Virginia Key Grassroots Festival of Music and Dance

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Country and Region United StatesFlorida
Type of Festival Dance, Music
Location of Festival Miami, Florida, USA
Festival Description

The Historic Virginia Key Beach Park (HVKBP) will celebrate the inaugural edition in of the annual GrassRoots Festival of Music & Dance in February 2012. The programming will feature the diversity of grassroots music, dance and the arts on the grounds of this historic landmark. Music and art lovers will experience everything from crafts exhibits and live music workshops and performances. Visitors will enjoy Bluegrass, Hip Hop, Latin, Roots Rock, Reggae and Zydeco musical performances. For four days on 4 stages, with over 50 bands performing, there is sure to be something for everyone. Festival organizer Emma Hewitt states “Every GrassRoots Festival offers a chance to hear not just the music you know you’ll enjoy, but to discover something new. People walk away having fallen in love with bands and genres they might never have found on their own. No other music festival has offered that type of diversity in Miami before.”

The historic significance of the site resonated with the organizers of the GrassRoots Festival of Music & Dance, especially during February, Black History Month. HVKBP was established in the 1940’s as Miami-Dade County’s segregated beach, the only place people of color could gather to enjoy beach recreation. Its dance pavilion, carousel, and mini-train made it a popular destination for residents and tourists. After years of disrepair following desegregation, the site has been reclaimed by a group of dedicated local citizens committed to preserving both the park and its legacy of community celebration.

Festival Dates February 21 - 24, 2013
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Festival Events:

Lineup 2013:
  • Arapa
  • ArtOfficial
  • Big Cosmo
  • Crazy Fingers
  • Driftwood
  • Elastic Bond
  • Equanimous Minds
  • Greg Humphries
  • Gold Dust Lounge
  • Jah High Towa
  • Johnny Dread
  • Wholetones
  • Uproot Hootenanny
  • Sue Cunningham
  • Stokeswood
  • Spam Allstars
  • Revelation Mizik
  • The Resolvers
  • Preston Frank
  • Nag Champayons
  • Mipso Trio
  • Rusted Root
  • Donna the Buffalo
  • MC Yogi
  • Keith Frank & his Soileau Zydeco Band
  • Suenalo
  • Lizzy Ross
  • Locos Por Juana


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Sister Festivals:
  • Virginia Key Grassroots Festival with Chaka Khan, Arrested Development, and Donna the Buffalo February 9-12, by S. Pajot (New Times Miami, February 9, 2012)
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Practical Info:

  • Virginia Key Beach Park
    4020 Virginia Beach Drive
    Miami, Florida
  • Call +01 (786) 332-4630
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