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Global Music Festival Debuts in Miami with Headliners
Chaka Khan, Arrested Development, and Del McCoury


Family-Friendly Virginia Key GrassRoots Festival February 9th-12th, 2012
Welcomes Community Participation

The world-renowned GrassRoots Festival of Music & Dance is coming to The Historic Virginia Key Beach Park in Miami on February 9th-12th, 2012. Founded in upstate New York in 1991, the non-profit festival showcases top tier world and roots music performers from a wide variety of genres; Latin, Reggae, Hip-Hop, Americana, Funk, Cajun, Bluegrass, Indie Rock, African, Kompa, World Beat, and Jam. International and Grammy Award winning artists will perform alongside some of Florida’s premier bands – Chaka Khan, Del McCoury, and Arrested Development.

Throughout the four-day, family-friendly event, a Kid’s Village will offer interactive activities. Local artisans and visiting craftspeople will display and sell their work. In addition, celebrity dance instructors will provide ongoing group instruction and festival performers will conduct daily music and instrumental workshops. Those interested in wellness will find movement classes, flow workshops, massage and more in The Healing Arts Area.

The festival welcomes local residents and out of town visitors. The on-site campgrounds, just a short walk from the beach, are open to all festival attendees for a reasonable fee. Space is for tents and vehicle camping. Day Tickets, Discounted 4-Day Passes, and Special Packages are available by phone (786) 332-4630, online www.virginiakeygrassroots.org, and at the gate.

The Virginia Key GrassRoots Festival’s mission is to promote community engagement through music and arts education, while supporting environmental sustainability, and social justice. To this end, GrassRoots invites local non-profit groups to set up booths in the Community Advocacy Area. For more information please contact Emma Hewitt at emma@grassrootsfest.org or (786) 332-4630.

GrassRoots is seeking volunteers to help in all areas of the festival, from the Street Team to Hospitality Kitchen. In trade for hours worked, Volunteers are rewarded free festival passes. For more information visit http://virginiakeygrassroots.com/volunteer

Festival Line-up:

Arrested Development, ArtOfficial, Beausoleil Avec Michael Doucet, Big Cosmo, The Del McCoury Band, Donna the Buffalo, Driftwood, Fishbone, 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, Rubblebucket, Sim Redmond Band, Suenalo, Thousands of One, Toubab Krewe, Willie Watson & the Evil City String Band

Visit the website for additions that have been added to the lineup

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Rastfari Ancient Living Arts & Kultural Event (R.A.L.A.K.)

International Music and Global Education

Saturday & Sunday, September 11th & 12th, 2010

Presented by Black Mountain A.R.C. Inc.

377 Lake Eden Rd. Black Mountain, NC 28711

One-day pass starts at $50, Two Day Pass starts at $70

VIP ticketing & camping are available (see website for details and pricing)

Saturday , September 11th

noon- midnite

Artists: Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley, Bunny Wailer, Stephen Marley, Ras Michael, Messengahselah, Isha Blender, Chrisinti, Jahmanna, Crucial Fiya, Nyabingi [Drumming] and more tba

Sunday September 12th:

Interfaith reasonings: Hosted by Smithsonian Institute, Direct of anthrop studies

noon- 4pm, R.S.V.P. a must- Limited capacity

Activities: D.J. Sounds, Kultural Interfaith Ceremony & Reasoning, Nyabingi [Drumming], Kids Land, Crafts and much, much more!

The RASTAFARIAN ANCIENT LIVING ARTS & KULTURE EVENT (RALAK) is much more than just a Reggae Festival. RALAK brings you the Roots & Kulture of Rastafari in an open forum with local politicians, representatives from local churches and other Faiths, scholars, educators and Elders, with a special reverence given to the Native American traditions.

The event is organized by BMARC, the Black Mountain Asheville Rastafari Collective based in Black Mountain NC along with F.L.O.W. (Functions Logistics Operations Works) and Mountain Roots Management.

RALAK Fest was initiated by the group because Carlos A. Seales, a disabled American veteran and one of the ELDERS and Administrators within the Global Rastafari community, and Ras Miles Jacob Marley, a USA veteran and Elder of The Rastafarian UniverSoul Order Prison Ministry Fellowship – both residing in Black Mountain, North Carolina, USA – felt faced with the task/responsibility to address a pressing issue – and that is the Misrepresentation of the Rastafari Way of Life as an alternative life style, fashion, gang or any other societal label placed on it due to ignorance.

This annual event commemorates the Ethiopian New Year on September 11th and offers Conscious Reggae and other roots music, Natural Food and Craft Vendors, Kids Activities, Non-Profit Organizations and much more. It is an experience that will change your life. It is a bridge between the ancient past, the present and the future. RALAK is unmatched in scope as it is Reggae presented by Rastafari working to fulfill the Rastafari Creed, a mission we can all identify with: to let the hungry be fed, the naked clothed, the sick nourish, the aged protected, the infants cared for and the homeless housed.

“RALAK is intended to illustrate the Rastafari Way of Life, in its Ancient African Indigenous Tradition and as such, present the Living Ancient Culture, which We, The Rastafari People practice, safe guard (preserve) and defend with every fiber of Our spiritual and material being daily, through righteous action and behavior.” RALAK is also a fundraiser for charities in Ethiopia and in our local area. Also through the Millennium Council in Jamaica, RALAK contributes to the Elders of Rastafari. Their need is great. Even through Reggae music has spread their Gospel, they are left out of the economic equation and need support from the world community, who have come to love their culture through Reggae music.

“In the midst of the strife and turmoil which marks Africa today, the African peoples still extend the hands of friendship. But it is extended to those who desire the progress and the political and economic freedom of the African people…” – HIM Emperor Haile Sellassie I The First on International Relations

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