LEAF Fest 2013: Mavis Staples, Ozomatli, Peter Rowan & more


Mavis Staples
LEAF is proud to announce the lineup of performing artists for the Spring 2013 LEAF Festival, taking place May 9-12, 2013 in Black Mountain, NC. Headlining the 36th festival are R&B icon Mavis Staples; urban Latino culture-mashers Ozomatli; Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band, led by the bluegrass legend; Zimbabwean maestro Oliver Mtukudzi & the Black Spirits; and Abigail Washburn, Appalachian songbird & long-time LEAF favorite. With support in part by a grant from the National Endowment of the Arts, LEAF will present an eclectic sampling of vocal traditions. From American folk, vocal jazz, and gospel traditions to Tibetan a cappella, Zimbabwean afro-pop and classical choral customs, you’ll experience a blend of voices both familiar and new.

Once again, LEAF’s performing arts passport will take you all over the world: the favelas of Brazil [Matuto]; the swamps of New Orleans [Papa Grows Funk & Honey Island Swamp Band]; the kelly green hills of Ireland [Solas]; the tablas-tuned halls of India [Talavya]; and right back to LEAF’s own Western NC backyard [The Broadcast]. Combining the diversity of names and faces you've come to love at LEAF with a myriad of dancing [Contra, Latin, Swing, Cajun, Square], poetry slams, folk art & craft exhibitions, outdoor adventure, and the LEAFlet Kid’s Village [a festival in and of itself], LEAF never ceases to offer new and exciting cultural connections.

Tickets and volunteering opportunities are available through LEAF’s website or by calling the LEAF office at 828-686-8742.

Spring LEAF 2013 Performing Arts Lineup

  • Mavis Staples
  • Ozomatli
  • Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band
  • Oliver Mtukudzi & the Black Spirits
  • Abigail Washburn
  • Solas
  • Papa Grows Funk
  • MC Yogi
  • Lizz Wright
  • Ben Sollee
  • Honey Island Swamp Band
  • Yungchen Lhamo
  • Dirk Powell Band with Riley Baugus
  • Orgone
  • Secret Agent 23 Skidoo
  • Contra with Elixir & The Mean Lids, called by Nils Fredland & Diane Silver
  • Late-Night Techno Contra with DJ Jor-D & caller Maggie Jo Saylor
  • The Broadcast
  • Como Mamas
  • Matuto
  • Sheila Kay Adams
  • Talavya
  • Sirens in the Round, featuring Laura Blackley, Mary Ellen Davis, Cary Fridley, Kellin Watson, and Lyric
  • Blue Ridge Orchestra
  • Unifire Theatre
  • Green Grass Cloggers
  • The Spring Chickens
  • WWC Old-Time String Band
  • Royal Kingdom of Happyland
  • Freewheelin MaMas
  • Art Farm
  • Toy Boat Circus Tent
  • Warren Wilson Gamelan Ensemble
  • Asheville Community Movement
  • Whee Ahh Faerie Kin
  • 40 Fingers & A Missing Tooth

    LEAF Schools & Streets Resident Teaching Artists:

  • Adama Dembele
  • Christine Garvin
  • Erinn Huntley
  • Gary Bradley
  • Imhotep
  • Kuumba Zuwena
  • Lisa Zahiya
  • Nina Ruffini
  • Santos

  • http://www.theleaf.org

    [Published on: 2/8/13]

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