by Eric Ginsburg


Courtney Shaw’s plate is full — she’s a mother, vocalist, hosts “sound sessions” and works for the Eastern Music Festival. As a vocalist, she sings backup for various people including Patrick Rock and is crafting original tracks too. Every third Wednesday, she hosts sound sessions at Unity in Greensboro, an opportunity for people to sit silently and meditate while she plays the bowls. Any donations for the sessions benefit the Lakota Sun Dance chief, who has taken a vow of poverty. Professionally, Shaw is the director of marketing and educational programs for Eastern Music Festival and feels strongly about informing young people in particular about the series. The next season is almost a year away, beginning June 21, but she is working on something fun for kids and community members before each Thursday and Friday concert. The festival includes concerts every Thursday and Friday night for a month that are only $5 for adults and $1 for kids, she said, which is one way she hopes to draw in a younger and wider audience. Shaw is performing on Oct. 4 at Orrell Designs’ 10 th anniversary event for First Friday. The celebration will include beer from Natty Greene’s and food from Deep Roots.

To reach or book Shaw, e-mail Her website,, will be up soon. Find more info on next summer’s shows at

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