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


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



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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Jan 10th Band of the Day: The Applebutter Express

Soulful ukulele echoed by a southern twang, The Applebutter Express plays playful melodies sure to inspire.  Front woman Shannon Bliss shines a contagious smile that heightens the band’s already apparent upbeat charm.  You can even catch one of the band’s new songs in the upcoming Ron Howard film The Good Lie, starring Reese Witherspoon.

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Atlanta-based lap steel guitar player A.J. Ghent is a stormy and swaggering front-man who plays a masterful mix inspired by Jimi Hendrix, Albert King and Ben Harper.  His presence on the stage commands the attention of the audience and engages your inner rockstar.  Band members harmoniously radiate a cool and funky collective persona that creates a truly memorable performance.  The A.J. Ghent Band will drop their debut album in the spring of this year – stay on the lookout!

In the Boca Raton area?  Check out the A.J. Ghent Band tonight (1/9) at The Funky Biscuit!  Show starts at 9pm.

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Jan 8th Band of the Day: Spam Allstars

We are so excited to have Spam Allstars back again for the 4th annual Virginia Key GrassRoots Festival!  Get to know this highly eclectic 9-piece band whose musical sound fuses latin, funk, hip-hop, dub, and electronica.  The band has coined the term electronic descarga to describe their music – a style that embraces music lovers and dance moves from every scope of the artistic spectrum.  Get ready to dance, dance, dance at the festival on Sunday at the Meadow Stage!

Live in South Florida?  Check out Spam Allstars TONIGHT (Jan. 8th) at Hoy Como Ayer in Little Havana!  Show starts at 9pm.

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Where’s the GrassRoots Van Been?


It’s official.  On New Year’s Eve there were many smiling faces throughout South Florida in anticipation of Florida becoming the 36th U.S. state to legally recognize same-sex couples (going into effect in 2015).

Members of GrassRoots sensation Donna the Buffalo were among those celebrating the ban’s lift at midnight on New Year’s Eve.  After their performance at Green Parrot in Key West, band members positioned themselves in front of the nearby courthouse to witness and congratulate some of the same-sex couples who became newlyweds that night!

Spotted on the streets of Key West was our funkadelic GrassRoots van.  Rolling around from place to place, showing some love and celebrating all of the great news coming up in 2015, including: marriage equality in Florida and our upcoming 4th annual Virginia Key GrassRoots Festival of Music, Art & Dance!  In all of the hustle and bustle, we managed to snap a photo of the van painted by DaveL conveniently parked on Duval Street in Key West – eh eh, see what we did there?

Stay tuned to our blog to check out where the GrassRoots van is going and what we’re up to!


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