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Donna the Buffalo’s Shakori Hills GrassRoots Festival of Music and Dance returns to Chatham County, North Carolina, on Oct. 5-8, 2017

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The annual fall Shakori Hills GrassRoots Festival of Music & Dance, set for Thursday, Oct. 5 to Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017, features more than 50 bands and performers on four stages surrounded by 72 acres of verdant farmland in bucolic Chatham County, North Carolina – just down the road from Chapel Hill, Raleigh, Durham, Burlington and Greensboro.

This year’s impressive lineup includes the Beats Antique, Donna the Buffalo, Elephant Revival, Locos Por Juana, Seratones, LADAMA, Zach Deputy, The Lee Boys, Preston Frank, Sarah Shook & The Disarmers, Phil Cook & The Guitarheels, Diali Cissokho & Kaira Ba, Dr. Bacon, Amanda Anne Platt & The Honeycutters, Urban Soil, Dangermuffin, Son Viajero, The Amateurs, Travers Brothership, Rebekah Todd & The Odyssey, Big Wondeful Variety Show, Dark Water Rising, Imagine Circus, The Flow Jo, Fireside Collective, Paperhand Puppet Intervention, John Howie & Rosewood Bluff, Shakori Hills Junior Applalacian Musicians (JAM) Kids, WarPaint, Bulltown Strutters, Emily Musolino, Hoppin’ John Presents: Square Dance, Grey Seal Puppets, Onyx Club Boys, Green Grass Cloggers, Mamis & The Papis, Pinkerton Raid, The Oblations, Tan & Sober Gentlemen, I,Star, Lobo Marino, The Outboards, Ecstatic Dance Party, ReVonda Crow, Voodoo Circuit, Cuzco, Shakori Hills Vinyl Lounge. Plus our incredible Music Maker Revue acts: Cool John Ferguson, Pat ‘Mother Blues’ Cohen, Harvey Arnold and James Norwood, & The Glorifying Vines Sisters.

In addition, the festival, hosted by Donna the Buffalo, features local crafts, food, children’s activities, healing arts practitioners, dancing and music workshops, environmental sustainability forums and much more in a family-friendly setting, according to organizers.

MerleFest and FloydFest fans are no strangers to Donna the Buffalo,  a venerable band featuring a blend of roots music that incorporates numerous genres, including rock, reggae, Cajun, folk, country and more. The upstate New York quintet, which has been playing for audiences since 1989,  is made up of Jeb Puryear (vocals, electric guitar), Tara Nevins (vocals, guitar, fiddle, accordion, scrubboard), David McCracken (Hammond B3 organ, Hohner Clavinet & piano), Kyle Spark (bass) and Mark Raudabaugh (drums).

Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival, according to its website, “has a strong obligation to take care of our community and our world. We do this by promoting arts education in the area, by supporting other local non-profits, and by offering environmental education opportunities at our festival. We are run with the help of the community and our wonderful volunteers.”

Tickets for the festival held at 1439 Henderson Tanyard Road in Pittsboro are on sale now and available by phone (919- 542-8142) or at On-site camping is available and kids 12 and younger are free with a paying adult.


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