Shakori Hills Community Arts Center Benefit: The Grand Shell Game, Diali Cissokho & Kaira BA, The Hoppin' Johnnies (Back Room) | Cat's Cradle | Clubs & Concerts | Indy Week
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Shakori Hills Community Arts Center Benefit: The Grand Shell Game, Diali Cissokho & Kaira BA, The Hoppin' Johnnies (Back Room) 

When: Sun., Jan. 31, 5 p.m. 2016
Price: $10-$12


CAT'S CRADLE BACK ROOM, CARRBORO—In 2014, the Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival of Music and Dance purchased the land on which it had hosted its twice-yearly event for a decade. Now the festival hopes to deepen its local roots by building a brick-and-mortar community center and a 10-stall bathroom facility on site.

The so-called Shakori Hills Community Arts Center would encompass the new structures and the expansive festival grounds. The planned building would allow for year-round music- and art-related events, particularly hosting area nonprofits, workshops and camps.

"We have 75 acres of farmland, and it's just a beautiful, comfortable, fun place to be," says Sara Waters, the event's co-coordinator. "We only use it for eight days out of a year for our festival."

According to local regulations, the grounds must include a permanent bathroom facility in order to host more than two events each month. That will happen first, with the community building to follow. Waters hopes for the project to be complete within the next year.

To boost that mission, old-time band The Hoppin' Johnnies open this benefit. In name and style, the group pays homage to the Hoppin' John Fiddlers' Convention that Shakori Hills hosts. Diali Cissokho and Kaira Ba take the middle slot. Cissokho and his crew have become perennial favorites at Shakori Hills thanks to ebullient songs sourced from Cissokho's West African upbringing.

The Grand Shell Game headlines with bouncy, earnest rock. To wit, during a live recording of "Roller Coaster," singer E.S. Guthrie encourages the crowd, "Don't forget to love everybody, everybody!" Taken together, these three acts personify Shakori Hills' ideals—locally focused, free-spirited fun in a family-friendly environment. You'll find a bit of it here, and if all goes as planned, much more of it at Shakori Hills for years to come. 5 p.m., $10–$12, 300 E. Main St., Carrboro, 919-967-9053, —Allison Hussey



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