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.
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.
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.
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.
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. The polyrhythmic experience of a BDSM show is not to be missed!
Bobby Henrie & The Goners
They rock, they swing, and they certainly roll; Bobby Henrie’s old-school rockabilly will transport you to a different time: one of tail-finned Cadillacs, unfiltered cigarettes tucked into rolled-up shirtsleeves, and really, really red lipstick. You don’t have to be an excellent dancer to enjoy the Goners, but if you are and you’ve never heard of them, you’ll surely wonder where they’ve been all your life.
This four-piece rock and reggae group from the Finger Lakes has an eclectic sound anchored by the lyrics of Jhakeem Haltom, sung with enough passion to light a fire. Dance music to make you think, Bomb Pulse aims to move your feet and awaken your consciousness.
Listening to Bronwen Exter feels like swimming in a dream. There’s silk, there’s weight, you lean in a little for the meaning. You could almost float, and then... it dissolves into the next scene. There, Exter meets you with more mystery, eerie soft vocals, and low-plucked guitar. Her band is always tight, her lyrics are poetry, and by the end of the set you might just figure something out about this dream we’re all swimming through.
Bubba George Stringband
Jeb Puryear, Richie Stearns, Shane Lamphier, and Jordan Puryear started playing music together in 1974 when they were sweet troublemaking kids. The span of their musical relationships is evident in the seamless way they take the stage together, strings flying for our listening delight. GrassRoots tradition has it that Bubba George opens the festival at the Infield Stage on Thursday afternoon.
Folk-rock music with sweet vocal harmonies and the easy presence of folks who have played together for years, Calico Moon will sweep you into a dream where guitar licks and lilting lyrics lead the way.
Sacred steel gospel found heavenly outlets in the Campbell Brothers. What began as a house band for a house of God spread beyond the church to bring the soul-shaking sound of pedal and lap steel to the masses. Don’t believe in God? You might after the span of a Campbell Brothers set!
We love the slide guitar, the killer vocals, and the way this group has woven distinctly different individual styles into a cohesive sound. Davina Horrocks brings a classic rock sensibility to her delivery of lyrics. Old-time, rock, and even a bit of pop find their way into the mix. This local band shows up with a good time and accomplished players to please your listening ears.
The solo work of drummer Chris Corsano makes “percussion” seem like a limited word. Carsano stretches violin strings across drumheads, transforming them into resonators, blows through modified reed instruments, and calls on free jazz and improvisation to inform the direction of his wild wanderings. Having toured with the likes of Bjork and appeared on over 150 records, Corsano is a world-class musician scorching his own path.
Cortadito is a traditional Cuban Son quintet, which focuses on music of early Cuban origins from Son Montuno to Boleros and Bolero Son. This dynamic quintet brings you back almost 100 years ago, when Trio Matamoros and Ignacio Piñeiro ruled the airwaves, an era when popular music was Cuban and Son Montuno influenced the world over.
Crucial Reggae Social Club
This collective of choice reggae musicians from around the Finger Lakes began as the gracious hosts of a weekly residency at The Dock in 2014. They are dedicated to the celebration of reggae history through the preservation of its roots. Core members are joined weekly by visiting and local artists, creating an amorphous pulsing dynamic for every new set. The Social Club features members of Big Mean Sound Machine, John Brown’s Body, Mosaic Foundation, Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad, Jimkata, and more. This all-star group pays homage to the innovators of reggae music through classic hits and rare B-side demos of some of the greatest reggae pioneers in an effort to raise awareness of the roots and beginnings of such a crucial music.
Hailing from Kiev, Ukraine, this world-music quartet takes Ukrainian folk music, filters it through the lens of avant-garde theater, and blends the whole concoction with global influences. Their performances move with an intensity beaten through hand drums and sung through beautiful, sometimes shouted vocals. Not to be missed.
Danielle Ponder & The Tomorrow People
“Soul music is something that you feel. It gives you goose bumps.” The words of Danielle Ponder ring true to the experience of her powerful live performances. The Tomorrow People, her stellar band, refer to the future of soul and the power of artists to elevate one another. Get lifted on the sound of this dynamo Rochester, New York, band.
