Holiday Roadshow Benefits Shakori Hills
On Saturday, Dec. 17, the Shakori Hills Community Arts Center will present the Shakori Hills Holiday Roadshow, a buy-the-land fundraiser hosted by the Haw River Ballroom.
The bill includes Tractor Beam featuring Willie Watson of Old Crow Medicine Show, Justin Robinson and The Mary Annettes, Charly Lowry and Mason's Apron.
Tractor Beam is an acoustic trio made up of Willie Watson from Old Crow Medicine Show on guitar, Richie Stearns, of The Horse Flies, on banjo, and introducing Rosie Newton on fiddle. All three have roots in Ithaca, N.Y., which is where the GrassRoots festivals got their start.
Mason's Apron is a similar mix of acoustic players who hail from the Triangle area with their own style of Americana jam with rootsy tradition. The band includes Andrew Marlin, from Mandolin Orange, on mandolin; Miles Andrews, from Big Fat Gap, on bass; Jeff Stickley, from Hammer No More the Fingers, on guitar; and a special guest on fiddle.
Justin Robinson and The Mary Annette seem to have emerged from a late-night dream of former Carolina Chocolate Drop Robinson. Made up of Robinson on auto harp and lead vocals; Kyra Moore on fiddle, bass, and vocals; Elizabeth Marshall on cello; Sally Mullikin on violin and vocals; and Josh Stohl on drums, the band holds true to acoustic music roots while conjuring sequined visions all their own.
Charly Lowry is the lead singer of the Robeson County band Dark Water Rising. She has graced the Shakori Hills stage a number of times, solo and with the band. Accompanying herself on guitar, Lowry shares her beautiful, powerful vocals and soulfully written lyrics with grateful audiences.
Doors open at 6:30, with the show at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door, available online in the GrassRoots Store or by phone at (919) 542-1746. A $45 ticket is also available, which includes a $25 donation directly to the Shakori Hills Community Arts Center's buy-the-land fund. All profits from this show will go toward the purchase of the land at Shakori Hills.
Shakori Hills is also accepting canned and non-perishable food items for CORA (Chatham OutReach Alliance) Food Pantry.
Information and directions are available at www.hawriverballroom. com.
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