Finger Lakes GrassRoots Lineup

Finger Lakes GrassRoots Festival Announces 2008 Lineup

Donna the Buffalo
The Finger Lakes GrassRoots Festival, to be held July 17-20, 2008 in Trumansburg, NY (10 miles North of Ithaca), has announced their full lineup. Lucinda Williams, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, The Meditations, Cyro Baptista & Beat the Donkey, Hackensaw Boys, Nation Beat and John Brown's Body are among the 70+ bands who will be joining festival hosts and founders Donna the Buffalo. Tickets and information are available at or at (607) 387-5098.

The GrassRoots Festival is a rare beast in the festival industry. Surviving on ticket and merchandise sales and minimal grant monies, and eschewing all corporate sponsorship, GrassRoots is New York State's largest self-sustaining arts non-profit and the country's largest music festival that boasts no corporate sponsors. To top it all off, all proceeds from the festival go to benefit Arts, Education and the Fight Against AIDS. Though it has long held the reputation of being one of the festival circuit's best-kept secrets, individual attendance has grown to over 25,000 people annually, but the festival maintains a volunteer-driven, community-oriented feeling.

The complete band list is available at

[Published on: 5/23/08]

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Deklen Fri 5/23/2008 09:05AM
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I love this festival. Cyro Baptista makes it all the better. Buuut - Where are the HORSEFLIES???!!

Beaser starstarstarstarstar Fri 5/23/2008 10:01AM
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This is going to be awesome, Dirty dozen is gonna be fantastic and JBB always plays a good show at the way Deklen, the Horseflies are one the lineup, just check the website.

bkone1 Sat 5/24/2008 08:41AM
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Too bad this is the same weekend as Camp Bisco. oh well.

johnnygoff starstarstarstarstar Sun 5/25/2008 10:22AM
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Grassroots has been there.............before Lollapalooza. Before Horde. Before Bonnaroo. Before Vibes. Before the term "festival' were tossed around frathouses in May or the water cooler on fridays - Grassroots was there. Regardlss of the lineup, the PEOPLE make this festival/gathering.

GREat friends from around the country and Finger Lakes(NY) make GRASSROOTS.

funkjester Tue 5/27/2008 09:23AM
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Yes, indeedy dee, the Horseflies will be on the bill for this year's Grassroots Festival. They also have a new album due out June 1: "Until the Ocean." Record is available @

Whatever you do, DO NOT miss the Horseflies on their home turf of T-burg! Run, do not walk to the nearest, clearest danceable space close to the stage!

moejoerisin Tue 5/27/2008 09:42PM
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best kept secret on the scene.. the most authentically unique in its musical diversity.

joebates73 starstarstar Mon 8/4/2008 04:13AM
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well i love this festival...its was cool...john browns body was awsome...hope to see them next year.....and beat the donkeys was awsome...