The Herd heads south – GrassRoots is going to Miami!

In the spirit of family, cultural celebration and fun, The Historic Virginia Key Beach Park in Miami, FL will serve as home to the world-renown GrassRoots Festival of Music & Dance, February 9 – 12, 2012.

The four-day event will showcase some of the world’s most amazing and respected talents from over 50 performing groups whose genres include: Roots Rock, Reggae, Hip-Hop, Latin, Funk, Cajun, Bluegrass, African, Kompa, World Beat and Zydeco.  Grammy® Award winning performers Chaka Khan, The Del McCoury Band and Arrested Development will headline the inaugural festival along with the legendary ska/reggae band Fishbone, Donna the Buffalo, BeauSoleil avec Micheal Doucet.  Also performing will be South Florida local favorites Locos Por Juana, Suenalo and ArtOfficial, as well as Upstate NY favorites Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad, Sim Redmond Band, Thousands of One, Driftwood, and more.

Founded 22 years ago as a not-for-profit supporting arts, education, and the fight against AIDS, the GrassRoots Festival Organization has grown into a multi-dimensional and multi-state platform for community engagement. The Virginia Key GrassRoots Festival of Music & Dance is the inaugural winter season GrassRoots Festival and will be held at Miami’s Historic Virginia Key Beach Park. The Virginia Key GrassRoots Festival joins New York’s Finger Lakes GrassRoots Festival and North Carolina’s Shakori Hills GrassRoots Festival in a not-for-profit festival triumvirate that spans four seasons.

The four-day festival will include a Kids’ Village with interactive programming and a Healing Arts Area hosting daily movement workshops, massage and other bodywork modalities.  Local and visiting artisans will showcase and offer for sale their handcrafted works in the festival’s Crafts Area.

4-Day Tickets are available for $100 for adults and $50 for teens (13-15).  Individual day tickets are available for Thursday- $30, Friday and Saturday -$35 and Sunday -$30, children 12 and under FREE.

To learn more about The Virginia Key GrassRoots Festival, performers, or to purchase tickets please visit www.virginiakeygrassroots.org.

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