GrassRoots Festival of Music & Dance

Lineup & Band Bios

2017 lineup

DONNA THE BUFFALO WELCOMES-

Del McCoury Band - Drive By Truckers - Jamestown Revival - Morgan Heritage - Keith Frank & The Soileau Zydeco Band - John Brown's Body - Las Cafeteras - Mbongwana Star - Preston Frank & His Zydeco Family Band - Locos Por Juana - Mokoomba - DakhaBrakha - Sim Redmond Band - The Horse Flies - Campbell Brothers - Balfa Toujours - Uma Galera - Driftwood - Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad - Walter Mouton & The Scott Playboys - Sophistafunk - Big Mean Sound Machine - Los Texmaniacs - Gunpoets - Danielle Ponder & The Tomorrow People - The Blind Spots - Keith Secola & The Wild Band of Indians - Flying Clouds of South Carolina - Sihasin - Cortadito - Samite of Uganda - FABI - Jones Benally Family Dance Troupe - Elastic Bond - Root Shock - Jennie Stearns - Dara and Nikolai - Thunder Body - ¡Viva Mayhem! - Taina Asili - Barroom Philosophers - Stone Cold Miracle - Tenzin Chopak - Mosaic Foundation - Crucial Reggae Social Club - Mac Benford & Up South - Ithaca Bottom Boys - Empire Kings - Thru Spectrums - Richie and Rosie - Johnny Dowd - Hank Roberts - Kevin Kinsella - Western Centuries - Afrobeta - Bobby Henrie & The Goners - Moontee Sinquah - Bomb Pulse - The Grady Girls - Laila Belle - Aaron Lipp & The Slack Tones - Saint Mela - Uniit Carruyo - The Ladles - Kelly Britton - Kenny T & Wildfire - Travis Knapp - Bronwen Exter - The Cat's Elbow - Bess Greenberg - Papa Muse - Sammus - Izzy True - Chris Corsano - Mr. McBean - Imperials - Toivo - Calico Moon - The Horses - Dead Sea Squirrels - Rt 13 - Bear Fox - Whistlin' Dyl - Along the River - Bubba George Stringband - GrassRoots Chamber Orchestra


Aaron lipp & the slack tones

Aaron Lipp has played with everyone from the Robert Randolph family band to Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad. With the Slack Tones he finds his own sound. Having immersed himself in old-time music and bluegrass, he put together a band that consummates reverence for the past while asking blues, honky-tonk, country, and rock ’n’ roll to come along for a ride in to the present.

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. Her performance and costumes make the experience a multisensory one, so take a look, take a listen, and get ready to move!

along the river

Atsiaktonkie, which means “Along the River” in the Mohawk language, calls for the rejuvenation of Native American spirit in his music, coined “folk with feathers.” With elements of folk, rock, and country, Atsiaktonkie translates timeless problems into modern parables with profound lyrics and melodies.

balfa toujours

Cajun stalwarts who have played everywhere from Louisiana dance halls to international festivals, this group has been called “the future of Cajun music.” Led by Christine Balfa, daughter of the legendary Cajun fiddle player Dewey Balfa, the band brings the unbridled sound of their tradition wherever they go.

 
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Barroom philosophers

Reggae, funk, and a bit of the blues fly from the fingers of these Syracuse musicians. What they love is to play live, so you’ll find them touring around the state at every opportunity and managing to bring ample energy to every gig.

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bear fox

Singing in Mohawk and English, Bear Fox pulls you into her experiences with grace, poise, and a mesmerizing voice. Her songwriting reflects a life defined by the bonds of family and the beauty available to those willing to lift their gaze to the open sky. She is part of the Akwasasne women singers, who work to preserve the Mohawk language through community song.

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bess greenberg

Her rich vocals were born to tell a story, and she doesn’t shy away from a vulnerable lyric that will make the song complete. Greenberg plays upright bass and guitar, layers her folk sensibilities with calmly swelling arcs of song, and is a treat from beginning to end.

BIG MEAN SOUND MACHINE

BMSM formed in 2009 with one goal: to create music that stimulates both body and mind. Today, they are a collective of over 15 analog artists bringing together musical languages of West Africa, Latin America, the Caribbean, and North America to create a lush bed of rhythm and harmony that embraces even the most hard-core fans of both traditional funk and avant-garde jazz.

 

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