Dara and Nikolai
Dara Anissi and Nikolai Ruskin play the oud and doumbek, respectively. The oud, an ancient string instrument played largely in the Middle East, sounds out beautifully and sometimes urgently along with Ruskin’s pulsing hand drum. Their instruments know each other well, cascading sound and story through melody with ease.
Dead Sea Squirrels
They can lead a contra dance, help you get lost in sounds of the traditional South, weave Celtic-influenced guitar throughout, and nail a Cajun two-step, no problem! The Dead Sea Squirrels are versatile, buoyant, and a must-see act at this year’s festival.
Del McCoury Band
Undeniably one of the most talented, revered, and vital artists in bluegrass history, he’s been the epitome of the “high lonesome sound” for over four decades, including a stint as lead singer for Bill Monroe’s Blue Grass Boys. His music encompasses shades of blues and gospel, and his devoted audience runs the gamut from tie-dyed neo-hippie jammers to suspendered good ol’ boys. The band’s instrumental and vocal firepower, consummate showmanship, high spirits, and deep-rooted dedication to bluegrass heritage have led them to more International Bluegrass Music Association awards than any other artist in history. With sons Ronnie and Rob by his side, McCoury’s impeccable virtuosity remains as stunning as ever.
Donna the Buffalo
GrassRoots Festival host band Donna the Buffalo source their sound from old-time American roots, a melting pot heritage drawn on and spun into audible gold. From fiddle to accordion, scrub board to vocals, Tara Nevins lights up the band’s performances with prolific range. Jeb Puryear’s electric guitar moves seamlessly between rocking melodies and a slow sweet ballad style. With dual songwriters, Donna the Buffalo displays an incredible musical depth. You might just hear a reggae beat merge with a bluegrass melody, or a zydeco groove take flight on a rock ’n’ roll riff!
Binghamton’s homegrown rockers with Americana/folk proclivities bring an energy to live performance that shakes the dance floor and lights up the eyes of the audience. Even when they slow things down, an electricity fires through Driftwood’s musical delivery. Flying fiddle, swift banjo, thumping bass, and a guitar that leads down many melodic paths, their road-tested sound will whip you into a good old-fashioned frenzy.
Drive By Truckers
Overtly political Southern rock loses nothing in potency with sharp lyrics and sure musicianship at the helm. This alt-country, rock ’n’ roll force has dedicated fans all over the country, and their newest album, American Band, has fed new momentum for the well-established group. We can’t wait to hear their army of guitars take on racism and Islamophobia with an Alabama twang. In the words of guitarist Patterson Hood, “I don’t want there to be any doubt as to which side of this discussion we fall on. I don’t want there to be any misunderstanding of where we stand.” We’re ready to hear all about it.
Elastic Bond delivers a unique sonic cocktail with an urban edge and a tropical twist. They mix Latin and soul sounds with modern sample-based production and the vibrant voice of Honduran songstress Sofy Encanto. Their Miami roots are evident in their raucous horn section and percussion, which blend with electronica to create tasty melodies and positive vibes. Their funky groove kisses musical boundaries goodbye.
This indie label collective founded in Ithaca, New York, creates hip-hop that comes alive in their high-energy live performances. Ave Mack, DJ Cdz Nutz, Izzy B, and F1 combine forces to create the tight layer and memorable lyrical delivery that is...The Empire Kings.
This world music experience was born of the multicultural tapestry of Miami music and has grown to include Afro-Colombian references of folklore and original roots. Layered percussion, galloping rhythms, and a fearless improvisational heart will take you on a journey to the homes of your ancestors, while FABI’s lyrics proclaim the dream of a hopeful future.
Flying Clouds of South Carolina
Gospel and soul unite in the skilled hands of the Flying Clouds. The sacred sounds of Plum Branch, South Carolina’s legendary crooners, head north to bless the ears of the GrassRoots crowd! This group, performing together for over 50 years, will ease you into the wonder of a beautiful summer day with traditional gospel harmonies and a sense of gratitude for the simple opportunity to sing.
Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad
This reggae powerhouse group mixes sunny melodies with hard-hitting drums and bass lines that keep the crowd moving. Their stage presence is palpably rowdy, and we can’t deny their cool. It emanates from the chunky bass lines and the success they have gained through extensive touring. See the American reggae sound flourish in the skillful hands of GPGDS.
