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LEAF 40th Festival Spreading Global Gratitude

ASHEVILLE NC – LEAF is thrilled to announce the stellar lineup of performing artists for the Spring 2015 LEAF Festival, taking place May 7-10, 2015 near Asheville at the majestic Lake Eden in Black Mountain, NC.  Spread  “Global Gratitude” at LEAF Festival and experience tribal tribute artists from 30 different countries with Xavier Rudd & The United Nations making their 2015 debut; Rolling Stones Top 100 Guitarist Bombino; and Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires known as “The Screaming Eagle of Soul”.

“Moving into our 40th Festival this Spring, LEAF is embracing 20 years of momentum to give our amazing community a truly unique experience, states Ehren Cruz, LEAF Performing Arts Director.  ”Over the past two decades we have established time honored traditions that now rest at the heart of our community – from contra to poetry, family adventure to late night drum circles, roots music to world music – this Spring LEAF we aim to bring in the very best of all we have created these many years into a celebration of epic proportions!”

The 40th LEAF features Arizona Music & Entertainment Hall of Famer R. Carlos Nakai (Native American flautist), Donna the Buffalo (Americana Roots Rock) returning since playing the inaugral LEAF Festival in 1995 and Sierra Hull (Bluegrass), who performed at the Grand Ole Opry and Carnigie Hall by the age of 12,  The LEAF experience is rounded out with showcases from the 2nd Annual Newsong: LEAF Singer Songwriter Competition and the Pisgah 10th Year Anniversary  Jams and much more.

Spring LEAF 2015 Performing Artists Lineup:

Xavier Rudd & The United Nations  | Bombino | Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires

Carlos Nakai | Lágbája | Karsh Kale | Donna The Buffalo
Natalia Clavier (Vocalist of Thievery Corporation) | The Duhks | Ganga Giri
Martha Redbone Roots Project | Sierra Hull | Secret Agent 23 Skido | Kinobe & The Wamu Spirit | Diali Cissokho & Kaira Ba | Free Planet Radio | Proyecto Jirondai | Masankho Banda | Grandfather Mazatzin Aztekayolokalli | Chief Shaka Zulu| Poetry Slams | Preston Frank Zydeco | Bailey Spiritual Sounds FKA Madisson Elites | Contra w/ Free Raisins | Buddy System | Clayfoot Strutters | Adina Gordon | Charlotte Crittenden | The Warriors of Anikituhwa| Unifire Theater |  Kickin It’ Jelly Dome | Toy Boat Circus
Fox & Beggar Theater | Numatik | Travers Brothership | Sirius B | Juan Benevides Group | Global Gratitude Mural Project | 2nd Annual Newsong Presents: LEAF Singer Songwriter Competition
Pisgah 10th Year Anniversary Happy Hour Jams

In addition to music from three stages and various art displays, LEAF Festival also features healing artists, local craft brews, a kids village, a poetry slam, lakeside activities, camping, cabins, dance parties and food from local independent restaurants and vendors.  Purchase adult tickets, starting at $40 for the day or $147 for the weekend, online at http://www.theLEAF.org or by phone at 828-686-8742.  Additional discounts available for local, commuting residents and youth 10-17 years. Children under 10 years are admitted FREE with parent/guardian.

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