The annual four day Finger Lakes GrassRoots Festival of Music and Dance has been alive and kicking in Trumansburg since 1991. It’s known for its for it’s multi-stage, multi-genre, multi-day fun but now it’s also getting known for its addition of the Grassroots Culture Camp which takes place July 15-18, the four days before the Finger Lakes GrassRoots Festival of Music and Dance.
The point of the Culture Camp is for participants to be able to Immerse themselves for four straight days of instrument, dance and movement workshops, with themed nightly dinners & dances include. The Culture Camp is a unique way for amateurs and professionals to connect and learn from each other. From those just picking up a fiddle for the first time, to those who are knowledgeable on an Irish fiddle, there is instruction for all. Most of the workshops are taught by performers at the Finger Lakes GrassRoots Festival of Music and Dance.
And at the end of the long day of instruction there are new workshops included just this year called the, “Old Time Jam” and the “Cajun jam” which is basically a time when after a long day of workshops and before the nightly dinner where everyone can get together and jam. It’s open to all levels and everyone is encouraged to grab their instruments, join in and experience playing old time tunes in a group.
There are workshops in: fiddle, banjo, bass, guitar, banjo uke, mandolin, old time jam, pedal steel, accordion, accordion and fiddle, Cajun double fiddling, Cajun Jam, Triangle, Scoreboard, Afro-Carribean hand drumming and song, Bodhran, Cajun drums and bass, origins of country drumming, improvisation, adult singing, singsong for children, Cajun song, country songs old and new, country harmony singing, songwriting, Native American, Cuban Son music, accompanying oneself on piano, one mic: hip hop and the power of voice, workshop for social change, “On the road again” (Learning the business side of getting your band out there), Dance, Yoga, Tai Chi, acrylic painting, youth square dance, and youth percussion.
Full instructor bios can be found here for each work shop. For more information and to purchase tickets visit the Finger Lakes GrassRoots Festival of Music and Dance website. There is also an option to volunteer at the Culture Camp and in doing so acquiring admission free in exchange for working one three hour shift for each day you would like to attend the camp. Camping at the Culture Camp is also available for purchase.