Virginia Key Grassroots Festival Lineup: Arrested Development and 24 Others

The Herd is stampeding toward SoFla.

Almost 22 years ago, East Coast fusion rockers Donna the Buffalo led a mass gathering of its friends, fellow bands, and followers -- nicknamed The Herd -- to Ithaca, New York for the inaugural Finger Lakes GrassRoots Festival.

In the intervening decades, this annual fest has grown into a 60-band celebration of Cajun, country, blues, reggae, rock, and hip-hop. It's even spawned spinoffs, the Shakori Hills GrassRoots Festival in rural North Carolina. And now the first-ever Virginia Key Grassroots Festival has announced its initial 25-act lineup, going down over four full days in February 2012.

See the cut for Virginia Key Grassroots' full festival details and musical roster, headlined by classic alternative hip-hop crew Arrested Development.

UPDATE Soul-pop icon Chaka Khan, NYC rap guerilla Immortal Technique, and 16 others have just been added to Grassroots' lineup.

Virginia Key Grassroots Festival Lineup

-Arrested Development


-Beausoleil Avec Michael Doucet

-Big Cosmo

-The Del McCoury Band

-Donna the Buffalo



-Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad

-Greg Humphreys

-Jim Lauderdale

-Keith Frank & the Soileau Zydeco Band

-Keith Secola & Wild Band of Indians

-The Lee Boys

-Locos Por Juana

-Mixed Culture

-Preston Frank

-Revelation Mizik

-Roy Jay Band


-Sim Redmond Band


-Thousands of One

-Toubab Krewe

-Willie Watson & the Evil City String Band

Upcoming Events

Virginia Key Grassroots Festival. Thursday, February 9, to Sunday, February 12, 2012. Historic Virginia Key Beach Park, 4020 Virginia Beach Dr., Key Biscayne. Four-day festival passes cost $50 for youth and $90 to $100 for adults via Admission is free for kids under 12 years of age. Call 786-332-4630 or visit

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