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Calling all grassroots fanatics: The Shakori Hills GrassRoots Festival of Music and Dance is gearing up to take the sleepy town of Silk Hope, North Carolina by storm with a weekend of song, dance, crafts, food, and friendship from Thursday, April 19 to Sunday, April 22, 2012. With over 50 bands spanning the bluegrass, roots, folk, singer/songwriter, and Americana genres lined up to play on four stages, the 10th anniversary of this Southern grassroots mecca is shaping up to be the best yet.

Although all the acts have something great to offer, there are definitely a few must-see artists planned for this year. Headliner folk ensemble Elephant Revival and indie trio Town Hall always deliver great performances, while progressive rapper Blitz the Ambassador will offer a refreshing change of pace that gets the audience to its feet. As for the local talent, the grassroots trio Deep Chatham, Americana-folk duo Mandolin Orange and the jam band ensemble Holy Ghost Tent Revival are all promising up-and-comers in the North Carolina music scene that are sure to be big crowd pleasers. Beyond the scheduled acts, music will abound all weekend through music workshops and impromptu campfire jam sessions after hours—so don’t hesitate to pack your banjo, washboard, or fiddle and join in!

With an ambience that transcends the average music festival, organizers and fans alike recognize that the whimsy and wonderment in Shakori really lies in the spontaneous dance parties that accompany the lively shows. While many festival-goers can be spotted hula hooping to the beats in the venue’s sprawling meadows, others enjoy getting their grove on amidst the crowds in the dance tent or perfecting their moves in one of Shakori’s many free dance and movement classes. After participants have danced themselves to exhaustion, they can refuel with foods from some of the top local restaurants and food trucks, or do some shopping for crafts and souvenirs from the many local vendors.

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If it is a taste of the North Carolina festival scene you are looking for, Shakori will not disappoint. Taking place during the height of the gorgeous Southern springtime and with ticket prices at only $95 and tent camping passes for just $10 for the full weekend, grassroots fans will be hard pressed to find a reason not to hop in the car and head to Silk Hope for a few days of unforgettable performances and carefree fun.

Shakori Hills also offered us a pair tickets to raffle to our readers. Join the Facebook thread and tell us why you want to go to this year’s festival. The most liked comment wins a pair of tickets to this year’s festival! The winner will be announced Wednesday afternoon.

Written by:
Kate Althaus