Local North Carolina six-piece powerhouse band, Big Something, rocked the small town of Pittsboro last weekend at their eighth annual The Big What? music and arts campout festival, held at Shakori Hills Community Arts Center.
Approximately 2,000 music lovers from across the country embarked on the pristine Shakori Hills grounds to hear national headlining artists, such as Too Many Zooz, Sunsquabi, Toubab Krewe, The Nth Power and festival host, Big Something.
“After eight years of hosting The Big What?, this year’s festival was by far the best one we’ve had yet,” said Nick MacDaniels, guitarist and lead vocalist for Big Something.
Kicking the long weekend off last Thursday and going strong into the early hours of Sunday morning, The Big What? festival attendees, also known as the “What? Fam,” enjoyed three days and three nights packed with activities that included: performances by 23 different bands, an opening parade, dress-up costume theme nights, a visual artist gallery with live painters and workshops, local vendors, flow artist performers and more.
“The friendships and connections I made at the first Big What? have kept me coming back every year,” said members of Dr. Bacon, a musical group based in Asheville, who also performed at the festival. “Big Something has been ridiculously supportive of our careers and have really been like mentors to us. Their fans are amazing, and we love being here.”
In the spirit of celebrating the What? Fam, members of Big Something treated their ultimate fans to a special surprise performance of six, brand new songs that we’re just recorded this past June and won’t be officially released until 2020.
And while the first five new song debuts were received with nonstop dancing and roaring crowd cheers, it was the final, sixth song debut that really shook Shakori, by actually bringing fans to a complete standstill. Titled, “Machines,” MacDaniels’ powerful and emotion-filled delivery during the Saturday night encore could be felt from every corner of the festival grounds.
“You could hear a pin drop. Everyone was intensely listening and hanging on to every note Nick sang” said Jonathan Carbocci, five-time The Big What? festival attendee. “Big Something always delivers, but the “Machines” song debut was truly special- something that everyone in The Big What? Fam will always remember.”
Planning for the 9th annual The Big What? at Shakori Hills is already underway with the festival dates anticipated to be in August 2020. Fans and interested festival goers can visit www.TheBigWhat.com to stay up-to-date for all event announcements.