must do to keep it so.
The harvest will not appear without the work of the farmer, her hands dirty and calloused – but she still loves the smell of the wind over her fields and the sound of her family’s laughter over the table. It is the same with community – both local and beyond – the work is hard, but the benefits are generous and life-giving.
We must work to maintain relationships with those who are different than us. How boring would the world be if we all believed the same thing, acted the same way? We must work to heal the Earth, the home that we all share. Use our hands and voices to both fix what wrongs that have been done and stop future damage. We must work to end conflicts, to lay down arms, to turn machine guns into shovels. It is hard work, but it will lead to harvest.
Here at Shakori Hills, through the festivals and the dreams of the growing Community Arts Center, we are aware of the work that has been done and all the work yet left to do. We look at the beautiful community around us, the work people do to help others and the offerings we are so lucky to have. Our fellow farmers and harvesters, what a joy to do this work together! We are here to celebrate that work. To take a break from it and acknowledge each other’s burdens while helping each other to carry them.
We must all continue the work. But there will be that morning when we wake up, smell the autumn air, and know that the work has paid off, that the harvest has come in, that we have done what we are here to do, together. And to celebrate…we will dance.
Love and Peace,
Shakori Hills GrassRoots Festival Co-Coordinator
The 3rd Hops & Roots Fest will be held at Shakori Hills over Labor Day weekend (September 1st) 2012. See their website for more details. We hope you can make it!
On Saturday, August 18th The Shakori Hills Community Arts Center will be holding our 3rd Annual North Carolina Stars in the Round Fundraiser. It will be the perfect way to spend a summer night with old friends and festival family! All proceeds will go toward the purchase of the land for the arts center. Once SHCAC owns the land, we’ll have more freedom and infrastructure to carry on our mission of being a center for arts education and community building for Chatham County and beyond.
The evening’s highlight will be a singer-songwriter circle featuring Andrew Marlin (of Mandolin Orange), Greg Humphreys (of Hobex), Lynn Blakey (of Tres Chicas), Christy Smith (of The Tender Fruit), Lizzy Ross, Randy Dean Whitt, Crys Matthews, and Alex Hall. Each songwriter will share their unique musical talents one song at a time, then pass the mic to the next. With this lineup of unique musicians, there should be some very special musical moments!
After the circle, Chapel Hill’s The Ayr Mountaineers will share their summery brand of sweet Americana. This band has been coming to Shakori Hills in some form since the beginning, and we’re excited to have them as part of our musical family.
There will be pizza from the Shakori Hills Pizza Shack, beer from Carolina Brewery, local ice cream, and the Lil’ Coffee Barn will be open with coffee and snacks. This is a family-friendly event (kids 12 and under are free), and all are welcome to camp overnight on Saturday.
To find out more about the effort to buy the land, visit shakorihills.org.
Location: Shakori Hills – 1439 Henderson Tanyard Road – Pittsboro, NC 27312
Time: Gates at 5pm show at 7pm
Tickets: $10 advance / $15 day of show at gate
Ticket link: https://grassrootsstore.org/store/home.php?cat=250
Info link: http://shakorihills.org/events/nc-stars-in-the-round/
Contact: 919-542-1746 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Want to find out how you or your friends can help purchase the land at Shakori Hills for the Shakori Hills Community Arts Center? Visit the SHCAC website and read all about it. The site has been updated and we think it’s just beautiful, so go, hang out, read up on what’s going on, and stay tuned for updates…
The Wild Goose Festival will be taking place at Shakori Hills from June 21-24. This is the event’s second time here and we are excited to again be their host. Looking forward to some great music, neat folks, and exploring ideas at the intersection of justice, spirituality and art.
Come out to NC Hops & Roots Fest on May 26th! It’s a celebration of local beer, wine, food, and music. Take advantage of advanced ticket prices now through May 19th!
Notes from the other desk…
If you work on booking a festival, you can’t really talk about which bands are your favorites. I am not lying, however, when I say that there’s something that I love about every single one of the bands playing this spring’s festival, and there are lots of bands that I’m really thrilled about having here. I decided, though, that I wanted to share a few that I am most excited about introducing to our audience. Here at Shakori Hills, it’s important to us not only to have great music, but also to share great music that most folks who attend the festival would never have heard otherwise.
Here are a few that you probably haven’t heard of before, why I think you won’t soon forget them, and why they embody our little GrassRoots world.
Blitz the Ambassador – Meadow, Sat. Midnight
Soon after I was introduced to the music of Blitz, I found out that a friend and another great Shakori Hills artist, Pierce Freelon was also a fan. Pierce and his band The Beast already had a plan to bring Blitz to the area, so we worked together and are both really excited about his performances both at Shakori and at UNC. The fact that Blitz’s friends also include Chuck D. and Les Nubians, make him all the more interesting. Blitz has incredible progressive lyrics, his rapping style is mesmerizing, and his band is just fantastic. His life, from Ghana to Brooklyn, his conscious and forward thinking, and his musical talent create the perfect combination of musical stories, and he has many to tell. Blitz the Ambassador’s way of merging the music of his African homeland – djembes and koras not forgotten – with the spoken word poetry that hip hop can become make his sound accessible while at the same time inspiring our minds to reach beyond what we thought possible.
A lyric about comparing himself to the likes of Hugh Masekela and Fela Kuti “bridging the gap…playing the djembe with a fedora” made me smile and the decision to bring him to our GrassRoots festival complete. Keeping great music alive, bringing it to younger generations, putting your own twist on it, that’s what we’re all about here.
