2017 Performers:

Locos Por Juana

Locos Por Juana Shoot 1Locos Por Juana is an urban Latin orchestra from Miami whose 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.” Locos Por Juana

Donna The Buffalo


GrassRoots Festival founding band Donna the Buffalo source their sound from old-time American roots, a melting pot heritage drawn on and spun in to audible gold. From fiddle to accordion, scrub board to vocals, Tara Nevins lights up DTB  performances with a prolific range. Jeb Puryear’s electric guitar playing moves seamlessly between rocking melodies and a slow sweet ballad style. With duel songwriters DTB 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 & roll riff! Donna The Buffalo

Uma Galera


Miami’s experimental reggae band Uma Galera is a 8-piece powerhouse playing Latin-tinged grooves laced with rock, funk, ska and more to create what they call “world soul music.” Their fitting name means “one crowd”, as their bouts of musical improvisation inspire unity and grow good vibes. Uma Galera


Big Mean Sound Machine


BMSM formed in 2009 with one goal: to create music that stimulates both body and mind. Today, BMSM is a collective of over fifteen 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 hardcore fans of both Traditional Funk and Avant-garde Jazz. Their songs are Big and sometimes Mean, but Sound a lot more soulful than any Machine! Big Mean Sound Machine

Nativos Jammin Orquestra

NativosNativos Orquestra brings a dozen or more Miami musicians, members of many different bands, together as a powerhouse world music force. You will hear the hidden gems from many cultures and traditions in the sound of the Nativos. Influences from Cuba, Colombia, Africa, Brazil, Mexico, the Caribbean and more find themselves fused into seamless harmony.

Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad


Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad’s sixth studio album MAKE IT BETTER was released September 16, 2016 on Rootfire Cooperative. It debuted at #1 on the Billboard Reggae Chart.

Formed in 2001 in Rochester, New York, GPGDS first received praise for their live show, which combined world beats and reggae rhythms within jamband aesthetics. In recent years the band’s studio recordings, which showcase their songwriting and musicianship across all genres of roots music, have further cemented their legend as master innovators and artists. “There is a lot of intention in this release. We had a purpose to prove to ourselves recording this album [MAKE IT BETTER]. We wanted to know that we could put our heads down and do good work fast. It was a great release artistically. It uniquely sounds the most progressive of anything we have ever done while also sounding the most like our first album.” -James Searl, Bassist/Vocalist Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad


fabiFABI is a blend of world beat-rootsy-grooves with lyrics in English, Spanish and Portuguese. A six piece band of gypsies, hailing from Colombia, Morocco and different parts of Latin America, FABI is a collective of masterful musicians dedicated to make music that elevates audiences and turns the dance floor into a sea of smiles! Fabi

The Blind Spots

whitneynicholsphotography-6199This all original, five-piece moxy rock band steered by magnetic songstress and force of nature Maddy Walsh has been actively touring the country after the release of its third studio album, RHIZOMATIC, which was accompanied by several music videos released at two sold-out premieres in their hometown of Ithaca, NY. The Blind Spots


Elastic Bond

Miami-based recording artist Elastic Bond brings an urban edge with a tropical twist to the indie music scene combining the hypnotic grooves of electronica with different styles of soul, hip-hop, funk, and Latin. Being part of a new generation of Latinos growing up in the US who have bloomed to represent their roots, as well as their influences in their music across the globe, their city has recognized them as cultural ambassadors and local heroesElastic Bond

Telekinetic Walrus

Telekinetic Walrus presents listeners with a world of Funky, Psychedelic, Hip Hop infused Bass Music. Formed in Miami in 2009, the band quickly achieved a strong following with their unique sound, conscious lyrics, and high-energy live performances. Telekinetic Walrus is comprised of: Y Diz – a producer, instrumentalist, and Ableton Live Certified Trainer specializes in Moog synthesizers and other live instrumentation; The Time-Zoo Keeper – a vocalist and lyricist, generates a captivating stage presence with his charismatic energy, soulful verses, and operatic techniques; Corinne Stevie – an intergalactic MC and lyricist, plants seeds of positivity into the minds of listeners; Komakozie – an astounding vocal percussionist, MC, and lyricist, flows flawlessly in the moment with matter bending mantras; Faun 5000 – a saxophone /flute specialist and King of the planet Faunzellia, soothes the soul with sensual vibrations. Buffalo – a veteran guitar magician, uses his strings to serenade with enduring beauty and soul. Telekinetic Walrus

Nag Champayons

The group began as a improvisational collective who’s name came out of the burning of Nag Champa incense during early jams and won the band New Times’ “Best Band Name”. Drawing from African, Caribbean, hip-hop, rock and jazz influences, the NAGs have consistently amazed crowds with their diversity, quickly rising to the top of Miami’s music and art scene. Nag Champayons

Electric Piquete

Electric Piquete is a veritable melting pot of influences that range from rock to jazz spiced with everything in between: funk, Afro-Caribbean, progressive and R&B. Though mostly instrumental, the band does feature vocals and rapping on several numbers; a tight rhythm section and heavy      percussion supports melodious horn play.  Electric Piquete

