LEAF adds Robert Randolph and The Family Band to the fall lineup

From a press release:

LEAF adds Robert Randolph and The Family Band to the fall lineup

LEAF is overjoyed to announce the final headliner for its 39th festival. Robert Randolph and the Family Band, a virtuoso of sacred steel and American blues, joins De La Soul, Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn, Nahko and Medicine for the People, Rising Appalachia and many more as they “Celebrate Unity, Inspire Every Voice.” The Fall 2014 LEAF Festival, October 16-19, in Black Mountain, NC hosts a variety of performances and activities for the whole family.

Dubbed one of the Top 100 Guitar Players of All Time by Rolling Stone, some recognize Randolph as one of the best steel pedal guitar players around. The theme for this year’s LEAF Festival is  “Celebrate Unity, Inspire Every Voice,” which falls in line with Randolph’s recent project to remodel an abandoned school building in his hometown to open the Robert Randolph Music and Arts Program. “There hasn’t been any arts in the schools, period, since I was in high school,” Randolph says. “So my whole motivation changed to a full-­on effort to get these kids into music, and also find out what other passions they have and try to offer that.” Through both his performances and outreach, Randolph makes the perfect match with the LEAF mission to connect cultures and create community through music and arts education programs.

Purchase LEAF Festival tickets online at theLEAF.org or by phone at 828-686-8742. All prices are discounted through September 3rd. Adult prices start at $41 for the day or $147 for the weekend. Additional discounts apply for local commuting residents and youth ages 10 through 17. Children 9 and younger are always free. Festive attitudes welcome!

Fall LEAF 2014 Performing Arts Lineup:
De La Soul | Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn | Robert Randolph & The Family Band
Nahko & Medicine for the People | Rising Appalachia | MarchFourth Marching Band
Delhi 2 Dublin | The Nth Power | Mystical Arts of Tibet | Dom Flemons Trio
David Wilcox | Las Cafeteras | Mandolin Orange | Modern India |  Middle Grounds
Mac Arnold & Plate Full O’ Blues | Bill Myers & the Monitors | David LaMotte
Willie Sugarcapps | Suénalo |The Revelers | Jabali  African Acrobats
Shannon Whitworth| Stephanie Winters | The Syncopaths
Nor’easter | Unifire Theater | Toy Boat Circus
Jake Hollifield Art V Experience | Whee Ahh Faerie Kin | Kickin’ It Jelly Dome
Southern Fried Poetry Slam ft. James Navé | Shirlette Ammons | Puppetry Slam
Buddy System Techno Contra | DJ Jor-D Techno Contra
The Secret B-Sides | Santos & the Seraphim Arkistra | Mawre & Co
Hoveycraft | Gee’s Bend Quilters & Singers | Mande Foly
Wyatt Espalin (Spring 2014 Newsong Singer Songwriter Winner!)

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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