Fall LEAF lineup announced

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.

• The Be Good Tanyas — Beloved folk trio Sam Parton, Frazey Ford, and Trish Klein (pictured) return to LEAF. (Read about their 2007 LEAF performance here.)

• 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.

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About Alli Marshall
Alli Marshall is the arts section editor at Mountain Xpress. She's lived in Asheville for more than 20 years and loves live music, visual art, fiction and friendly dogs. Alli is the winner of the 2016 Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize and the author of the novel "How to Talk to Rockstars," published by Logosophia Books. Follow me @alli_marshall

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