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LEAF Global Arts (LEAF), a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization, cultivating curiosity and connections to the world, others and ourselves through music and cultural arts education and experiences.


How LEAF fulfills it’s mission:

LEAF Schools & Streets cultural arts programs use the arts to bridge cultures and create life-affirming, community building experiences – empowering our youth to become global citizens, leaders and agents of positive change.

LEAF International is dedicated to cultural preservation, exchange, and fostering global citizenship. LEAF collaborate with communities to support Culture Keepers who teach local youth their traditional arts.

LEAF Festival is LEAF’s founding event. For over 20 years, an inter-generational community gathers at Lake Eden for a dynamic experience of music, art and culture for around the globe. #1 Nonprofit Serving the Arts, #1 Festival for Kids, #1 Music Festival & #1 Festival for Camping in Western NC. 

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LEAF Downtown celebrates creativity, diversity and families in the heart of Asheville, NC. This signature and inclusive community event encourages interpersonal exchange, cultural awareness, artistic excellence and welcoming spaces for all walks of life.

LEAF Press Release

LEAF Celebrates A “SOLID GOLD” 50th FESTIVAL – MAY 2020
Featuring CloZee, The Del McCoury Band, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, and many more!

January 28, 2020 | Asheville, NC — 

LEAF prepares to celebrate a 25-year landmark tradition with the 50th LEAF Festival taking place Thursday, May 14 to Sunday, May 17, 2020 – welcoming world music, art, culture, and community into the heart of the beautiful WNC Blue Ridge Mountains. Throughout its storied history, this world-class event has played host to over 100 Nations, 500,000 patrons, 25,000 performers, and countless transformative experiences bringing diversity, artistic excellence, and global identity into the lives of three generations of families. This Spring, LEAF also prepares to unveil a completely transformed site layout to welcome in this new great chapter in the LEAF legacy!

50th LEAF FESTIVAL “SOLID GOLD” ANNIVERSARY HIGHLIGHTS

  • From Coachella to India, CloZee brings to the stage an innovative Global Bass Music approach that is all her own. With well over 20,000,000 Spotify streams and sold out headline performances all over the world, CloZee is emerging as one of the most celebrated female electronic producers in the world.

  • Even among the pantheon of music’s finest artists, Del McCoury stands alone. With 9 IBMA lifetime achievement awards, 2 Grammy Awards (14 nominations!), and a legacy enduring over 50 years – Del McCoury stands as the foremost Bluegrass icon alive.

  • New Orleans’ Preservation Hall Jazz Band is an institution. From the famous brick & mortar in the French Quarter to a band whose tradition is synonymous with Jazz greatness – Preservation Hall carries over half a century of NOLA music legacy on its giant shoulders.

  • With over 400 performing artists representing 15+ different countries, 5 family adventure villages, 80+ craft &culinary vendors, 50+ healing arts, music & earth skills workshops, and a global community steeped in tradition, LEAF welcomes all walks of life for an unforgettable experience for a HUGE 50th Festival celebration.   

“What does it mean to connect cultures & create community through music & arts? It’s simply this… To create a container to hold experiences so profound, so inspirational, and so unifying that they shatter all expectations of who we think we should be… awakening us to who we truly are when we embrace the world as family. LEAF believes a single moment can transform one’s life for the better. When you multiply those moments by 25 years, 50 festivals and hundreds of thousands of individuals hailing from all over the globe… we believe we are transforming the world for the better. What do you experience at LEAF Festival? Powerful artistic expression, enduring cultural legacy, a welcoming community of all walks of life? Absolutely…, and it goes a bit deeper than that. What brings people back time after time to our little oasis in the Blue Ridge Mountains? True healing, transformation, and perhaps even a little bit of real magic.” ~ Ehren Cruz, Artistic Director

OFFICIAL 50th FESTIVAL PERFORMER LINEUP

CloZee • Del McCoury Band • Preservation Hall Jazz Band
The Record Company · Orquesta Akokán · Delta Rae

*Cimafunk · *Francisco, El Hombre · *Bonnie Paine (Of Elephant Revival)
*Ayla Nereo · *Becca Stevens · *The Accidentals · *Ikebe Shakedown
Natalia Clavier (Of Thievery Corporation) · *The Revelers · Frameworks
*John Jorgenson Bluegrass Band · *The Huntertones* · *Kinobe & The Dance of Hope
*Lady Moon & The Eclipse · *Ludic · Screaming J’s · *Natural Born Leaders
The Campfire Reverends · *Ben Hunter & Joe Seamons · *Fiddlin’ Faye
*Queen Bee & The Honeylovers · *Morphonic · *The Golden Trumpets
Contra: Hot Point String Band · The Faux Paws · Steve Zakon · Sarah VanNorstran
and many more…

*Artists = Bands that are performing (2) Sets throughout the weekend
Artists = Bands that are offering a community outreach residency leading to festival.

