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First Annual Downtown LEAF Aug 1-2

Thursday, July 30th, 2015

ASHEVILLE NC – LEAF Downtown AVL inaugural weekend this weekend August 1 12 – 10 pm and Aug 2 10 am – 6 pm. This FREE event will take place in Pack Square Park downtown Asheville.  Enjoy this family festival with LEAF Family Adventure Zone, Literary Lounge, Easel Rider, and more!  Saturday morning at 9 am is LEAF’s 5K Run.

90+ local vendors, music, art, creativity abound this weekend.

After 20 years of producing WNC’s #1 Music Festival, #1 Festival for Camping and #1 Festival for Kids, LEAF Community Arts (LEAF) is proud to announce the first Annual LEAF Downtown AVL taking place August 1st and 2nd in Pack Square Park. The two-day event will bring the best of LEAF Festival and the best of LEAF Schools & Streets together for a diverse, welcoming event open and free to families and locals of Western NC and beyond.

LEAF Downtown AVL aims to celebrate communities, creativity, diversity and families in the heart of Asheville, NC. The long-term vision is to build quality of place by intentionally infusing the power of the arts, culture and creativity. LEAF Downtown AVL will further the goals of inclusivity, community partnerships and economic vitality in the greater Asheville area while driving the greater LEAF mission to connect cultures and create community through music and arts. “LEAF is celebrating its 20th this year!, states Jennifer Pickering, Executive Director of LEAF Community Arts. “What better way to acknowledge all that we’ve achieved than by bringing the best of LEAF Festival and the best of LEAF Schools & Streets to Downtown Asheville?! This is a family-friendly event that will be inclusive of the diversity and heritage found in right in our backyard. ALL are welcome!”

The weeks leading into LEAF Downtown AVL, LEAF will host the LEAF Arts & Park Camp July 20-24 & July 27- 31 at Wesley Grant Center and the first ever Bootsy Collins Funk Dynasty Camp at Lake Eden July 27th-31st. The participants in the Funk Dynasty Camp will be showcased at New Mountain AVL on July 31st for their finale performance after spending the day with Bootsy Collins himself to raise their FUNK-o-meter! At LEAF Downtown AVL, Bootsy Collins and the Rubber Band will headline on the LEAF Downtown AVL Stage August 1st at 8:15pm. Other confirmed acts performing on the LEAF Downtown AVL Stage, in LEAF Café or on the Community Arts Stage include Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds, The Main Squeeze, Empire Strikes Brass, The London Souls and many more! In addition to dynamic performances, Pack Square Park will come alive with The Easel Rider, Family Adventure Zone, Healing Arts, Roaming Artists, Prestige Subaru Adventure Zone and we encourage you to “Run Your Ash Off” with us in the LEAF Art Dash 5k Run & Family Relay on August 1st. LEAF has partnered with the Asheville-based SuperFly Fabulous Events to plan, implement and manage the run. “We are thrilled to work with LEAF on the development of this fun racing concept. For the last six years, we’ve developed more than a dozen events from Tennessee to Colorado. It’s exciting to be working on our home turf on an event that has such potential for the city’s downtown,” said Stephanie Carson, Director of SuperFly Fabulous Events.

The growing list of Sponsors already includes Capital at Play, Asheville-Citizen Times, Harmony Motors, Prestige Subaru, WNC Magazine and French Broad Food Co-Op. Current community partners in the endeavor include City of Asheville, AVL Downtown Association, N.C. Arts Council, Date My City, Green Opportunities, Delta House Life Development of AVL, Eagle Market Streets Development Corporation and BLOCK-by-BLOCK Industries. Asheville Grown will serve as a primary partner in qualifying 80+ locally-owned businesses and vendors offering their services and products at the event.

Follow the conversation about this and updated announcements on Facebook or Twitter at #LEAFDowntownAVL. To find out details about LEAF Downtown AVL and other LEAF Local Events, visit http://www.theLEAF.org/local.


