Shakori Hills GrassRoots Festival of Music & Dance 2017

I attended the fall edition of the 2017 Shakori Hills GrassRoots Festival of Music & Dance. Nestled in the countryside of Chatham County, this festival always has an unique charm year after year.

With over a dozen performers, yoga sessions, various food options, and a 24/7 coffee barn for coffee aficionados, the festival has a lot to offer.

 

Thank you to everyone at Shakori Hills GrassRoots Festival of Music & Dance for putting a fun, safe, and entertaining festival.

 

 

2017 IBMA World of Bluegrass – Raleigh, North Carolina

The International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) arrived to Raleigh this week. I was excited to cover my fourth IBMA Business Conference and Bluegrass Ramble.

The two bands I covered this year included Front Country and Nefesh Mountain. Both bands have a distinct bluegrass sound with influences from rock, folk, and indie.

 

Front Country

The band stopped by in front of the Sir Walter Statue at the Raleigh Convention Center. All the way from San Francisco, California, Front Country is nominated for an “Emerging Artist” award.

 

Nefesh Mountain

I stopped by the Bluegrass Ramble at Kings to watch Nefesh Mountain’s inspiring set.

 

Thank you to both bands and the IBMA for making the IBMA World of Bluegrass a fun event every year in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Public School Foundation 5K for Education – Chapel Hill, North Carolina

I attended the 6th Annual Public School Foundation 5K for Education in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

Teachers, students, parents, families, and friends alike braved the cold rainy weather on this March Saturday morning for a great cause! To support education in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

“As a champion for local public education, the Chapel Hill-Carrboro PSF provides additional funding for innovative programs and projects that support students and teachers in our schools.” (Source: http://www.publicschoolfoundation.org)

IBMA World of Bluegrass: Nefesh Mountain – Raleigh, North Carolina

I interviewed Doni and Eric of Nefesh Mountain at the IBMA World of Bluegrass.

“Nefesh Mountain are the pioneers of a new sound where Jewish Spirit and Soul meet with Bluegrass and Old-time musical traditions. Founders, husband and wife team Eric Lindberg and Doni Zasloff, blend their love for both of these rich traditions and have created new genre that marries these two seemingly disparate worlds. Since the recent release of their Debut album with bluegrass greats Sam Bush, Mark Schatz, Scott Vestal, Rob Ickes, and Gary Oleyar, they are winning the hearts of audiences nationwide.” (www.nefeshmountain.com)

Thank you to Doni and Eric of Nefesh Mountain stopping by the Sir Walter Raleigh Statue for an interview and performance!

Alex Gordez – Durham, North Carolina

Alex “Gordez” Gorodezky, an Ukrainian Jewish Spanish influenced guitar player, composer and music teacher, specializing in Classical, Flamenco, Jazz and World Music, with over 30 years of experience in music education, theater, live performance and studio environments.

Alex started playing classical guitar at age of eleven and graduated from Glier Music College in Kiev, Ukraine, as a jazz performer (guitar), arranger and composer. In 1988 he debuted at the International Jazz Festival in Ukraine and then started touring performing jazz, and World music. At this time he started thinking about how to infuse world music with jazz vocabulary. In 1991 Alex moved to Israel, and became a part of the Gesher Theater Company where he explored the theatrical application of his original works. Four years later Alex moved to U.S., and currently lives in Raleigh, North Carolina with his family.

Thank you Alex for the interview!

www.alexgordez.com

Lazy Daze – Cary, North Carolina

It was a beautiful Sunday afternoon for arts and crafts, food, and music. We decided to attend the 40th Celebration of the Lazy Daze Arts and Crafts Festival.

Little did I know, I would stumble upon the coolest Pirate Band, “The Motley Tones.”

Thank you to Lazy Daze and The Motley Tones for a great afternoon in Cary, North Carolina.