When a large music festival in North Carolina takes place this fall, three bands from Wilmington will be among the many groups playing over the course of several days.
From October 6-9, 2018, Pittsboro will host the 18th annual Shakori Hills GrassRoots Festival of Music & Dance, which will feature performances from more than 50 artists.
Jam band pioneers Donna The Buffalo, blues/rock/jam band The Eric Krasno Trio, and indie folk darlings Hiss Golden Messenger will all be performing as headliners.
Additionally, Wilmington is represented by three bands: Americana group The Midatlantic, blues rockers Blue Footed Boobies, and soul singer Rebekah Todd.
Shakori Hills has a “folksy and down-to-earth” vibe, according to Jason Andre, mandolin player and lead singer for The Midatlantic.
Andre stated that the group has performed at Shakori Hills on multiple occasions beginning in 2017. For the past couple of years, the band has been on indefinite hiatus, and Andre has spent much of the summer touring and recording with Wilmington surf/garage outfit The Swellians.
Andre lamented that “COVID did its work blocking (The Midatlantic) from getting together,” but is optimistic that the upcoming Shakori shows in October will get the band “back on the saddle.”
In Wilmington, Blue Footed Boobies are a psych-blues combo fronted by singer/guitarist Logan Chaucer and drummer Sam Baker. The band is well-known in the area, and they frequently play at regional venues.
Also performing at Shakori from Wilmington is singer/songwriter Rebekah Todd. She has been performing on local stages for years, sometimes sitting in with jazz/hip-hop ensemble The Coastal Collective because of her impressive vocal range.
The Shakori Hills Community Arts Center is a non-profit organization that helps put on the festival, and they want it to be something the whole family can enjoy.
That’s why Andre of The Midatlantic is bringing Sea Songs For Little Pirates, a kid-friendly band with an important message, to the event this year.
Andre, a former educator who used to work for the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher, uses his pirate persona and the costumes of his bandmates to perform songs that try to teach lessons about and respect for the ocean through the medium of pirates rock ‘n’ roll.
Although Shakori Hills is known for its jam and bluegrass performances, the venue’s programming is surprisingly varied.
There’s a wide variety of sounds to be found in Wilmington’s music scene, and some of the artists featured there could be headed for bigger venues in the future. Please check out TheActiveNews.Com for more recent articles and related news and information.