LEAF 40th Festival Spreading Global Gratitude

Saturday, March 7th, 2015

ASHEVILLE NC – LEAF is thrilled to announce the stellar lineup of performing artists for the Spring 2015 LEAF Festival, taking place May 7-10, 2015 near Asheville at the majestic Lake Eden in Black Mountain, NC.  Spread  “Global Gratitude” at LEAF Festival and experience tribal tribute artists from 30 different countries with Xavier Rudd & The United Nations making their 2015 debut; Rolling Stones Top 100 Guitarist Bombino; and Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires known as “The Screaming Eagle of Soul”.

“Moving into our 40th Festival this Spring, LEAF is embracing 20 years of momentum to give our amazing community a truly unique experience, states Ehren Cruz, LEAF Performing Arts Director.  ”Over the past two decades we have established time honored traditions that now rest at the heart of our community – from contra to poetry, family adventure to late night drum circles, roots music to world music – this Spring LEAF we aim to bring in the very best of all we have created these many years into a celebration of epic proportions!”

The 40th LEAF features Arizona Music & Entertainment Hall of Famer R. Carlos Nakai (Native American flautist), Donna the Buffalo (Americana Roots Rock) returning since playing the inaugral LEAF Festival in 1995 and Sierra Hull (Bluegrass), who performed at the Grand Ole Opry and Carnigie Hall by the age of 12,  The LEAF experience is rounded out with showcases from the 2nd Annual Newsong: LEAF Singer Songwriter Competition and the Pisgah 10th Year Anniversary  Jams and much more.

Spring LEAF 2015 Performing Artists Lineup:

Xavier Rudd & The United Nations  | Bombino | Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires

Carlos Nakai | Lágbája | Karsh Kale | Donna The Buffalo
Natalia Clavier (Vocalist of Thievery Corporation) | The Duhks | Ganga Giri
Martha Redbone Roots Project | Sierra Hull | Secret Agent 23 Skido | Kinobe & The Wamu Spirit | Diali Cissokho & Kaira Ba | Free Planet Radio | Proyecto Jirondai | Masankho Banda | Grandfather Mazatzin Aztekayolokalli | Chief Shaka Zulu| Poetry Slams | Preston Frank Zydeco | Bailey Spiritual Sounds FKA Madisson Elites | Contra w/ Free Raisins | Buddy System | Clayfoot Strutters | Adina Gordon | Charlotte Crittenden | The Warriors of Anikituhwa| Unifire Theater |  Kickin It’ Jelly Dome | Toy Boat Circus
Fox & Beggar Theater | Numatik | Travers Brothership | Sirius B | Juan Benevides Group | Global Gratitude Mural Project | 2nd Annual Newsong Presents: LEAF Singer Songwriter Competition
Pisgah 10th Year Anniversary Happy Hour Jams

In addition to music from three stages and various art displays, LEAF Festival also features healing artists, local craft brews, a kids village, a poetry slam, lakeside activities, camping, cabins, dance parties and food from local independent restaurants and vendors.  Purchase adult tickets, starting at $40 for the day or $147 for the weekend, online at http://www.theLEAF.org or by phone at 828-686-8742.  Additional discounts available for local, commuting residents and youth 10-17 years. Children under 10 years are admitted FREE with parent/guardian.

LEAF Lake Eden Arts Festival 2012

Friday, May 11th, 2012

ASHEVILLE NC – WHAT: LEAF | Lake Eden Arts Festival
WHEN: May 10-13, 2012
WHERE: at Camp Rockmont in Black Mountain, NC.

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

LEAF is excited to Celebrate the Blues at Spring LEAF 2012, taking place May 10-13, 2012 in Black Mountain, NC. Headlining the 34th twice-annual festival are blues legend Taj Mahal, afrobeat progeny Seun Kuti & Egypt 80, and New Orleans institution Preservation Hall Jazz Band. In addition to Taj Mahal, 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), including The Wood Brothers, Corey Harris & The Rasta Blues Experience, David Bromberg, Gaye Adegbalola (formerly with Saffire – The Uppity Blues Women), The Shane Pruitt Band and Music Maker Relief Foundation artists Captain Luke and Cool John Ferguson.

