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.
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Virginia Key Grassroots Festival Lineup
-Beausoleil Avec Michael Doucet
-The Del McCoury Band
-Donna the Buffalo
-Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad
-Keith Frank & the Soileau Zydeco Band
-Keith Secola & Wild Band of Indians
-The Lee Boys
-Locos Por Juana
-Roy Jay Band
-Sim Redmond Band
-Thousands of One
-Willie Watson & the Evil City String Band
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 grassrootsstore.org. Admission is free for kids under 12 years of age. Call 786-332-4630 or visit virginiakeygrassroots.com.