“Best I Can” from Native Sun
Elephant Revival -Meadow, Fri. 10:15pm and Sat. 4:15pm
Indie or “Transcendental” folk group from Nederland, Colorado, Elephant Revival, will likely be a musical experience that even the well-heeled, string-drowned crowd here in the land of fiddlers’ conventions and the birthplace of bluegrass and old-time will call new and different. They seem to float in with their traditional instruments, simple yet attractive looks, and ethereal voices and give us something on which to be transported. So, while a photo makes them seem like any old back-porch roots act, their music will prove otherwise. Come ready for the journey.
People tell me that their live show is better than their recorded music, all the more reason to look very much forward to seeing them on the Shakori Hills GrassRoots stages. From their bio: Elaborating on Elephant Revival’s live shows, independent film director Mike Eberle explains, “When I hear Elephant Revival I am struck by my inability to define it. I am forced to confront the music as it is, connecting to it with a virgin spirit of mind. Consequently it feels like I am experiencing music and all its joys for the very first time.”
Again, “experiencing music and all its joys for the very first time” – what we’re all about.
“Remembering a Beginning”
Old Man Luedecke – Cabaret, Friday 6pm; Frontporch Songwriting Workshop, Sat. noon; Grove, Sun. 1:30pm
It was years ago, soon after being laid off from a job I actually loved, that a friend who lived in Canada sent me a mix cd with a song called “I Quit My Job” on it by a guy named Old Man Luedecke. The guy, also from Canada – Nova Scotia to be exact – sang some of the best lyrics I’d ever heard about how much more to life there is than jobs and paychecks and the daily grind. “Take your heart’s candle, and re-light it,” he says in “I Quit My Job,” “…you can always live on rice and potatoes.”
A few years and two albums later, Old Man Luedecke is still singing about the important things in life. With his banjo on his knee, a gentle spirit, and a folksinger’s view of the world, this Juno Award winning songwriter channels Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger but brings his own light to an old craft.
Old Man Luedecke’s official bio says that he’s “equally at home on festival main stages, theatres and living rooms, he can hold court in the occasional indie rock bar.” Sounds kind of perfect for our crowd here in North Carolina. Relighting your heart’s candle is another thing we like to do here at Shakori Hills.
“The Rear Guard” from My Hands Are on Fire and Other Love Songs
Rubblebucket – Dance Tent, Thurs. 11pm
Rumored to be Trey Anastasio’s favorite band, Rubblebucket will wow Phish fans, but just as likely knock the socks off of the most stoic hipster in the middle of his yawn. I saw them first at Virginia’s Floyd Fest last summer and as they ran through the crowded meadow with fluorescent ribbons and crazy outfits, I knew they’d have to make a trip to Shakori Hills.
A solid band with horns and all, and led by a charismatic young female (her name is Kalmia AND she plays the tenor and bari sax), Rubblebucket will have the crowd dancing and moving close to get a good view. They are definitely as much fun to watch as they are to hear.
And Paste says this, which I can’t help but love: “Joyous jungles of worldly pop-funk, instrumentally rich but catchy enough to @$$-kick Katy Perry off the pop charts (in a just world)—mega-melodic without sacrificing an ounce of atmosphere or creativity.”
On a cold February Sunday night in Miami at Virginia Key Beach Park, some GrassRoots Festival attendees got a great preview of what this band will be bringing to the festival this spring.
Bands that blow everyone’s minds in the Dance Tent – what we’re all about.
“Breatherz” from Live in Chicago
Speaking of which, we held our first annual Virginia Key GrassRoots Festival in Miami in February and we are very excited to bring a few of our new Miami friends up here to North Carolina. This spring, check out Suenalo, Equanimus Minds (back to back on Saturday night in the Dance Tent for a Miami dance party), and Raffa & Rainer. Be sure to check the Fall 2012 lineup for more Miami guests. We’re 4 festivals a year now, one for every season!
Enjoy it all, dance, share, love, experience…
Shakori Hills GrassRoots Festival co-Coordinator
A five thousand year cycle marked by the Maya calendar is ending/restarting- 2012 -now! What is our plan?
It would be so fun to be solving problems such as energy needs, housing and food with creativity and sustainability- redesigning for abundance! The US military is the numero-uno consumer of energy in the world, just transforming the number one user into the number one producer of energy would be wise, no? How about soldiers building windmills and installing solar panels on all the buildings in America? Maybe if we offered the same to Iran we might not have to fight WWW-III over oil…
Are we brave enough to change here in America? Do we still have the guts? We still have the guns… Would God be on our side? I think so! A garden of Eden is an example of where we want to be. Let’s garden! Let’s learn, let’s sing, and dance, and Love!
Our ability to Love is so boundless! We can love the Earth and every living thing on it and honor them, live in harmony with them, and be grateful for their gifts of abundance. Perhaps it is hardest to love our fellow man, to make the effort to understand who they are and where they are coming from and to see we are in this together and what enriches our fellow beings enriches us all.
You are in this world to be the best you can be, to polish your spirit and to Bloom! A flaming Orchid with silver wings of perception, unfurled to journey forth into infinity! Do not be waylaid by materialism and greed; to share is to be good and being good will make your spirit shine with beauty. Love and be Loved.
GrassRoots Festival co-coordinator