7th Annual Virginia Key Grassroots Fest Feb. 21-25

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7th Annual Virginia Key Grassroots Festival of Music & Dance Returns to Virginia Key Beach Park and the City of Miami February 21-25, 2018

Miami, FL — January 17, 2017 — The Virginia Key Grassroots Festival of Music & Dance is pleased to announce the lineup for their 7th annual event taking place February 21 – 25, 2018 at the Historic Virginia Key Beach Park and throughout the City of Miami.  With the support of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners, the festival will host camping at the island starting Tuesday and nightly events at different venues around the city of Miami Wednesday through Friday before moving all programming to the island Saturday and Sunday.

Featuring a stellar and diverse array of talent this year’s lineup includes Grassroots favorites Big Mean Sound Machine, Locos Por Juana, Uma Galera and The Blind Spots alongside a large array of Miami-based talent including Elastic Bond, Fabi World Music Experience, Tamboka and Electric Piquete among many others.

“We feel very fortunate and grateful to once again share Grassroots Festival’s values of bringing world music and culture to new audiences while creating environments that inspire creativity and foster community building with the vibrant musical community of Miami,” says festival visionary and long time curator Jordan Puryear. “This year we are excited to partially return the focus to the Historic Virginia Key Beach Park with camping all week and by staging the legendary Grassroots Festival Dance Tent to host music all weekend Saturday to Sunday after immersing attendees in the colorful nightlife of Miami during the week.”

Along with music, the festival also showcases non-profit political, social and environmental activist organizations along with wellness workshops, yoga and beach activities on Saturday and Sunday.

For tickets and more information head to virginiakeygrassrootsfest.com.

VIRGINIA KEY GRASSROOTS FESTIVAL LINEUP

 

Big Mean Sound Machine
Locos Por Juana
Uma Galera
Bella’s Bartok
Elastic Bond
Cortadito
Fabi World Music Experience
Ephniko
Tamboka
Electric Piquete
Lobo Marino
Nag Champayons
Afrobeta
JUke
The Blind Spots
Medicine Hat Band
Tenzin Chopak
Jose Albizo & Soulroots Jazz
Pepe Montes Conjunto

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MEDIA CONTACTS

Russ Friedell
Russ@mammothmusicgroup.com
607-437-9326

Michael Mut
info@mutcomm.com
786-426-2277


Electric Piquete Debuts at The Wynwood Yard

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Electric Piquete Debuts at The Wynwood Yard During GrassRoots Live! February 24

Miami, FL – February 14, 2017This year’s edition of the Virginia Key GrassRoots Festival of Music & Dance is taking place throughout Miami and Miami Beach and is called GrassRoots Live! Electric Piquete has performed at the last two year’s editions of the festival and will now make it a third year in a row when they take The Wynwood Yard stage on Friday, February 24, 2017, at 9 p.m.  Also appearing that evening: Nacho Londono and Uma Galera. The show is free and all ages are welcome.
GrassRootsLive! will also feature Locos Por Juana, Donna the Buffalo, Big Mean Sound Machine, FABI, Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad, Elastic Bond, the Nag Champayons and more. Full performance schedule is posted here: virginiakeygrassroots.com/performance-schedule. Host venues also include Historic Virginia Key Beach Park, Concrete Beach Brewery, Garden Food and Bar, Lagniappe House, North Beach Bandshell, and the University of Miami Patio at the Donna E. Shalala Student Center.

Electric Piquete, two-time Miami New Times “Best Latin Band” award-winners, fuse rock, jazz, funk, Afro-Caribbean, progressive and R&B influences with incendiary results. Last summer they issued their “Singles Collection” digitally and on CD, and released a video for their single “Cut Me Loose”. They also braved Hurricane Mattheew to make their debut at the Shakori Hills GrassRoots Festival of Music & Dance in North Carolina. More information: www.ElectricPiquete.com.

The Wynwood Yard is located at 56 NW 29th St, Miami, FL 33127. For more information, please visit www.ElectricPiquete.com or call 305.351.0366.

