From October 4-7 (once again conveniently falling on NC State's Fall Break!) acts like The Wailers, Steep Canyon Rangers, Suénalo and Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue will be leading a field of festival goers in uninhibited dance, song, and laughter. A family friendly event, Shakori Hills offers workshops for adults and children alike, but there are some particularly striking Front Porch Workshops this year. On Friday, Jonathan Scales (the steel-pan visionary from Asheville) will be putting on a Steel Pan Percussion Workshop, one that should be absolutely tantalizing. I talked with Jonathan for a bit after his show at Broad St. Social Club in New Bern and he showed some of us the basics of playing steel pan, it's a seemingly complex system that Scales can make look effortless. Two mores enticing workshops comes on Saturday with Unknown Tongues leading a cajun workshop, and Driftwood following shortly after with an Oldtime Music Workshop.
|Shakori Hills Fall 2011|
However, workshops and parades aside the festival has one of it's strongest lineups in recent memory. With The Wailers and Steep Canyon Rangers both playing on Sunday the festival has their big names stacked for the final day of the festival, but the first three days are just as great as Sunday. While the festival has some favorites like the latin jazz band, Suénalo that blew my mind in the spring, I'm also incredibly excited for the Shakori debut of River Whyless. An evening set on the Meadow Stage is a fantastic way to jump head first into Shakori, and River Whyless will fit in perfectly. Acts like Mipso, Driftwood and Elephant Revival are just a few of the many acts that will be playing multiple sets throughout the weekend. With so many overlapping sets it's great to be able to sacrifice a set from a band you really want to see, but have an opportunity to do so two or three more times. A truly stress free festival environment! Tickets for Shakori Hills are still available at $95 on their website, but after October 1 the price goes up to $100. Single day tickets are also available at $20 for Thursday, $30 for Friday, $40 for Saturday and $20 for Sunday. But quite frankly, I know I'll be attending all four days of each festival in the spring and the fall. It's been too excellent for me not too!
Throughout the next two weeks we'll be posting previews for the artists we're most excited to see at the festival, leading up to our full itinerary of Shakori weekend. You can check out the full Shakori lineup below:
Thursday, October 4
Driftwood, YARN, Elephant Revival, Donna the Buffalo, Ayr Mountaineers, The Morning After, Rosie Ledet & The Zydeco Playboys, Mipso, Songs of Water, Laura Thurston Band, Big Cosmo, Shannon Whitworth, Locust Honey
Friday, October 5
Tara Nevins & Jeb Puryear, Shannon Whitworth, River Whyless, Driftwood, Trombone Shorty, Suenalo, Tensegrity Practice, Hooping Workshop, Ayr Mountaineers, Locust Honey, Kelley & The Cowboys, Elephant Revival, Preston Frank w/Donna the Buffalo, Randy Dean Whitt, Hoots & Hellmouth, Jacob Jeffries Band, LiLa, Lakota John, Jonathan Scales Fourchestra, Mason’s Apron, Casey Driessen, Big Cosmo
Billy Two Rivers, The Mighty Sanfordaires, Deer Clan Singers, Lost in the Trees, Rupa & The April Fishes, Donna the Buffalo, Fatoumata Diawara, ArtOfficial, Wildcat Creek, Unknown Tongues, Elastic Bond, J.P. Harris & The Tough Choices, Suénalo, Cane Creek Cloggers, Casey Dreissen, Green Grass Cloggers, Driftwood, Footworks Percussive Dance Ensemble, Mipso, Randford Almond, Billy Jonas, Crys Matthews, Jacob Jeffries Band, Red June
Sunday, October 7