The 17th Annual Finger Lakes GrassRoots Festival of Music and Dance will be held from July 19-22 at the Trumansburg Fairgrounds in Trumansburg, NY. This year's headliners include hip-hop stars Arrested Development, South African world music legend Hugh Masekela, Australian ska-pop group The Cat Empire, Malian guitar genius Vieux Farka Toure, aerial silk dance ensemble A Girl in the Sky Productions, acoustic punk/old-timey trio The Avett Brothers, Grammy-winning country singer-songwriter Jim Lauderdale, underground hip-hop sensation MC Lars, and many more.
The festival was founded by roots rock band Donna the Buffalo, who will perform three times over the four days of the festival. Now in its seventeenth year, the festival brings some of the best contemporary and traditional roots music from around the world together in the tiny town of Trumansburg, New York. Festival organizers estimate that around 12,000 people will attend GrassRoots.
All festival proceeds are donated to organizations that support local arts, education and the global fight against AIDS.
The GrassRoots Festival, in addition to presenting over 80 bands on four stages, also offers a visual art exhibit, a juried craft fair, over 20 food vendors providing a wide variety of cuisines, a chamber orchestra concert, all night zydeco and Cajun dances on Friday and Saturday nights, kids' areas for both young and teenaged children, a children's parade, and much more.
Tickets for this year's festival are priced as follows:
Adult 4-day pass:
$85 in advance (web & phone orders through July 7)
$110 at the gate
Single Day Passes:
Youth 4-day pass (age 13-15):
$40 (both in advance & at the gate)
FREE with guardian
All onsite camping is sold out. Camping is available at the GrassRoots offsite lot (on Agard Road in Trumansburg) and is $40 for the weekend. A free shuttle bus runs nonstop 24 hours a day to the offsite lot.
Parking is free at the GrassRoots offsite lot (on Agard Road in Trumansburg) and is serviced by a 24-hour shuttle bus. Parking is also available for a price at various lots near the fairgrounds.
Autumn Leaves Bookstore - on the Ithaca Commons (Ithaca)
Ithaca Guitar Works - Dewitt Mall (Ithaca)
Small World Music - State Street (Ithaca)
Trumansburg Records - Main Street (Trumansburg)
New York Pizzeria - Main Street (Trumansburg)
Music City - 7 Main St. Binghamton 607-723-2615
Volunteer opportunities are available for a weekend pass, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more. The gates open Thursday at noon and close at dark on Sunday.
For more information, contact the GrassRoots Festival office at 607.387.5098 or visit the GrassRoots website at www.grassrootsfest.org/trumansburg