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MEDIA CONTACT                                                                                                            
Mut Communications
Michael Mut
786.426.2277
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Full GrassRoots Live! Lineup Announced

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Full GrassRoots Live! Lineup Announced

Live music performances for the sixth annual festival to take place in Coral Gables, Miami Beach, Midtown, Virginia Key and Wynwood

Virginia Key Beach, FL – January 18, 2017 – The open format for the 2017 edition of the Virginia Key Grassroots Festival of Music & Dance promises to spread the event’s vibe throughout Miami. Not only will there music at the festival’s Key Biscayne home, but this year, mainland satellite happenings in Coral Gables, Wynwood and Midtown, and North Beach will literally bring the music to the people. Live performances are scheduled to begin Wednesday, February 22 and will run through the grand festival-closing performance on Sunday, February 26. Camping will be available the 21st through the 27th at the Historic Virginia Key Beach Park.

Long an organization that supports and encourages sustainable mass-transit commuting, all events are either within in walking distance of each other, or accessible by public transportation (buses, Metrorail, and Metromover), Freebee (Wynwood’s free electric runabout car system), or Uber.

Scheduled to play this year are:

Locos Por Juana
Donna the Buffalo
Uma Galera
Big Mean Sound Machine
FABI
Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad
Elastic Bond
Telekinetic Walrus
Tamboka
JUke

Bill Kelly
Afrobeta
Nag Champyons
Nativos Jammin Orchestra
The Blind Spots
Electric Piquete
Edan Archer
Krekel and Whoa
Jeb & Tara
Jesus Hidalgo 

Official host venues are:

The Wynwood Yard, 56 NW 29th St, Miami, FL 33127
Historic Virginia Key Beach Park, 4020 Virginia Beach Dr, Miami, FL 33149  
Concrete Beach Brewery, (325 NW 24th St, Miami, FL 33127
Garden Food and Bar, 168 NW 26th Street, Miami, FL 33127
Lagniappe House, 3425 NE 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33137
North Beach Bandshell, 7275 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33141
University of Miami Patio, Donna E. Shalala Student Center, 1330 Miller Dr, Miami, FL 33146

The full schedule detailing which artists will play at what venue and at what time will be posted soon at http://virginiakeygrassroots.com/music/performer-lineup.

“Miami and GrassRoots have come to a wonderful meeting point about being human, respectful to all people, artistic, creative and is such a welcome respite from the turmoil that is the general feeling I get in most of the country now,” said festival coordinator Jordan Puryear. “If you have not seen the evolution of the Wynwood Arts District you will be very pleasantly surprised by the warm and cozy outdoor venues where people bring their kids and enjoy the wonderful breezes of Miami.”

The festival-closer on Sunday, February 26 at Historic Virginia Key Beach Park will feature live performances by Donna the Buffalo, Elastic Bond, Big Mean Sound Machine, FABI and more. Concrete Beach Brewery will host a special pop-up bar, and there will be a selection of food trucks present to go along with lots of beachside outdoor fun.

GrassRoots Live! will also offer a full schedule of movement, meditation and healing workshops and events to throughout the week of camping and fun. Puryear will offering Tensegrity practice each day for those who would like to explore the ancient movement art of the pre-Colombian Central American people who built the great Chichen Itza pyramid in Mexico.

Tickets to all events an on-site camping are now available online at: http://bit.ly/VKGR2017.  For more information, please visit http://virginiakeygrassroots.com or call 305.767.4460.

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ABOUT GRASSROOTS

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. This year’s edition is the sixth incarnation of the Virginia Key GrassRoots Festival of Music & Dance, featuring local and national acts.

For more information, visit GrassRootsFest.org  or call 607.387.5098.

MEDIA CONTACT
Michael Mut
Mut Communications
786.426.2277
info@mutcomm.com


GrassRoots Live! Coming February 21

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Tickets for GrassRoots Live! Now Available Online

Donna the Buffalo, Locos Por Juana, Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad, The Blind Spots, FABI, Big Mean Sound Machine, Electric Piquete announced as headliners

Virginia Key Beach, FL – January 4, 2017 The sixth installment of the Virginia Key GrassRoots Festival of Music & Dance is being billed this year as GrassRoots Live! and is scheduled to take place February 21-28, 2017. The event will not only take place on its traditional Key Biscayne home, but will also feature mainland satellite happenings in Wynwood and Midtown, and on North Beach. Grassroots festival mainstays Donna the Buffalo, Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad, The Blind Spots, and Big Mean Sound Machine join Miami’s Locos Por Juana, FABI and Electric Piquete as early headliners announced; more acts are soon to be revealed.

