The GrassRoots Festival of Music and Dance is back at Historic Virginia Key Beach Park in Key Biscayne from February 18th-21st, 2016.
The festival spans over 4 days, 4 stages, and includes over 50 bands. It is a mission-based organization that hosts multiple festivals a year across the east coast that brings together communities of multi-cultured backgrounds together through music, art, dance, education, wellness and sustainability. GrassRoots works to nurture local artists and talent while reaching around the globe to bring world music and culture to new audiences.
Visitors can enjoy daily festivities or camp on-site at the Historic Virginia Key Beach Park on Virginia Beach Drive.
Over 50 performers will take the stage, including:
Aaron Lebos Reality: Dynamic musicians unite in this collaborative project fusing jazz, funk, Latin music and inventive improvisation. They’ll keep you on your toes and the dance floor with deep grooves and a knack for the unexpected.
Afrobeta: Miami’s avant-dance duo will make you shake your groove thing. The band’s original tracks could be chart-toppers but formulaic they are not. Tony Laurencio layers synth tracks and funk-laden bass lines while Cuci Amador delivers high-energy vocals and serious style. Get ready to move!
Big Brooklyn Red: Brooklyn native turned Miami soul singer, Big Brooklyn Red’s trademark freestyles make each performance one of a kind. His improvisational talent and sultry vocals evoke a back-in-time blues club vibe that will transport your mind and make your body sway to the fluid rhythms.
Driftwood: In a post-modern world of skyscrapers and handheld computers, Driftwood looks beneath the concrete and circuitry to find their sound. Based in Binghamton, NY, their unique blend of old-time folk with modern and world music features melodious fiddle blazing, boundless banjo thwacking, booming upright-bass thumping and gleeful guitar plucking alongside a scrap-wood kick box, clapping hands and stomping feet.
Elastic Bond: Miami’s own Elastic Bond delivers a unique sonic cocktail with an urban edge and a tropical twist, mixing Latin and Soul with modern sample-based production and the vibrant voice of Honduran songstress Sofy Encanto. Fusing horn section and percussion with electronica, tasty melodies and positive vibes, their funky groove kisses musical boundaries goodbye.
Jim Lauderdale: They call him “alt-country,” “Americana,” and even “Y’all-ternative.” Singer/songwriter Jim Lauderdale is a Nashville treasure who helped lay out the blueprint for the Americana movement of the ’90s. Jim won a Grammy for Lost in the Lonesome Pines, a 2002 collaboration with Ralph Stanley.
Locust Honey: This Nashville based group will break your heart gently with their stunning harmonies and have you wondering just how a fiddle can blaze so hot! Hear these talented musicians croon the country sounds of Tennessee with heart and soul.
Paleface: Indie-folk icon, Paleface plays sunny-sounding tunes with an edge of realism that keeps things interesting. Beck has quoted him as an influence on his early work and he’s collaborated with The Avett Brothers. Drummer Mo Samalot accompanies Paleface on vocals with a female voice that flushes out the dynamic attitude of their songs. Their latest album, One Big Party spawned US and European tours and positive national press. You’re in for a treat so listen up!
The Wood Brothers: These masters of folk and blues have recently voyaged towards rock’s electric shores. Their most recent album, Paradise, is their 6th studio effort, a taste of the magnetic chemistry so apparent in their live performances. Chris Wood, of Medeski, Martin and Wood, his brother Oliver and now permanent third member Jano Rix on drums create a powerful trio on stage. Americana finds it’s way to a new generation through the virtuosic musicianship of The Wood Brothers.
Concrete Beach Brewery is the Official Beer Sponsor for the Virginia Key Grassroots Festival and will be pouring their craft beer selections Rica, Stiltsville, Tropic of Passion, and Concrete Common. This collection of craft beer will be available at the Concrete Beach Tavern inside the beer garden, located next to the main stages, where there will be games, activities, and a Vinyl Lounge with music and dancing.