Thursday, July 23, 2009

Grassroots Festival of Music and Dance

Our son, along with four of his friends and one adult attended the Grassroots Festival of Music and Dance held in Trumansburg, NY last week. This was a four day (Thursday thru Sunday) event and they were lucky to get an on-site camping space because spaces sell out quickly. There was also an off-site camping about a mile away with shuttle buses running non-stop.
We heard that the festival is a music lover's paradise so hubby and I got curious; we went to join them on Friday ... here are some of the pictures that I took. The marquee ...

(all photos can be enlarged by clicking)

Just a few of the on-site tents; the fairgrounds was surrounded with tents! Some campers even brought potted plants to decorate their areas. And there were plenty of food and arts and crafts vendors! Problem was, it was raining almost all day; that sure dampened my excitement.


... more tents taken sitting at one of the four stages, Grandstand stage to be exact.



One of the over 60 bands, the Talktomes (talk-to-mes), played roots related music. It was still early in the morning; the place was not crowded yet.


The Believers, came all the way from Washington state. They played folk and ethnic music. Most of the bands that we heard were good and wonderful but unfortunately, it was not my type of music; if your taste is eclectic then you'll definitely enjoy going to this festival.


... I don't know the name of this band but they were excellent and funny.


Grassroots Festival is also known for its all-night dancing. This was the dance tent. Since we left quite early due to rain, I assumed that this dance floor was full to its capacity by nightfall.


Just to give you an idea, pictured below is the schedule of events; starting at 9am and ending at 1am, and different bands taking turns performing at four different stages.

The Grassroots festival is mainly run by volunteers; money raised helps benefit the fight against Aids and other causes.
Music, dance, art and food ... a good recipe for fun don't you agree?

13 comments:

Tracy said...

Looks like such fun! But rain must be a requisite for festivals, huh...not fair! LOL! Happy Days ((HUGS))

Nance said...

Tracy,
That was funny ... festival? ... fair? ha ha ha
'top of the mornin' my friend! ;)

Mari said...

It looked like a fun festival...except that darn rain. But then kids don't care much when they are having fun.

Ebie said...

Hi Nance, I have been to different festivals and if it does not rain, it is very hot! You should have stayed for the dancing part of it. It is fun!

Hi! I'm Grace said...

Hi Nance, Grassroots looks so fun! I would love to be in there. Thanks for sharing this to us. :)

Euroangel said...

Hi Nance, thanks for the visit...that seems a lot of fun...wondering where your sister in germany is...

Ebie said...

Hi Nance, hehehe, I did not arrange the flowers...They were just in the pail of other flowers. I was just at the right angle to take the shots. And I love it, and got the name from Driving Ms, Daisy.

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Nance: That looks like a fun time with good music.

Prospero said...

It was all for a very good cause. And you never know, you might just discover a band that totally lives up to your musical aspirations. (sorry about the rain)

Ebie said...

Hi Nance, if you have the patience, if not, a good teacher (like kids) you can stitch pictures using photoshop. It is easy, but needs lot of patience, especially if your photos are not at the same eye level. But it is fun, though!

Bonnie Bonsai said...

For as long as it is for a good cause, I am in it! Worthy for support. Go, go Nance. Sounds like you were having fun time anyway. :)

SandyCarlson said...

Looks like a really super time.

Mark Kreider said...

I know this was a heck of a lot of fun. I like blue grass and new grass both.