In 1990 we held a benefit concert to support a local AIDS organization in Ithaca, New York. Encouraged by the success of that night, we decided to create an annual festival dedicated to raising money for the fight against AIDS while supporting arts and education. With the help of countless volunteers, the Finger Lakes GrassRoots Festival has become an internationally recognized event with a focus on traditional and contemporary roots music and dance from all over the world. For four days every July the festival hosts over 60 performing groups on 4 stages at the Trumansburg Fairgrounds in Central New York near the university town of Ithaca.
Twelve years later we started the Shakori Hills GrassRoots Festival on a 75-acre farm in rural North Carolina near the triangle cities of Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill. Twice a year, in April & October, thousands of people attend our event to revel in great music, sweat it out on the dance floor, celebrate the arts, and build community. The site has since become the Shakori Hills Community Arts Center, a non-profit organization created to strengthen the community through music, arts and education.
Now we’re ready to head south again, and have found an amazing site, the Historic Virginia Key Beach Park, just off the coast of Miami Florida. Its the ideal spot for our 5th yearly, winter season GrassRoots Festival.