So far, there are official events planned for The Wynwood Yard (56 NW 29th St, Miami, FL 33127), Concrete Beach Social Hall (325 NW 24th St, Miami, FL 33127), Lagniappe House (3425 NE 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33137), and the North Beach Bandshell (7275 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33141). The full schedule will be released shortly, but tickets to all events and on-site camping are now available online at: http://bit.ly/VKGR2017.

“We’re proud and excited to be back for a 6th year,” says festival organizer and spokesperson Selena Hodom. “I’m looking forward to producing yet another successful winter event and continuing the GrassRoots tradition here in South Florida.”

The organization is looking to get back on track after underwhelming ticket sales for the recent Shakori Hills festival, which was interrupted for a day by a Hurricane Matthews strike on North Carolina in early October or 2016. In spite of the weather, the festival highlighted scores of bands, including a contingent from Miami that included Elastic Bond, Electric Piquete and Cortadito.

The Virginia Key / Greater Miami edition will once again showcase non-profit political, social and environmental activist organizations, and feature on-site camping on Virginia Key, wellness workshops, yoga, and beach activities.

For more information, please visit http://virginiakeygrassroots.com or call 305.767.4460.

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ABOUT GRASSROOTS

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. This year’s edition is the sixth incarnation of the Virginia Key Grassroots Festival of Music & Dance, featuring local and national acts.

For more information, visit GrassrootsFest.org  or call 607.387.5098.

MEDIA CONTACT
Michael Mut
Mut Communications
786.426.2277
info@mutcomm.com


Electric Piquete Play Virginia Key GrassRoots 2/21 2:45 p.m.

MEDIA ALERT

Electric Piquete Perform at Virginia Key GrassRoots Sunday, 2/21, 2:45 p.m.

Hialeah, FL – February 9, 2016The that has been named Miami New Times’ “Best Latin Band” twice during the last six years will make a return appearance at the 5th annual Virginia Key GrassRoots Festival of Music & Dance Sunday, February 21, 2016 at 2:45 p.m. Electric Piquete will play in the in the Dance Tent; all ages are welcome. Single and multi-day festival and camping passes are available online at bit.ly/VKGRTix2016. 

The festival kicks off February 14 with a special Culture Camp featuring music and dance workshops, yoga, activities for kids and more. This year’s GrassRoots will also feature performances spanning February 18-21 by Donna the Buffalo, Charles Bradley, The Wood Brothers, The Family Stone and more, plus local favorites Spam Allstars, Danay Suarez, Locos Por Juana, Suenalo, Afrobeta, the Nag Champayons, Telekinetic Walrus, and many more on four stages during four days. The event takes place at the historic Virginia Key Beach Park located at 4020 Virginia Beach Drive, Miami, FL 33149.

A Latin funk / fusion band from Hialeah best known for its fiery originals and inventive interpretations of Latin and jazz standards, Electric Piquete features a powerfully-tight drums / bass / guitar / keys / congas rhythm section that sets the groove for a fiery horn section, taking listeners on an Afro-Caribbean journey of sound. The group is a veritable melting pot of influences that range from rock to jazz and spiced with everything in between: funk, fusion, old-school salsa, progressive and R&B. Though mostly instrumental, they feature vocals with three-part harmonies and rapping on several numbers.

Founded by drummer / vocalist Ed Rosado and bassist / vocalist Michael Mut in 2007, Electric Piquete also features members Chris Correoso on guitar and Rich Dixon on trumpet and flugelhorn. The band’s sound is augmented by special guests including Raymond Ayala on percussion and vocals, Charles Gardner on keyboards, Robert Smiley on tenor sax and flute, and occasionally, Maco Monthervil on vocals and Jose Miranda on trombone.

For more information, visit www.ElectricPiquete.com or call 786.810.7112.

