Fall 2019 Music Workshops
All Music Workshops take place on the Front Porch Stage, located at the farm house. Dance Workshops are held in the Dance Tent.
Enjoy intimate music workshops given by artists you will see throughout the weekend on much larger stages.
Stop by the Front Porch randomly because you never know who will be jamming at unscheduled times. You can even bring a song, poem, or performance piece of your own to share—there will be some open mic time!
Thank you to Ed Witkin & Robert Long for stewarding the Front Porch Stage and holding safe space for magical musical creation!
Improvisational Workshop with Annie in the Water
Front Porch, Friday, 4:00 p.m.
At the core of any strong live act lies their inherent skill to work on the fly, to improvise and build special, unique moments that lock the listener into a trance. It’s easy to noodle, but hard to build those cohesive moments that transcend expectations and leave your crowd screaming for encore after encore. Join the boys of Annie in the Water to explore the skills and techniques required to take your jams to the next level.
Singing Saw Workshop with Crystal Bright
Front Porch, Friday, 6:00 p.m.
Without fail, you can always command a crowd’s attention by bringing out a musical saw. There’s something inherently magical about an artist’s ability to take a tool that most only associate with hard labor and turn it into a mystical instrument that brings an otherworldly ethos to your music. Join local pop powerhouse Crystal Bright for a lesson in how to utilize the singing saw, and be sure to catch her later in the day where she puts it to use in her own entrancing music!
Exploration of Latin Rhythms with Tumbao
Front Porch, Saturday, 1:00 p.m.
The heart of Shakori Hills GrassRoots lies in musical exploration, whether it be new musical styles or entirely different cultures, one can always expand their horizons on the farm. What better opportunity to widen your musical expertise than with one of the Triangle’s hottest up-and-coming international acts, Tumbao. Join frontman Diego Avilez and members of the band for a deep dive into the rhythmic foundations of Latin music and maybe you’ll learn how to get that swing into tunes of your own.
Carribean Rhythms Workshop with The Saturators
Front Porch, Saturday, 5:00 p.m.
The Saturators music is an amalgamation of all things funky, so you definitely won’t want to miss this session. Landing somewhere between Afrobeat and Reggaeton, The Saturators music brings dance-ready rhythms to the people while employing rhythmic structures from a wide array of cultures. Dive into a world filled with polyrhythms and syncopation as the band members of The Saturators expand upon how to bring the Carribean funk!
View the full festival performance schedule.
Photo by: Zach Poe