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The Steuben Courier Advocate
  • Grassroots Festival: Four days, 70 bands

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  • A summertime tradition in the Finger Lakes, the Grassroots Festival of Music and Dance, is back for its 24th year and will feature approximately 70 acts performing on four stages over four days, along with arts and crafts, children’s activities and a wide array of ethnic food.
    Grassroots - opening Thursday and running through Sunday at the Trumansburg Fairgrounds - boasts an eclectic blend of music, including bluegrass, old-time, country, rock, zydeco, Cajun, hip hop, reggae, African, Native American and more. The lineup mixes internationally touring acts with bands from Ithaca’s lively music scene.
    This year’s headliners include Lake Street Dive, Danay Suarez and Anders Osborne.
    Returning Grassroots favorites include host band Donna the Buffalo, The Horse Flies, Sim Redmond Band, Giant Panda Guerrilla Dub Squad, Driftwood and John Brown’s Body.
    The dance tent will rock into the wee hours on Friday and Saturday nights with Feufollet and Keith Frank’s Soileau Zydeco Band, respectively.
    The festival site is near Taughannock Falls State Park on Cayuga Lake.
    A weekend pass is $130 at the gate, and daily passes range from $40 to $55. On-site camping is sold out but off-site camping is still available.
    For more information, including a performance schedule and band bios, go to www.grassrootsfest.org.
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