At LEAF Festival, there are plenty of opportunities for even non-dancers to connect with the art form. Fire dancers from Asheville’s Unifire Theater, acrobats from Imagine Circus of Raleigh and The Faerie Kin, a roaming performance troupe, routinely wow festivalgoers.
The band’s haunting and mystical sound exudes folkloric qualities accompanied by a wide assortment of instruments such as the musical saw, the adungu — a Ugandan harp — and the guitarlike vihuela, common to Mariachi groups.
From October: Dr. Dog, Trampled By Turtles, Drive-by Truckers, Rayland Baxter, Grace Potter, LEAF Festival, Colonel Bruce, Unspoken Tradition, Widespread Panic and more.
At LEAF, the Barn is always a great spot to discover new music, and the Roots Family Stage showcases experimental talents.
Some highlights from this season’s festival, including LEAF Schools & Streets performances and Spirit of NOLA acts.
“The California Honeydrops don’t just play music—they throw parties,” says the website for the San Francisco Bay area band. The group performs on The Lakeside Stage Friday, Oct. 16, at 6:15 p.m. and in Eden Hall, at 9:15 p.m.
Local jazz-swing-folk-old-time outfit The Resonant Rogues have two shows in the works for Saturday at LEAF. They’ll perform in The Barn and on the Roots Family Stage.
Charleston-based roots-rockers Sol Driven Train will perform two sets at LEAF, including one with LEAF Schools & Streets students.
Photos from August include ZZ Top, Counting Crows, Perpetual Groove, Hard Working Americans, HELLYEAH, Bruce Hornsby, Four Tops, Marcus King Band, The Mantras and more.
Each month concert photographer David Simchock of music news and reviews blog Front Row Focus shares some of his favorite images, captured on stages in and around Asheville.
Singer-songwriter Jonathan Santos is community activist as well as a musician. This year, instead of performing his own set, he’ll be working with LEAF Schools & Streets students at the festival.
World music trio Free Planet Radio (Chris Rosser, River Guerguerian and Eliot Wadopian) has played many a LEAF festival — and the three musicians also have their hands in a number of other projects, from LEAF stages to world tours.
How do you sum up 20 years of festivals? That’s two decades of twice-yearly campouts, dances, new musical discoveries and fond favorites; of friends made and family bonds strengthened; of campfire hangouts and sunny-day revelry. For LEAF, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary this May, it’s expressed in the theme, “Global Gratitude.”
Leading up to LEAF festival, Mountain Xpress is talking to a number of artists from across the country and across musical genres. Folk musician Dom Flemons describes himself as an American songster. A founding member of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, he’s since gone on to pursue a solo career and recently released his album Prospect […]