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Our Fall LEAF Daily Schedule is in!  Click the link
in the sidebar for more details.  Check below for a
quick rundown of Headliners for each day! 
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Check out our full October lineup below!  
Celebrate Unity & Inspire Every Voice at LEAF!   

The Family Stone
Thank you for making the 38th annual Funkalicious
LEAF Festival one of the greatest yet! 
This year we introduced an incredible array of creative elements to our Spring festival including: Seven kids villages, all new stage production, dozens of art installations, a visionary art gallery, and more roamers, revelers, and interactive workshops then ever before!  But best of all, we were able to connect culture and create community alongside the largest sold out crowd in LEAF history! 
Here's a look back at our May 2014 Performing Artists!

Bootsy Collins web The Family Stone Beats Antique Photo web 
Bootsy Collins
& The Funk Unity Band
The Family Stone
Beats Antique
The Mothership of Funk Legendary Funk Superstars Electronic World Fusion
Watch Bootsy Live!  Watch The Family Stone Live! Watch Beats Antique Live!
 SLRAS web2  Red Baraat web  Tim&Darrell web
Sierra Leone's Refugee Allstars
Red Baraat
Darrell Scott
& Tim O'Brien
& Roots Reggae
Bhangra, Go-Go, Brass,
& Funk
American Roots
& Folk Legends
Watch SLRAS live!  Watch Red Baraat live!  Watch Darrell & Tim Live!
Zach Deputy web  Elephant Revival web  Locos por Juana web1
Zach Deputy Elephant Revival Locos Por Juana
Looping Funk
& Soul Guitar
Neo-Acoustic Gypsy Revival
Afro-Caribbean Hip-Hop
& Funk
Watch Zach Deputy Live! Watch Elephant Revival Live!  Watch Locos por Juana Live! 
BoukmanEksperyans web  The Lee Boys web  Town Mountain web
Boukman Eksperyans The Lee Boys Town Mountain 
Haitian Rhythms, Soul, 
& Reggae 
Sacred Steel
& Gospel Blues 
High Octane NC Bluegrass
Watch Boukman Live!  Watch The Lee Boys Live!  Watch Town Mountain Live!
Roosevelt Collier web  Alash web  Zing Experience web
Roosevelt Collier
Artist at Large! 
Alash Zing Experience
Sacred Steel
Guitar Master
Tuvan Throat Singers
Haitian Roots, Rock
& Reggae
Watch Roosevelt Live!  Watch Alash Live!  Watch Zing Experience Live! 
Wild Asparagus web  Perpetual E-motion web  Turkuaz web
Wild Asparagus Perpetual Emotion Turkuaz
Sensational Traditional Contra Music
Heart Driven
Contra Experience
Brooklyn Power Funk
Watch Wild Asparagus Live!  Watch Perpetual E-Motion Live!  Watch Turkuaz Live! 
 Billy Jonas web  Whitetop Mountaineers web    KimReggieHarris web
Billy Jonas Band  The Whitetop Mounatineers Kim & Reggie Harris 
Percussion Explosion of Energy & Music 
Traditional Mountain
Old-Time Music 
Dynamic Folk Duo
Watch Billy Jonas Live!  Watch Whitop Mountaineers Live! Watch Kim & Reggie Live!
Empire Strikes Brass web 2 The Fritz web AdamsQueenRifkin web
Empire Strikes Brass The Fritz Adams, Queen, & Rifkin
Soul, Brass,
& Funk Fusion
Psychedelic Funk & Rock
Traditional Appalachian
Watch Empire Strikes Live!  Watch The Fritz Live!  Click to visit Facebook!
Molasses Creek web  OneLegUp web  Montuno web
Molasses Creek One Leg Up Montuno
Contemporary Folk Acoustic "Django" Swing Salsa & Latin Dance
Watch Molasses Creek Live!  Watch One Leg Up!  Watch Montuno Live!
Unifire web  ToyBoat web WheeAhhFaerieKin web
Unifire Theater Toy Boat Circus Arts Whee Ahh Faerie Kin
Spectacular Fire, Acro, & Flow Arts Show! Circus, Theater, Music, Workshops, Dancing & more! 
Magic, Stilts,
& Whimsical Magnificence!  
Watch Unifire Theater Live! Click to visit Facebook! Click to visit Facebook!
ZuluConnection2 web Infinite Geometry web AlexKrug web
Zulu Connection Infinite Geometry Alex Krug Combo
West African Stilting
& New Orleans Spirit
Funky Tech-House
& Tribal Psychill DJ
Heart Driven Rock Americana
Watch Zulu Connection Live!  Click to visit Facebook!  Watch Alex Krug Live!
TechnoContra web emilyrush web disera web
DJ Jor-D Techno Contra
Contra Experience
Progressive Techno Contra Experience Contemporary Dance Music Contra Gospel Glory
Watch DJ Jor-D Live!  Watch Rushfest Contra Live!  