GrassRoots Chamber Orchestra
A Sunday morning serenade is good for the souls of all GrassRoots goers! Sit in the Grandstand and listen to this local Orchestra bring in the final day of festivities and dance. A collection of some of the region’s finest classical musicians, led by Cayenna Ponchione, their symphonic beauty is an annual tradition held dearly in the hearts of many. Join their ranks!
When turntables and live instrumentation collide, guided by explosive hip-hop lyrics from a duo of top-tier wordsmiths, you’ve got the Gunpoets. Thick bass lines, heavy-hitting drum beats, and enough energy to get you moving no matter your conscious state, these guys want your attention, so listen up!
The Cello and Hank Roberts: could be the name of a fairy tale, a very lively, spooky, jazzy fairy tale. Master of his instrument and fearless improviser, Roberts ambles from light string melodies to fierce compositions, speedy and wild. We can count on Hank to surprise, delight, and innovate in the fourth decade of his beautiful career as a cellist.
The Imperials’ version of rock makes room for an accordion and a trumpet without losing steam. Their recent video for “Wizards” showcases the band’s ability to mix intensity with humor, the psychedelic with the real, and tenacity on guitar to send pulses through the roof!
Ithaca Bottom Boys
These young Ithacans have it out for the conventional and will chime, rap, scream, and yawn their way into your heart with barnyard anthems, boot-stomping ballads, and three-part harmonies. Self-described “experimental jam trance nature sounds,” this band of rogue gentlemen bring plenty of energy and swagger to a sound all their own.
Post-punk. Rock. Ethereal and then thumping. Izzy True is that band you hear through the opening door of a bar and decide to walk inside. Izzy Reidy’s vocals are mesmerizing in their androgynous wandering. The sound knows where it’s going but might take the long way around. A level of comfort comes through, even in vulnerable revelation, perhaps because the band is made of family and dear friends. Signed to New Jersey label Don Giovanni, the band released album Nope last year and just embarked on a lengthy East Coast tour. Listen as they land on the GrassRoots stage.
Harmonies take flight on the wings of this rock duo’s placid delivery and Texan charm. Zach Chance and Jonathan Clay wrote their first song together when they were 15, now travel with an incredible drummer and bassist, flush their sound out with piano and guitar, and have wowed at festivals and concert venues nationally since their breakout album Utah in 2014. They merge Americana and country colors with rock riffs to create a sound as captivating as the stories they tell.
John Brown's Body
Reggae icons on the American scene, JBB has been pushing the boundaries of what reggae sounds like, and can mean, for over 20 years. Dub and electronic music build on the roots foundation of this bold and prolific group. Their most recent album, Firefly, debuted at number one on the Billboard reggae charts and features such stunners as “Who Paid Them Off.” Elliot Martin brings spirit and heart, not to mention stunning vocals, to life over the sounds of superb horns and gutsy bass lines. John Brown’s Body offers up a vision of a world we all would like to live in, where brother- and sisterhood bind us in the light of difference and a funky beat to move to.
Country soul rejects no useful tool in its arsenal of dark expression — in the house of Johnny Dowd, drum machines and punk guitar tear the place apart and story puts things back together, even if there are cracks left in the walls from all the ruckus. His voice drives down the gravel drive with tires crunching and his collaborations with the likes of Anna Coogan and Brian Wilson showcase a loner willing to play nice if it serves the cause of the music at hand.
Jones Benally Family Dance Troupe
Three generations of Navajo/Dine traditional dancers, including two grandchildren just waist-high, dance to the rhythms of the earth, guided by world-champion hoop-dancer Jones Benally. See this family recall ancient ways of connecting to our land and one another through rounds of beautiful movement.
Keith Frank & The Soileau Zydeco Band
These Louisiana natives crisscross the country bringing zydeco music and hours of dancing wherever they go. With generations of zydeco music in their blood and Keith on the accordion to lead the way, this family band will remind you why you love zydeco or help you discover that you do. Their annual Saturday night set in the dance tent will keep you on your feet until sunrise.
