Fall Shakori Hills GrassRoots 2012 to Bring Top American Roots and World Music Acts to Pittsboro in North Carolina

Fatoumata Diawara
The 9th Annual Fall Shakori Hills GrassRoots Festival of Music & Dance begins this Thursday, October 4th and runs through Sunday, the 7th. The festival will present more than 50 bands and performers on two big outdoor stages, a large Dance Tent, and an intimate Cabaret Tent. The festival takes place on 72 beautiful farmland acres at 1439 Henderson Tanyard Road in Silk Hope, North Carolina, near Chapel Hill, Raleigh, Durham, Burlington, and Greensboro.

The line-up this year includes rising world music acts Fatoumata Diawara, Rupa & The April Fishes and legendary reggae band The Wailers. Other featured acts include: Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Donna the Buffalo, Preston Frank, Driftwood, Suénalo, YARN, Elephant Revival, Steep Canyon Rangers, Rosie Ledet & The Zydeco Playboys, Lost In the Trees, Hoots & Hellmouth, J.P. Harris & The Tough Choices, Shannon Whitworth, Casey Driessen, and ArtOfficial.

Local favorites include: LiLa, Songs of Water, Mipso, Deer Clan Singers, The Mighty Sanfordaires, Ayr Mountaineers, Big Fat Gap, Carolina Lightning, Paperhand Puppet Intervention, Music From the Gathering Church, Crys Matthews, Mason’s Apron, Randy Dean Whitt, The Morning After, Little Root, Bulltown Strutters, and Cane Creek Cloggers.

Other great acts on the bill: Kelley & The Cowboys, Red June, Big Cosmo, Elastic Bond, Jonathan Scales Fourchestra, Footworks Percussive Dance Ensemble, Jacob Jeffries Band, Unknown Tongues, Green Grass Cloggers, Laura Thurston Band, River Whyless, Ben Miller Band, Locust Honey, Billy Jonas, Joe Bell & The Stinging Blades, and more.

Shakori Hills GrassRoots Festival also features local crafts, delicious food, various children’s activities, environmental sustainability workshops, and much more in a family-friendly environment.

Festival tickets are on sale now and available by phone and at shakorihillsgrassroots.org/tickets-info. Four-day passes are $95 in advance and $100 at the gate. Youth 4-day passes are $55. Kids 12 and under are free. Day passes are $25 (Thurs), $35 (Fri), $45 (Sat), and $25 (Sun). Youth prices (13-15) are $12, $17, $20, and $12. Tent camping is $10 per tent and vehicle camping is $50 in advance and $60 at the gate.

More information at http://www.shakorihillsgrassroots.org

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