Come spend your weekend with us and take a tour of music traditions from all over the world. Explore a cultural cornucopia of sounds - a soulful kora from Mali, some fiery salsa from Latin America, a parade of brass from New Orleans, and even a little bluegrass banjo from our own backyard. LEAF has a variety of intimate stage settings ~ Lakeside, The Barn, Brookside Dance Hall, Eden Hall, The Sundance Jam Tent and two LEAFlet Kids Village stages. You lose the crowd at LEAF, and the experience is up close and interactive.

Some of us like to listen, while others like to dance 'til we drop! Twice a year, we create one of the South's largest dance floors in Brookside Pavilion and offer up a healthy dose of Contra, Cajun, Swing, Celtic, African, Latin, Clogging, Hip-Hop, Step Dance, Zydeco, Waltz, and the list goes on and on. “LEAF is the danciest festival that I've been to!" - Dancing Dave

Looking to keep the little ones entertained? The LEAFlet Kid's Village boasts two stages of their own, offering up all sorts of kid-friendly fare, including workshops, puppets, juggling, storytelling, and a sampling of music for kids of all ages. It's a family affair!

Discover a myriad of LEAF traditions by the lake, under the sun & stars, in the mountains. Bring your African djembe and become part of the community drum circle. Hone your pickin' skills with various workshops and jams under the Sundance tent. Lace up your boogie shoes and join the revelers at the Eden Hall late-night dance parties. The opportunities for fun AND learning are nearly limitless - that's why we're here twice a year!

Performer Booking Inquiries:
Please send an EPK and/or links to YouTube clips of live performances [the latter is especially helpful] to our Booking Committee:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

• Lift Ticket • The Horse Flies • Technophoria Techno Contra feat. DJ Shel-D • Beth Molaro • Brian Hamshar • Montuno • Feufollet • Clyde "Pop" Ferguson • Gaye Adegbalola w/ Roddy Barnes • Shane Pruitt Band • Cary Fridley & Down South • Captain Luke & Cool John Ferguson • Homemade Jamz Blues Band  • Skinny Legs and All • Tony Cedras South African All Stars • Brothers in Christ feat. C.D. • Big Bang Boom • Big Nasty Jazz Band • Chikomo Marimba Band • Goldstein Family Band • Molasses Creek • Zulu Connection • Aerial Trapeze Academy • Chess Master Robert Frederick • Unifire Theatre • 40 Fingers & A Missing Tooth • Art Farm • Cripps Puppets & Toybox Theatre • Dances of Universal Peace • Lindsay Kettner - Accordian Player • Michael Mooney • Professor Whizzpop! • Randall Thompson • Tom Heck • Whee Ahh Faerie Kin • Beth McDonough • James Nave' • Jarrett Leone Didgeridoo • Larry McDowell • LEAF Fiddle Contest • LEAF in Schools & Streets YOUTH Poetry SLAM • LEAF Poetry Slam • LEAF Step Dance Contest • Robert Thomas • Sarah Eshan • Simon Wolf - Youth Poetry Slam-Master • Maria-Guajira & Salseros 828 • Ted & Kimberly Ross • Elizabeth “Eboo” Sauls • Gordy Hinners & Rebecca Keeter • Ira Bernstein • Kari Sickenberger • Meredith McIntosh • Phil Jamison • Rob Mangum • Amy Hamilton • Dominique Scales-UAI • Erinn Huntley & The Anam Cara Theatre Company • Gary Bradley • Imhotep • Josh Batenhorst • Kuumba Zuwena • Lisa Zahiya • Melanie MacNeil • Nina Ruffini • Ben Gradison • Adama Dembele






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Eden Hall


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