Keith Secola & The Wild Band of Indians
Keith Secola is a member of the Anishinabe Nation and leader of The Wild Band of Indians. He combines folk rock and blues with Native American sensibilities, adding flutes, indigenous drums, and native chants to create a one-world musical vision which he has coined Native Americana. Keith Secola involves his audience in the magic of stories and music. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself part of a huge round dance at the end of an adventurous set with Secola.
We’re familiar with genre-crossing acts, but rock ’n’ roll, yoga, gospel, punk songs? Britton’s electric guitar lights the way, and her lyrical devotion to service and compassion follow. She has lived a life rich with adventure, and she shares her own roller-coaster narrative through beautiful melody.
Kenny T & Wildfire
A blend of rock, blues, and country, Kenny T & Wildfire are a whole lot of fun. Shake your hips, feel the twang of the country guitar, and kick back for some truly American entertainment.
Roots and reggae music veteran Kevin Kinsella brings candid voice to the sounds of love, nature, and community. His distinctive voice and sweet guitar licks take you on a gentle ride. With a career spanning groups such as John Brown’s Body, 10 Ft. Ganja Plant, and The Tribulations, this time-tested leader has surely made his mark and continues to share his work in new ways to bring us light and serenity.
Laila Belle plays sweet, classic country music that rocks as much as it rolls. Hailing from Trumansburg, New York, the band features Amy Puryear on vocals and acoustic guitar, Ward Puryear on electric guitar, Jason Shegogue on lap steel and electric guitar, Scott Nelson on bass, and Chris Ploss on drums. Listen for Amy’s serenely lilting vocals, but be prepared to give a few kicks of your cowgirl boots when their sly guitars take off!
This Chicano band from East Los Angeles fuses Afro-Mexican sound with folk music, spoken word, and Son Jarocho, a regional folk music from Veracruz. They tackle issues such as immigration, the civil rights movement, feminism, and Chicano pride in vibrant arrangements somehow bright despite the darkness of some of their chosen themes.
Locos Por Juana
An urban Latin orchestra from Miami, their wide-ranging musical approach draws from tropical styles such as reggae, cumbia, and salsa alongside urban influences like hip-hop, rock, and Latin alternative. This burning, rapid-fire multicultural ensemble heats up to a high-energy hyperactive sizzle on stage. Their biting social commentary integrates a message of unity and their philosophy of One Sound.
Self-described as “Tex-Mex, Texas rock ’n’ roll,” this incredible six-piece band has a Grammy under their belt for Tejano album of the year and has been bringing a taste of their multicultural experience to stages since 1997. The accordion, played by founder Max Baca, bounces along with beautiful guitar and bass. The group has a steadiness that anyone can follow on a spin around the dance floor.
Mac Benford & Up South
Clawhammer banjo player Mac Benford is a holy name in the halls of Appalachian and authentic mountain music styles. He has helped preserve these traditions through string-band music for over 40 years and has storied skill to this day. He not only wows onstage, but has offered his knowledge as an instructor in the continued effort to help these musical traditions thrive.
Living in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s capital city Kinshasa means, as Mbongwana Star describes it, trying to get by in “the coalface of poverty.” Their website is rife with political criticism and vivid description of the shantytown, hustling, garbage-to-art world from which this group was born. They do not consider Mbongwana Star to be an African band per se, as they work with Irish producer and bassist Liam Farrell and have reached toward French electronic culture for the more experimental reverb-laced effects on new tracks. Kinshasa’s traditional rumba and soukous get a 21st-century overhaul in the vision of this incredible band.
Six Zimbabwean players are here to share a blend of traditional Tonga and Luvale rhythms laced with ska, soukous, and funk. They’ve toured over 50 countries, won numerous awards, and come with an Afro-fusion electricity whose current you can ride to sweat-soaked, danced-out ecstasy.
Master drummer and hoop-dancer from Polacca, Arizona, Moontee Sinquah beats out traditional rhythms and innovates as a teacher. Joy ushers from his face even in the fierce concentration of his complex dances. Watch Sinquah for a glimpse of unmatched skill and love of life, accompanied by his stunning group of dancers.
