Canandaigua’s raucous alt-bluegrass outfit Soiled Blanket (high) and the populist reggae band Root Shock from Syracuse (backside) are among the many artists to play the 2019 Finger Lakes GrassRoots Pageant.
The 2019 Finger Lakes GrassRoots Pageant of Music & Dance is assembling a formidable lineup of bands acquainted to GrassRoots audiences in addition to teams which have, surprisingly, by no means performed the competition earlier than. Operating from July 18 by 21, the competition boasts greater than 60 completely different teams, performing in a large swathe of musical types.
This 12 months’s iteration of GrassRoots has its share of compelling headliners: folksy roots rockers Donna the Buffalo, the earthy blues band Taj Mahal Quartet, the proggy Americana group Railroad Earth, soulful rockers Hayley Jane & The Primates, and standard regional acts Large Panda Guerilla Dub Squad and Driftwood.
Maybe most promising is the variety of Western New York and the Finger Lakes space bands that might be making their GrassRoots premieres. Pageant-goers can catch the raucous alt-bluegrass outfit Soiled Blanket from Canandaigua, and the punky, blues-infused roots music of Buffalo’s Folkfaces. The lineup additionally contains the populist reggae of the Finger Lakes’ Mosaic Basis , and the newly shaped roots-funk-folk band Swamp Youngsters from Rochester and Ithaca.
Recognizable artists like The Campbell Brothers, Aaron Lipp & The Slack Tones, Root Shock, Ithaca Backside Boys, and Tenzin Chopak will return to the competition. Extra info, together with the entire lineup, is at grassrootsfest.org.