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MEDIA CONTACT                                                                                                            
Mut Communications
Michael Mut
786.426.2277
info@mutcomm.com

 

 


Virginia Key GrassRoots Previewed 2/14

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Virginia Key GrassRoots Festival of Music & Dance Previewed at the February 14 a Day at the Beach Concert

Day two of the concert series to feature Big Mean Sound Machine, Afrobeta, Jean P Jam, Oigo and Big Brooklyn Red at the North Beach Bandshell

Miami Beach, FL – February 2, 2016 – The fifth annual Virginia Key GrassRoots Festival of Music and Dance returns to Virginia Key February 18-21, 2016, but fans can enjoy an exclusive preview of a few of the acts scheduled to perform on Sunday, February 14 at the North Beach Bandshell (7275 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139). The free, all-ages show, featuring Ithaca, NY’s Big Mean Sound Machine and local faves Jean P Jam, Oigo and Big Brooklyn Red, will also feature yoga beats with Afrobeta, workshops, food vendors, crafts and more. Doors open at noon; learn more at www.VirginaKeyGrassRoots.org.

“Our partnership with the GrassRoots organization is a natural one – we share the common goal of wanting to positively impact our communities through the arts,” says CAC Executive and Artistic Director Jose Elias. “We invite everyone to come back to the North Beach Bandshell the day after our opener to take in a special Valentine’s Day sneak preview of this year’s Virginia Key GrassRoots Fest, which promises to be their best yet.” Community Arts & Culture won a 2015 Knights Arts Challenge South Florida grant and was recently awarded a National Endowment of the Arts Challenge America award. They present the arts as a tool for education and are a 501(c)3 charitable organization.

Big Mean Sound Machine’s stated goal is to create music that stimulates both the body and brain. A dozen plus-piece big band, they thrive in the live setting, passionately emoting a mix of Afrobeat, funk, dance and experimental music, drawing influences from West Africa, Latin America, the Caribbean and North America and performing from 100-150 dates a year throughout the United States. They are currently promoting their third full-length release called Contraband, which was recorded live, fully analog and in two sessions at 19th Century churches.

Jean P Jam was born Jean Almatas Pokito in Haiti where he began is musical exploration on guitar and with the Konpa and Racine styles. His professional career began at age 16, and he went on to tour with the Gemini All-Stars on bass, before joining the legendary Magnum Band, touring and recording with them for several years. In addition, he’s worked with notable artists such asRichie and Cedella Marley (Mother B), as well as several prominent local acts. He is currently based in Miami and is well-known throughout the region for his unique blend of reggae and world music. His latest recording Keep Walking is now available on CD.

Big Brooklyn Red is a neosoul recording and performing artist whose classic gospel stylings have appeared on countless house and dance tracks and compilations. Influenced by Marvin Gaye, Donnie Hathaway, Al Green and others, he can be seen performing throughout Miami at lounges, clubs and hotels as a solo artist, in the Red Monkey duo or as part of a few different groups. His release Foreward is available on iTunes.

With sister events also occurring in Shakori Hills, NC and Ithaca, NY during the last 25 plus years, the GrassRoots Festival of Music and Dance organization, its own 501(c)3, has served to both engage and give back to the local and regional communities in which they exist by providing financial and organizational support to impact positive change. The Virginia Key festival officially opens with a pre-concert Culture Camp, which runs February 14 – 17 at the festival site, featuring instrument, dance, movement and cooking workshops, nightly themed dances and more. Beachfront camping is once again available.

Descemer Bueno, who is best known for the 2014 international hit “Bailando”, will headline the opening day concert planned for the day before, also at the bandshell, marking the official start of Community Arts & Culture’s (CAC) busy season of musical and educational activities. The concert is an all-ages event also featuring members of the at-risk youth mentorship program Guitars Over Guns Organization (GOGO). Pre-sale tickets are $25 and available at bpt.me/e/2471841; show begins at 4 p.m.

The concert series is generously being sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, theMiami Beach Cultural Arts Council, Blackwell Rum, 7th Circuit Productions, and the Moksha Family Arts Collective. For more information, call 786.218.6854 or visit www.communityartsandculture.org.

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ABOUT COMMUNITY ARTS & CULTURE

Incorporated in September 2002, Community Arts and Culture, Inc. (CAC) is a Miami-based non-profit organization that fosters an appreciation and understanding of a vast assortment of arts and cultures by educating individuals of all ages and social backgrounds through workshops, lectures and artistic performances in local communities.