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 Golden Dragon Acrobats (China), Sarazino(Ecuador), The Nuala Kennedy Band (Ireland), and Msafiri Zawose (Tanzania). Rounding out the top of the lineup are dance-pop-meets-afrobeat sensations Rubblebucket, bhangra funk masters Red Baraat, North Carolina folkies The Red Clay Ramblers, Americana up-and comers The Black Lillies, and world-renowned DJ King Britt presenting his Sister Gertrude Morgan multimedia experience.

This lineup is the soundtrack to a diverse weekend festival experience that also includes a juried art show; over 50 free healing arts workshops; a dance hall with plenty of contra, salsa, swing, and professional instruction; outdoor adventures with camping and lake activities; the LEAFlet Kids Village, with two stages and an extraordinary amount of activities; a Poetry Slam with $1000+ in prize money; great food, plenty of vendors, and much more. LEAF’s Blue Ridge Mountain setting is spectacular, and the event is truly magical. LEAF is a family and friend tradition that “recharges our batteries” twice a year.

New to LEAF this May is “HayMow – A Raised Art Experience”. HayMow, in the historic Black Mountain College Barns, will feature four visual outsider artists who will showcase and sell their works of “Uncommon Art,” conduct workshops, and hold conversations with the underlying philosophy of folklore as action. This spring’s first league of HayMow artists features Lamar Sorrento of Memphis, who will be honoring Robert Johnson’s 100th birthday celebration, as part of LEAF’s Blues focus.

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.

Chimney Rock Fall Leaf Updates

Wednesday, October 12th, 2011

CHIMNEY ROCK NC – Leaf peepers hoping to catch fall colors during their peak won’t have to look far to find it now. Brilliant reds and yellows are appearing at Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park, and peak fall colors are expected in areas of Chimney Rock and Lake Lure from mid-October through early November. Guests can plan their visits with weekly fall color and wildflower reports at chimneyrockpark.com (see the latest below). Chimney Rock offers six spectacular ways to view autumn color this year, from expert- and self-guided hikes to a photography workshop. The Park has been voted one of the top three Readers’ Choice “Best Scenic Views” by Southern Living magazine.

“The Blue Ridge Mountain range features one of most colorful and longest leaf color displays in the U.S., attracting visitors from around the world. The region’s weather pattern so far suggests that Western North Carolina will again be a premier destination for viewing incredible displays of fall leaf colors,” said Ron Lance, Naturalist, Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park.

Fall Color Report | October 11, 2011. Thanks to the recent streak of sunny days and cool nights, upper elevations of Chimney Rock have started to brighten with color more than a week earlier than anticipated. The sourwoods are the most brilliant now with a vibrant red! Other reds are appearing in the red maples, black gum (or tupelo) trees and Virginia creepers. Yellows are bursting onto the Park’s fall spectrum as well! Poison ivy, tulip poplar and hickory trees are starting to brighten, and the Fraser magnolia trees are taking on a greenish-yellow. Birch, walnut and basswood leaves are also just starting to turn. Meanwhile, fall wildflowers are blooming now, including the Pink Turtlehead, Golden Aster, White Wood Aster and Late Purple Aster, Snakeroot and Goldenrod.

Peak colors can be expected for several weeks starting in mid-October due to the range in elevation from 2,500 to 1,100 feet and a large variety of deciduous trees in the Hickory Nut Gorge. As the higher elevations, such as the Chimney level, continue to explode with stunning color, leaves in the lower elevations will likely peak in the next couple weeks. See the Chimney Rock’s current leaf colors in our photo gallery.

Catching Colors at Their Peak.  Fall in the mountains rewards leaf peepers with brilliant displays of leaf color, and Chimney Rock shows the full spectrum—from deep red and maroon to fiery yellow and orange. When planning a trip during the fall leaf season, be sure to check the Park’s weekly fall color updates online at chimneyrockpark.com. Chimney Rock offers countless ways for leaf peepers to view the beautiful autumn foliage. Below are six of the Park’s favorite outings that will reward guests with an eyeful of stunning fall color:

Get an Expert Guide

  1. Head Off the Beaten Path and take a guided Fall Color Ridge Hike with Park Naturalist Ron Lance on Saturday, October 15 from 9:30-11:30 a.m. This is Park’s most scenic guided hike of the entire year.
  2. View striking fall colors from the end of a rope high above the Gorge. Sign up for a rock climbing adventure with Fox Mountain Guides, and bring your friends to save money with a group rate.
    No prior experience is necessary. Two-hour, half- and full-day clinics are available.
  3. In addition to autumn color, fall brings a variety of bird calls from migrating birds heard throughout the Park. Join world-traveled expert Simon Thompson for a guided Southbound Migration bird walk on Saturday, October 23 from 9 a.m.-noon.

