Massive Itinerary: The 29th Annual Grassroots Festival of Music and Dance

The 29th Annual Finger Lakes Grassroots Festival of Music and Dance has arrived. Grassroots will begin Thursday July 19th and run through Sunday July 22. There is still time to purchase your pre-sale festival tickets for $140 here! Camping is separate and can be purchased here.

Here at Rochester Groovecast, Grassroots is our favorite music festival of the summer. Below is Rochester Groovecast’s full performance agenda. Also included is an official Spotify playlist, the entire lineup, and schedule.

Due note, Grassroots also has a Happiness Parade, workshops, yoga, healing arts, craft beer, a band competition, local food, and tons of vendors!  Don’t forget to check out Grassrootsfest.org for the full analysis!

If you are still on the fence, come on now! PLEASE CHECK THIS OUT! BUY YOUR TICKET SOON AND I’LL SEE YOU THERE! If you’re already on the list, use this post as a music literary for the weekend.


Following the announcement of the 2018 Grassroots lineup, I created a Spotify playlist highlighting this year’s festival!



Taj Mahal Quartet – Railroad Earth – Rising Appalachia – Todd Snider – Willie Watson – Ryan Montbleau Band – Hayley Jane & The Primates – Driftwood – Tony Perez Band – BKO – Keith Frank & The Soileau Zydeco Band – Giant Panda Guerrilla Dub Squad – Garifuna Collective – Nativos Jammin’ Orchestra – Jose Albizu Jazz Trio – Swamp Kids – Root Shock – Feufollet – Mosaic Foundation – The Turbans – The Crucials – Sammus – Ephniko – DJ Evo Evolution – Oliver Bates Craven – Aaron Lipp & The Slack Tones – Dirty Blanket – ¡Viva Mayhem! – Ruth Rosenblatt & George Cooke – PA Line – Drank The Gold – Tattat – Folkfaces – 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 – Keith Secola & His Wild Band – Ithaca Bottom Boys – Sihasin – Fall Creek Brass Band – 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 – Traonach – Mac Benford & Up South – Plastic Nebraska – Billy Cote & Mary Lorson – The Sutras – KidBess & The Magic Ring – The Fly Rods – Bubba George String Band – The Talktomes – December Wind – Calico Moon – Uniit Carruyo – GrassRoots Chamber Orchestra – Ithaca Underground w/ Anamon, The Miserable Genius, La Llorona, & Motherwort




1:30pm: BUBBA GEORGE STRINGBAND- (String Music/Bluegrass) -Infield


7:00pm: Donna The Buffalo- (Americana/Psychedelic/Zydeco) -Infield

8:30pm: Rising Appalachia- (Folk Traditions/Harmonies/Experimental/Sisterhood) -Grandstand

9:30pm: Railroad Earth- (Americana/Folk/Jam/Improvisational) -Infield

10pm: The Turbans- (Gypsy Klezmer Turkish Folk Frenzy) -Grandstand

11:30pm: Keith Frank  The Soileau Zydeco Band- (Zydeco/Soul) -Infield

12pm: Kevin Kinsella- (Roots/Reggae) -Grandstand

Friday 7/19

12:30pm: Montee Sinquah- (World Champion Hoop Dancer) -Grandstand

2:30pm: The Blind Spots- (Moxy Rock/Pop) -Grandstand

6:00pm: Jim Lauderdale- (Americana/Folk) -Grandstand

7:00pm: Viva Mayhem!- (Ska/Punk/Avant-Garde) -Infield

7:30pm: Willie Watson- (Folk Singer/Songwriter) -Grandstand

8:45pm: Sim Redmond Band- (Roots/Afro-Caribbean) -Infield

9:30pm: Taj Mahal Quartet- (Blues Legend) -Grandstand

10:30pm: Gunpoets- (Rap/ Hip Hop) -Infield

11:30pm: Nativos Jammin’ Orchestra- (Caribbean/Afro-Latino) -Grandstand

12:00am: Feufollet- (Cajun/Creole/Zydeco) -Dance Tent

12:15am: Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad- (Reggae/Jam) -Infield


2:30pm: Keith Secola & The Wild Band of Indians- (Native Americana) -Infield

2:45pm: P.A Line- (Folk/Indy) -Grandstand

3:00pm: Cortadito- (Cuban) -Dane Tent

4:30pm: The Campbell Brothers- (Gospel/ Sacred Steel/Soul) -Grandstand

5:00pm: Folkfaces- (Folk/Jazz/Ragtime/Americana) -Dance Tent

6:15pm: BKO- (Mali/Malian Crunch) -Infield

6:45pm: Hayley Jane & The Primates- (Americana/Soul/Theater/Rock n Roll) -Infield

8:15pm: Sammus- (Rap/Indy) -Infield

8:45pm: Garifuna Collective- (World Music of Dangriga, Belize) -Grandstand

10:00pm: Donna The Buffalo- (Americana/Folk/Zydeco/Kings and Queens of Grassroots) -Infield

10:45pm: Ryan Montbleau Band- (Singer-Songwriter/Folk/ R&B) -Grandstand

12:30am: Root Shock- (Reggae/Soul) -Infield

12:30am: Tony Perez Quintet- (Jazz) -Granstand

Sunday 7/21

2:15pm Dirty Blanket- (Bluegrass) -Infield

3:15pm Driftwood- (Folk/Americana) -Grandstand

4:00pm Jose Albizu Jazz Trio (Jazz) -Infield

5:00pm Todd Snider- (Alternative County/Rock/Folk) -Grandstand

5:45pm Swamp Kids- (Folk/Americana/Soul) -Dance Tent

7:00pm Richie & Rosie- (Roots/Old-Timey) -Infield

8:00pm Donna The Buffalo & Friends All Star Jam- (You Already Know)- Infield Stage

Check out some press materials from previous years:



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