Get ready to LAAFF!

Lexington Avenue Arts and Fun Festival returns on Labor Day weekend, celebrating its 10th year and expanding to two days (Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 3 & 4). Here, to whet your appetite, is a preview of some of the music on the lineup:

• Holiday Childress (experimental art-rock) — As the front man for Goodies as well as a solo act, Childress has been part of Asheville music since the 1990s. He crafts not just wonderfully eerie songs but an entire carnivalesque ambiance with his live shows. Saturday, Arts2People Electric Stage Stage, 2:15-3 p.m.

• Hillside Bombers (folk/punk) — Playing acoustic guitar, banjo, washboard and kickdrum, the Hillside Bombers filter folk music through a punk aesthetic. Or vice versa. Saturday, Mountain Xpress Walnut Stage, 7-7:40 p.m.

• Paper Tiger (lounge/electronic) — A blend of live instrumentation, lush vocals, samples and electronics, Paper Tiger composes luxe soundscapes and moods. Saturday, Arts2People Electric Stage Stage, 3:15-4 p.m.

• The Cheeksters (Brit-pop) — Always fun, dancable and impeccably-dressed, The Cheeksters recently released their new album The Golden Birds, a retro-meets-fresh collection of ‘60s and ‘70s-inspired songs. Saturday, Arts2People Electric Stage Stage, 5:30-6:15 p.m.

• Albatross Party (rock) — Local four-piece indie band Albatross Party marries prog rock to accordion notes. The group’s latest album is Glass. Sunday, Mountain Xpress Walnut Stage, 5:30-6:10 p.m.

• GFE (hip-hop) Not only has GFE been performing its unique and ever-evolving brand of positive hip-hop in Asheville for going on two decades, its individual members are behind nearly every local hip-hop project. Sunday, Mountain Xpress Walnut Stage, 7:45-9 p.m.
(This video has some language that may be offensive to some viewers.)

• Galen Kipar Project (experimental folk) — Front man Galen Kipar composes songs rooted in Americana that are richly orchestrated and intricately layered. The band’s most recent release is The Scenic Route. Sunday, Arts2People Electric Stage, 2:45-3:30 p.m.

• Kings of Prussia (electronic/rock) — Charged with “take the genre of Metal to a whole new progressive level” (according to Verge Magazine), Kings of Prussia formed in Miami but have been growing their sound in Asheville for the last several years. Saturday, Mountain Xpress Walnut Stage, 9-10 p.m.

(This video has some language that may be offensive to some viewers.)

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About Alli Marshall
Alli Marshall is the arts writer and editor at Mountain Xpress. She's lived in Asheville for more than 20 years and loves live music, visual art, fiction and friendly dogs.

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