Shakori Hills Festival Returns to the Tarheel State

PC: Krysten Heberly

Krysten Heberly

As many students are spending their nights in the Jackson Library, preparing for the upcoming exam season that lies ahead, many musicians are re-stringing their guitars and tuning up their drum kits. With less than a month left, these musicians are preparing for the Shakori Hills GrassRoots Festival of Music and Dance, a four day festival for music and arts that takes place in Pittsboro, North Carolina.

Shakori Hills takes place twice a year in North Carolina and is hosted by New York natives Donna the Buffalo. This year, the event will last from Thursday, May 2, until Sunday, May 5.

The festival boasts over fifty bands and performers this spring, with genres ranging from bluegrass to bass music. Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, who headline the spring festival, seamlessly fuse blues vocals, rock n roll guitar and some classical country influences to create a sound that is truly unique.

Other bands featured in the festival include Root Shock, Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad, Sophistafunk and crowd favorite, Dr. Bacon. These performers and more will be scattered through the grounds on four separate stages, allowing visitors to experience the magic of many genres of music throughout the four day festival.

With a focus on sustainability and art, the festival also boasts much more than just music. There are introductory dance classes ranging from swing to salsa, a parade, yoga classes, craft vendors and some of the best local food you can find in the Tarheel State. We here at the Carolinian can truly attest to the tastiness of Kerala Curry.

Shakori Hills also offers camping on the festival grounds, for a true music festival experience. However, if camping is not for you, all of the events are a convenient fifty minute drive from campus, making all of the festivities an easy day trip away.

If you are looking for a way to unwind following this semester’s exam season, Shakori Hills is the perfect place to relax, dance and to really immerse yourself in the weird and the wonderful.

You can find more information about Shakori Hills at their website, Make sure to check out The Carolinian’s past coverage of the event at our website as well.

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