 

PRESS CONTACT:
Megan Ashley Crow | LEAF Creative Director | 828.686.8742
*please reach out to us for more information & press quality photos 

December 20, 2019 - LEAF Global Arts Announcement Release
July 18, 2019 - 49th LEAF Festival Lineup Release
May 31, 2019 - 5th Annual LEAF Downtown Lineup Release
February 7, 2019 - 48th LEAF Festival Lineup Release Spring 2019
November 2, 2018 - LEAF Community Arts Awarded $705,000 Grant for New Global Arts Center
October 23, 2018 - 47th LEAF Festival Experiences Damaging High Winds
July 17, 2018 - 47th LEAF Festival Lineup Release
May 30, 2018 - 4th LEAF Downtown AVL Lineup Release
March 7, 2018 - National Distinction by Kennedy Center Awarded to LEAF Schools & Streets and Buncombe County Schools Partnership!
February 15, 2018 - LEAF Community Arts to Receive $10,000 Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts
February 8, 2018 - 46th LEAF Festival Lineup Press Release
July 6, 2017 - 45th LEAF Festival Lineup Press Release
June 8, 2017 - 3rd Annual LEAF Downtown Lineup Press Release
February 20, 2017 - 4th Annual LEAF Arts & Parks Camp!
February 16, 2017 - 4th Annual LEAF Newsong Singer-Songwriter Competition!

 

February 16, 2017 – 4th Annual LEAF Newsong Singer-Songwriter Competition

February 9th, 2017 – 44th LEAF Festival Official Lineup Press Release
January 31, 2017 - Transforming Education Through Hip-Hop Culture
January 19, 2017 - Spring '17 LEAF Theme Announcement!

LEAF in the News

Popular Asheville downtown free LEAF festival avoids cancellation with $6,000 boost from city - February 25, 2020

Popular Asheville downtown free LEAF festival avoids cancellation with $6,000 boost from city – February 25, 2020 — Joel Burgess – Asheville Citizens-Time

ASHEVILLE – A popular free downtown festival that organizers said was in danger of cancellation will continue this summer after a $6,000 infusion from the city. Organizers of LEAF Downtown AVL on Feb. 24 announced they would receive the city funding, which they would use for the quick overnight breakdown of gear after the Aug. 7-8 festival taking place at Pack Square Park….

 

LEAF Downtown Festival, Asheville - February 20, 2020

LEAF Downtown Festival, Asheville – February 20, 2020 — Romantic Asheville
Celebrate communities, creativity, diversity, and families in the heart of downtown in Pack Square Park. Their belief is that music and art has the power to cross all social and cultural boundaries, and bring people together to learn, grow, and celebrate our diversity through creativity….

New LEAF Global Arts Center set to open on The Block - February 17, 2020

New LEAF Global Arts Center set to open on The Block – February 17, 2020 — Asheville Citizen-Times

Long known for its biannual gatherings at Lake Eden, LEAF is bringing all it does locally and internationally under one roof at a new center on The Block in downtown Asheville.

 

LEAF Global Arts center opens on The Block - February 12, 2020

LEAF Global Arts center opens on The Block – February 12, 2020 — Thomas Calder – Mountain Xpress
With construction wrapping up, the LEAF Global Arts center will host its grand opening on Valentine’s Day, Friday, Feb. 14. “The dream was always this,” says Marsha Almodovar, the nonprofit’s community engagement director. Combining international art and music with local history, the multilevel space will offer community members and visitors alike the chance to interact with sights and sounds from around the world.

LEAF Global Arts Center Opens February 14 - February 02, 2020

LEAF Global Arts Center Opens February 14 – February 17, 2020 — The Laurel of Asheville
While perhaps best known locally for the biannual immersive arts festivals at Lake Eden, LEAF Global Arts (formerly LEAF Community Arts) is a nonprofit organization that provides cultural arts education to more than 12,000 youth each year in WNC while supporting the preservation of timeless traditions in 10 countries worldwide

LEAF Community Arts marks Milestone with New Home, New Name - January 18, 2020

LEAF Community Arts marks milestone with new home, new name – January 18, 2020 — Ashvegas
LEAF Community Arts, an Asheville nonprofit  that aims to connect people and cultures through music and the arts, is marking its 25 anniversary this year in a big way: with a new name and a new home….

2019-20 Grassroots Arts Program grantees announced - November 1, 2019

2019-20 Grassroots Arts Program grantees announced – November 1, 2019 — Community Bulletin

LEAF Festival Again Brings Amazing Music & Activities to Black Mountain NC - October 13, 2019

LEAF Festival Again Brings Amazing Music & Activities to Black Mountain NC  – Scott Hopkins –  October 13, 2019 –  “Talk about longevity! The 49th LEAF Festival is right around the corner! LEAF is a non-profit organization, building community, connecting cultures and enriching lives through the arts – locally and globally – with festivals, community events, and arts education programs.”

