Two-Day Fundraiser Benefits Trumansburg Conservatory of Fine Arts


The Trumansburg Conservatory of Fine Arts (TCFA) will hold a benefit music festival “GrassRoots Unplugged” on Saturday, September 9 and Sunday September 10, 2023 (The weekend after Labor Day), 12:30-10pm each day. Tickets are available now at with Early Bird pricing of $35 per day and $60 for the entire weekend thru 9/6/2023.  Regular pricing after 9/6 of $45 per day and $80 for the entire weekend will be offered online and at the door. Children 12 and under are free. All proceeds support TCFA's Capital Campaign to restore the building by raising funds to match a New York Council of the Arts (NYSCA) grant. The two day festival features a lineup of sixteen local performers with an outdoor stage on our lawn and an indoor stage with our fabulous dance floor. The performance schedule is listed below:


Saturday, 9/9


12:45 - 1:30  Andy Weintraub:Tricks of the Trade,

                  A Magician's Show & Tale

1:45 - 2:30   Motherwort

2:45 - 3:45   TOiVO

4:00 - 5:00   Road Man

5:15 - 6:15   Tenzin w/Emmett Scott

6:30 - 7:30   Bob & Dee

7:45 - 8:45   Notorious Stringbusters

9:00 - 10:00 Thousands of One


Sunday, 9/10


12:30 - 1:30  Cosmo Curry & Perry City Playboys

1:30 - 3:00   Richie & Rose / Rosie and the Bros

3:00 - 4:00  Jeb & Friends

4:15 - 5:15   Dave Davies Trio

5:30 - 6:30  Madd Daddy (Maddy Walsh & Ted Walsh)

6:45 - 8:00  Small Kings

8:30 - 9:45  Sim Redmond Band


Over a dozen local area sponsors are supplying food and beverage options, which will be available for purchase. Other activities include kids art tent, face painting, plein-air painting and a reserve price auction, featuring two spectacular gems from Hashnu Stones:

"My family and our grandchildren have been involved with the Conservatory for many years." explains Alan Vogel, Community Organizer and GrassRoots Liaison, "The Conservatory is a central cultural hub to our community in a unique historic structure, which many of us have supported and worked on. The Gems of the Finger Lakes: GrassRoots Unplugged event is a wonderful example of two long term local institutions working together to showcase our vast and talented community. Both organizations provide an opportunity for artistic expression to all of us who participate which I feel extremely fortunate to be a part of."

"We are indeed grateful to be partnering with GrassRoots on this event. The generosity of the musicians, technicians, and community volunteers involved in producing this festival has been incredible. All "Gems of the Finger Lakes: GrassRoots Unplugged" performers are donating their time, energy, and talent to help the Conservatory meet our match. We look forward to throwing a great party with something for everyone, just like at GrassRoots Music and Dance Festival,” states Dona Roman, TCFA Director.

The Trumansburg Conservatory of Fine Arts is engaged in a Capital Campaign to renovate and restore their beautiful 1851 Greek revival building. We are currently working to match the funds provided by the New York Council on the Arts in the amount of $279,000. We have raised over a third of the match  and are well on our way to raising the rest. This two-day festival, featuring some of the area's favorite performers from GrassRoots, will be our next big Capital Campaign event. It's 'Fewer Amps Help Us Revamp!’"

For further information, please contact TCFA Managing Director Dona Roman at or call 607-387-5939.

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