Take a Hike

  1. Soak up 75-mile panoramic views on top of the Chimney. Elevations in 14-mile-long Hickory Nut Gorge range from 1,100 feet on the valley floor to more than 2,500 feet on the mountain peaks. This is the most dramatic and popular way to get your fall color fix! Remember, the elevator is out of service for a modernization until April 2012, so be prepared for the 25-minute hike up stairs.
  2. Immerse yourself in the vibrant leaf colors by hiking along the Hickory Nut Falls trail. Study the diverse range of leaf colors from oak and hickory to red maple and enjoy gazing at the 404-ft. waterfall—the 2nd highest on the east coast—at the trail’s end.

Capture Colors on Camera

  1. Shutterbugs looking for expert tips and tricks to frame fall colors should attend the two-day Shutterbugs Nature Photography Workshop at the Park on October 29-30, 2011, from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday. Award-winning WNC photographer Jeff Miller’s work has been featured in many regional, state and national publications. For details and to register, visit chimneyrockpark.com/events.

Park admission is $12/adult, $5/youth ages 6-15 and free for 5 years and under. Guided hikes, rock climbing and workshops cost extra.

Chimney Rock in the Spotlight. Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park, an iconic Southeast travel destination, is home to soaring rock cliffs, a stunning diversity of colorful deciduous trees and rare species of animal and plant life. Chimney Rock has been named “One of the Best Places to Stand in NC” by the Charlotte Observer. Its rugged natural beauty was in the spotlight in the 1992 epic romantic adventure The Last of the Mohicans starring Daniel Day-Lewis, and Dirty Dancing was filmed just a mile east at Lake Lure.

Fall Flavors. After a cool day of leaf peeping, satisfy your appetite at the Old Rock Café in Chimney Rock Village with a hot bowl of award-winning chili and a grilled sandwich. New soups are offered weekly. The Café is open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekends through November 6. Call for weekly specials at 828-625-2329 or view our menu online.

About Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park

Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park is a developing international outdoor destination located 25 miles southeast of Asheville on Highway 64/74A in Chimney Rock, N.C. It is recognized as one of the Southeast’s most iconic sites and popular travel destinations. The Park’s 535-million-year-old monolith called Chimney Rock offers guests 75-mile panoramic views of Hickory Nut Gorge and Lake Lure. Hickory Nut Gorge, one of the state’s most significant centers of biodiversity, is home to 36 rare plant species and 14 rare animal species, and the second highest waterfall of its kind in the eastern United States. A destination for travel groups, weddings and special events, the Park also hosts innovative educational programs for schools, homeschoolers, scouts and summer camps. Visit Chimney Rock’s website at chimneyrockpark.com. More information on current Capital Improvement projects at chimneyrockpark.com/progress or by calling 800-277-9611.


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Reminder: Changes Made to Brush, Leaf Collection

Monday, October 10th, 2011

ASHEVILLE NC – In an effort to address community concerns, conserve costs and improve water quality, changes to the brush and leaf collection program were submitted as part of the budget that was adopted by City Council on May 24.

As of July 1, the frequency of brush and bagged leaf collection changed from once per month to twice per month.

Check out a video on the changes here.

Here’s how the program works:

Monday and Tuesday trash customers will have brush collected the first and third week of each month. Brush for Wednesday and Thursday trash customers will be collected the second and fourth week of the month.

Brush collection will continue to occur on a scheduled week and not a specific day. Residents should make sure brush is out for collection by 7 a.m. on the Monday of their collection week.

Brush should be cut to four feet in length and six inches in diameter. Crews ask that residents do not mix trash, debris, garden waste, weeds, vines, construction materials, leaves or dirt with their brush or bagged leaves. For the safety of crews, thorny trimmings should be placed in a separate pile.

