Hard to believe, as we sit her baking in the 90-dgree temps of early July, that soon enough it’ll be autumn again, and Lake Eden Arts Festival will be gearing up for its fall event.
The festival dates are set: Thursday-Sunday, October 18-21. And (so you can start thinking cool, crisp, Octobery thoughts), the lineup has just been announced. Headliners are:
• The Mickey Hart Band — The Grateful Dead’s drummer and world-beat percussion innovator with Crystal Monee Hall (vocalist, RENT), Dave Schools (Widespread Panic), Gawain Mathews, Sikiru Adepoju (talking drum), Ian Herman and Ben Yonas.
• Tinariwen — Tuareg-Berber musicians from the Sahara Desert of northern Mali.
• The Tony Rice Unit — Bluegrass/newgrass/acoustic jazz superstar.
• George Porter Jr. and the Runnin’ Pardners — Funk bassist from new Orleans bands like The Meters and The Funky Meters.
The Sunday festival closer will be revealed next month, but other just-announced acts are:
Darrell Scott • Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band • John McCutcheon • Khris Royal & Dark Matter • Sol Driven Train • The Fighting Jamesons • Chirgilchin • Kinobe & The African Sensation • Uncommon Time: Taiko, Tabla, Timba • David LaMotte w/ LEAF International Guatemala • Jonathan Scales Fourchestra • Shringara Nepal • Aradhna • The Andrew & Noah Band • The Brand New Life • The Joy Boyz • Chuck Beattie • Darrell Rose • Unifire Theatre • Lemira Percussion Ensemble • Beatles Sing-a-Long w/ Bruce Lang • Brothers Harrell Donkey Tour • PaperHand Puppets • Art Farm Puppets • LEAF Poetry Slam w/ James Navé • L.S.S. Youth Poetry Slam w/ Beth McDonough & Simon Wolf • Puppet Slam and Puppet Showcase hosted by Madison J. Cripps and Keith Shubert of Toy Box Theatre • 40 Fingers & A Missing Tooth • Professor Whizzpop! • Whee Ahh Faerie Kin Troupe • LANGO Asheville • German Wheel w/ Monique Cote and the Warren Wilson Wheelies • Balloons w/ Juan Holiday • Sugarfoot Serenaders • Bhangra w/ Diana McCall and Christine Gavin.
Dance includes: Contra dance with The Great Bear Trio & Footloose, late-night techno contra with DJ Jor-D, callers Adina Gordon and Maggie Jo Saylor, swing dance with One Leg Up and more.
Tickets are on sale now here. early bird prices (through Aug. 31) are $169 adults/$130 youth for Thursday-Sunday with camping; $139/$115 for Friday-Sunday with camping; $89/$79 community pass for Friday-Sunday no camping; $39/$34 for Friday or Sunday day pass; $49/$45 for a Saturday day pass.
Cabins (for Friday and Saturday nights) are $105 for a bunk, $335 for a five-person lodge room, $335 for a nine person cabin and $385 for a 12-person cabin.
Vehicle camping is $50; RV or trailer camping is $100. Parking is $5 per vehicle, with shuttles form parking area into the festival.