Miami, Florida – Returning for its 3rd year, The Virginia Key GrassRoots Festival of Music, Art & Dance presents its most ambitious and diverse program lineup yet. The 4-Day Festival offers something completely different than any other festival or event in Florida. Highlights include performances from over 50 bands from across the globe, yoga & healing arts workshops, a huge Kids Village, live art & installations, music & dance workshops, camping on the beach, and much more. From February 20ththrough February 23rd the Historic Virginia Key Beach Park sets the stage for an interactive event filled with participatory experiences for all ages to enjoy.
An incredibly diverse and culturally rich musical lineup creates the Festival’s foundation. The programming includes Latin Grammy Award-winning Afro-Colombian group ChocQuibTown, Zimbabwe’s national treasure and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Oliver Mtukudzi & the Black Spirits, The most awarded Bluegrass legend of all time The Del McCoury Band, Latin Grammy Award-winning Best New Artist Sie7e, Trail-Blazing Americana mainstay Donna the Buffalo, current Reggae chart toppers John Brown’s Body, plus tons of hometown heavy-hitters like Spam All-Stars, Locos Por Juana, DJ Bill Kelly, Suenalo, and Elastic Bond. A full listing of bands ranging in genre from Cajun to Electronic, Roots Rock, Latin Pop, Country, Hip-Hop and beyond can be found at http://virginiakeygrassroots.com/music-art/performer-lineup
The Virginia Key GrassRoots Festival is full of activities for kids and families. The Kid’s Village offers free art projects, musical workshops, story time, kids’ yoga, a playground, games and all kinds of creative exploration all day long! Children ages 12 and under are admitted to the festival for free.
The event is in many ways a ‘lifestyle festival’ with a holistic approach to entertainment that engages all of the senses. In partnership with the Zen Village of Coconut Grove, the Festival’s Healing Arts Area offers daily workshops in various lineages of Yoga, meditation, Tai Chi, traditional dance, healing drumming, and more wellness practices. Practitioners of various healing modalities such as massage, Reiki, reflexology, and more offer their services throughout the day in a lovely shaded grove along the water.
Festival-goers have the opportunity to engage with legendary musicians and instructors at numerous Music and Dance Workshops. Musical workshop highlights include; World Drumming, Banjo & Fiddle, and Native Flute. Dance workshops for all levels take place prior to performances in the 10,000 square foot wood floored Dance Tent, including Bachata, Salsa, and Zydeco instruction. At Miami’s Scratch DJ Academy Booth, participants of all ages can try their hand at DJ-ing with instruction from world-renowned DJs and teachers.
Environmental sustainability and ecological preservation are at the heart of the event. The Sustainability Fair & Expo is an interactive model of engagement between South Florida businesses and festival attendees. Over the course of the weekend Green Businesses, featuring sustainable services and products work alongside non-profits to promote a sustainable future for Miami. There will be solar demos, bio-diesel education, urban farming workshops, and more. The Festival also has a mission of creating Zero Waste, with recycling and compost stations setup throughout the event. Biking to the festival is encouraged! Half-priced Sunday tickets are available for all who arrive by bicycle and numerous bike-centric activities are offered throughout the weekend.
The GrassRoots organization is deeply committed to building relationships in the community. The cornerstone of these local partnerships is the Roots in the Schools collaborative outreach program. In the week leading up to the event, The Virginia Key GrassRoots Festival brings musicians into local schools for musical performances, classroom presentations, workshops, hands on experience and cultural enrichment. The program’s goal is to promote the creative health of young people, foster arts appreciation, and provide an opportunity for them to connect with the inspiring world of music. Please take a minute to view a short highlight video from last year’s program offerings; http://youtu.be/8eTbyKStR_0
Held on the pristine sands of the Historic Virginia Key Beach Park, camping is available on the main festival grounds, just steps from the sparkling Atlantic Ocean. Virginia Key is a short ride from downtown Miami, but is quiet and secluded from the hustle and bustle of the city, creating the perfect setting for this one-of-a-kind festival. Tent camping and Vehicle Camping are available. Campers can come stay for single nights or all 4 nights of the festival.
