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Wednesday, May 07, 2008

GrassRoots Festival Announces Performers for 2008

The Dirty Dozen Brass Band and Lucinda Williams are two big names announced as performers at this year's GrassRoots Festival, July 17 - 20.

Other noted performers include reggae legends the Meditations, cajun progenitors Balfa Toujours, and emerging folk-pop star Eilen Jewell. Among the returning favorites are Preston Frank, Cyro Baptista, John Brown's Body, the Speckers, dance troupe Galumpha, and the GrassRoots Chamber Orchestra.

The Festival website notes that, along with the luminaries, "GrassRoots doesn't hesitate to bring you great music you've never heard of before." Indeed, each year the Festival seems to turn an unknown act into a breakthrough band. The African band Tinariwen went from obscure status before GrassRoots to touring with the Rolling Stones.

More information is available at

Adavnce four-day tickets are available for $95 at Small World Music and other locations.

Small World Music also has raffle tickets this week with a pair of four-day tickets as the prize. The raffle costs $10 and benefits relief efforts for New Orleans. Only 40 chances are available, so the odds of winning are finite. The drawing will be held Mothers Day, this Sunday, 11 May.

Steve Burke
for Ithaca Blog

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