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Virginia Key GrassRoots Festival of Music & Dance

January 19th, 2012 -


Febuary 9- 12, 2012 - Virginia Key, Miami

The Virginia Key GrassRoots Festival of Music & Dance is the inaugural winter season GrassRoots Festival and will be held at Miami’s Historic Virginia Key Beach Park. The Virginia Key GrassRoots Festival joins New York’s Finger Lakes GrassRoots Festival and North Carolina’s Shakori Hills GrassRoots Festival in a not-for-profit festival triumvirate that spans four seasons. Founded 22 years ago as a not-for-profit supporting arts, education, and the fight against AIDS, the GrassRoots Festival Organization has grown into a multi-dimensional and multi-state platform for community engagement.

The four-day camping event will showcase some of the world’s most amazing and respected talents from over 50 performing groups whose genres include: Roots Rock, Reggae, Hip-Hop, Latin, Funk, Cajun, Bluegrass, African, Kompa, World Beat and Zydeco. The fest will include a Kids’ Village with interactive programming and a Healing Arts Area hosting daily movement workshops, massage and other bodywork modalities. Local and visiting artisans will showcase and offer for sale their handcrafted works in the festival’s Crafts Area. There will also be a Beer Garden, featuring Florida Beer Company craft-brewed beer. One of their four stages is a 1,000+ person dance tent complete with dance floor and dance workshops. In this tent we will feature Zydeco, Salsa, and a few electronic DJ sets from DJ Bill Kelly and others, of the Winter Music Conference, as well as many other acts from across the spectrum live music.

This is a community involvement driven event, which means they have plenty of volunteer opportunities for people to come and earn a ticket and work alongside their staff to make this festival a success. There is a volunteer sign up form on their website for anyone who is interested.

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Arrested Development
Beausoleil Avec Michael Doucet
Big Brass Juke
Big Cosmo
Bill Kelly
Bobby Lee Rodgers
Chaka Khan
Christabel and the Jons
Crazy Fingers
The Del McCoury Band
Diali Keba Cissokho
DJ Aris
Donna the Buffalo
Elastic Bond
Gene Tagaban
Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad
Gibbor Green
The Grady Girls
Greg Humphreys
The Habanero Honeys.
The Heavy Pets
Hindu Cowboys
Immortal Technique
The Jacob Jeffries Band
Jah High Towa
Jim Lauderdale
Keith Frank & the Soileau Zydeco Band
Keith Secola & Wild Band of Indians
The Lee Boys
Locos por Juana
Mixed Culture
Nery Arevalo
Preston Frank
Raffa & Rainer
Revelation Mizik
DJ Richard McVay
The Rowan Cunningham Band
Sim Redmond Band
Son Salvaje
The Sunsetters
The TalkToMes
Thousands of One
Toubab Krewe
Willie Watson & the Evil City String Band

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