The locals at LEAF

Autumn LEAF kicks off this weekend at Lake Eden in Black Mountain. Among the dozens of national and international performers, a number of local artists will also be featured on various stages. This list includes:

• Toubab Krewe: World beats and rocker teeth — Toubab Krewe is a perfect amalgamation of the danceable, eclectic sounds that makes LEAF such an exceptional festival. Toubab Krewe got its start in Asheville, but the band only plays on home turf a few times each year. Don’t miss this chance to see them. Friday, Lakeside stage at 10:30 p.m.

• The Blue Ridge Orchestra: Formed in ‘99, “The orchestra is comprised of accomplished amateur, semi-professional and professional musicians who volunteer their time in an effort to make orchestral music more accessible to the community.” Saturday, Brookside dancehall, 5:45-7:45 p.m.

• Snake Oil Medicine Show: One of Asheville’s enduring traditions, Snake Oil blends bluegrass, reggae and their own psychedelic touches. Thursday, Eden Hall, 7-8:30 p.m.; Sunday, The Barn, 1:45-2:45 p.m.

• Kon Tiki describes itself as “a tropical swing and a twist of Hawaiian flair.” Friday, The Barn, 6:45-7:45 p.m.; Saturday, Roots Family Stage, 2:15-3:15 p.m.

• Woody Pines brings a stylish mix of ragtime and country blues to the stage. Or the street corner (he and his band often busk).Friday, Wildwoods, 7-8 p.m.; Saturday, Eden Hall, 6:15-7:15

Woody Pines – Root Hog or Die from Live & Breathing on Vimeo.

• Sirius.B: The self-described “Absurdist gypsy folk funk punk” collective is a multi-year/multi-category winner among Xpress readers in the annual Best of WNC poll. Friday, Eden Hall, 1:30-3 a.m.

• Unifire Theatre: Honestly, it wouldn’t be LEAF without fire dancers. When darkness falls and Unifire’s performers begin to spin flames, reflected in Lake Eden’s water, it’s nothing short of magical. Saturday, waterfront, 9 p.m.

• Warren Wilson Gamelan Ensemble: Here’s what you need to know — the gamelan is an Indonesian instrument made up of a variety of components such as xylophones, drums, bamboo flutes and bowed and plucked strings. An ensemble is made up of many members, and no two ensembles are the same. Saturday, Eden Hall, 10-11:15 a.m.; Sunday, Roots Family Stage, 1:30-2:30 p.m.

• Asheville Hoops Troupe promotes hula hooping for exercise, relaxation and entertainment. Friday, Wildwoods, 5:30-6:30 p.m.; Saturday, Lakeside stage, 9:30-10:30 a.m.




Thanks for reading through to the end…

We share your inclination to get the whole story. For the past 25 years, Xpress has been committed to in-depth, balanced reporting about the greater Asheville area. We want everyone to have access to our stories. That’s a big part of why we've never charged for the paper or put up a paywall.

We’re pretty sure that you know journalism faces big challenges these days. Advertising no longer pays the whole cost. Media outlets around the country are asking their readers to chip in. Xpress needs help, too. We hope you’ll consider signing up to be a member of Xpress. For as little as $5 a month — the cost of a craft beer or kombucha — you can help keep local journalism strong. It only takes a moment.

About Alli Marshall
Alli Marshall has lived in Asheville for more than 20 years and loves live music, visual art, fiction and friendly dogs. She 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

Before you comment

The comments section is here to provide a platform for civil dialogue on the issues we face together as a local community. Xpress is committed to offering this platform for all voices, but when the tone of the discussion gets nasty or strays off topic, we believe many people choose not to participate. Xpress editors are determined to moderate comments to ensure a constructive interchange is maintained. All comments judged not to be in keeping with the spirit of civil discourse will be removed and repeat violators will be banned. See here for our terms of service. Thank you for being part of this effort to promote respectful discussion.

Leave a Reply

To leave a reply you may Login with your Mountain Xpress account, connect socially or enter your name and e-mail. Your e-mail address will not be published. All fields are required.