Finger Lakes Grassroots Festival Of Music & Dance kicks off on July 19th

The annual Finger Lakes Grassroots Festival Of Music & Dance takes place July 19th- 22 in Trumansburg and takes place on four stages with approximately 75 bands each year. This year has notable acts such as Patty Griffin, Toots and the Maytals, and Valerie June.

Patty Griffin courtesy of the Grassroots website.

The festival is held at the Trumansburg Fairgrounds in Trumansburg which is located about 10 miles north of Ithaca on the west side of Cayuga Lake in Finger Lakes region of Central New York. The festival is also a mission-based organization which basically means, besides the music, they also try to work to nurture local artists and talent while reaching around the globe to bring world music and culture to new audiences, creating environments that inspire creativity and foster community building. A big part of this fostering and inspiring can be found in their Culture Camp which takes place the four days before the festival.

Donna the Buffalo is known as the Grassroots host artist and will be performing as usual, closing out the festival on Sunday night. Some of the other notable artists performing are: Patty Griffin, a Grammy-Award winning artist; reggae legends, Toots & the Maytals, and Valerie June, a multi-instrumentalist encompassing a mixture of folk, blues, gospel, soul, country, Appalachian and bluegrass. The full lineup can be found here.

The festival is full of all kinds of music from local to national and international artists but the experience isn’t limited to just that. Other offerings include camping, local food and craft vendors, children’s activities, daily yoga, healing arts and instrument workshops, visual arts exhibits, and so much more.

For tickets and more information visit the festival’s website.