Another change is the elimination of loose leaf collection by vacuum trucks.

All leaves must be bagged for collection.  The city will provide large leaf bags to residents on a first come first served basis; bags will be available at local fire stations in October.

“Moving to bagged leaf collection only will both save money and help improve water quality since loose leaves often clog storm drains,” Public Works Director Cathy Ball said.

New brush and bagged leaves collection schedules have been mailed to residents and can also be viewed and downloaded at www.ashevillenc.gov/sanitation.

For more information, call 828-251-1122 or visit www.ashevillenc.gov/sanitation.

Experts Predict Stunning Color at Biltmore this Fall

Tuesday, September 13th, 2011
ASHEVILLE, NC – With all signs pointing to autumn’s imminent arrival, leaf enthusiasts everywhere are in search of the prime location for fall color. This year, Biltmore offers the best of a Blue Ridge Mountain, fall-in-one convenient location.
A great year for fall color
Biltmore will be alive with color, and leaf-peeping will be easy with more than 8,000 acres of rolling hills, manicured gardens and lush woods. Parker Andes, director of horticulture, predicts a spectacular show for 2011. “We have all the factors for a memorable fall in place. A slightly dry spring followed by cooler temperatures in mid-August created the perfect environment for vibrant foliage,” said Andes.
Starting in mid-September, Biltmore website visitors can check in weekly for updates from Andes on how things are coloring up on the estate at www.biltmore.com.
Vibrant color inside and out
Biltmore’s Walled Garden heralds the season with thousands of vibrant chrysanthemums in rich jewel tones. The pattern beds are planted in the shape of dragonflies as a tribute to Tiffany at Biltmore, an exhibition of Tiffany lamps currently on display. Each dragonfly bed spans 32 feet and contains more than 10,000 plants. Those who want to experience more of Tiffany’s grand craftsmanship can view 45 original Tiffany lamps in the Biltmore Legacy exhibition hall in Antler Hill Village.
The expanse of color continues outside as the estate’s hardwood forests transform into a tapestry of ruby, amber, gold and amethyst hues. Take a walk along the manicured trails that weave through the estate’s gardens, or enjoy a bird’s-eye view with Biltmore House’s Architect’s Tour. This 60-minute guided tour delves into the design of Biltmore House and promises picture-perfect panoramic views from the house’s rooftop and balconies.
Outdoor fun for all ages
Adventurous souls searching for a new way to experience the season can sign up for activities that provide access to areas normally off-limits to guests. Trail rides, off-road Segway tours, off-road driving lessons in a Land Rover and fly-fishing are just the beginning. At Antler Hill Village, wagon rides to the French Broad River and a collection of friendly farm animals keep the young and young-at-heart entertained.
Delicious seasonal dining, and the new Moveable Feast
The peak of fall color also coincides with harvest time in the mountains. The Winery is bustling with the energy of the local grape harvest, allowing guests to see the process involved in making our award-winning wines.
Meanwhile, Biltmore’s Kitchen Garden and local farms are at their peak and provide estate chefs with a cornucopia of fresh ingredients. Biltmore’s Field to Table Program ensures every estate restaurant serves an exciting menu reflective of the season.
Those looking for a gourmet experience can make reservations for our Moveable Feast on Sept.17. This outdoor dinner provides stunning views of Biltmore House, the French Broad River Valley and Mt. Pisgah. Guests will dine family-style on a seven-course Italian meal paired with Biltmore’s finest wines.
Inn on Biltmore Estate – a spooky treat!
Now through October, Biltmore’s four-star Inn on Biltmore Estate is offering package pricing in conjunction with the Biltmore Concert Series (see line-up below). Also, as an added treat, guests staying at the inn on Oct. 29 will have the chance to decorate their own pumpkin on the Grand Terrace. That night, we’ll have our annual Lighting of the Pumpkins event outdoors along the inn’s lower level for our guests to enjoy. Weekend rates apply.
Live music with the Biltmore Concert Series
The al fresco fun continues with the Biltmore Concert Series at Diana at Biltmore. This unique location provides an intimate listening venue with stunning views of Biltmore House in the background. Performances include Eddie Money on Oct. 7; The Fab Four–The Ultimate Tribute with Ed Sullivan on Oct. 14; and The Chairmen of the Board and the Embers on Oct. 21. Tickets and getaway packages are still available for this exclusive concert experience.
For the latest details on fall color and estate events, visit www.biltmore.com.