Tickets are very moderately priced, with day passes ranging from $25-$40. Adult 4-Day Tickets are $100 in advance, $120 at the gate. Youth ages 13-15 are just $20 per day or $50 for 4-Days, with Kids 12 & under Free. Tent Camping Passes are $25 per night or $50 for 4-Nights. Vehicle Camping Passes, which include a tent pass are $50 per night or $100 for 4 Nights. Any vehicle larger than 21ft and cars towing campers are considered RVs and priced at $150. Volunteer opportunities are still available in trade for free tickets, visit http://virginiakeygrassroots.com/volunteer for more information.
For more information about the festival visit www.virginiakeygrassroots.com Facebook, Twitter & Instragram: @GrassRootsMiami. Tickets are available and questions answered at 786-409-5261.
Videos from Virginia Key GrassRoots:
2014 Festival Preview
Roots in the Schools Program
Virginia Key GrassRoots Festival of Music, Art & Dance Links:
Twitter & Instagram: @GrassRootsMiami
FONFEST aims to become the first Carbon Neutral Event to be held in the City of Miami. Created by musicians, artists, activists, scientists, and young entrepreneuers who share a common desire to save the planet and all the amazing creatures we share it with. The mission at FON is to transcend the limitations of the commonplace music festival and leave a meaningful and lasting legacy of environmentally sound concerts. What we intend to create is a veritable mecca for Art in all its forms and for people who feel passionate about it; a multitudinous celebration inclined specially to the correct and loving preservation of nature, humanity, and Earth. Coming along for the ride are numerous guest speakers, artists, and activists including the Oceanic Preservation Society (OPS) better known as the masterminds behind “The Cove” (one of the most thrilling and inspirational documentaries about the preservation of marine life).
The Festival inaugurates with almost 100 performers (musicians and comedians along with art installations, outdoor activities and workshops). The grounds will host 4 music areas, a comedy tent and a film tent. Doors open at 9 a.m. for those who like an early start to their day with yoga, Kayaking, meditation and other workshops. Performances start at 11 a.m. and end at midnight.
The Miami Reggae Festival or as our yogi friends call it the One Love Nutrifest inCoconut Grove, Miami’s Peacock Park on Saturday, November 23rd expresses our hopes and dreams of a world in which what we have in common is far greater than that which divides us. Through the Festival, we live not by looking at each other but by looking together in the same direction. The 4th annual festival brings together music and food from around the world and will donate a portion of all ticket proceeds toTECHO - a youth led non-profit organization at work in 19 countries including Latin American and the Caribbean. This festival where the admission requires a mandatory minimum donation of two non-perishable food items per person, features a lineup as diverse as Miami itself.
Festival will showcase 10 bands from 9 nations coming together to raise awareness and treat music lovers to a full day of international sounds. Joining Jamaican reggae progeny Stephen “Ragga” Marley on the lineup are Tiken Jah Fakoly from Africa’s Ivory Coast, Cultura Profética from Puerto Rico,Natiruts from Brazil, Midnite from St. Croix USVI, Gondwana from Chile, Black Slate & Carroll Thompson from the United Kingdom, Bachaco from Venezuela and Causion from Antigua. The event also features DJ performances from Don One Musical Showcase, Cornerstone Sounds & DJ Majestic plus MCLance O of Kulcha Shok Muzik.
Miami Reggae Festival is a family-friendly event featuring an artisan village of visual arts and handicrafts; various culinary vendors; an “Artecology Experience,” offering interactive games for kids about sustainability, healthy living seminars and workshops, including AEROGA ® Yoga in the Park from 11 am – 12:30 pm, a bike valet, and so much more.
Music has always had the power to unite and inspire humanitarianism. The festival will unify Miami’s diverse community through music while donating a portion of all ticket proceeds plus food collected at the event to aid Dade County residents living in poverty. The rations collected at the event will be re-distributed to families in need in Coconut Grove, Overtown and Liberty City by artists, volunteers, and members of TECHO and Rockers Movement.
Rockers Movement is proud to promote the Zero Waste Initiative at Miami Reggae Festival. In a committed effort towards sustainability, the Reduce, Reuse, & Recycle model will be implemented to prevent trash and organic materials from going into landfills and incinerators, thus diverting tons of waste and greatly reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The festival will also work food vendors to collect edible food items to feed people and food scraps to feed animals.