Elastic Bond Representing Miami at Shakori Hills GrassRoots Festival of Music & Dance 10/10 & 11

"Elastic Bond Representing Miami at Shakori Hills GrassRoots Festival of Music & Dance 10/10 & 11"

Elastic Bond

Nacional recording artists Elastic Bond will travel to the Pittsboro, NC area next month to make another appearance at the Shakori Hills GrassRoots Festival of Music & Dance. The band is playing twice at the festival – once on Saturday, October 10 at 7 p.m. in the dance tent and just after a Latin dance workshop, and Sunday, October 11 at 5:30 p.m. on the Meadow Stage with an aerialist also performing. A music lovers’ paradise, the festival is a family-friendly celebration of music, dance, art and education spread out over four days, on four stages, and featuring more than 60 bands among the verdant hills of Chatham County.

Elastic Bond, founded in 2006 by Honduran vocalist Sofy Encanto and Venezuelan producer and keyboardist Andres Ponce, is one of Miami’s premier groups. Their latest release is 2013’s Real, which spawned the single “Pierdo el Control” and much critical acclaim, including being named an NPR “World Café Next Artist” and being dubbed “Florida funk fusionists” by the L.A. Times. Their music has been featured on various TV networks such as MTV, Concert Channel, PBS, ESPN, CNN, Discovery Channel, Nickelodeon, CW Networks, Univision and ABC. The band, also featuring Buffalo Brown on guitar and David Burgos on trumpet, is currently recording new material for an as-yet-titled full-length release.

The fall edition of the Shakori Hills festival (there is a companion spring edition that takes place every April) will feature GrassRoots mainstay bands Donna the Buffalo, Big Mean Sound Machine, Rubblebucket and Preston Frank, plus Hot Rize featuring Red Knuckles & the Trailblazers, Kinobe & the Wamu Spirit, JD McPherson, Blind Boy Paxton, the Black Lillies and many more.

The Shakori Hills GrassRoots Festival is put on by the Finger Lakes GrassRoots Festival of Music & Dance Organization as a fundraiser for the Shakori Hills Community Arts Center, a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization. The center’s mission is to provide culturally significant arts, music and environmental-sustainability education and outreach to our local community and schools. The Virginia Key GrassRoots Festival of Music & Dance recently announced dates for their fifth annual event, which is scheduled to be held February 18-21, 2016 at the historic Virginia Key Beach Park.

Single day and four-day admission tickets are available online now at www.ShakoriHillsGrassRoots.org. For more information about the festival, call 919.542.8142 or email shakorihills@gmail.com. For more on Elastic Bond, navigate to www.ElasticBond.com.


The original Finger Lakes GrassRoots Festival of Music & Dance began in 1990 as a benefit concert to support a local AIDS organization in Ithaca, NY. Encouraged by the success of that night, a decision was made to create an annual festival dedicated to raising money for the fight against AIDS, while supporting arts and education. With the help of countless volunteers, the Finger Lakes GrassRoots Festival has become an internationally-recognized event with a focus on traditional and contemporary roots music and dance from all over the world. For four days every July, the festival hosts more than 60 performing groups on four stages at the Trumansburg Fairgrounds in Central New York near the university town of Ithaca.

Twelve years later, the Shakori Hills GrassRoots Festival of Music & Dance was launched on a 75-acre farm in rural North Carolina near the triangle cities of Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill. Twice a year, in April and October, thousands of people attend the event to revel in great music, sweat it out on the dance floor, celebrate the arts, and build community. The site has since become the Shakori Hills Community Arts Center, a non-profit organization created to strengthen the community through music, arts and education.

The festival winters at the Historic Virginia Key Beach Park, just off the coast of Miami, FL. The 2015 edition was the fourth such year of the Virginia Key GrassRoots Festival of Music & Dance, featured local and national acts and was the most successful one yet. The festival returns to Miami February 18-21, 2016.

For more information, visit GrassRootsFest.org or call 919.542.8142.