Lake Eden Arts Festival – LEAF – October 20-23, 2011

Saturday, July 30th, 2011

ASHEVILLE, NC – LEAF [Lake Eden Arts Festival] from October 20th-23rd 2011 at Camp Rockmont in Black Mountain, NC.
Ticket Info: theLEAF.org • 828/ 68-MUSIC (686-8742)
Advance tickets only. Under 10 FREE! Visit LEAF.org for variety of tickets|prices. Volunteering Available or you can join the LEAF memberSHIP for discounts & more.

LEAF restored my LOVE for festivals!” Luis Guerra, Texas

Thank you for hosting the most amazing festival! We had the BEST time and cannot believe it has taken us 16 years to get there. Every inch of LEAF was filled with positive energy, it was magical!”  Sarah & Russ, NC

LEAF is one of the treasured fall traditions for families and friends across the southeast and beyond the weekend of October 20th-23rd at Camp Rockmont in Black Mountain. LEAF appropriately will be falling on the “PEAK LEAF” weekend, and the fall colors complement the stunning beauty of Lake Eden with Mt. Mitchell standing tall in the distance. A weekend at LEAF is the equivalent of going on a year-long multi-cultural music, arts, dance, and outdoor adventures journey, which “recharges our batteries”. A few aspects that make LEAF “one of the best fests in the country” [re: Johnny Irion] is the FAMILY friendly atmosphere, the diverse sampling of arts and music, the setting, and the intimate size. Map out your weekend “travels” at theLEAF.org.


The LEAF crew is thrilled about the Fall LEAF line-up! Make sure your FUNKy dancing shoes are tied extra-tight for this fall. Discover the magic of LEAF and these performing artists at our 33rd festival with Sweet Honey In The Rock® • Galactic • Leo Kottke • Wanda Jackson • 7 Walkers [featuring Bill Kreutzmann, Papa Mali, George Porter Jr & Matt Hubbard] • Abigail Washburn • Toubab Krewe • The Infamous Stringdusters • The Infamous Krewe • Bassekou Kouyate [Mali] • Vishten [Prince Edward Island] • The Mighty Diamonds [Jamaica] • Contra with Perpetual e-Motion & Hot Point Stringband • Rising Appalachia • David Wax Museum • ArtOfficial • The Legendary JC’s • Bearfoot  • Songs of Water  •  Peter Mawanga [Malawi] • TURKU, Nomads of the Silk Road & many more announced on our website. LEAF creates a performance lineup that introduces you to lots of new bands, represents many genres and cultures, and contributes to the positive community. Many of the artists will also participate in LEAF in Schools & Streets programs.


The stages keep up dancing, listening, and grooving and are complemented by a host of creative experiences: Unifire Theater • Contra Dancing • Poetry Slams• Puppetry Slam • Music Jams • Parade • Fiddle Contest • Circus Arts • 50+ Healing Arts Workshops & so much more to explore & experience!  LEAF’s music is but one thread that holds together the cloth of a weekend experience that includes art and culture from around the world, and right here, for the entire family.  NEW! Runners bring your shoes for the 4th Annual “Rock the Quarry” 4-Mile Trail Challenge during LEAF Saturday. The path is so beautiful as it goes through woods, along streams, and has one of the most stunning views in WNC when you reach the top peak.

