LEAF announces spring lineup with Bootsy Collins & the Funk Unity Band, Los Lobos and more

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LEAF announces spring lineup with Bootsy Collins & the Funk Unity Band, Los Lobos and more

LEAF is thrilled to announce the stellar lineup of performing artists for the Spring 2014 LEAF Festival, taking place May 8-11 in Black Mountain, NC. “Free Your Funky Self” at the 38th LEAF Festival and experience multiple cultures with Grammy-winning Funk-master Bootsy Collins & the Funk Unity Band; American Chicano rockers Los Lobos celebrating their 40th anniversary; and the experimental world fusion trio known as Beats Antique.

Returning LEAF favorites include Afro-pop and Reggae influenced Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Starsand a Brooklyn Bhangra dance party with Red Baraat. The 38th LEAF features more Grammy nominated performers such as the harmonious duo, Darrell Scott & Tim O’Brien (Americana/Roots), Boukman Eksperyans (Hatian Rock/Reggae) and twice-nominated Locos por Juana (Afro-Caribbean, Hip-Hop/Funk). The lineup rounds out with genre-bending performances from soulful and funky multi-instrumentalist Zach Deputy, transcendental folk-rockers Elephant Revival and many more.

LEAF Festival musicians provide the soundtrack to a memorable experience filled with cultural treasures and fun around every corner. Combining a great diversity of names and faces with a myriad of community dances including Salsa, Swing, the Waltz and traditional, contemporary and techno forms of Contra; poetry and puppetry slams; healing arts workshops; folk art and handcraft exhibitions, installations and interactive demonstrations; camping, watersports and outdoor adventure; and kid’s activities throughout the festival.

Purchase tickets online at theLEAF.org or by phone at 828-686-8742. All prices are discounted through March 31st. 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. Limited car camping, lodge rooms and cabins are available. Funky costumes and festive attitudes welcome!

Spring LEAF 2014 Performing Arts Lineup:
Bootsy Collins & the Funk Unity Band • Los Lobos (40th year anniversary) • Beats Antique • Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars • Red Baraat • Darrell Scott & Tim O’Brien

Boukman Eksperyans • Zach Deputy • Elephant Revival • Locos por Juana • The Lee Boys • Town Mountain • Roosevelt Collier Presents: Funk in the Round • Zing Experience • Turkuaz • Billy Jonas Band

Contra w/ Wild Asparagus & Perpetual Emotion • Alash Tuvan Throat Singers • Kim & Reggie Harris• The Whitetop Mountaineers • Empire Strikes Brass • The Fritz • Adams, Queen & Rifkin • Molasses Creek • Techno Contra w/ DJ Jor-D • Unifire Theater • One Leg Up • Zulu Connection •Montuno • Infinite Geometry • Darrell Rose • Whee Ahh Fairie Kin • Toy Boat Circus Arts • Jake Hollifield Art V Experience • The Screaming J’s • Kickin’ It Crew Jelly Dome • LEAF Poetry Slam w/ James Nave • Rushfest Contra Experience • Alex Krug Combo • Contra Callers: Diane Silver, George Marshall, Jesse Edgerton.

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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