Edan Archer

Edan Archer provides an escape to an alt-country world with pop hooks and Appalachian harmonies, combining classic, Americana songwriting with a rock edge. A voice like moonshine and honey carries listeners through bluesy, down-home rock, to intimate, confessional ballads. Her guitar style mixes intricate finger picking, alternate tuning, and rich effects. Edan Archer


Free spirited individuals born from Latin grooves of and the soulful jazz of your sister’s hips. We feel, love, live, and vibe with you through the tropical and earthy sounds impregnated in our hands and voices.  Tamboka

Krekel and Whoa

Krekel and Whoa hail from Asheville, NC, and over the past decade have played more places than either can remember, catering their show to fit a plethora of situations. Always upbeat, you’ll hear this duo saw through vintage fiddle tunes, weave original yarns, and pound out esoteric rock-n-roll beaters. You’ll also feel the authenticity and heart they bring to every performance. Krekel and Whoa

French Horn Collective

The French Horn Collective is an energetic and progressive band that actively performs an eclectic variety of Gypsy Jazz, Swing, World, and Original French music throughout South Florida. Grounded in the gypsy jazz tradition, the band creates its own original Gypsy versions of French, American, and Latin classics, as well as original Modern French compositions by bandleader Vincent Raffard. The band consists of five internationally diverse musicians, representing musical traditions from France, Colombia, Italy, Venezuela, and the United States. The band members include Vincent Raffard (Paris) leading the group on guitar, vocals, and trumpet, Steffen Zeichner (US) on violin, Alvaro Bermudez (Colombia) on guitar, Flexter Henderson (Italy) on clarinet/soprano sax/cajon, and Kai Sanchez (Venezuela) on double bass. French Horn Collective


Photo by Ron Navarrete Photography

Hailing from Miami, JUke is a new breed of Post-blues and the brainchild of singer/songwriter/harmonica whiz, Eric Garcia, who was dissatisfied with most dated, non-threatening traditional blues. Eric felt the need to bring the angst and power back into the type of music that seemed to lose some of it’s relevance and impact.

Teaming up with guitar phenom and singer, Evan Lamb, was the catapult that made JUke go and realize Eric’s vision. The addition of powerhouse drummer, Brian Lange, and the endless grooves from synth-bassist and keyboard player, Max Farber, have completed the unique hybrid that has become JUke. JUke

Nacho Londoño

One of the most recognized singer/songwriters of the underground scene of Miami, FL and Puerto Rico, Colombian, Nacho Londoño, is characterized by a musical style where the blend of folk, experimental pop and rock predominates.

He has worked with renowned producers and creators such as Matt Knobel (Lenny Kravitz), Tom Dowd (Aretha Franklin, Eric Clapton, Lynyrd Skynrd, Rod Stewart, The Allman Brothers Band), Doc Wiley (Sonic Verve Studios) as well as Juan Pablo Manzanero, son of the singer/songwriter, the genius Armando Manzanero, A.T. Molina (Locos Por Juana, Jorge Moreno) and Itawe, Mark Kondrat and Javier ‘lakambra’ Delgado (Locos Por Juana). Nacho Londoño



Jesus Hidalgo

Jesus Hidalgo is a Venezuelan artist who comes from a family of musicians and artists. He is a singer, composer and producer who has had the opportunity from a very early age to work with musicians like Placido Domingo, Puerto Rican Power, Bacilos, Oscar de Leon, Simon Diaz, El Cuarteto, Enrique Hidalgo, Irakere, Dyango , Aida Cuevas,Los Del Rio, Rayito, MDO,Rocio Durcal,among others. He has also worked next to famous music producers such as Bebu Silvetti, Emmanuelle Ruffinengo, Rodolfo Castillo, Jose Lugo, Pedro Alfonso and German Ortiz.

As an artist, Jesus Hidalgo, has recorded six albums, three of which were with the successful Venezuelan Latin Pop group URBANDA, and three with LOS HIDALGO. The group LOS HIDALGO was met with great recognition in Puerto Rico, South America, Spain and the United States, as well as been winners of many international awards (1992, 1993 and 1994 Ronda Awards Best Pop Group, Venezuela; 2001 Premios Lo Nuestro, Nominee Best Latin Vocal Group; 2002 Aplausos Awards Best Vocal Group, Puerto Rico). Jesus Hidalgo

School of Rock

SCHOOL OF ROCK is the original performance based interactive music school. We proceed from the belief that the best way to learn anything is by doing it. And we feel this is particularly true about music. From the moment a student joins one of our schools, they are PLAYING music, loud, on professional equipment with other musicians. Before they know it, our students are on stage playing rock shows; REAL rock shows at REAL venues in front of REAL rock audiences, complete with lights, stagecraft and (when appropriate) smoke machines. School of Rock Miami

Cleaveland Jones

If Caetano Veloso’s bastard son had been born in America’s Bread Basket and raised on a steady diet of Caribbean Cool, the result might sound like Cleaveland Jones. It’s an ever-evolving project. “I’ve changed my sound over the years and modified things,” the self-described “samba dub soul funk” master told New Times back in 2011. “And sometimes that’s been tweaking it to find what works here, and what the Miami audience is listening for. But also a part of that is Brazil, and just my own personal interest and affection for Brazilian and tropical music.” Cleaveland Jones may be an Ohio transplant, but he is a Miami guy all the way.  Cleaveland Jones






















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