La Santa Cecilia brings Mexican sounds to fall LEAF - October 8, 2019

La Santa Cecilia brings Mexican sounds to fall LEAF – October 8, 2019 – Bill Kopp – Grammy-winning collective La Santa Cecilia bridges the gap between traditional and modern music. The group of Mexican American musicians is among the headlining acts at this month’s LEAF Festival. On a bill that includes Angelique Kidjo…”

Fall LEAF Festival lineup announced, with Angelique Kidjo, The Wood Brothers and more - July 19, 2019

Fall LEAF Festival lineup announced, with Angelique Kidjo, The Wood Brothers and more – July 19, 2019 — Community Bulletin

Arrested Development headlines LEAF Downtown AVL - July 24, 2019

Arrested Development headlines LEAF Downtown AVL – July 24, 2019 – Bill Kopp – Hailed as creators of a new musical genre, the musicians of Arrested Development scored a worldwide blockbuster hit with their 1992 debut album. 

Asheville Arts Leaders Unify For Greater Awareness And Funding - MAY 21, 2019

Asheville Arts Leaders Unify For Greater Awareness And Funding – MATT PEIKEN – MAY 21, 2019 – About 50 people have gathered at a gallery inside the Refinery Building in Asheville’s South Slope. It’s a whos-who among people in local dance, theater, music, the visual arts.

Spring LEAF FESTIVAL is in Full Swing in Black Mountain, NC - MAY 10, 2019

Spring LEAF FESTIVAL is in Full Swing in Black Mountain, NC This Weekend, May 9-12 – VICKI DAMERON – MAY 10, 2019 – It’s Spring LEAF time friends – the festival of great music, fun, food, drink, dance and world culture! 

Annual Bounce into Spring Festival ready with fun for the entire family - March 14th 2019

Annual Bounce into Spring Festival ready with fun for the entire family  – Kristy Kepley-Steward – March 14th 2019 – “Welcome back Spring (almost)! Shake off that winter cabin fever and welcome in the warmer days of spring at the Charles D. Owen Park in Swannanoa!”

Spring 2019 LEAF Festival line up announced - February 8th 2019

Spring 2019 LEAF Festival line up announced  – John HarbinFriday –  February 8th 2019 – “The 2019 LEAF Festival lineup has been announced. Some of the artists include headliner India Arie, Trevor Hall and Shovels and Rope.”

LEAF Festival Announces 2019 Lineup: Shovels & Rope, Trevor Hall, India.Arie, More - February 8th, 2019

LEAF Festival Announces 2019 Lineup: Shovels & Rope, Trevor Hall, India.Arie, More  – Tom Shackleford  – Friday, February 8th, 2019 – LEAF Festival will return to the picturesque hills of North Carolina this spring when the four-day music event produced LEAF Community Arts takes place at Lake Eden in Black Mountain, NC beginning Thursday, May 9th to Sunday, May 12th.

Conscious Party: Hurricane Relief - November 5, 2017

Conscious Party: Hurricane ReliefNovember 5, 2017 – Mountain Xpress – By Edwin Arnaudin –  “An International LEAF Ambassador, Toan has organized a daylong, family-friendly music festival at Salvage Station on Saturday, Nov. 11…”

The Broadcast has its most 'intense' gig of year at LEAF, teaches youth - October 26, 2017

The Broadcast has its most ‘intense’ gig of the year at LEAF, teaches youthOctober 26, 2017 – The Tribune – By Pete Zamplas –  “Krisko, earthy vocalist who fronts the band along with sizzling electric guitarist Aaron Austin, was happy about the band’s second time playing at LEAF…”

Dance offerings at LEAF Festival and beyond - October 12, 2017

Dance offerings at LEAF Festival and beyondOctober 12, 2017 – Mountain Xpress – By Carla Seidl –  “Cruz believes dance is at the heart of the LEAF experience. “The energy is really high and deep for dancing at LEAF,”…”

Journey Through Latin America : Fundraiser For The Future - October 11, 2017

Journey Through Latin America: Fundraiser For The Future – October 11, 2017 – Asheville Grit – By Ayana Dusenberry –  “Performers from Mexico, Guatemala, and Puerto Rico will come together to inspire, entertain, and encourage the preservation of the rich, sacred traditions of Latin communities everywhere…”

LEAF Art Dash, Twilight, Hot August Night 5Ks get hearts pumping - August 3, 2017

LEAF Art Dash, Twilight, Hot August Night 5ks get hearts pumping – August 3, 2017 – The Citizen-Times –  “The LEAF Art Dash is one of the important fundraising tools directly support LEAF Schools & Streets bringing arts to local youth in collaboration with local partners…”

LEAF Downtown announces lineup for Pack Square Park - June 15, 2017

LEAF Downtown announces lineup for Pack Square ParkJune 15, 2017 – USA Today – By Hayley Benton –  “The Family Stone is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2017, making the LEAF set a legendary performance…”

LEAF seeking money for downtown arts center; other TDA grant requests - June 8, 2017

LEAF seeking money for downtown arts center; other TDA grant requestsJune 8, 2017 – Citizen-Times – By Emily Patrick –  “LEAF Community Arts is seeking to join the list of recipients of money generated from hotel room taxes…”

