ITHACA, N.Y. – The Finger Lakes GrassRoots Festival will return to Trumansburg for its 29th year this July, with a packed lineup of dozens of bands.

The festival, which will take place July 18 to 21, will feature four stages of music along with camping, yoga, dance, workshops and healing arts.

In a press release announcing the year’s acts, organizers said the festival “is designed to dazzle you with diversity rather than wow you with big names.”

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“We are excited to announce our 2019 Finger Lakes GrassRoots Festival of Music & Dance Lineup, which includes the Grammy-winning island-infused-blues stylings of Taj Mahal Quartet, the improvisational Americana, country, bluegrass and rock & roll of Railroad Earth, the harmonious-soulful-folk of activists and songstresses Rising Appalachia, the traditionally-rooted folk of ramblin’ man and storyteller Willie Watson, and the cajun-flavored-country-folk-rock of Donna the Buffalo!” the press release reads.

In addition to music, the festival will offer plenty of entertainment options, including camping, food and craft vendors, kids’ activities, yoga, healing arts, visual art exhibits, and workshops.

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Before the festival officially begins the GrassRoots “Culture Camp” will return July 14 to 17, with instrument, dance and movement workshops and themed dinners and dances.

Here’s the full music lineup:


  • Donna the Buffalo
  • Taj Mahal Quartet
  • Willie Watson
  • Railroad Earth
  • Rising Appalachia
  • Todd Snider
  • Ryan Montbleau Band
  • Hayley Jane & The Primates
  • Driftwood
  • Tony Perez Band BKO
  • Keith Frank & The Soileau Zydeco Band
  • Giant Panda Guerrilla Dub Squad
  • Garifuna Collective
  • Nativos Jammin’ Orchestra
  • Sammus

New Acts:

  • Jose Albizu Jazz Trio
  • Swamp Kids
  • Root Shock
  • Feufollet
  • The Turbans
  • The Crucials Ephniko DJ Evo Evolution
  • Oliver Bates Craven
  • Aaron Lipp & The Slack Tones
  • Dirty Blanket
  • ¡Viva Mayhem!
  • Ruth Rosenblatt & George Cooke
  • PA Line Drank
  • The Gold Tattat Folkfaces
  • Vicious Fishes


  • Jim Lauderdale
  • Preston Frank & His Zydeco Family Band
  • Richie & Rosie Cortadito
  • Sim Redmond Band
  • Gunpoets
  • The Campbell Brothers
  • The Blind Spots
  • Mosaic Foundation
  • Keith Secola & His Wild Band
  • Ithaca Bottom Boys
  • Sihasin
  • Fall Creek Brass Band
  • Jones Benally Family Dance Troupe
  • The Flying Clouds Of South Carolina
  • Moontee Sinquah
  • Walter Mouton & The Scott Playboys
  • Kevin Kinsella
  • Hank Roberts
  • Tenzin Chopak
  • Empire Kings Double Tiger
  • Traonach
  • Mac Benford & Up South
  • Mary Lorson
  • KidBess & The Magic Ring
  • Bubba George String Band
  • Nery Arevalo
  • Plastic Nebraska
  • The Fly Rods Laila Belle
  • The Sutras
  • Ithaca Underground
  • Move-Along Songs w/John & Diane
  • GrassRoots Chamber Orchestra

Featured image: The Blind Spots perform at Grassroots 2018 (Ed Dittenhoefer/Ithaca Voice).

Devon Magliozzi

Devon Magliozzi is a reporter for the Ithaca Voice. Questions? Story tips? Contact her at or 607-391-0328.