The 2016 Grammy for Best Reggae Album went to…you guessed it, The Royal Family of Reggae, Morgan Heritage! Five siblings make up this dynamic roots band that’s been steadily rocking the reggae world for over 20 years. Listen up for greats like “Don’t Haffi Dread” and vocals smooth as silk.
Community-minded reggae, inspired by dancehall, ska, dub, and more, Mosaic Foundation is fronted by Yao “Cha-Cha” Foli, whose high spirits could put a smile on the sourest face. Sway to the collective rhythm of a group of musicians who truly love to play together and hear the synthesis of their hard work in their joyful delivery of bold reggae music.
Ithaca hip-hop artist Kelsey McBean has helped the rap scene rise to prominence in the past few years with collaboration from groups like Ithaca Underground, promoting, booking shows, and growing a community around shared hip-hop inspiration. He plays hopscotch with tongue-twisting wordplay backed by skittering beats and a sweltering tone. Mr. McBean brings the heat and then some.
Progressive rock with intelligent lyrics, there’s something to learn between the inventive guitar licks if you listen close. The ’90s are back on a few tracks, calling up reverb-laden melodies and Smashing Pumpkins–style vocals, but dated they are anything but.
Richie and Rosie
Richie and Rosie are dynamic musicians performing gorgeous music rooted in the Americana tradition. With sweet harmonies featuring Rosie Newton’s elegant voice and glittering fiddle, and Richie Stearns’ spooky mantra-groove banjo, they expand the boundaries of traditional music. Together, they create a sound that is sometimes ethereal and sometimes just plain ol’ down home.
Syracuse reggae with powerful vocals from Jessica Brown, this eclectic group drives a steady beat that reveals the decades of musical experience its members can claim. They’ve got sunny numbers to help you remember it’s summertime and tracks that thump like spring thunder. Dynamic percussion sets the pace and Brown soars over each song with inspiring grace.
This indie electronic trio comes to life from the first note. Wolf Weston’s vocals have a dance of their own. They can croon, sharpen, swoon, and wail all in the span of a single track. Jason MacDermott anchors the sound with his driving drums, and Steven Dewey brings the mood with spooky, then playful, jazz-influenced keys. For an experience both unique and visceral, make this set!
Sammus, the hip-hop moniker of Enongo Lumumba-Kasongo, is about as multifaceted a human being as the world has seen. Educator, Ph.D. candidate at Cornell, rapper, writer, beat-maker, Sammus creates a potent flow of lyrics covering topics from gaming to game-changing. Her feminist, self-proclaimed nerd outlook takes aim at the establishment from a unique perspective. Her music sounds fresh and her stage presence is unmatched.
Born into a legacy of struggle for Native American land rights, human rights, and defense of the environment as sacred, siblings Jeneda and Clayson Benally, from the Navajo Nation in Arizona, make up the passionate sound that is Sihasin. The heart of their bass- and drum-driven music is in the justice deserved by human beings and earth alike. The call of their voices sounds a universal cry for truth and equity to win the day!
Sim Redmond Band
Beautiful harmonies cascade over reggae-tinged roots rock, and let’s not forget the Central and East African rhythms pumping along in the mix. Let the Sim Redmond Band make you feel good — it’s their specialty.
Funk, soul, and hip-hop, cousin genres designed in part as subversive means to address oppressive circumstances, melt into the huge sound of Sophistafunk. This nationally touring Syracuse-based group tests the boundaries of lyrical delivery, the traditions that inspire them, and electronic dance grooves to spice up the mix.
Stone Cold Miracle
LaTrece Stevenson is a gospel-inspired vocalist so effortlessly spine-chilling that you’ll have goose bumps even in the summer heat. This band, comprised of Ithaca-based music-scene veterans and rooted in soul music, takes the audience along on just the funky ride you’re looking for.
New York–based Puerto Rican songstress, activist, and band leader Taina Asili sings a defiant song of resistance in the face of oppressions she will not stand. Joy finds its place alongside struggle in Asili’s Afro-Latin, reggae, and rock sounds. She has joined national tours in protest of the Trans Pacific Partnership, performed for the recent Women’s March, and continues to brandish her stunning vocals in the name of justice.