How go-go, the music of the nation’s capital, is trying to go mainstream - June 5, 2017

How go-go, the music of the nation’s capital, is trying to go mainstream – June 5, 2017 – PBS News Hour – By Elizabeth Flock –  “ Rare Essence has booked more performances around the country, including Summerstage in New York in June, and the LEAF music festival in Asheville, North Carolina in August…”

Rocky Dawuni outreach with LEAF Community Arts Festival - June 1, 2017

Rocky Dawuni outreach with LEAF Community Arts Festival – June 8, 2017 – Rocky Duwani – By Cary Sullivan –  GRAMMY nominated Afro Roots star, Rocky Dawuni was invited to perform two shows at the esteemed LEAF festival as well as participate in the community outreach program with a local school…”

LEAF Festival brings music and culture to Black Mountain - May 6, 2017

LEAF Festival brings music and culture to Black MountainMay 6, 2017 – WLOS News – By Evan Donovan –  “Experience the power music, art and culture has to transform lives, strengthen community, and foster unity…”

Why Everyone Should Be Listening to Balkan Beat Box - November 1, 2016

Why Everyone Should Be Listening to Balkan Beat Box – November 1, 2016 – The Odyssey Community – By Sophie Harris –  “Hip-hop and traditional music are the polarities, but there’s a lot in between. We’ve always been intrigued by mashing up stuff…”

Q+A with Arouna Diarra & The AZA Band - October 28, 2016

Q+A with Arouna Diarra & The AZA Band – October 28, 2016 – Mountain Xpress – By Alli Marshall –  “I had a great love of African music from the time that I was a teenager…”

Q+A with Third World - October 27, 2016

Q+A with Third World – October 27, 2016 – Mountain Xpress – By Alli Marshall –  “Though the band is not touring, Third World made an appearance at fall LEAF on Saturday night…”

In Photos: Fall LEAF 2016 - October 25, 2016

In Photos: Fall LEAF 2016 – October 25, 2016 – Mountain Xpress – Alli Marshall –  “Meanwhile, the Tibetan Buddhist Monks could be seen riding throughout the festival grounds on a modified shuttle complete with rooftop seating and a dance pole affixed to its hood…”

Adventure: Asheville - October 24, 2016

Adventure : Asheville – October 24, 2016 – The Odyssey Community – By Becca Colehower –  “After a long night at the Orange Peel and a couple hours of sleep, we bundled up to head about 20 minutes from downtown Asheville to Black Mountain, North Carolina, where we spent the day at the LEAF Festival…”

Vaud & the Villians - a 19-Piece Time-Traveling Band - October 24, 2016

Vaud & the Villians… – October 24, 2016 – The Odyssey Community – By Sophie Harris –  “If you were to take a modern band, and then have them time travel to perform in a film noir, you would get Vaud and the Villains…”

Connecting Cultures: LEAF Returns to Downtown Asheville - July 28, 2016

Connecting Cultures: LEAF Returns to Downtown Asheville – July 28, 2016 – Biltmore Beacon – By Shelby Harrell –  “‘The “Voices of Asheville” tent will be back as a place to learn about the rich history of Asheville as well as its current challenges. Lots of different “Voices” will be present to share, such as Pisgah Legal Services, HACA Residents Housing Council, Center for Diversity Education, and plenty more…”

LEAF Downtown enters its second year - July 27, 2016

LEAF Downtown enters second year – July 27, 2016 – Mountain Xpress – By Bill Kopp –  “We’re taking the formula that we had last year and ramping it up. We’re aiming for a natural, evolutionary growth. From a core mission perspective, we’ve made LEAF Downtown about showcasing the very best of what Asheville has to offer. Give us sunshine out there, and we’ll give you an incredible show…”

LEAF Downtown Treats Include Funky War, Cosmic Papadosio - July 27, 2016

LEAF Downtown Treats Include Funky War, Cosmic PapadosioJuly 27, 2016 – Tribune Papers – By Pete Zamplas –  “LEAF Downtown Asheville invigorates with various musical treats starting with cosmic electronic Papadosio in the pre-party that benefits local music education, smash local acts such as rocking The Broadcast and progressive folk Jon Stickley Trio, and funky top act War in the second annual free street festival July 30-31…”

Live for Live Music - July 7, 2016

LEAF Festival Announces Lineup – July 7, 2016 – LIVE for Live Music – By Dave Melamed –  “There are lots of exciting artists to catch this year, including Here Come The Mummies, Third World, Solas, Too Many Zooz, Chali 2na & The House Vibe, Dar Williams, Leah Song (of Rising Appalachia), The Hip Abduction and so many more!…”

Grateful Web Feature - July 7, 2016

LEAF Festival Announces Lineup – July 7, 2016 – Grateful Web – By Mike Moran  –  Fall LEAF Festival ’16

