Shakin’ in Shakori Hills

Live music is back and better than ever at GrassRoots Live! at Shakori Hills, a moment you have all been waiting patiently for. The Shakori Hills Community Arts Center rescheduled the Spring Shakori GrassRoots Festival to October 7-10, 2021. Don’t stop reading there! To keep the spirit of community music alive, GrassRoots Live! at Shakori Hills will take place April 17 – June 12. Listen to your favorite bands, with all safety precautions taken care of for you!

The Line-Up:

  • April 17: Keller Williams – A one-man band, Keller Williams is perfecting the art of music into a science. Creating a hybrid of alternative folk and electronica, Williams’ upbeat charisma is sure to have you up and dancing. 
  • May 1: Sam Bush Band – From mandolin, to fiddle, to guitar, Sam Bush effortlessly blends the sounds of bluegrass, jazz, rock and reggae. A legend in the acoustic music industry, his work has inspired many of the greats in their craft. 
  • May 8: Del McCoury Band – Known as the origin of the “high lonesome sound,” the Del McCoury Band is a group of spirited, tie-dyed musicians bringing life to bluegrass and gospel. 
  • May 15: Yonder Mountain String Band – Hailing from Colorado, the Yonder Mountain String Band improvises off of each other, developing a conjoined melody of bluegrass and rock. 
  • May 22: Galactic – Inspired by the sounds of their home in New Orleans, Galactic is a bit of hip-hop, a touch of rock and all things soul. Celebrate the music of New Orleans and the artists who bring it to life. 
  • June 4: The Wood Brothers – A trio from Nashville, The Wood Brothers boast a neo-Americana version of jazz, country and folk. Their meaningful lyrics give their music even more depth. 
  • June 5: Rising Appalachia – Also rooted from New Orleans, sisters Leah and Chloe Smith capture the spirit of humanity and global connectedness through their own interpretation of Appalachian music. 
  • June 11-12: Donna The Buffalo – An American icon, Donna The Buffalo started the GrassRoots Festival nearly 30 years ago in Ithaca, New York. Renowned for their mix of Cajun, country, reggae, improv, zydeco boogie and rock, they unite the best of all musical worlds and rhythms.


Get ready to jam with your pod! What is a pod, you may ask? Tickets are sold as “pods” that can hold up to six guests. Seated in your pods, socially distanced from other groups in the Meadow, enjoy the musicians of your choice. Pods are 8×8-square feet spaces on the ground, placed directly in front of the stage. Pod guests are encouraged to be attending from the same household or restricted social circle to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Bring your own or rent lawn chairs to be set up upon your arrival. You may also bring a cover or blanket for your pod. 

Your pod can also attend every show, if you like! Click here to select the show of your choice and purchase your pod’s tickets. All shows are rain or shine and tickets are nonrefundable. 

Contactless food and beverage options will be located on-site during the performances. Purchases will be delivered to your pod, using the vendors’ ordering apps. Options include Kerala Curry Express, Cilantro, Will & Pops and Foothills Brewing. Outside food is not permitted. 

Health Guidelines:

All guests must complete a health screening questionnaire, no earlier than 48 hours prior to the show, in order for all pod guests to be admitted. Guests will not need to provide a negative COVID-19 test to gain admittance; however, are encouraged to stay home if they have been exposed to COVID-19 or are experiencing any symptoms in the 14-day period prior to the show. Guests must remain in their designated pods for the duration of the performance, but must wear masks when walking to the parking lot or the restrooms. 

Get Involved:

Show your support for the Shakori Hills Community Arts Center and their musicians by purchasing merchandise on-site or making a donation to the organization. Pittsboro’s own “music lovers’ paradise,” the center is a sanctuary for music, art and sustainability education for Chatham, Orange and Durham counties. 

Ticket sales support the mission of the center, making it possible for participants in programs, like Roots in the Schools and Junior Appalachian Musicians, to excel at low to no costs. Celebrate and give back to your community through the gift of music at Shakori Hills!