, , , ,


shakori hills

Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival of Music & Dance

Shakori Hills is just one more thing I love about living in Pittsboro! This was the first time I attended this four-day camping music festival. (Although I wrote a book about another four-day camping music festival–read more about my Bonnaroo book.) I am excited that Shakori Hills is twice per year. October is the next one!

Driftwood The Band

Driftwood at Shakori 2014

I did not camp at Shakori – I would be up for it with a rain-free forecast! It is too convenient living just 10 minutes from the festival site, so going to hear music and coming home to domestic comforts is hard to pass up. Also, I did not attend every day of the festival. We went Thursday night to hear a band I discovered last summer when they performed at the Haw River Ballroom in Saxapahaw (which is one of the best music venues). Driftwood is fantastic. Here’s a video of one of my favorite songs of theirs “Before I Rust” performed at the fest last year. Claire, the singer, reminds me of Janis Joplin:

Friday = no fest. LOTS of deadlines.


Mud didn’t change the music!

We went back to the festival on Saturday after it rained…which meant lots of mud! We expected this and had our boots and rain gear ready for more. More Driftwood! Leyla McCalla, poetry slam, delish festival food, and Ben Sollee.

leyla mccalla shakori

Leyla McCalla’s latest album is a tribute to Langston Hughes.

poetry slam

Poetry Slam time!

Ben Sollee dancer

Ben Sollee’s dancers.

Ben Sollee Shakori

Rockin’ cellist Ben Sollee.

We did not return to the festival on Sunday, instead we had writer friends over for brunch. One of which has missed the deadline for his book manuscript, which the publisher expected 3 days ago!

What can you expect at the second Shakori of 2014 this fall? No line-up announced yet…but start the rumors now: Poetry on Demand is imminent. Booth applications are due this summer and the deadline is on my calendar.