Get Funky: War to Play Summer LEAF (Downtown) – June 7, 2016

Get Funky: War to Play Summer LEAF (Downtown) June 7, 2016 – Asheville Citizen-Times “Headlining band War, once fronted by British rocker Eric Burdon, is now led by original member Leroy “Lonnie” Jordan. Started in 1969, it is known for the hits “Spill the Wine,” “The World Is a Ghetto,” “The Cisco Kid,” “Why Can’t We Be Friends?,” “Low Rider“, and “Summer“. This is the band’s first performance at a LEAF event…”

Recap: Fun at the LEAF Festival – May 20, 2016

Recap: Fun at the LEAF FestivalMay 20, 2016 – ArtsNowNC – “One of the highlights was meeting some of the ladies of Gee’s Bend, a tiny, rural, African-American community in Alabama known for quilt making. Mostly the decedents of slaves, the people of Gee’s Bend have produced countless patchwork masterpieces beginning as far back as the mid-19th century. Pushing the boundaries of traditional quilting, these quilts included bright colors and were expressive and unconventional…”

Why My First LEAF Festival Won’t Be My Last – May 19, 2016

Why My First LEAF Festival Won’t Be My LastMay 19, 2016 – Bullet Music – “This festival is an all-in-one experience. Attendees can enjoy a pleasant, family environment during the day, where children perform, food is in the air, and acro-yoga in the field. You may even make it to the Chilean Drum Workshop if you sprint fast enough across the land. At night, you will find pockets of jams amongst the campsites, and at the top of the hill, in a cut, you will come across the after-hours (18+) drum circle that goes until the sun comes back up. Altogether, this is a sophisticated, established festival that brings immensely talented musicians to Appalachia and has something for everyone…”

Jon Stickley Trio seizes Music Video Asheville honors, captivates LEAF – May 18, 2016

Jon Stickley Trio seizes Music Video Asheville honors, captivates LEAFMay 18, 2016 – The Tribune Papers – “The Jon Stickley Trio is blazing an ear and eye-opening path with sensational instrumentation in uplifting, up-tempo “newgrass” blends, after dominating Music Video Asheville top awards then wowing crowds at LEAF this past weekend…”

Band Takes Stand For LGBTQ Rights By Performing In Drag In North Carolina – May 16, 2016

Band Takes Stand For LGBTQ Rights By Performing In Drag In North CarolinaMay 16, 2016 – Live for Live Music – “Following the new laws in North Carolina against the LGBTQ community, and the recent concert cancellations that some headlining acts chose to respond with, members of MarchFourth decided to respond to the situation in a different way. After a late night drunken conversation about the matter, the band unanimously decided to go forward with both their North Carolina shows, in Durham at Motorco and headlining the LEAF Festival outside of Asheville, in full drag…”

Spherical Shot of Juan de Marcos & the Afro-Cuban All-Stars – May 15, 2016
LEAF Festival feature on Ashvegas.com – May 12, 2016

LEAF Festival feature on Ashvegas.comMay 12, 2016 – Ashevegas.com – “Since the US began easing Cuban sanctions under the Obama administration, travel to Cuba and interest in the island nation has grown quickly. Recently, the first US cruise ship made a stop in Havana. Journalist Jon Elliston, who has visited the country several times and is working on a study of the state of Cuban media, sees events like this as “opening one more bridge between the US and Cuba, just like LEAF is doing by bringing Cuban artists here as part of a greater process of our two countries getting along…”

Festival Bring Big Economic Punch – May 9, 2016

Festival Bring Big Economic PunchMay 9, 2016 – Asheville Citizen-Times – “LEAF pulls 6,000 visitors a day to historic Camp Rockmont. They all buy their tickets in advance, making a commitment for a single day or the weekend. Pickering said about 45 percent of the turnout comes from around the Southeast, including the Greenville-Spartanburg area, Charleston, across North Carolina, up from Atlanta and Florida and as far away as Washington state…”

Música de la pasión caliente! – May 4, 2016

Música de la pasión caliente! LEAF adds Cuban spice to invigorating music May 13-15May 4, 2016 – The Tribune Papers – “LEAF has long promoted international music, including hypnotic Afro-Cuban dance sounds. Ehren Cruz enthusiastically described Cuban music: “From the big band garacho sounds, to salsa, to timba, to bolero, samba, afro-cuban Jazz, and even a new wave of ‘reggaeton’ emerging from Cuba … the islands music packs a big punch in all genres…”

Above & Beyond: Celebration of Champions Honors Volunteers – April 18, 2016

Above & Beyond: Celebration of Champions Honors Volunteers April 18, 2016 – The Laurel of Asheville – “… the three local partnerships crucial to his service throughout the years are with ACSF, LEAF Schools and Streets, and Roots + Wings School of Art (RWSA)…”

Sarah Jarosz Plots Extensive 2016 Tour – April 5, 2016

Sarah Jarosz Plots Extensive 2016 TourApril 5, 2016 – Rolling Stone – Tour date mention. 

