The Shakori Hills GrassRoots Festival of Music and Dance has announced the daily schedule for its fall festival taking place Oct. 3–6, in Pittsboro. The festival will welcome 57 performers to four stages over four days.

New Orleans funk outfit Galactic, previously announced as headliners, will perform Saturday, Oct. 5, on the Meadow Stage. 

“We think Galactic is a perfect fit for the festival because they weave so many different styles into their music. From African rhythms to R&B to jazz, their sound is unique and it gets you dancing, which encapsulates the spirit of what we try to do at Shakori Hills,” said David Dean, director of marketing for the festival.

In addition to their Friday, Oct. 4, performance, festival founders Donna the Buffalo will perform two sets with Zydeco master Preston Frank on Saturday and Sunday, respectively. Roosevelt Collier, a pedal steel virtuoso who has performed with the likes of Los Lobos and the Tedeschi Trucks Band, will also perform Friday, as will rising country artist Sierra Ferrell, who will be releasing a new album in 2020.

Shakori Hills GrassRoots will kick off Thursday, Oct. 3, with an opening ceremony hosted by the all-female percussion group Beats in the Bones, followed by an Afro-Haitian dance workshop. The festival concludes with an all-star jam as the sun sets on Sunday, Oct. 6.

Dozens of North Carolina artists will perform over the course of the festival, including both established acts, such as the Tan and Sober Gentlemen and The Fritz, and rising stars like Wilmington-based string band Into the Fog and Chapel Hill’s School of Rock.

“I think you will be hard-pressed to find another festival that has been as consistently dedicated, over the past several decades, to nurturing North Carolina talent. Kids busk on the trails one year, play in the Cabaret Tent the next, and a few years later on the Meadow Stage,” said Dean.

The festival is a nonprofit event, raising funds for Shakori Hills Community Arts Center, which provides low cost and no cost music and art education to rural residents of Chatham, Orange and Durham counties. 

The full list of performers and tickets to the event can be found at

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