NEWS: 2019 Finger Lakes GrassRoots Festival of Music & Dance Lineup Announcement

NEWS: 2019 Finger Lakes GrassRoots Festival of Music & Dance Lineup Announcement


Presented by host band Donna the Buffalo

JULY 18-21 Trumansburg, NY


Music - Camping - Yoga - Dance - Healing Arts - Workshops

“The thing about GrassRoots is, there really is something for everyone, and that can be seen by the different types of people that attend it.” - NYS Music


Donna the Buffalo - Taj Mahal Quartet - Willie Watson
Railroad Earth - Rising Appalachia - Todd Snider
Ryan Montbleau Band
Hayley Jane & The Primates - Driftwood - Tony Perez Band
BKO - Keith Frank & Soileau Zydeco Band
Giant PandaGuerrilla Dub Squad - Garifuna Collective
Nativos Jammin’ Orchestra - Sammus


Jose Albizu Jazz Trio - Swamp Kids - Root Shock - Feufollet
The Turbans - The Crucials - Ephniko - DJ Evo Evolution
Oliver Bates Craven - Aaron Lipp & The Slack Tones
Ruth Rosenblatt & George Cooke
Dirty Blanket - PA Line - Drank the Gold - Folkfaces
Tattat - ¡Viva Mayhem! - Vicious Fishes


Jim Lauderdale - Preston Frank & His Zydeco Family Band
Richie & Rosie - Cortadito - Sim Redmond Band - Gunpoets
The Campbell Brothers - Maddy Walsh & The Blind Spots
Mosaic Foundation - Keith Secola & His Wild Band of Indians
Ithaca Bottom Boys - Fall Creek Brass Band
Sihasin - Jones Benally Family Dance Troupe
The Flying Clouds of South Carolina
Moontee Sinquah - Walter Mouton & The Scott Playboys
Kevin Kinsella - Hank Roberts - Tenzin Chopak
Empire Kings - Double Tiger - Mac Benford & Up South
Traonach - Mary Lorson - KidBess & The Magic Ring
Bubba George String Band - Nery Arevalo
Plastic Nebraska - The Fly Rods - Lailla Belle
The Sutras - Ithaca Underground
Move-Along Songs w/ John & Diane
GrassRoots Chamber Orchestra

The 29th Annual Finger Lakes GrassRoots Festival of Music & Dance will take place Thursday, July 18th - Sunday, July 21st at the Trumansburg Fairgrounds in Trumansburg, NY. Featuring over 70 carefully curated bands on 4 Stages over 4 Days - our festival is designed to dazzle you with diversity rather than wow you with big names. Sure, we have our fair share of “headlining” acts, but it’s the bands you have never heard that may impress you the most.

“The Finger Lakes GrassRoots Festival of Music and Dance was recently named one of USA Today’s top 10 outdoor music festivals – and for good reason. A veritable right-of-passage for any self-described music lover…”
- Live For Live Music

We are excited to announce our 2019 Finger Lakes GrassRoots Festival of Music & Dance Lineup, which includes the Grammy-winning island-infused-blues stylings of Taj Mahal Quartet, the improvisational Americana, country, bluegrass and rock & roll of Railroad Earth, the harmonious-soulful-folk of activists and songstresses Rising Appalachia, the traditionally-rooted folk of ramblin’ man and storyteller Willie Watson,  and the cajun-flavored-country-folk-rock of Donna the Buffalo!

As you can see, our headliners are about as “GrassRoots” as it gets, since each has their musical roots planted firmly in traditional forms of American music. We also are pleased to bring you sounds that represent the culture and heritage of other areas of the world, like BKO from Mali, Garifuna Collective from Belize, and the Cuban sounds of Miami based Cortadito...whose roots stretch across oceans.


Our programming goes far beyond the stages. It also starts before the festival. The Finger Lakes GrassRoots Festival of Music & Dance “Culture Camp” runs from July 14-17, and features four days of instrument, dance, and movement workshops, with nightly themed dinners and dances! Tickets and more info on Culture Camp available HERE.

Once the festival officially begins on July 18, activities away from the stages include camping, local food and craft, vendors, children's activities, daily yoga, healing arts and instrument workshops, visual arts exhibits, and so much more.

The GrassRoots Festival is proud to be an event that the whole family can enjoy. We strive to create a relaxed, family-friendly environment and have a fun-filled kids' activities area in a central location. We welcome children of all ages, and children 12 & under even attend free. In the Kids Area, children can make crafts, enjoy performances and play games.

Our intimate GrassRoots Workshop & Movement Tent is located in the shade near the Healing Arts Area. Classes range from African dance classes to yoga, from percussion and singing workshops to Indigenous teachings. Our workshops allow you to broaden your festival experience by gaining knowledge from the festival's amazing musicians, performers, teachers, and local community members.

“While GrassRoots can be lots of things to various people — a family vacation, a kids’ playground, a non-stop dance party, a carnival-like campground, and more — it’s still mostly about the music…”
- Ithaca Journal

GrassRoots Festival of Music and Dance is a mission-based (501-c3) organization that hosts 4 music/dance festivals a year in 3 different states spanning the east coast. GrassRoots brings multi-cultural communities together through the magic of music, art, dance, education, wellness, and sustainability.

Find YOUR GrassRoots at:

Shakori Hills GrassRoots Festival of Music & Dance

May 2-5, 2019

Pittsboro, NC

Finger Lakes GrassRoots Festival of Music & Dance

July 18-21, 2019

Trumansburg, NY

Shakori Hills GrassRoots Festival of Music & Dance

October 3-6, 2019

Pittsboro, NC

Virginia Key GrassRoots Festival of Music & Dance
(Winter 2020)

Date TBA

Miami, FL

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