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Finger Lakes GrassRoots Festival of Music and Dance

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Years active  1991-present
Attendance  15,000
Founded by  Donna The Buffalo
Dates  20 Jul – 23 Jul 2017
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Genre  Jam band music, bluegrass, Cajun, zydeco, African, reggae, country, Americana, Native American music, old-time music, Irish music, jam band, rock and roll, hip hop, Conjunto, rockabilly
Location  Trumansburg, New York, United States
Similar  Shakori Hills Grassroot, The Great Blue Heron Music Fe, MerleFest, FloydFest, Sierra Nevada World Mu
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Starting in 1991, the Finger Lakes GrassRoots Festival of Music and Dance is an annual festival held the second-to-last weekend of July in Trumansburg, New York, a small town ten miles north of Ithaca. The GrassRoots Festival, or simply GrassRoots, as it is known, draws nearly 20,000 visitors throughout the course of four days. GrassRoots presents over 70 musicians, bands and dance troupes on four simultaneously running stages continually throughout the long weekend. The festival was recently nominated as one of USA Today's top 10 outdoor music festivals. Genres represented among the musicians include bluegrass, Cajun, zydeco, African, reggae, country, Americana, Native American music, old-time music, Irish music, jam band, rock and roll, hip hop, Conjunto, rockabilly and more. In 2003 the associated Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival began, modeled after the Finger Lakes festival.

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Artists that have performed

GrassRoots was founded by popular Americana band Donna the Buffalo and celebrated its twentieth year in 2010. Artists that have performed at GrassRoots include (but are not limited to):

  • Ani Difranco
  • Abner Jay
  • Ayurveda
  • The Avett Brothers
  • Balkan Beat Box
  • Big Leg Emma
  • The Black Seeds
  • Boubacar Traore
  • Bubba George Stringband
  • Burning Spear
  • The Burns Sisters
  • Cat Empire
  • Cayenna Ponchione
  • Cherish the Ladies
  • The Clovis Points
  • Colorblind James Experience
  • Del McCoury
  • Dirty Dozen Brass Band
  • Driftwood
  • Equanimous Minds
  • Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad
  • Galumpha
  • Grassroots Chamber Orchestra
  • Hackensaw Boys
  • Highwoods Stringband
  • The Hix
  • The Horse Flies
  • Hugh Masekela
  • Jennie Stearns
  • Jimmie Dale Gilmore
  • Jim Lauderdale
  • John Anderson
  • John & Mary
  • John Brown's Body
  • John Specker
  • Johnny Dowd
  • Justin Hinds and the Dominoes
  • Keith Frank and the Soileau Zydeco Band
  • Keith Secola
  • Kelly Willis
  • King Sunny Adé
  • Lloyd Cannady & The Flying Clouds
  • Locos Por Juana
  • Los Lobos
  • Lucinda Williams
  • Lucky Dube
  • Mahlathini
  • The Mahotella Queens
  • Mamadou Diabate
  • Martin Simpson
  • MC Lars
  • The Meditations
  • Michael Franti & Spearhead
  • Neon Baptist
  • Nickel Creek
  • NRBQ
  • Old Crow Medicine Show
  • Patty Loveless
  • Preston Frank & his Zydeco Family Band
  • Ralph Stanley
  • ReBirth Brass Band
  • Red Stick Ramblers
  • Rickie Lee Jones
  • Rusted Root
  • Samite of Uganda
  • Scythian
  • Sim Redmond Band
  • Snake Oil Medicine Show
  • Solas
  • The Speckers
  • Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys
  • Sunny Weather
  • 10,000 Maniacs
  • Thomas Mapfumo & the Blacks Unlimited
  • Tinariwen
  • Toots & the Maytals
  • Trevor MacDonald
  • Up South
  • Vieux Farka Touré
  • The Waifs
  • Walter Mouton & the Scott Playboys
  • Who You Are
  • In addition to the musical performances at GrassRoots, attendees may also visit the Art Barn, an art gallery featuring primarily local artists; a Healing Arts area, where free massages, Reiki, acupuncture, and other healing therapies are performed; a children's area; dance workshops and more. In 2005 a "musicalmentary" about the festival titled Grassroots Stages was distributed nationally on PBS. The film includes musical performances and interviews with festival organizers Jeb and Jordan Puryear.

    References

    Finger Lakes GrassRoots Festival of Music and Dance Wikipedia


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