Shakori Hills, a festival only 40 minutes away from Raleigh, located on a beautiful farm in the heart of the Piedmont, just outside Pittsboro, a region close enough to Jordan Lake and Durham but just outside the hectic commercial grasp of Cary.
The festival celebrates it’s geographic relevance. Americana, bluegrass, folk, blues, with some worldly music sprinkled in; Shakori hills is the music festival for any true North Carolinian.
I attended the festival with the best Shakori guide: WKNC’s DJCJ. Standing next to him at our tent I watched the other side, the unknown side of the signal become clear. North Carolinian’s of all genders, ages, races, and sizes would boast their loyalty to our station and many to CJ’s American Blues shift. These people listened to WKNC.
To watch the glowing faces of people talk to CJ and myself about Shakori gave me hope as a DJ. I was proud to watch Ben Sollee, Indigo girls, Del McCoury, and Morning Brigade with my fellow DJs: GRZA, Kataclysm, and CJDJ.