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Shakori Hills GrassRoots Festival announces full lineup for Fall 2018

It’s not too late to get tickets to the fall Shakori Hills GrassRoots Festival of Music & Dance featuring Lettuce, Donna the Buffalo, Yarn, Caleb Caudle, Urban Soil and Shiloh Hill, just to mention a few. Visit https://shakorihillsgrassroots.org/

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Shakori Hills GrassRoots Festival of Music & Dance has announced the fall lineup for the event happening Oct. 4 – 7, 2018, on 72 acres outside of Pittsboro, North Carolina, just outside the Triangle. Blue Ridge Outdoor Magazine ranks Shakori Hills as one of the best festivals of 2018.

Lettuce will make a rare North Carolina festival appearance as will the Grammy-nominated Latin group Locos Por Juana.

Festival founders Donna the Buffalo will perform a headlining set Friday night and sets during the weekend with Zydeco elder statesman Preston Frank on accordion. Ryan Montbleau will treat the crowds to a solo set while Consider the Source will play hybrid acoustic.

Meanwhile, Durham-native G Yamazawa, a rapper and poet whose song “North Cack” rose to No. 3 on Spotify’s “Viral 50” chart last year, will make his first visit to Shakori Hills, as will rising Americana star Sierra Ferrell. 

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The Kruger Brothers’ Carolina in the Fall 2018 announces expanded lineup

It’s looking like a beautiful weekend for The Kruger Brothers’ festival, Carolina in the Fall, featuring a fabulous lineup of some of my personal favorites — Jim Lauderdale, Front Country, Humming House, The Kruger Brothers, The Steel Wheels, Fireside Collective, Hank, Pattie and the Current and Will Easter — so make sure you get on out there and check it out!

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This just in from the good folks over at Carolina in the Fall Music and Food Festival:

The fourth annual Carolina in the Fall Music and Food Festival set for Sept. 21-22, 2018, in downtown Wilkesboro, North Carolina, has expanded its powerful lineup of entertainment to include The Secret SistersJim LauderdaleFront Country and Humming House, among others. These artists will join festival hosts The Kruger Brothers and The Steel WheelsThe RooseveltsFireside CollectiveThe ContendersSnyder Family BandThe Arcadian WildNikki Talley and more than 100 other musicians, chefs, vintners and craft beer brewers from the region.

The complete lineup is available online at www.carolinainthefall.org.

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8th annual Apex Music Festival Redo set for Saturday, Oct. 27, to feature The Gravy Boys, Shawn Mullins, Lauren Nicole

The 2018 Apex Music Festival Redo is rescheduled for Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018, starting at 2 p.m. All tickets purchased for the original date will be honored on the new date.

From the good folks at the festival: “Hurricane Florence caused us to reschedule the Apex Music Festival to Oct 27, 2018. The weather will be cooler, the music just as fantastic, with Food Trucks, Craft Beer, Wine, Vendors and Street Art. Come join us for the 2018 Apex Music Festival Redo!”

Now in its eighth year, the Apex Music Festival attracts thousands of fans to historic Downtown Apex, North Carolina, to enjoy live music, street vendors, food trucks, beer and wine and an eclectic mix of shops and restaurants.

Two outdoor stages and one indoor theater will host a variety of acts from local, regional and national performers from many musical genres, including Rock, Folk, R&B, Country, Pop and Americana and more. Local food trucks will feature unique food choices in addition to the several indoor offerings from local restaurants and taverns near the festival grounds. There will be a variety of beer stations offering a mix of craft beers from local breweries. Proceeds from the festival will go to Guardian Angel Thrift to assist them in their mission to support Alzheimer’s research.

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The eighth annual Apex Music Festival is set for Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018, in downtown Apex, North Carolina. Featured acts include The Gravy Boys, Lauren Nicole, Beth Wood, Shawn Mullins, and many more.

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8th annual Apex Music Festival to feature The Gravy Boys, Shawn Mullins, Lauren Nicole on Sept. 15, 2018

The eighth annual Apex Music Festival is set for Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018, in downtown Apex, North Carolina. Featured acts include The Gravy Boys, Lauren Nicole, Beth Wood, Shawn Mullins, and many more. Continue reading


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Shakori Hills GrassRoots Festival announces full lineup for Fall 2018

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Shakori Hills GrassRoots Festival of Music & Dance has announced the fall lineup for the event happening Oct. 4 – 7, 2018, on 72 acres outside of Pittsboro, North Carolina, just outside the Triangle. Blue Ridge Outdoor Magazine ranks Shakori Hills as one of the best festivals of 2018.

Lettuce will make a rare North Carolina festival appearance as will the Grammy-nominated Latin group Locos Por Juana.

Festival founders Donna the Buffalo will perform a headlining set Friday night and sets during the weekend with Zydeco elder statesman Preston Frank on accordion. Ryan Montbleau will treat the crowds to a solo set while Consider the Source will play hybrid acoustic.

Meanwhile, Durham-native G Yamazawa, a rapper and poet whose song “North Cack” rose to No. 3 on Spotify’s “Viral 50” chart last year, will make his first visit to Shakori Hills, as will rising Americana star Sierra Ferrell. Rolling Stone described Ferrell’s singing as a blend of, “folk, country, and ragtime, in a tone that has the foggy warmth of a photograph.”

And some of my personal favorites including Yarn, Caleb Caudle and folk-rock Shiloh Hill, a Winston-Salem-based band, will make its Shakori Hills debut this fall. I just released a first listen of the band’s latest video here  and on No Depression.

Visit the performers page of shakorihillsgrassroots.org to view the full list of performers, read bios, and watch videos.