Shakori Hills GrassRoots | 04.17-20 | NC

Intro by: Paul Kerr

Shakori Hill Grassroots Festival :: 04.17.08 – 04.20.08 :: Silk Hope, NC

Each spring as the sun awakens and the flowers start to bloom, music men and festive females gather in the woods of central Carolina to commune, commingle and cavort at the Shakori Hills GrassRoots Festival of Music and Dance. For four days the stages come alive with music and dance from across the globe in one of the first festival of the season, as the cobwebs of winter are discarded for the promise of sunny days ahead.

Now celebrating ten successful festivals, Shakori Hills offered a relaxed and comfortable weekend overflowing with vibrancy and new musical discoveries. JamBase brings you this photo essay from a collection of photographers who took part in the weekend. Shakori Hills occurs every 6 months, so keep an eye out for the fall festival.

Arrested Development by Todd E. Gaul
Chatham County Line by Todd E. Gaul
Donna The Buffalo by Brian Vetter
Laura Reed & Deep Pocket by Kevin M. James
Dubconscious by Kevin M. James
Children of the Horn by Kevin M. James
Keith Frank and the Soileau Zydeco Band by Kevin M. James
David Dyer & The Crooked Smile Band by Kevin M. James
Richie Havens by Erin Frederick
Hooper by Eric Campbell
Kelley & The Cowboys by Brian Vetter
John Specker by Erin Frederick
Lost in the Trees by Brian Vetter
Cyril Lance (with Johnny Neel and Jeff Sipe) by Kevin M. James
Kusun Ensemble by Todd E. Gaul
Mariachi Los Galleros by Todd E. Gaul
The Mantras by Kevin M. James
The New Familiars by Kevin M. James
Rootzie by Kevin M. James
SolJibe by Kevin M. James
Keith Secola & the Wild Band of Indians by Brian Vetter
Sunset at Shakori by Kevin M. James

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[Published on: 5/12/08]

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Treetophigh Mon 5/12/2008 01:08PM
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i would luv to make it to one of these

oldking Mon 5/12/2008 01:32PM
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here is the whole set of my photos from Shakori Hills Spring 2008 ...

aburtch starstarstarstarstar Mon 5/12/2008 03:08PM
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If you are looking for a mellow, laid back festival where the music is what's important, Shakori Hills is the one. Such a diverse lineup, you never know what you are going to see next. Highly recommended.

breadloaf Tue 5/13/2008 05:43AM
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It's kind of interesting that some of the coolest stuff on this site draws the least comments. These are some of the best photos posted here in years, sure wish I was there. Seems like an ultra cool vibe and great music. Saw Donna The Buffalo a few nights ago and they were fantastic.

breadloaf Tue 5/13/2008 05:51AM
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oldking, I took a moment to peruse your set- very nice work, thanks for posting the link. You really captured Jeb from Donna The Buffalo nicely.

altubbs Tue 5/13/2008 09:27AM
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I am looking forward to July 17-20--The Finger Lakes Grassroots Festival (put on by the same folks)takes place outside of Ithaca, NY that weekend. First time going and seems like it should be great. Glad Jambase gave this festie some press.

pkerr Tue 5/13/2008 11:01AM
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Hi everyone, glad you're enjoying the pictures. Here's some links to the photographers' websites:

Eric Campbell -

Erin Frederick -

Todd E. Gaul -

Kevin M. James -

Brian Vetter -

erinj starstarstarstarstar Tue 5/13/2008 02:59PM
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To view more images please visit :

Honestly this year I was having so much fun I didn't nearly take as many photographs as I did a few years back...hope you enjoy!

kmjamesdotorg starstarstarstarstar Thu 5/15/2008 08:25AM
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I absolutely love the Grassroots Festival in Silk Hope, NC. It has become a wonderful warm-up to Merlefest for me. Even with what appeared to be a large jump in attendance this spring, Shakori Hills has managed to maintain a wonderfully intimate and inviting atmosphere. I was really surprised by Arrested Development; I remembered this group from way back but had never witnessed a live performance. They were incredibly fun! Also, the combination of Cyril Lance, Jeff Sipe, and Johnny Neel made for a fantastic musical journey. Furthermore, David Dyer & The Crooked Smile Band are amazing. These guys need to be on the big stage for sure. Lastly, as much as I would prefer this festival stay small, I highly recommend it! Some of my favorite shots from the 2008 spring Shakori can be found here: