The Shakori Hills Vinyl Lounge features local DJs spinning tunes the old fashioned way, between sets on the Meadow Stage. With a beer stand right alongside, it’s the perfect place to mellow out with friends and dance to timeless grooves. (Near the Meadow Stage, throughout the festival) Catch the Vinyl Lounge All-Star Dance Party on Friday in the Cabaret at 11:00. (On Facebook @grassrootsvinyllounge)
With a background running successful record shops in both his native England and in New York City, Dominic is a long time collector and versatile selector who now resides in Raleigh. His sets favor a mod atheistic that utilize Garage, Psychedelia, Funky Soul, Latin Jazz and just about anything else that’s tasty.
Following his long running radio program at WHPK in Chicago, exploring Jamaica’s “riddim” phenomenon, Benja has relocated to the Triangle in recent years, where he turns his focus to the vinyl format at live appearances. His version excursions navigate the origin and development of these rhythms beginning at the legendary Treasure Isle and Studio One in the sixties, on through the whole of Reggae’s classic years. In addition to his array of mixes online, he is the owner/operator of Riddim Macka Soundsystem – a traditional Jamaican style hi-fi stack built from scratch. For more info, links to his mixes and an extensive riddim database, check out www.algoriddim.org.
Based in the Bull City, Craig spins the best in Soul. With a background in the music business and successful DIY promotion, he has years of experience as a working record buyer and boasts a serious collection of his own. From Motown hits to Northern Soul obscurities, he plays all original 45 RPM singles from the golden era of America’s music.
As a musician, selector and founder of the Grassroots Vinyl Lounge, Caleb showcases forgotten Soul, Funk, Disco and more at each and every Grassroots festival location. He can otherwise be found spinning at parties and sessions near home in Carrboro.
Spinning vinyl since 1989, Ras J is a veteran selector with over two decades of experience. His groundbreaking 1990s radio show ‘Ewadjo’ on WECS in Connecticut featured live dub mixes and freestyle sessions, one of the first of its kind in the country. He has opened for Steel Pulse, Buju Banton, the Wailers, Culture and the Budos Band, and currently hosts two of the longest running 100% vinyl parties in North Carolina, Simmer Down and Soul Deep. His festival sets at Shakori Hills include forays into psychedelic rock, soul and funk, while his passion remains classic roots and bass heavy reggae.
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As an avid and wide traveling collector of original and rare pressings from around the world, Brennan spins predominantly Jamaica’s music, including all the classic eras of the island’s tunes: Ska, Rocksteady, Reggae and Dub. He also mixes other themed sets that include Peruvian Cumbia, or “Chicha” music and funky rhythms from Suriname. Tune in to his programs on WXYC 89.3 Chapel Hill or find them on Mixcloud.