Smart Bets: LEAF

The theme of this spring's Lake Eden Arts Festival is "celebrating the blues" and the lineup includes blues great Taj Mahal, Afrobeat heir Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 and Preservation Hall Jazz Band from New Orleans. Local acts are Town Mountain, Zansa, Carey Fridley & Down South, Big Nasty Band and others. Plus, there's a full weekend's worth of dance, healing arts, kids' activities, puppets, poetry, didgeridoos and more. Thursday-Sunday, May 10-13 at Lake Eden in Black Mountain. Tickets are for sale in advance only, through Wednesday, May 9. $179 for adults/$149 for youth for a weekend-plus tickets; $155/$130 for a weekend ticket (both include camping). Day passes (no camping) are $103/$91 Friday-Sunday; $55/$48 for Saturday; $45/$37 for Friday or Sunday. http://www.theleaf.org.

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