Grassroots is awarded Knight Arts Challenge grant!

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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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#wearerockers

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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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jan 21st band of the day: brendan o’hara

Brendan O’Hara is a Miami native who seduces the audience with the rasp of his Roots Rock voice and the power of his instrumental notes.  From guitar to piano and back again, O’Hara’s musical dance keeps the melodies flowing and the body swaying in rhythmic hypnosis.  Whether on the beaches of Miami, in a lounge in N’awlins, or under a spotlight on a dimly lit street, this eclectic musical style finds a welcome home in any atmosphere.

Where will you be at 8pm tonight?  Check out Brendan at The Hard Rock Café in Hollywood, Florida!

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jan 16th band of the day: suénalo

Music should move your audience – that’s the mantra of Miami’s premier 8-piece Latin jam band, Suénalo.  With precision and flavor, Suénalo successfully blends genres and cultural influences together to create a sound that is dynamic, sizzling with spice and passion.

From our Virginia Key Festival to Shakori Hills, Suénalo has been captivating GrassRoots audiences near and far!

Looking for the best Friday night music experience?  Check them out tonight (1/16) at The Stage, show starts at 11:30pm.

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music, shows, bands, love & art – all at pure honey

vwFCUYMS_400x400We asked Miami music and art lovers where they get their news and how they learn about local events, and the consensus swayed in the direction of Pure Honey Magazine.  As a print and online publication, Pure Honey aims to share events, feature awesome bands, engage with the arts community, and even highlights charity benefit and community action stories to their readers.

Be on the lookout for our flashy poster in the upcoming issue of Pure Honey, scheduled to hit the stands FOR FREE in a couple of weeks!

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community partnerships: buskerfest & emerge miami

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Today we are excited to feature two of our favorite Miami organizations: Buskerfest Miami, a great example of a creative community flourishing, and Emerge Miami, who promotes civic engagement throughout Miami.

Buskerfest Street Performance Festival is an annual music festival with over 40 acts performing at stops along the Miami Metromover inner loop in downtown Miami.  The festival celebrates the diversity of local artists, putting musicians, actors, comedians, writers, acrobats, jugglers and dancers face-to-face with people who live and work in greater Miami.

Emerge Miami meets every Tuesday from 7-8pm at Sweat Records to create stimulating dialogue and connections between progressive individuals, organizations and independent businesses in South Florida.  These meetings foster relationships and promote growth throughout greater Miami, helping individuals and groups more effectively accomplish their goals.

Check out the latest Emerge Miami blog post noting the highlights of the 2014 Buskerfest Festival!

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Fun for the whole family

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Did you know that there are daily activities for kids during the festival?  That’s right, from arts & crafts to hula hooping, and even obstacle courses, kids can have a blast at the Virginia Key GrassRoots Festival!  We even have family-focused programming with activities like family yoga and family massage to keep the whole clan in balance.

Click here for more information about our Kids’ Village and schedule of activities.

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jan 12th band of the day: big mean sound machine

As a collective of over 15 analog artists, you can imagine how BIG and MEAN the sound of Big Mean Sound Machine truly is.  With highly danceable tunes and rhythms that keep your body and mind engaged, this collaboration of Ithaca-based musicians provides more than just a performance when on stage, together they create an experience.

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mailing address: 107 NE 22nd St Miami, Florida 33137 • 786-332-4630 • virginiakey@grassrootsfest.org