LEAF Festival Announces Cuban Theme for Spring – January 19, 2016

LEAF Festival Announces Cuban Theme for Spring – January 19, 2016 – Asheville Citizen Times – “What better time to celebrate the sounds of Cuba than right now, as the U.S. relaxes travel and trade restrictions with our island neighbor? LEAF Community Arts will commemorate this new relationship and celebrate the country’s history of rich sounds at May’s LEAF Festival...”

41st LEAF Festival – October 23, 2015

41st LEAF FestivalOctober 23, 2015 – Grateful Web – “The thousands in attendance came not only for the six stages full of music, but also for the traditions that have become staples in the LEAF tradition: LEAF Fiddle Contest; Healing Arts Village; Ziplining, Lakeside Activities and Camping; LEAF Hike; LEAF Member’s Party; Healing Arts Village; Roaming Performing Artists; LEAF Parade (Mardi Gras-style this Festival); LEAF Southern Fried Poetry Slam; LEAF Arts Ed Pavilion (formerly called the Outreach Pavilion);  Fire Performance by Unifire Theatre; Community Tribal Drum Circle…”

Rising Appalachia Recounts New Orleans @ LEAF – October 20, 2015

Rising Appalachia Recounts New Orleans @ LEAFOctober 20, 2015 – AshevilleGrit.com – ” LEAF was an incredible container for all our cross pollination of muse and spirit and we were delighted to connect with old friends and dance our tails off all weekend to pretty much every band on the stage. We are incredibly thankful that LEAF has such a solid relationship with New Orleans and that the bridge between Appalachia and the bayou remains as strong as ever…”

An Interview with LEAF Performer Marcel Anton – October 20, 2015

An Interview with LEAF Performer Marcel AntonOctober 20, 2015 – Mountain Xpress – “Asheville-based musician and composer Marcel Anton answered questions in the LEAF Press Lounge on Saturday. During the festival, he performed with Jeff Thompson’s SoulofNOLA project, which kicked off the weekend, as well as his own band. He also led the LEAF members party at The Barn on Sunday…”

Golden Autumn Days: LEAF Recap, Part 2 – October 19, 2015

Golden Autumn Days: LEAF Recap, Part 2October 19, 2015 – Mountain Xpress – “The LEAF Festival marked its 20-year anniversary in May, and last weekend’s event was the 41st biannual celebration. And while it’s grown and evolved over the years, there’s also the sense that LEAF has remained true to its core principals and preserved its earnestly freaky essence. Undeniably family oriented, the festival feels safe without being obsessively G-rated. Weirdness is celebrated on many levels and exploration — especially in the artistic sense — is encouraged…”

Golden Autumn Days: LEAF Recap, Part 1 – October 18, 2015

Golden Autumn Days: LEAF Recap, Part 1October 18, 2015 – Mountain Xpress – ” it’s at the shufftle drop-off on Camp Rockmont property where the magic really starts, when the daily business and routine fall away and you’re surrounded by fall colors, mountain vistas and thousands of people in costumes and various stages of parading or stiltwalking or slack-line yoga-ing. It’s pretty much like wandering into a participatory carnival…”

6 Questions with LEAF Performers Sol Driven Train – October 12, 2015

6 Questions with LEAF Performers Sol Driven TrainOctober 12, 2015 – Mountain Xpress – “We are excited to have two sets at LEAF, one on the Lakeside stage and one in the intimate setting of The Barn. On our Saturday Lakeside set, we will be joined by local school kids from Swannanoa Valley Montessori [as part of] the LEAF Schools & Streets program. We are going to be in the classroom all week with these kids. With the New Orleans theme at this festival, we are going to be teaching the students a few songs from NOLA that were favorites of mine when I was a kid…”

8 Questions with LEAF Performers The Revivalists – October 9, 2015

8 Questions with LEAF Performers The RevivalistsOctober 9, 2015 – Mountain Xpress – “Rock and soul band The Revivalists are based in New Orleans. The group, led by vocalist David Shaw, formed in 2007, and recently released its latest studio album, Men Amongst Mountains, which seems fitting considering this festival’s concept…”

5 Questions with LEAF Performer Jeff Thompson – October 8, 2015

5 Questions with LEAF Performer Jeff ThompsonOctober 8, 2015 – Mountain Xpress – “I couldn’t be more excited about the set my band and I have put together for LEAF this Fall. We are calling this project “SouloNOLA,” since it has involved a return to my New Orleans roots. I grew up there and still return as often as I can, so it’s been really cool to intentionally put together a set that honors my hometown…”

LaMotte and Guatemalan Children to Perform – October 3, 2015

LaMotte and Guatemalan Children to PerformOctober 3, 2015 – Black Mountain News “Guatemala is geographically closer to Asheville than California is, but in other ways, it is worlds away. Through the work of PEG Partners and LEAF International, children in Guatemala have more opportunities and possibilities…”

Aaron Neville, Pres Hall… – September 23, 2015

Aaron Neville, Pres Hall…September 23, 2015 – Live for Live Music – “The LEAF Festival has announced its lineup for the 41st annual festivities! Taking place on the beautiful Lake Eden in Black Mountain, NC, LEAF is celebrating all things NOLA in honor of the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. With a theme of “Celebrating the Spirit of New Orleans,” LEAF has unveiled a lineup with Aaron Neville, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, and Dumpstaphunk (x2) at the top.  The festival is held from October 15-18, and the full lineup includes such top-notch performers as Rebirth Brass Band, Rising Appalachia, The Revivalists, Charmaine Neville, Cedric Watson & Bijou Creole, Roosevelt Collier’s Gospel and more!..”