Prior to receiving non-profit status, the Arts at St. Johns served as a fiscal agent for CAC’s programs and development. For their 2003/2004 season, the Arts at St. Johns received funding through a DAN (Digital Arts Network) grant to serve as an incubator for emerging arts administrators. CAC also produces the Afro Roots World Music Festival, one of the longest-running events of its kind, as well as co-produces the Roots in the Schools program, which brings music to Miami-area at-risk children.

For more information, call 786.218.6854 or visitwww.communityartsandculture.org.

MEDIA CONTACT
Mut Communications
Michael Mut
786.426.2277
info@mutcomm.com

 

 


Elastic Bond Plays GrassRoots Shakori Hills

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

Miami-based, bilingual tropical / alternative group to return to the North Carolina fall festival
Miami, FL – September 29, 2015 – 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, DiscoveryChannel, Nickelodeon, CW Networks, Univision and ABC. The band 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.

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ABOUT GRASSROOTS

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.

MEDIA CONTACT

Mut Communications
Michael Mut
786.426.2277
info@mutcomm.com

 

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Finger Lakes GrassRoots Miami-Flavored

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Finger Lakes GrassRoots Festival of Music & Dance Rich in Miami Flavor

Twenty-fifth edition of summer concert features four local acts and takes place in upstate New York July 16-19

Miami, FL – July 1, 2015 – This year’s lineup of the Finger Lakes GrassRoots Festival of Music & Dance will feature mainstays like Donna the Buffalo, KeithFrank & Soileau Zydeco, Marco Benevento, Jim Lauderdale, and Big Mean SoundMachine. Also scheduled to appear: Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, JohnBrown’s Body and Jimkata. Notably, a musical cadre from the South Florida area will also make the trek north: Lanzallamas, the Nag Champayons, Telekinetic Walrusand Nery Arevalo.

Originally an AIDSwork benefit concert thrown together in 1990, the Finger Lakes Festival of Music & Dance is now half-way into its third decade of existence. The event will take place over the course of four days at the Trumansburg Fairgrounds(2150 Trumansburg Rd, Trumansburg, NY 14886) and could be the perfect summer getaway from the South Florida heat. The nearby Finger Lakes Wine Country and the area’s renowned Rieslings may be of interest to travelers, as are the great opportunities for fishing and hiking along the myriad streams and gorges.

Lanzallamas is a five-piece modern Afro-Latino folkloric group that combines salsa, cumbia and electronic elements into an original and hypnotic sound. Led by singers / percussionists Fabio Patiño and Cintia Lovo, the group has appeared at the Finger Lakes, Shakori Hills (NC) and Virginia Key GrassRoots Festivals before, as well as at several other Miami-based music and arts events.

The Nag Champayons are an Afrogalactic, tropidelic six-piece who just releasedRising Sounds of a Sinking City, an eight-movement, 21-minute theme weaving together sonic textures from Africa to Colombia, then Stateside via Cuba, all done in a screaming 60s psychedelic rock style. The band features keyboardist / graphic designer Ryan Caccolici, bassist Edwin Cardona, guitarist Jose Elias, drummerKenneth Metzker, vocalist Komikaze. This year will mark the group’s debut at Finger Lakes.

Experimental / psychedelic / hip-hop / electronica act Telekinetic Walrus features the colorful cast of characters Y Diz, the TimeZoo Keeper, Corinne Stevie, Faun 5000,Buffalo, as well as Komakozie. They are currently embarked on the “Drive Through Tour 2015” in support of their recently released recording Spaceship with the Heavy Bass Bump.

Nery Arevalo is an El Salvador-born, Miami-based percussionist who has played with the James Montgomery Blues Band, the Fabulous Charmers, and currently, with the Nag Champions and Morikeba Kouyate and Friends.

Single day and four-day admission tickets are available online now atwww.GrassRootsFest.org. For more information, call 607.387.5098.

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ABOUT GRASSROOTS
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. This year’s 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.

For more information, visit GrassRootsFest.org  or call 607.387.5098.

MEDIA CONTACT
Michael Mut
Mut Communications
786.426.2277
mutcomm@gmail.com

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