With his haunting vocals and stunning guitar, Tenzin Chopak — along with expert bandmates Rosie Newton on violin, Angelo Peters on bass, and Greg Evans on drums — creates an experience not to be missed. There is a time-and-place quality to Chopak’s music, as if you could live in his songs, arrive in his melodies, and be somewhere truly stunning.
The Blind Spots
This female-fronted five-piece moxy rock band features eclectic vintage keyboard sounds, bold electric guitar stylings, and force-of-nature vocals from lead singer Maddy Walsh. Never will you see a group having more fun together both onstage and off as this powerhouse band from Ithaca, New York.
The Grady Girls
Traditional Irish music through the fingertips of these granddaughters of the Emerald Isle will have you dreaming of Celtic magic in no time. Raised in the Finger Lakes of New York with their Irish roots always at hand through story and study abroad, these cousins and sisters delight with their renditions of rollicking Irish tunes.
These Ithaca natives make influences like The Beach Boys and The Rolling Stones proud. They can move from nearly ragtime verses to thoroughly rocking choruses without missing a beat, and — we’ve got to mention — they’re all seniors in high school. Watch these budding musicians make their GrassRoots debut this year!
Swing, old-time and neo-soul make friends alongside the gorgeous three-part harmonies of The Ladles. Banjo, fiddle, and guitar comprise the accompaniment to the vocal world created by these amazing ladies, who met at the New England Conservatory in 2014 and have been making their mark since joining forces as The Ladles.
Funk rock is on the prowl and ready to get ya! Seven members, one hip-shaking sound. The dance floor calls!
Roots, dub, dancehall, Afrobeat, and more, Thunder Body pushes genre boundaries but maintains a cohesive, vivid sound. They take their extensive musical knowledge and turn it into whole and moving soundscapes. They make “groovy” a less annoying word and get your dancing feet warmed up in the process.
This Trumansburg, New York, band often accompanies the traditional social dances so common to the Finger Lakes, with Finnish, Tex-Mex, and original music. Mandolin, accordion, and upright bass are just some of the instruments this stellar group employs. A few two-steps and maybe even a tango will find their way into their sets of delightfully global folk-inspired songs.
He sings, he writes, he plays several instruments and even produced a performance of his latest album accompanied by circus acts. Travis Knapp writes uplifting, meditative folk songs meant to inspire honest living and creativity. His love for plants and the land is evident in the heart of his sound, and we’re glad that his positive energy is highly infectious.
In Brazil, “galera” traditionally referred to the most popular place in a football stadium, the cheap seats where the most excited fans gathered. Now it means “a big group of friends.” Each one of Uma Galera’s band members hails from a different country. Their unique blend of perspectives and rhythmic styles unite with influences from Cumbia to Murga and funk to bossa nova. Listen to this group, fueled by friendship and communicating unity.
We know “voice of an angel” is a cliché, but can we get away with it in this very special case? To marvel at the sound of Uniit’s voice is an awe-inspiring, hopeful experience, where the capacity of human beings to bring one another joy is on full display. Latin influences and country roots underlie the lyrical treasure that Uniit brings to the stage.
Ska takes a turn for the avant-garde with this eight-piece, Ithaca-based, high-energy group. The horns don’t quit, the sensibility leans towards punk, and ¡Viva Mayhem! comes smoothly crooning with sophisticated melodies all the while.
Walter Mouton & The Scott Playboys
His signature accordion style has been studied by Cajun greats and his dedication lived for 35 years straight in a weekly gig at La Poussiere Cajun Dancehall. Mouton plays a fluid style of Cajun music meant for dancing. He’s a cult legend in Creole, Cajun, and zydeco circles — come see why!
Classic country music finds life in the hands of these skilled musicians. Three great singers, witty lyrics, and an unbounded playing style remind us of old country western greats. Western Centuries are fresh energy to the country music scene, and we’re happy to host them!
This modern cowboy may be humble, but his skills are off the charts. There may be humor in the lineup, but it can’t hide the songwriting chops, rich vocals, and stylistic range of Whistlin’ Dyl. If you’re a camper this weekend, listen at night and you just might hear the passing sound of his signature whistle outside your tent. Follow that sound and you’re sure to find a band playing original, soulful hillbilly music played just right.