Press release from LEAF Global Arts:
LEAF CELEBRATES A “SOLID GOLD” 50TH FESTIVAL – MAY 2020
Featuring CloZee, The Del McCoury Band, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, and many more!
LEAF prepares to celebrate a 25-year landmark tradition with the 50th LEAF Festival taking place Thursday, May 14 to Sunday, May 17, 2020 - welcoming world music, art, culture, and community into the heart of the beautiful WNC Blue Ridge Mountains.
Throughout its storied history, this world-class event has played host to over 100 Nations, 500,000 patrons, 25,000 performers, and countless transformative experiences bringing diversity, artistic excellence, and global identity into the lives of three generations of families. This Spring, LEAF also prepares to unveil a completely transformed site layout to welcome in this new great chapter in the LEAF legacy!
50th LEAF FESTIVAL “SOLID GOLD” ANNIVERSARY HIGHLIGHTS
●From Coachella to India, CloZee brings to the stage an innovative Global Bass Music approach that is all her own. With well over 20,000,000 Spotify streams and sold out headline performances all over the world, CloZee is emerging as one of the most celebrated female electronic producers in the world.
●Even among the pantheon of music’s finest artists, Del McCoury stands alone. With 9 IBMA lifetime achievement awards, 2 Grammy Awards (14 nominations!), and a legacy enduring over 50 years – Del McCoury stands as the foremost Bluegrass icon alive.
●New Orleans’ Preservation Hall Jazz Band is an institution. From the famous brick & mortar in the French Quarter to a band whose tradition is synonymous with Jazz greatness – Preservation Hall carries over half a century of NOLA music legacy on its giant shoulders.
●With over 400 performing artists representing 15+ different countries, 5 family adventure villages, 80+ craft &culinary vendors, 50+ healing arts, music & earth skills workshops, and a global community steeped in tradition, LEAF welcomes all walks of life for an unforgettable experience for a HUGE 50th Festival celebration.
“What does it mean to connect cultures & create community through music & arts? It’s simply this… To create a container to hold experiences so profound, so inspirational, and so unifying that they shatter all expectations of who we think we should be… awakening us to who we truly are when we embrace the world as family. LEAF believes a single moment can transform one’s life for the better. When you multiply those moments by 25 years, 50 festivals and hundreds of thousands of individuals hailing from all over the globe… we believe we are transforming the world for the better. What do you experience at LEAF Festival? Powerful artistic expression, enduring cultural legacy, a welcoming community of all walks of life? Absolutely…, and it goes a bit deeper than that. What brings people back time after time to our little oasis in the Blue Ridge Mountains? True healing, transformation, and perhaps even a little bit of real magic.” ~ Ehren Cruz, Artistic Director
OFFICIAL 50th FESTIVAL PERFORMER LINEUP
CloZee • Del McCoury Band • Preservation Hall Jazz Band • The Record Company • Orquesta Akokán • Delta Rae • Cimafunk • Francisco, El Hombre ·• Bonnie Paine (Of Elephant Revival) • Ayla Nereo • Becca Stevens • The Accidentals • Ikebe Shakedown • Natalia Clavier (Of Thievery Corporation) • The Revelers • Frameworks • John Jorgenson Bluegrass Band • The Huntertones • Kinobe & The Dance of Hope • Lady Moon & The Eclipse • Ludic • Screaming J’s • Natural Born Leaders • The Campfire Reverends • Ben Hunter & Joe Seamons • Fiddlin’ Faye • Queen Bee & The Honeylovers • Morphonic • The Golden Trumpets • Contra:Hot Point String Band • The Faux Paws • Steve Zakon • Sarah Van Norstran • and many more…