Aaron Neville, Preservation Hall & Dumpstaphunk Headline 41st LEAF Festival! – September 23, 2015

Aaron Neville, Preservation Hall & Dumpstaphunk Headline 41st LEAF Festival! September 23, 2015 – Live Music Daily – ” August 29th, 2015 marked the 10th year since Hurricane Katrina impacted New Orleans, Louisiana – environmentally, socially and economically.  In honor of the contributions that this cultural capital of the world has given to music, food, the arts and LEAF, the 41st LEAF Festival has been created with the inspirational theme of “Celebrating the Spirit of New Orleans” at heart. “

Asheville Downtown turns over a new LEAF, putting Bele Chere to rest once and for all – August 3, 2015

Asheville Downtown turns over a new LEAF, putting Bele Chere to rest once and for allAugust 3, 2015 – 880 The River – By Jeff Messer – “Less all-consuming than Bele Chere had been in the past, when it closed down virtually all of downtown for a weekend, much to the joy of downtown businesses in the early years, then their contempt in later years, LEAF occupied the Pack Square Park area up to Vance monument, without interruption to the traffic and the majority of businesses in downtown.”

Jennifer Pickering & Community – August 31, 2015

Jennifer Pickering & Community August 31, 2015 – WLOS News 13

LEAF Downtown reports 12,000-person crowd – August 3, 2015

LEAF Downtown reports  12,000-person crowd – August 3, 2015  – Asheville Citizen Times – By Emily Patrick – “…the crowd peaked during a performance by Bootsy Collins, the festival’s headliner event who is known for his space-themed performances featuring the star-shaped Space Bass.  “It got beautiful,” said LEAF founder Jennifer Pickering. “The mothership landed in downtown in the most beautiful, positive, diverse experience that I’ve ever had in Asheville.”

LEAF Downtown Well-Received – August 3, 2015

LEAF Downtown Well-Received August 3, 2015 – WLOS News 13

LEAF Downtown – August 2, 2015

LEAF DowntownAugust 2, 2015 – Romantic Asheville – By Mark File – “These folks know how to present a great event since they host the big LEAF Festival twice a year in Black Mountain for more than 20 years. Celebrate communities, creativity, diversity, and families in the heart of downtown in Pack Square Park.”

First Annual Downtown LEAF Aug 1-2 – July 30, 2015

First Annual Downtown LEAF Aug 1-2July 30, 2015 – By AshevilleNC.com – “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.”

Diversity in Downtown AVL – July 29, 2015

Diversity in Downtown AVL July 29, 2015 – By The Mountaineer – “Don’t miss the first ever LEAF Downtown AVL event —taking place on from noon – 10 p.m. on Aug. 1 and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Aug. 2 in Pack Square Park.”

Your Guide to Asheville’s new festival LEAF Downtown – July 29, 2015

Your Guide to Asheville’s new festival LEAF DowntownJuly 29, 2015 – Asheville Citizen Times –  By Emily Patrick – “In the interest of navigating this new world, Scene has created two suggested itineraries — one geared toward music enthusiasts and one geared toward families. But in true LEAF style, the two overlap. There’s plenty for kids with adult tastes as well as for the young at heart.”

Branching Out: LEAF Downtown AVL festival – July 28, 2015

Branching Out: LEAF Downtown AVL festivalJuly 28, 2015 – Mountain Xpress – By Bill Kopp – “The organizers of LEAF Community Arts launched their signature event — the now-biannual LEAF Festival at Lake Eden in Black Mountain — in 1995. “When you hit a landmark like 20 years,” says LEAF Executive Director Jennifer Pickering, “it’s time to ask yourself: ‘How are we meeting our mission? How are we serving our community? What are the new opportunities, the new ways of doing things?’” A conversation that began in 2014 yielded some answers, and an outgrowth of those conclusions is the upcoming LEAF Downtown AVL, a free event taking place Saturday and Sunday, Aug 1-2, in Pack Square Park.”

LEAF Downtown Asheville is Aug. 1-2 Free Festival – July 28, 2015

LEAF Downtown Asheville is Aug. 1-2 Free FestivalJuly 28, 2015 – The Tribune Papers – By Pete Zamplas – “…the festival has a LEAF-like local emphasis with more than 90 vendors including craft brewers, also healing arts, roaming artists, art installations and interactive play. The Family Adventure Zone, EASEL RIDER, and the Prestige Subaru Adventure Zone are among family attractions.”

