Author: Jenkins

SHAKORI Hills Grassroot Festival Spring 2017 Recap

We went from the wettest possible Shakori Hills to perhaps the driest Shakori ever.  After the incessant downpour that Hurricane Matthew brought to the festival last fall, Shakori Hills was in need of some good weather.  That seemed to be a tall order for the festival, but the stars were aligned for an unprecedentedly dry Shakori.  The only real rain we got this year was late Thursday night – just enough to quench Shakori’s usually insatiable thirst.  This allowed for a good-sized crowd to show up on Saturday and for the festival to begin to make up for its losses last fall.  Fortunately, the love found at the Grassroots Festival isn’t dependent on rain to blossom.  The festival was full of the cheer and warmth of spirit I have grown accustomed to over the years.  As crowds swelled and the forest grew dense with tents on Saturday, the sense of community only grew stronger. As always at Shakori Hills, among the numerous performances it was easy to find music for everyone – no matter what …

Thrival Music Festival 2016

Thrival music festival this year was a bumpy road to a great time. The crowds on the first day seemed to exceed all expectations of what the festival had planed for. This sounds great until you run out of  water and it takes an hour to get through the beer lines that appeared to be the crowd for a third stage. I got word that the turnout was a few thousand people more than expected. It’s pretty hard to complain about the crowds though, when you consider what Thrival gave us. Tickets to see The Chainsmokers, Chvrches, Thievery Corporation, Hudson Mohawke, to name a few of just the bigger names, cost $75 at the gate. Meanwhile, The Chainsmokers’ show this Friday in  cost $75 in advance. Chvrches and The Chainsmokers didn’t fail to please the thirsty crowd that came to see them either. Then there was the second day. The honest creativity and energy that came from the line up Saturday got the whole crowd into true festival spirit. At night Hudson Mohawke and Metric …

Wandering Through The Wilds

If you’ve taken a look at my Steep In bio you will know that the two loves of my life are the outdoors and the arts.  I get my energy from nature, wandering through it and soaking in all it has to teach me.  One of my favorite ways to experience the wilds over the past few years is through rock climbing.   I recently went on a trip to Yosemite National Park to test myself against the granite walls of the Valley and the alpine domes of Tuolumne.  Even as one of the most popular parks in the country, Yosemite is still home to some of the most profound adventures in the vertical world.  From climbing and descending 1600 feet of rock in a day to pulling over roofs and climbing 30 some feet above my last piece of protection, Yosemite pushed my mind and body in the way only nature can. My favorite music tends to give me a similar sense of adventure and wonder at the beauty of this world.  The playlist …