Tuesday, February 4, 2014

LEAF Festival announces May lineup

Grammy winner Los Lobos celebrates its 40th anniversary during the 38th Annual LEAF Festival in Black Mountain in May. The L.A.-based group will headline alongside Bootsy Collins (pictured), Beats Antique, Red Baraat, Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars, and Tim O'Brien and Darrell Scott. The eclectic roots and world music and arts festival takes place May 8-11 at Black Mountain's Lake Eden.

The Lake Eden Arts Festival has become a hub for diverse performers from all over the globe highlighting music from the nearby mountains to the far shores of Africa, Europe, and Asia.

This year's acts, which include musicians, dancers, DJs, and other performing artists, include Zach Deputy, Elephant Revival, Locos pour Juana, Boukman Eksperyans, the Lee Boys, Town Mountain, Roosevelt Collier, Alash, Contra with Wild Asparagus and Perpetual Emotion, Zing Experience, Turkuaz, Billy Jonas Bands the Whitetop Mountaineers, Kim & Reggie Harris, Molasses Creek, Empire Strikes Brass, Adams, Queen, & Rifkin, the Fritz, Montuno, One Leg Up, Toy Boat Circus, Infinite Geometry, Zulu Connection, Whee Ahh Faerie Kin, Jake Hollifield Art V Experience, Techno Contra with DJ Jor-D, Rushfest Contra Experience, and Alex Kurg Combo.

The family friendly festival features a Kids Village with two stages, workshops, puppets, juggling, storytelling and music. A large dance pavilion features contra, Cajun, swing, Celtic, African, Latin, clogging, hip-hop, step, zydeco, waltz, and more throughout the long weekend.

Tickets are available here. Prices range from single day passes for $36 for children to $52 for adults. Weekend passes range from $121-$178. Camping and RV permits are also available. Prices increase
April 1st.

LEAF Festival takes place bi-annually outside of Asheville. The fall edition will occur October 16-19, 2014.