Whether you’re a longtime local fan or a touring artist just passing through, it doesn’t take long to sense how unique the Finger Lakes music scene is. Ever since I was a kid I was drawn to this energy; I wanted to learn from it, watch it grow, and one day be a part of it. My name is Allison Young, a local writing student and musician. Growing up in the Ithaca area undoubtably shaped my perspective on music and its profound ability to affect both personal and global change. As I enter my senior year of college, I couldn’t think of a better way to spend my summer than documenting this incredible community with Finger Lakes Music Press.
I write this first post in the shelter of the GrassRoots dance tent. It’s the second day of the annual Culture Camp, and the pouring rain has forced us to retreat from the flooding hills into any place that has cover. The Grandstand lights twinkle through the haze of the storm as attendees rush to their next workshop. Not even a severe thunderstorm warning could hinder their enthusiasm.
Culture Camp 2017 has brought people from all over the country together for a pre-GrassRoots celebration of dance, music, and community. As the workshops continue and the dancing goes on, we’ll be here to cover it all. Keep an eye on this blog for more details to come, and feel free to comment–we’d love to hear from you.