Miami GrassRoots Festival Reaches Banner 5th Year

Article Contributed by GrassRoots Fes… | Published on Wednesday, January 13, 2016

GrassRoots is here to stay, reaching the five-year benchmark in the notoriously selective entertainment scene of Miami, Florida.  With enormous support from the Miami community, GrassRoots, a not for profit organization, has lived through winter tropical storms and the dominance of the electronic music scene to bring a dynamic Roots festival to the Historic Virginia Key Beach Park each February for the last 4 years.  The Virginia Key GrassRoots Festival brings the organization's event lineup to four annual festivals; one each season along the east coast. The unique Miami music world, which blends diverse influences from Cumbia to Afro-Cuban beats, has enveloped this standout festival with a truly authentic Miami sound. 

This year's 5th annual Virginia Key GrassRoots Festival of Music & Dance features a lineup that includes The Family Stone, of Sly and the Family Stone infamy, Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires, The Wood Brothers, Donna The Buffalo, Danay Suarez, Holy Ghost Tent Revival, The Magic City Hippies, Big Mean Sound Machine, Locos Por Juana, and many more. 

Lineup Highlights - The rise of Charles Bradley is a story of rough times and redemption. This soul virtuoso, discovered by Daptone Records has played South By Southwest, Newport Folk Festival and Bonnaroo and cemented his place in the Psych-Rock revival with the release of his second album Victim of Love. The Man Rolling Stone Magazine calls "The Screaming Eagle of Soul" performs Saturday February 20th at 6pm on The GrassRoots Meadow Stage. 

The Family Stone - "Everyday People." "I Want to Take You Higher." "Hot Fun in the Summertime." "Family Affair." "Dance To The Music." These songs are the soundtrack of how many dance parties? The Family Stone changed American music forever with their gritty blend of funk, soul, R&B, and psychedelia.  They play Saturday February 20th at 10pm on the GrassRoots Meadow Stage.

The Wood Brothers -These masters of folk and blues have recently voyaged towards rock's electric shores. Their most recent album, Paradise, is their 6th studio effort, a taste of the magnetic chemistry so apparent in their live performances. Chris Wood, of Medeski, Martin and Wood, his brother Oliver and now permanent third member Jano Rix on drums create a powerful trio on stage. Americana finds it's way to a new generation through the virtuosic musicianship of The Wood Brothers. 

This years festival will also feature the 2nd annual GrassRoots Culture Camp including instrumental workshops, cooking classes, yoga and camping and will run from February 14th-17th.  A full schedule of kids activities, healing and movement arts, Sustainability workshops and demos, handmade crafts and world cuisine will be available at the Virginia Key GrassRoots Festival, February 18th-21st.