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Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival Fall 2017 Recap

Any of y’all who have followed my posts know that the Grassroots Festival at Shakori Hills is my favorite event in North Carolina, and probably anywhere.  I have no shortage of desire to share my thoughts and feelings about this wonderful gathering. I only hope my words don’t become too repetitive or dry. Every year I’m blown away by the love and community found tucked away in the woods of Pittsboro. Although Shakori has felt like home to me since my first time four years ago, it has been inspiring to feel that love grow as I become more intertwined in the Shakori community. This year I got to dance with and talk with some of the old-timers who have been attending and serving for quite some time. I felt a real connection with Honey Badger, one of the established camps, that adopted me in last spring. “Oy! Oy! Oy!” I even got to spend some time with a boy who has literally never missed a Shakori since birth. He told me he has been …

LBLB with Travers Brothership

The Travers Brothership,  Nick and the Babes, The Dapper Conspiracy played Local Band Local Beer this week.  If you’re unfamiliar with LBLB it’s an event put on each week, by 88.1 WKNC and Younger Brother Production at The Pourhouse, on Thursday.  This weeks LBLB was up there with the best I’ve been to.  The Travers Brothership, who I got to see for the first time at Shakori Hills this past spring, made the evening with their funk n’ soul rock n’ roll.  The 7 peice band from Asheville was whittled down to only four for this show, but that didn’t stop them from putting on a killer show.  What struck me most about the band was how clean and percise each individual part was.  Every note and beat was in the right place without sacrificing that sexy smooth funk vibe.  I actualy hadn’t planned on shooting that night, but got so excited during the show I had to bike home and grab my camera. The band hit us with several killer solos. Kyle Travers at one point …

Sound on Sound Returns for Year 2

Sound on Sound Fest has officially announced it’s second annual lineup and as we expected it’s stacked and full of diversity! We couldn’t be more excited for a second year. Year one was pure magic: The Sherwood Forrest renaissance fairgrounds (located just about 35 miles outside of Austin, TX) made for a whimsical experience, the campsites felt homey and the natural scenery was a gorgeous escape from all the fun inside the fest, the crowd was respectful and full of distinctly unique individuals, and the food vendors tho! SOS Fest is the perfect balance between fun and vacation. YEAH YEAH YEAHS Grizzly Bear Iggy Pop The Shins Blood Orange Electric Wizard Pusha T Kehlani Vince Staples Sleep Ministry Washed Out Dinosaur Jr. Taking Back Sunday Digable Planets Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires Japandroids Austra Real Estate Converge Yelle Ariel Pink The Story So Far NONAME Foxygen Cannibal Corpse Hot Chip (DJ Set) Cloud Nothings Boris Poolside Twin Peaks Citizen Lindstrom Cherry Glazerr Turnstile S U R V I V E Girlpool Power Trip Snow Tha …

Jenny Besetzt // Natural Velvet // Konvoi at Ruby Deluxe Recap

Sunday night Ruby Deluxe put on a post punk show featuring two local bands and a third band, Natural Velvet, on an album release tour from Baltimore.  If you missed the show don’t worry, these bands are three more reasons to get excited for Hopscotch this September, as they all have been booked.  Jenny Besetzt, all the way from Chapel Hill, closed out the night.  Their sound is both fluid and layered, with songs you can easily get lost in. Their drummer, Thomas McNeely, keeps up an impressive cadence that manages to stay balanced with the calm flow of the melodies.  Konvoi the second NC band, coming down the mountains from Asheville, opened up the night with a high energy.  In the middle we heard Natural Velvet on tour for the release of there new album Mirror to Make You. Corynne Ostermann, the band’s front woman, and her vocal range gave them a unique sound.  Since the show I came across a music video Natural Velvet put out entitled Its All Mine.  The production of their videos stood …

Moogfest 2017 Recap

Moogfest 2017 was pure art, soul, and imagination–with every single artist bringing out a new way of expressing. This weekend illustrated the utter importance of music with purpose, music with movement, and music with a reach beyond the stars.

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 …

Future Islands “The Far Field” Album Release Show Night 2

Future Islands hosted, not one night but four nights, in celebration of the release of “The Far Field” in their home city, Baltimore. I’m so proud to see this band get the recognition they have fought for. And I’m even more proud to see them represent and support artists from North Carolina and Baltimore (my two favorite places). Art is meant to be a community, it’s meant to be celebrated, and it’s meant to be shared. I’m so glad to witness successful artists living up to that standard. Here’s some pictures from the night. Baltimore’s own, 83cutlass and Drew Scott (my personal favorite beat maker ever), and Jenny Besetzt (the drums in this band are the dopedy dope thanks to Thomas McNeely) shared the stage with Future Islands. Give it up to all my favorites   Purchase “The Far Field” and other Future Islands merch here!!