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LEAF Lake Eden Arts Festival 2012

Friday, May 11th, 2012

ASHEVILLE NC – WHAT: LEAF | Lake Eden Arts Festival
WHEN: May 10-13, 2012
WHERE: at Camp Rockmont in Black Mountain, NC.

LEAF Celebrates the Blues with Their 34th Festival Performing Arts Lineup

LEAF is excited to Celebrate the Blues at Spring LEAF 2012, taking place May 10-13, 2012 in Black Mountain, NC. Headlining the 34th twice-annual festival are blues legend Taj Mahal, afrobeat progeny Seun Kuti & Egypt 80, and New Orleans institution Preservation Hall Jazz Band. In addition to Taj Mahal, several other artists will be helping to celebrate blues traditions (with support in part by a grant from the National Endowment of the Arts. Art Works), including The Wood Brothers, Corey Harris & The Rasta Blues Experience, David Bromberg, Gaye Adegbalola (formerly with Saffire – The Uppity Blues Women), The Shane Pruitt Band and Music Maker Relief Foundation artists Captain Luke and Cool John Ferguson.

From the dark, smoky clubs of Chicago & St. Louis, all the way down through the Hill Country and into the bayous of the Deep South, you’ll be introduced to an sampling of Blues artists, intermingled with the diversity of cultural names and faces you’ve come to love at LEAF – The Golden Dragon Acrobats (China), Sarazino(Ecuador), The Nuala Kennedy Band (Ireland), and Msafiri Zawose (Tanzania). Rounding out the top of the lineup are dance-pop-meets-afrobeat sensations Rubblebucket, bhangra funk masters Red Baraat, North Carolina folkies The Red Clay Ramblers, Americana up-and comers The Black Lillies, and world-renowned DJ King Britt presenting his Sister Gertrude Morgan multimedia experience.

This lineup is the soundtrack to a diverse weekend festival experience that also includes a juried art show; over 50 free healing arts workshops; a dance hall with plenty of contra, salsa, swing, and professional instruction; outdoor adventures with camping and lake activities; the LEAFlet Kids Village, with two stages and an extraordinary amount of activities; a Poetry Slam with $1000+ in prize money; great food, plenty of vendors, and much more. LEAF’s Blue Ridge Mountain setting is spectacular, and the event is truly magical. LEAF is a family and friend tradition that “recharges our batteries” twice a year.

New to LEAF this May is “HayMow – A Raised Art Experience”. HayMow, in the historic Black Mountain College Barns, will feature four visual outsider artists who will showcase and sell their works of “Uncommon Art,” conduct workshops, and hold conversations with the underlying philosophy of folklore as action. This spring’s first league of HayMow artists features Lamar Sorrento of Memphis, who will be honoring Robert Johnson’s 100th birthday celebration, as part of LEAF’s Blues focus.

LEAF is a non-profit organization established to build community and enrich lives through the Arts – locally and globally – with festivals, community events, and arts in education programs. LEAF’s mission is Connecting Cultures & Creating Community Through Music & Arts. LEAF’s three branches include the twice-a-year festival, LEAF in Schools & Streets, and LEAF International.

Lake Eden Arts Festival – LEAF – October 20-23, 2011

Saturday, July 30th, 2011

ASHEVILLE, NC – LEAF [Lake Eden Arts Festival] from October 20th-23rd 2011 at Camp Rockmont in Black Mountain, NC.
Ticket Info: theLEAF.org • 828/ 68-MUSIC (686-8742)
Advance tickets only. Under 10 FREE! Visit LEAF.org for variety of tickets|prices. Volunteering Available or you can join the LEAF memberSHIP for discounts & more.

LEAF restored my LOVE for festivals!” Luis Guerra, Texas

Thank you for hosting the most amazing festival! We had the BEST time and cannot believe it has taken us 16 years to get there. Every inch of LEAF was filled with positive energy, it was magical!”  Sarah & Russ, NC

THE LEAF TRADITION
LEAF is one of the treasured fall traditions for families and friends across the southeast and beyond the weekend of October 20th-23rd at Camp Rockmont in Black Mountain. LEAF appropriately will be falling on the “PEAK LEAF” weekend, and the fall colors complement the stunning beauty of Lake Eden with Mt. Mitchell standing tall in the distance. A weekend at LEAF is the equivalent of going on a year-long multi-cultural music, arts, dance, and outdoor adventures journey, which “recharges our batteries”. A few aspects that make LEAF “one of the best fests in the country” [re: Johnny Irion] is the FAMILY friendly atmosphere, the diverse sampling of arts and music, the setting, and the intimate size. Map out your weekend “travels” at theLEAF.org.