LEAF in Schools & Streets at FESTIVAL & in the COMMUNITY!

perf_sweethoney_linkLEAF is honored to welcome Sweet Honey In The Rock® as the finale’ and a special LEAF in Schools & Streets [LSS] community concert on Monday October 24th. This internationally renowned all-woman, African-American a cappella ensemble is known for their powerful Civil Rights and African American culture work. Each concert is educational and includes cultural insights, call & response, and audience participation.  “The metaphor, Sweet Honey In The Rock®, captures these African American women whose repertoire is steeped in the sacred music of the Black church, the clarion calls of the civil rights movement, and songs of the struggle for justice everywhere.” The group stays “rooted in a deeply held commitment to create music out of the rich textures of African American legacy and traditions.” Sweet Honey In The Rock® possesses a stunning vocal prowess that captures the complex sounds of Blues, spirituals, traditional gospel hymns, rap, reggae, African chants, Hip Hop, ancient lullabies, and jazz improvisation. It is said, “Sweet Honey’s collective voice, occasionally accompanied by hand percussion instruments, produces a sound filled with soulful harmonies and intricate rhythms. In the best and in the hardest of times, Sweet Honey In The Rock® has come in song to communities around the world raising her voice in hope, love, justice, peace, and resistance.”

One of the key LEAF achievements is Empowering Youth in WNC through Festive Arts with LEAF in Schools & Streets programs. LSS is currently working weekly with 15 music and arts programs in local public housing communities and center for after-school programs. Surrounding the festival, over 20 of the LEAF artists will also be participating in LSS through arts-in-education workshops, residencies, and enrichment concerts in local schools and centers. Over 25,000 YOUTH and community members have been involved in LSS!

LSS is making residencies, workshops and performances available to local schools and community centers ranging from Malawi, Hoop Dancing, Acadian Traditions, Spoken Word, Blues, a Cappella, Theater, Hip Hop & World Dance, Maritime Folk Song, Audio Production, Jazz, Breakdancing, New Orleans Drum Line, Youth Poetry Slam, Mural Project, and World Choral Traditions to West African Dance & Drumming.

LEAF in Schools & Streets Presents:
A family-friendly outreach performance and school field trip opportunity:
Sweet Honey In The Rock®, Internationally renowned all-woman, African-American a cappella ensemble
Monday, October 24, 2011 | The Orange Peel downtown Asheville, NC
11:00 am. All Ages: $3 for children under18| $8 for adults
Q&A will immediately follow concert. Groups are encouraged to bring|submit questions early.
Tickets: Orange Peel Box office, theorangepeel.net, Ticket web (866) 468-7630
[email protected]This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it | 828/68-MUSIC (686-8742) | theLEAF.org & click on Press, then on Events

NEALogoColorLSS provides this special low cost event to make this outreach performance accessible for schools, families & the community. This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. Art Works. LEAF finds the project “Sweet Honey In The Rock®” artistically important, as it is poignantly relevant to our mission of “creating communities and connecting cultures through music and arts”.

LEAF Festival Returns!

Wednesday, April 13th, 2011

BLACK MOUNTAIN, NC – Discover the magic of LEAF at the 32nd festival May 12th-15th, 2011 with “Africa’s Premier Diva” ANGELIQUE KIDJO, the special Treasure Chest Tour with Bluegrass & Country Grammy winner RICKY SKAGGS, Legendary Soul & FUNK saxophonist MACEO PARKER, and Louisiana Blues & Funk masters join in VOICE OF THE WETLANDS ALLSTARS featuring TAB BENOIT, CYRIL NEVILLE, ANDERS OSBORNE, JOHNNY VIDACOVICH, JOHNNY SANSONE, WAYLON THIBODEAUX & BIG CHIEF MONK BOUDREAUX.

Be a LEAFer and connect music, art and culture the weekend of May 12th-15th at Camp Rockmont in Black Mountain. A weekend at LEAF is the equivalent of going on a year-long multi-cultural musical and dance odyssey. LEAF is a strong family and friend tradition that “recharges our batteries” twice a year. Great value! Great Times!

