Community Magic: GrassRoots, the Nationally Prominent, Non-Commercial Music Festival, Makes Music out of Community, and Community out of Music

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Grassroots Festival

The volunteer-powered Finger Lakes GrassRoots Festival of Music and Dance has constantly fed and nurtured its roots: bringing artists deeper into community, and bringing the community together with the arts. This massive artistic endeavor sprang from an unlikely source: A group of old-time musicians, horrified by the lackluster reaction of authorities to the AIDS crisis. They held a wildly successful benefit, one night back in 1990.

Now, after more than two and half decades, this year’s Trumansburg festival runs July 20-23, 2017 and will feature 80 acts on four stages over four days. This year several Reggae acts will headline this years festival including Morgan Heritage, Locos Por Juana, John Brown’s Body, Giant Panda Guerrilla Dubsquad, Thunder Body and incredible African artists like Samite of Uganda and Mokoomba of Zimbabwe.

GrassRoots takes the educational facet of its mission very seriously, offering festival goers more than a quick peek or taste, but an extensive schedule of classes, yoga sessions, and other learning opportunities, all free of charge. Fans can immerse themselves in an entire Culture Camp prior to the festival, where they can learn from master artists and eat community meals together.

Powered by approximately 1,500 volunteers, GrassRoots is built to get people involved in every aspect of festival operations.

Join us July 20-23rd for another outstanding year of music, community, education and dancing at this year Grassroots Festival!!

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