Feb 13th band of the day: lanzallamas

ENERGY! Lanzallamas, the powerhouse of raw instrumental talent, soul-shaking vocals, and eye-catching dance will deliver a performance so engaging that you’ll be compelled to move your body all night long. These pillars of the Miami music scene mix hand-crafted electronica with the Roots Music that inspires their musical journey.

Check out this highlight reel featuring Lanzallamas GrassRoots performances!

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feb 2nd band of the day: afrobeta


A perfect representation of this dynamic pair – fashion, technology, and sound blend together in Afrobeta‘s new and highly anticipated EP.

This wearable 2G USB drive comes loaded with the EP and many extras, including: exclusive remixes, photos, and videos!  Get yours here for just $20!

Formed over a love of artistic self-expression, classic songwriting, and dancing until the wee hours of the morning, Afrobeta has been tearing up dance floors throughout Miami since 2006.

Their sound transcends genre classifications, with layers of synth tracks and funk-laden bass lines combined with high-energy vocals and fly style, Tony Laurencio and Cuci deliver extraordinary sounds and performances.

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We love bicycles!


Do you love to bike?  We do too!  On Sunday of the festival there is a special 1/2 price ticket offer for anyone who bikes to the festival, available for purchase at the gate. Usually $40, bicyclists get in for just $20! Plus, a portion of the proceeds from those ticket sales will go to support the local not-for-profit Heart for Humanity.

Camaraderie, exercise, and exploration.  Get to know the local biking community by joining a group ride with Critical Mass tonight (Friday, Jan. 30th)! Critical Mass is a cycling event typically held on the last Friday of every month with the purpose of simply bringing likeminded cycling enthusiasts together for a serene evening ride.  Starting at 6:30pm at Government Center, the ride will continue for 12-18 miles.  No prior sign-up is required, just show up ready to roll!

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Jan 29th band of the day: telekinetic walrus

The Telekinetic Walrus crew fuses psychedelic hip-hop, funk and electronic sounds with an aesthetic that combines space travel and mythical characters.  Seriously.  Founded in 2009, Telekinetic Walrus has taken Miami by storm and is steadily moving across the east coast, captivating audiences with their high energy and insanely creative stage presentation.

Help this collective share their inspiring sound, battle evil, and spread universal peace by supporting their Kickstarter to purchase a new tour vehicle/spaceship!  Asking for just $7,500 to purchase a 6-person van, Telekinetic Walrus must reach their goal by Sunday, February 1st to secure their vehicle. Let’s all give a little bit of love to our favorite band of intergalactic artists!


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jan 28th band of the day: rubblebucket

An amazing musical spectacle, Rubblebucket spits out high-flying acrobatic vocals twisting and twirling around lively horns and dynamic percussion.  Think indie-rock with reggae style horns, performance art and a “Dance Or Die” ethic into tight frenetic songs likely to stick between your eardrums for days.  Rubblebucket’s music embodies a kaleidoscope of sounds, structures, vibrance, and weight, crafting performances that are incredibly theatric and unique.

Catch them at the Meadow Stage on Saturday night, and get ready to embrace your inner weirdo.

Just a few days ago, on January 20th, NPR released a new segment of their Tiny Desk Concert series featuring Rubblebucket – check it out!

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Feb 15th: free Stampede Workshop w/Ben Cohen

Kick-off the 4th annual Virginia Key GrassRoots Festival with CULTURE CAMP and a FREE workshop on FEB 15th!

Stampede Workshop led by Ben Cohen, the socially-conscious entrepreneurial superstar and co-founder of Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream.
This ice cream filled workshop will focus on the Stampede, an innovative grassroots campaign that harnesses the power of the 85% of Americans who realize that big money in politics has corrupted our democracy and want to do something about it. Ben will demonstrate Pete Seeger’s “Giant Seesaw Parable” which will operate throughout the GrassRoots Festival.

Authentic Italian dinner featuring delicious cuisine. ($15 per person)
A cooking demo led by Giovanni, Salvo & Franco will culminate into a family-style Italian dinner!

Evening Dance led by Donna the Buffalo!
Dance next to the ocean under the GrassRoots Dance Tent for an energetic performance led by GrassRoots favorite, Donna the Buffalo!


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Grassroots is awarded Knight Arts Challenge grant!


The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation has awarded the Virginia Key GrassRoots Festival a Knight Arts Challenge Matching Grant of $75,000.

Knight Foundation invests in artistic excellence, funding arts projects that engage the Knight resident communities in collective cultural experiences. They look for innovative, high-quality ideas. Grantees represent both emerging artists and organizations and the oldest and most venerable institutions. The projects all have one thing in common: they enrich and engage the communities that produce them.

We need your help to raise funds to match this grant, as is required to receive this generous award! This grant, ticket sales and community donations will allow our non-profit festival to return in 2016 for the 5th annual Virginia Key GrassRoots Festival!

You can donate online or on-site at the festival in our fundraising tent!

Over the past four years we have helped strengthen the music community in Miami, supporting artists, providing a platform for collaboration and engaging South Florida in a community building celebration of the arts and sustainable living. Help us thrive!

To read about our project and connect to the Knight Foundation, click here!

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Rhythm Foundation: Concert Series

Rhythm Foundation hosts this incredible concert series! Invite your friends, your mama, your neighbor and join us at this FREE get-down Friday night! We’ll be doing a ticket giveaway to the festival, handing out programs and most importantly, dance, dance, dancing! Come on out South Florida!


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Jan 23rd band of the day: elastic bond

Equal parts of Latin, soul, and funk, Miami’s own Elastic Bond delivers a unique supersonic cocktail.  Fusing horn section and percussion with electronica, tasty melodies and positive vibes, their funky groove kisses musical boundaries goodbye.  By embracing their Latin roots while simultaneously channeling contemporary and futuristic sounds, Elastic Bond reaches music lovers of all types, from all over the globe!

Take a look at their video for “Find A Way,” featuring a whole lotta Virginia Key GrassRoots Festival lovin’!

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sticker gold screws

Are you a Rocker?  Rocker’s Movement is a Miami-based organization, embracing art, music, and movement outlets that channel positivity and inspire change.  The movement started with an obligation to do something for the greater good, and to affect people positively by raising awareness and sharing knowledge through the arts, presenting creative experiences for all to come together and create a lasting change. Their goal is to improve the quality of life for people who otherwise cannot afford it.

By working together we transform communities, our environment and ourselves.  Become a Rocker!  #wearerockers

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