Map out your weekend “travels” at theLEAF.org and discover these artists: ANGELIQUE KIDJO• MACEO PARKER • RICKY SKAGGS & KENTUCKY THUNDER special Treasure Chest Tour • VOICE OF THE WETLANDS ALLSTARS featuring TAB BENOIT, CYRIL NEVILLE, ANDERS OSBORNE, JOHNNY VIDACOVICH, JOHNNY SANSONE, WAYLON THIBODEAUX & BIG CHIEF MONK BOUDREAUX • SPAM ALLSTARS• ACOUSTIC SYNDICATE• Sarazino – Global Latin• The Legendary Singing Stars• UMALALI, THE GARIFUNA WOMEN’S PROJECT of Belize • John Doyle- Celtic • Sarah Lee Guthrie & Johnny Irion • Las Eréndiras de San Antonio (All-Female Mariachi) • Sunpie Barnes & The Louisiana Sunspots • Mac Arnold & Plate Full O’Blues • UNI?RE Theater • Contra Dancing • Poetry Slam • 1st LEAF Puppetry Slam • Music Jams • Steel Drums & Puppets • Parade • Fiddle Contest • Circus Arts • 50+ Healing Arts Workshops & so much more to explore & experience- see all on web!

LEAF’s music is but one thread that holds together the cloth of a weekend experience that includes art and culture from around the world, and right here, for the entire family.

One of the key LEAF achievements is Empowering Youth in WNC through Festive Arts. LSS is currently working weekly with 15 music and arts programs in local public housing communities and center for after-school programs. Surrounding the festival, over 20 of the LEAF artists will also be participating in LEAF in Schools & Streets through arts-in-education workshops, residencies, and enrichment concerts in local schools and centers. Over 23,000 YOUTH locally have been involved in LSS!

LSS is making residencies, workshops and performances available to area schools and community centers ranging from New Orleans – Zydeco, Bouje-Bouje, Afro-Louisiana, Garifuna/Belize, Tanzanian Drumming & Dance, Hip Hop/Step Dance, Celtic, Spoken Word, Blues, Taiko Drumming, and World Choral Traditions to West African Dance & Drumming. Schools, parents, teachers and more interested in LSS Arts In Education program offerings should contact [email protected] or 828/68-MUSIC (686-8742) for more information.

A family-friendly outreach performance and school field trip opportunity:


~Blues Legend & Blues Music Award 2010 Recipient~ Monday, May 16, 2011
11:00 AM (10:30 AM doors)
All Ages: $2 for children (under age 18)|$3 for adults
The Orange Peel, downtown Asheville, NC
Tickets: Orange Peel Box office, theorangepeel.net, Ticket web (866) 468-7630
LSS provides this special low cost event to make this outreach performance accessible for schools, families & the community.
Info: [email protected] | 828/68-MUSIC (686-8742) | LEAFinSchoolsandStreets.org & click on events

MAC ARNOLD & PLATE FULL O’BLUES will put on a special family-friendly, community outreach performance on Monday morning, May 16, 2011. Mac Arnold is a Blues legend and one of the last to have worked with everyone from Muddy Waters to James Brown. Mac is a 2010 recipient Best Historical Album from the 31st Blues Music Awards for his participation on the 1966 recording Muddy Waters – Authorized Bootleg: Live at the Fillmore Auditorium (Geffen Records). Mac Arnold’s first band included James Brown on piano and when he moved to Chicago Muddy Waters hired him on the spot. He has recorded LPs with Otis Spann and John Lee Hooker. Mac moved to Los Angeles and produced Soul Train with his friend Don Cornelius. He even played bass on the Sanford & Son television show when he wasn’t playing bass for Otis Redding and B.B. King. Backed by his band, Mac Arnold does vocals, plays bass and his iconic Gas Can Guitars. Mac will showcase his Blues in the Schools program where he explains his legendary role in American Blues history.

Lake Eden Arts Festival (LEAF) Returns this Weekend

Thursday, October 14th, 2010

BLACK MOUNTAIN, NC – The Lake Eden Arts Festival returns to the area this weekend bringing together folks from all over the country for a weekend of outdoor camping, live music, poetry, dancing, healing arts, crafts, and other festivities. The 31st annual LEAF festival takes place in Black Mountain, North Carolina at Camp Rockmont.  Tickets are still on sale for Friday night and Sunday afternoon. This year the line up includes The Indigo Girls, Lean Redbone, The Wood Brothers, and other performances which will last all weekend long. The Lake Eden Arts Festival is a non-profit devoted to bringing people together in the spirit of community and enrich lives through art and music. http://www.theleaf.org