Inaugural LEAF Art Dash Asheville 5k this Saturday – July 27, 2015

Inaugural LEAF Art Dash Asheville 5k this SaturdayJuly 27, 2015 –  Asheville Citizen Times – By Karen Chavez – “At key points along the route, runners or families may take an artful moment with volunteers from Roots + Wings School of Art and Design to create small works of art that will contribute to a larger communal project that will then be donated back to the City of Asheville.”

The changing landscape of Asheville’s free music festivals – July 24, 2015

The changing landscape of Asheville’s free music festivals July 24, 2015 – Mountain Xpress – By Ben Williamson – ““As a nonprofit, tickets for LEAF have been a main source of revenue,” Pickering says. “Since this is a free event … anyone can come, but it’s challenging in that we have to look at creative funding streams.” LEAF Downtown AVL incorporates a wide variety of for-profit satellite events, such as a kickoff party with the Ohio Players at New Mountain; a VIP experience; a “Bootsy Funk Dynasty Day” with funk icon Bootsy Collins; and a 5K run.”

My Journey to LEAF Festival – June 1, 2015

My Journey to LEAF Festival – June 1, 2015 – By Joseph McKee – “It is easy to be captivated by the plethora of interactive arts, vendors, workshops and impromptu performances. However, the heart of LEAF reveals itself in the interactions between musicians and a captivated audience.”

Why LEAF is One of the Best Fests Around – May 5, 2015

Why LEAF is One of the Best Fests AroundMay 5, 2015 – By Asheville Grit – “I think what I like most about LEAF is the complete sense of community. Everyone arrives ready to relax and catch up with friends, and everything about the festival works to reinforce a sense of togetherness: the funky world music vibe; the sharing of dance, art and food; the surrounding embrace of the beautiful mountains. To attend LEAF is to step out of your singular life and experience real togetherness.”

LEAF Brings Funky Cultural Fest to Downtown – April 20, 2015

LEAF Brings Funky Cultural Fest to DowntownApril 20, 2015 – By ExploreAsheville.com – “Mark your calendars–there’s a new reason to get funky in downtown Asheville this summer!  Two years after the final installment of the long-running Bele Chere, Asheville welcomes a new free, family-friendly festival from LEAF Community Arts…”

New Summer Music Fest to Fill Some of Bele Chere’s Void – April 17, 2015

New Summer Music Fest to Fill Some of Bele Chere’s VoidApril 17, 2015 – Asheville Citizen Times – By Emily Patrick – “LEAF Community Arts, which organizes LEAF Festival in Black Mountain twice a year, will create the event, which will include three stages, food trucks and more than 90 locally-owned and artisan vendors and business partners.”

LEAF announces free event in Pack Square Park, Aug. 1 and 2 – April 16, 2015

LEAF announces free event in Pack Square Park, Aug. 1 and 2April 16, 2015 – Mountain Xpress – By Alli Marshall – “LEAF will hold the first  LEAF Downtown AVL event in Pack Square Park on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 1 and 2. The free mini-festival will include Bootsy Collins and the Rubber Band Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds, The Main Squeeze, Empire Strikes Brass, The London Souls and more.”

A Weekend of Global Gratitude at LEAF’s 40th Festival – March 27, 2015

A Weekend of Global Gratitude at LEAF’s 40th FestivalMarch 27, 2015 – By The Laurel of Asheville – “At LEAF Festival, our senses go wild. From the scent of crêpes sizzling in the pan to the sights of hula hoops spinning and the sounds of laughter, there is so much for the whole family to experience at Lake Eden in Black Mountain.”

LEAF: Bringing the Funk Back to the Mountains – June 16, 2014

LEAF: Bringing the Funk Back to the Mountains – June 16, 2014 – Concert Photos Magazine – By Jeremy Chrzan – “LEAF is also the perfect place to let loose to the awesome music and put your dance on…” 

LEAF Festival Review – May 11, 2014

LEAF Festival Review – May 11, 2014 – Appalachain Jamwich – By Michael Phillips – “Upon arriving, it became apparent that this festival was going to be much different than most I have encountered.”

Live Review: LEAF, Black Mountain, N.C. – May 11, 2014

Live Review: LEAF, Black Mountain, N.C.  – May 11, 2014 – Creative Loafing – By Pat Moran – “Bedecked in silvery, multi-hued top hat and tails, star-shaped bass slung low on his hips, Bootsy Collins whipped the crowd into a delirious frenzy at LEAF’s Lakeside Stage on Saturday night.”

Shows I’ll Never Forget: Bootsy Collins – May 10, 2014

Shows I’ll Never Forget: Bootsy Collins – May 10, 2014 – Something Else – By Michael Walsh –  “‘People say I’m crazy to get out here with you without security,’ said Bootsy, ‘but y’all are my security.’”

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“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 (Presidential Appointed) annual meeting. LISTEN IN HERE.

 


 

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