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For Immediate Release: April 16, 2014



 

The Family Stone Joins May LEAF Lineup:

Sunday Closer Solidifies Funk Theme



Asheville, N.C. - The 38th LEAF Festival is thrilled to announce the addition of The Family Stone as Sunday’s final act. LEAF FestivaL, May 8th - 11th, in Black Mountain, N.C. also featuring Bootsy Collins and the Funk Unity Band, Beats Antique, Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars, Darrell Scott and Tim O’Brien, Red Baraat and much more music, art and fun.


"The theme is ‘Free Your Funky Self’’ and the cosmic funk gods opened the doors for LEAF to have one of the best funk bands of all time join us,” said LEAF Founder and  Executive Director, Jennifer Pickering. “LEAF just star bursted to a new level of funk."


Four-time Grammy award winner, The Family Stone is best known for eight #1 Billboard Top hits including “Everyday People”, “Dance to the Music”, ”Thank You” and “I Wanna Take You Higher”. The Family Stone received many accolades over the years including induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Grammy Hall of Fame, Vocal Hall of Fame and was one of the Top 25 Greatest Bands of All Time by Rolling Stone. As the replacement for Los Lobos, LEAF hopes The Family Stone will attract an even wider audience as the festival’s closer on May 11th at 4:00 pm.


Performing Arts Director, Ehren Cruz stated, “Family obligations have called Los Lobos home on Sunday, but The Family Stone has stepped in as the ultimate LEAF Mother’s Day surprise. We are honored to have such iconic legends perform for thousands at LEAF Festival, and share their musical magic with the community.”


LEAF musicians provide the soundtrack to a memorable experience filled with cultural treasures and fun around every corner. LEAF Festival creates a family-friendly environment with a myriad of community dance; poetry and puppet slams; healing arts workshops and practitioners; exhibitions of folk art, handcrafts,visionary art, installations and interactive demonstrations; camping, water sports and outdoor activities; and seven Family Adventure Villages throughout the festival.

Tickets are onsale at theLEAF.org or by phone at 828.68.MUSIC (828.686.8742). No tickets are sold at the gate, advance sales only. Adult prices start at $48 for the day or $163 for the weekend. Additional discounts apply for local commuting residents and youth ages 10 through 17. Children 9 and younger are always free. Funky costumes and festive attitudes encouraged!




Spring LEAF 2014 Performing Lineup:

Bootsy Collins & the Funk Unity Band • The Family Stone • 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


For media inquiries, hi-res photos or to request a media pass, please contact Truth Wingfield at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 828.686.8742.

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LEAF Community Arts is a non-profit organization in which all donations and festival profits fund music and arts education programs locally and globally. The 19 year-old twice yearly LEAF Festival is now the flagship fundraiser for two divisions of arts education programs, LEAF Schools & Street and LEAF International. Since becoming a non-profit in 2004, LEAF has served more than 42,000 youth with programs in more than 15 Asheville community locations and 10 countries worldwide. In 2013, the non-profit legally changed its name to LEAF Community Arts, making Lake Eden Arts Festival a term only used for historical reference. www.theleaf.org


 
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March 18, 2014
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LEAF Festival’s Kids’ Village Starbursts Across Festival


Asheville, NC - The 38th LEAF Festival is delighted to announce that LEAF’s single kids’ village will starburst across the festival grounds, May 8th-11th, into seven mini-villages within the Land of Lake Eden. Every village will have food, handcraft and healing arts elements mixed with interactive art activities for kids, teens and adults.

“We are answering the call of the parents and making the entire festival more of a family experience. Everyone can enjoy the activities in each village including the kids and people without kids,” said Morgan Markowitz, LEAF’s Family Adventure Director.


Classic lake activities like swimming, the zipline, canoes, kayaks and stand-up paddleboards will still be a big part of LEAF Festival. Youth and parents will easily find their way from village to village with a treasure quest map specifically for kids, treating each stop is like its own adventure.


1. Barn Village - Appalachian Voices will host an interactive game for kids. Warren Wilson Renaissance Arts will return with blacksmith, fiber and timber demonstrations for the whole family.


2. Roots Village - Look for Roots Family Stage, Toy Boat Circus and more by the hemlock tree in Eden Field overlooking the majestic and breathtaking lakes and mountains.


3. Easel Rider Village - On the paved path heading toward main stage. Expect the rainbow colored Easel Rider Mobile Art Lab to host a variety of activities including Creation with Colors, Imagination Station, an instrument petting zoo and a Mama-Baby Tent for new parents.  


4. Adventure Village -  Located to the right of the main stage will be the usual LEAF Outreach Tent and raffle, plus an art gallery and interactive truck painting with Tommy and D.O.G., the pot-bellied pig. Kids and adults will also enjoy playing in the Jelly Dome, a large interactive dome with misting waters shaped like a Giant Jelly Fish.


5. Sprouts Village - The lawn between Brookside Dance Hall and the beach will be home for roaming performers, puppeteers, hoop dancers and poi. Sprouts Corner Youth Vendors can sell handmade crafts and young stars are invited to busk on the Youth Talent Stage.   


6. Elfhaven Village - Fun activities like the Brother Wolf Animal Rescue petting zoo, trampoline, life-size hamster ball, and the climbing wall will stay near the former LEAFlet Kid’s Village. It is just down the hill from Elfhaven Childcare with another Mama-Baby location inside Buckeye Lodge.


7. World Wide Play Field - Games and matches for all ages will take place throughout the weekend with soccer, ultimate frisbee and kickball. Singles kickball at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday will replace the Speed Dating.


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 & bunks in lodge rooms are available.


For media inquiries and interviews, contact Truth Wingfield, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . For hi-resolution photos visit: http://theleaf.org/index.php/press/pressrelease#photos


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WHAT: 38th LEAF Festival
WHERE: at Beautiful Lake Eden, Asheville-Black Mountain, NC
WHEN: LEAF Festivals 2014: MAY 8-11  & OCTOBER 16-19

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Tuesday, February 4th, 2014
LEAF Community Arts: theLEAF.org
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 LEAF Announces The 38th Festival Lineup

A Celebration of Global Funk

 

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 Stars and 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 BandLos 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 GeometryDarrell 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

 

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LEAF Festival Voted #1 By WNC Residents:
#1 Music Festival • #1 Festival for Kids • #1 Festival for Camping 
 
What Do You Call Us? LEAF! LEAF Community Arts is the official name of our non-profit organization, and you can call us LEAF. In 2013, we archived the name Lake Eden Arts Festival, honoring our history and recognizing LEAF extends beyond the festival all year long. LEAF connects cultures & creates community through music & arts, and since 2004 serving more than 42,000 youth in the Asheville area and 9 countries.
 
Check out the 3 branches of LEAF:
LEAF Festival - World Music and Arts in a Majestic Outdoor Family Setting
LEAF Schools & Streets - Asheville Area Arts Education Programs
LEAF International - Cultural Traditions Arts Education Programs in 9 countries

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Twitter: LEAF Community Arts @LEAF_Community
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Live from Your Neighborhood:

"More than 100 million Americans attend arts and cultural festivals each year. It is time that we start to examine these festivals more closely," said NEA Chairman. Presenting the 1st study of outdoor arts festivals, LEAF and the National Black Arts Festival were the two organizations (out of 1,400 participants) selected to speak at the NEA Advisory Council (Presidental Appointed) annual meeting. LISTEN...

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