In April 2003 our community pulled together, against all wet and muddy odds, the first Shakori Hills GrassRoots Festival of Music & Dance. Though the inclement weather negatively affected attendance, it did create a fast bond between attendees, volunteers, and staff, as well as building a solid base for this wonderful event.
In 2004 we decided to add a fall festival, and with two GrassRoots Festivals each year, we continue to grow and have been given great support and acclaim from the diverse folks of central North Carolina.
At every moment the festival is taking place, there are many exciting and educational things to do, and we invite the whole family to participate. There are two specific areas dedicated to the younger crowd: a Kids’ Area with games, crafts, and workshops and The Outpost, which is a space for teenagers to interact, be themselves and to learn in a fun way from multiple workshops and activities. Interactive workshops offered for all ages include everything from how to play the fiddle, to movement classes, to seminars on current green issues affecting the world around us. The festival also provides a great venue for local food and craft vendors to display and sell their wares. We support our local nonprofit community by offering space to area groups to set up a booth or table and to share their mission with festival attendees. We also partner with two local businesses, The Pittsboro Center for Natural Medicine and the Joy of Movement Studios in the festival’s Healing Arts Area.
And, of course, there is the music…we have four stages: an intimate Cabaret Tent, a Dance Tent, and two large outdoor stages, The Meadow Stage and Carson’s Grove Stage, where artists of many genres, backgrounds, and cultures share their talents. Folks come to listen to their favorite band but nearly always leave with many new discoveries of previously unheard talents. Each fall and spring GrassRoots Festival of Music & Dance hosts at least fifty performing groups of varying genres including: Old-Time, Zydeco, Bluegrass, Salsa, African, Latin, Cajun, Reggae, Americana and more.
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