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Shakori Hills: Top 5 Picks

Shakori Hills GrassRoots Festival of Music & Dance is a semi-annual grassroots festival held in Pittsboro, N.C. The festival features a variety of music from bluegrass to indie pop as well as dance workshops and crafts; something for everyone can be found there. Despite its cold and rainy start, Shakori has lots to offer. Here are DJ Whatsherface’s five bands you won’t want to miss:

#5 – Big Fat Gap
Looking for some good Authentic N.C. bluegrass tunes? Big Fat Gap consists of guitar, mandolin, banjo, and bass. The lineup includes former members of Mipso and Mandolin Orange, making it a great band to check out.

#4 – Ellis Dyson and the Shambles
This band will undoubtedly have you dancing. Hailing from Chapel Hill, this folk band with an old time feel and jazz influences will rise your spirits and make you wish you knew how to swing dance.

#3 –

Rebekah Todd and the Odyssey

Rebekah Todd started her musical career as a solo folk/blues artist from the small NC town of Benson, and now plays in a five piece band. With raw folk instrumentals with a twinge of funk/jazz their unique sound is one to check out.

#2 – River Whyless
This indie folk band from Asheville will pull at your heart with emotional lyrics of self exploration and loss accompanied by beautiful vocal harmonies, strings and percussion.

#1 – Punch Brothers
This experimental bluegrass band from New York is definitely a festival favorite. Featuring mandolin, fiddle, banjo, bass, and guitar this band stands out from other bands with their unique sound incorporating classical and chamber music aspects into their songs.

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Local Music Music News and Interviews

DJ Coyote interviewed Ellis Dyson and the Shambles last Thursday before they played Local Band Local Beer at Tir Na Nog Irish Pub in Raleigh.

They played three songs live during the interview: Carolina, I Ain’t Leavin’, Ellie Mae, and Jailhouse Religion.

Check out Ellis Dyson and the Shambles on their website, follow them on Facebook, and listen to their music on Bandcamp!

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Concert Preview Local Music

Local Band Local Beer // 2.27.14

Younger Brother Productions, WKNC 88.1 FM, and Tir na Nog Irish Pub present Local Band Local Beer featuring Ellis Dyson and the Shambles, Debonzo Brothers, and Cousins this Thursday, February 27, 2014.

The show starts at 9:30 pm and as always, admission is free!

18 and up. 

Be sure to tune into WKNC at 5pm to hear DJ Kataclysm interview the bands before their set.