Tuesday, May 10, 2011

LEAF kicks off Thursday in Black Mountain with diverse music line-up

The bi-annual Lake Eden Arts Festival begins Thursday, May 12 at Camp Rockmont in Black Mountain. The family-friendly mountain festival, now in its 16th year, features arts & crafts, live music, dancing, poetry, culinary arts, healing arts, and children's activities.

This Spring's diverse live music line-up includes opening night with Josh Phillips Folk Festival and Sol Driven Train; Maceo Parker, Secret Agent 23 Skidoo (awesome kid's hip-hop), and Crowfoot Friday; Grammy winning Afropop vocalist Angelique Kidjo, Tab Benoit's Voice of the Wetlands Allstars, Sarah Lee Guthrie & Johnny Irion, Ferro in the Dark, and Spam Allstars Saturday; and Acoustic Syndicate and Ricky Skaggs Sunday. Some artists perform multiple times. Here's the schedule for additional performers and set times.

If you can't make it to the mountains Voice of the Wetlands appears at Visulite Friday, May 13. The touring group, which Benoit banded together to draw attention to the need for preservation of Louisiana's wetlands, includes Benoit, Cyrille Neville, Anders Osborne, Johnny Vidacovich, Johnny Sansone, Waylon Thibodeaux, and Big Monk Boudreaux.

Single day tickets are $42 adult, $34 youth (ages 10 to 17). Weekend passes range from $124 youth to $174 for adults (camping included). For those non-campers only heading up for the day gates open at 4:30 p.m. Friday and at 9 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. Parking is $5. Advance tickets are a must. Tickets go off sale Wednesday, May 11 at 11:59 p.m.

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