LEAF Celebrates the Blues with Their 34th Festival Performing Arts Lineup



LEAF | Lake Eden Arts Festival is excited to announce the Performing Arts lineup for Spring LEAF 2012, taking place May 10-13, 2012 in Black Mountain, NC. Headlining the 34th festival are Blues legend Taj Mahal, Afrobeat progeny Seun Kuti & Egypt 80, and New Orleans institution Preservation Hall Jazz Band. In addition to Taj, several other artists will be helping to celebrate Blues Traditions, with support in part by a grant from the National Endowment of the Arts. Art Works. From the dark, smoky clubs of Chicago & St. Louis, all the way down through the Hill Country and into the bayous of the Deep South, you’ll be introduced to an sampling of Blues artists, intermingled with the diversity of cultural names and faces you’ve come to love at LEAF.


The Spring LEAF 2012 Performing Arts Lineup:


Taj Mahal • Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 • Preservation Hall Jazz Band


Corey Harris & The Rasta Blues Experience • David Bromberg • The Red Clay Ramblers • King Britt Presents Sister Gertrude Morgan • [and one more special Blues Folk lineup addition TBA!]


Golden Dragon Acrobats [China] • Rubblebucket • Red Baraat • Sarazino [Ecuador] • The Black Lillies • Nuala Kennedy Band [Ireland] • Town Mountain • Zansa • Msafiri Zawose [Tanzania] • The Beast


Also celebrating Blues Traditions with:


Pop Ferguson • Gaye Adegbalola w/ Roddy Barnes • Homemade Jamz Blues Band • Cary Fridley & Down South • Captain Luke & Cool John Ferguson • Shane Pruitt Band


Brookside Dance Hall in motion with:


Contra dance w/ Lift Ticket & The Horse Flies • Late-night techno contra w/ Technophoria feat. DJ Shel-D • Callers Beth Molaro & Brian Hamshar • Cajun dance w/ Feufollet • Salsa dance w/ Montuno • Family dance w/ Phil Jamison • Dance workshops from Ira Bernstein, Maria-Guajira, Ted & Kimberly Ross


Tony Cedras South African All-Stars • Brothers in Christ feat. C.D. • Big Nasty Jazz Band • Chikomo Marimba Band • Molasses Creek • Goldstein Family Band • Skinny Legs and All • Tom Heck’s Trebuchets • Blue Fairy Troupe • Dances of Universal Peace • 40 Fingers & A Missing Tooth • Tall Bike Freak Michael Mooney • Lemira Percussion Ensemble


LEAF in Schools & Streets youth performances led by:


Amy Hamilton • Ben Gradison • Gary Bradley • Lisa Zahiya • Erinn Huntley & The Anam Cara Theatre Company • Josh Batenhorst & ArtSpace • Urban Arts Institute • Melanie MacNeil & The Asheville Hoops Troupe • Imhotep • Nina Ruffini • Kenya Webster • Zulu Connection


and all your favorite LEAF traditions, including:


Unifire Theatre • Aerial Trapeze Academy • Chessmaster Robert Frederick • LEAF Poetry Slam w/ James Navé • Welcome Drums w/ Larry McDowell • LSS Youth Poetry Slam w/ Beth McDonough & Simon Wolf • Drum Circle w/ Steve Townsend • Storytelling w/ Sarah Eshan • Morning Piano w/ Robert Thomas • Didgeridoo w/ Jarrett Leone • LEAF Fiddle & Step Dance Contests • Workshops & Jam Sessions • …and so much more!


Tickets and volunteering opportunities are available through LEAF’s website or by calling the LEAF office at 828.686.8742. Tickets are sold in advance only, so get yours today!


LEAF is a non-profit organization established to build community and enrich lives through the Arts – locally and globally – with festivals, community events, and arts in education programs. LEAF’s mission is Connecting Cultures & Creating Community Through Music & Arts. LEAF’s three branches include the twice-a-year festival, LEAF in Schools & Streets, and LEAF International.


LEAF in Schools & Streets: Empowering Youth Through Festive Arts in Our Local Community.


LEAF in Schools & Streets (LSS) is an educational outreach program matching artists with youth in schools and communities for hands-on workshops, residencies, interactive performances and mentoring that includes opportunities for youth to perform with the artists at LEAF- and beyond.


LEAF International: Empowering Youth Globally Through Cultural Music Traditions.


LEAF International (LI) empowers youth globally through musical traditions to create self-esteem, skills, connection, and community. Connecting youth to THEIR local cultural traditions with local teaching artists, local instruments and costumes.


LEAF: theLEAF.org


LEAF in Schools & Streets: LEAFinSchoolsandStreets.org.


LEAF International: LEAFInternational.org.