The organizers of the Shakori Hills GrassRoots Festival are tantamount to urban homesteaders, stewards of the land they use who hope to one day buy their Chatham County parcel and develop it into a community center for education and entertainment. To that end, they continue an annual series of fundraising concerts separate from the biannual festival itself. Performances by the sweetly pleading The Morning Brigade and the hard-strumming Deep Chatham bookend a singer-songwriter circle featuring several of the area's best. From wizened R&B eccentric Ironing Board Sam to pop auteur Brett Harris, from former Earl Greyhound firebrand Kamara Thomas to stately bluesman Jon Shain, the variety of artistic vantages reflects the ecumenical outlook of Shakori Hills. If you want to stay the night, camping is free.