ANNOUNCING THE OCTOBER PERFORMING ARTISTS

The LEAF crew is thrilled about the Fall LEAF line-up! Make sure your FUNKy dancing shoes are tied extra-tight for this fall. Discover the magic of LEAF and these performing artists at our 33rd festival with Sweet Honey In The Rock® • Galactic • Leo Kottke • Wanda Jackson • 7 Walkers [featuring Bill Kreutzmann, Papa Mali, George Porter Jr & Matt Hubbard] • Abigail Washburn • Toubab Krewe • The Infamous Stringdusters • The Infamous Krewe • Bassekou Kouyate [Mali] • Vishten [Prince Edward Island] • The Mighty Diamonds [Jamaica] • Contra with Perpetual e-Motion & Hot Point Stringband • Rising Appalachia • David Wax Museum • ArtOfficial • The Legendary JC’s • Bearfoot  • Songs of Water  •  Peter Mawanga [Malawi] • TURKU, Nomads of the Silk Road & many more announced on our website. LEAF creates a performance lineup that introduces you to lots of new bands, represents many genres and cultures, and contributes to the positive community. Many of the artists will also participate in LEAF in Schools & Streets programs.

THE WORLD of LEAF

The stages keep up dancing, listening, and grooving and are complemented by a host of creative experiences: Unifire Theater • Contra Dancing • Poetry Slams• Puppetry Slam • Music Jams • Parade • Fiddle Contest • Circus Arts • 50+ Healing Arts Workshops & so much more to explore & experience!  LEAF’s music is but one thread that holds together the cloth of a weekend experience that includes art and culture from around the world, and right here, for the entire family.  NEW! Runners bring your shoes for the 4th Annual “Rock the Quarry” 4-Mile Trail Challenge during LEAF Saturday. The path is so beautiful as it goes through woods, along streams, and has one of the most stunning views in WNC when you reach the top peak.

LEAF in Schools & Streets at FESTIVAL & in the COMMUNITY!

perf_sweethoney_linkLEAF is honored to welcome Sweet Honey In The Rock® as the finale’ and a special LEAF in Schools & Streets [LSS] community concert on Monday October 24th. This internationally renowned all-woman, African-American a cappella ensemble is known for their powerful Civil Rights and African American culture work. Each concert is educational and includes cultural insights, call & response, and audience participation.  “The metaphor, Sweet Honey In The Rock®, captures these African American women whose repertoire is steeped in the sacred music of the Black church, the clarion calls of the civil rights movement, and songs of the struggle for justice everywhere.” The group stays “rooted in a deeply held commitment to create music out of the rich textures of African American legacy and traditions.” Sweet Honey In The Rock® possesses a stunning vocal prowess that captures the complex sounds of Blues, spirituals, traditional gospel hymns, rap, reggae, African chants, Hip Hop, ancient lullabies, and jazz improvisation. It is said, “Sweet Honey’s collective voice, occasionally accompanied by hand percussion instruments, produces a sound filled with soulful harmonies and intricate rhythms. In the best and in the hardest of times, Sweet Honey In The Rock® has come in song to communities around the world raising her voice in hope, love, justice, peace, and resistance.”

One of the key LEAF achievements is Empowering Youth in WNC through Festive Arts with LEAF in Schools & Streets programs. LSS is currently working weekly with 15 music and arts programs in local public housing communities and center for after-school programs. Surrounding the festival, over 20 of the LEAF artists will also be participating in LSS through arts-in-education workshops, residencies, and enrichment concerts in local schools and centers. Over 25,000 YOUTH and community members have been involved in LSS!

LSS is making residencies, workshops and performances available to local schools and community centers ranging from Malawi, Hoop Dancing, Acadian Traditions, Spoken Word, Blues, a Cappella, Theater, Hip Hop & World Dance, Maritime Folk Song, Audio Production, Jazz, Breakdancing, New Orleans Drum Line, Youth Poetry Slam, Mural Project, and World Choral Traditions to West African Dance & Drumming.

LEAF in Schools & Streets Presents:
A family-friendly outreach performance and school field trip opportunity:
Sweet Honey In The Rock®, Internationally renowned all-woman, African-American a cappella ensemble
Monday, October 24, 2011 | The Orange Peel downtown Asheville, NC
11:00 am. All Ages: $3 for children under18| $8 for adults
Q&A will immediately follow concert. Groups are encouraged to bring|submit questions early.
Tickets: Orange Peel Box office, theorangepeel.net, Ticket web (866) 468-7630
[email protected]This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it | 828/68-MUSIC (686-8742) | theLEAF.org & click on Press, then on Events

NEALogoColorLSS provides this special low cost event to make this outreach performance accessible for schools, families & the community. This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. Art Works. LEAF finds the project “Sweet Honey In The Rock®” artistically important, as it is poignantly relevant to our mission of “creating communities and connecting cultures through music and arts”.