Lake Eden Arts Festival 2007

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The Lake Eden Arts Festival (LEAF) takes place over 3 days bi-annually in the scenic hills below Mt. Mitchell at Camp Rockmont in Black Mountain, NC. This unique mountain and lake setting is a treat for performers and festival-goers alike with four stages spread out over the 600 acre property. More than 175 bands and solo acts perform for 12,500 LEAFers per year. Selected artists will be compensated for their performances at a rate to be negotiated prior to booking.

Artists who submit will be considered for both the spring and fall festivals for that year.

The LEAF lineup is a combination of many different genres – all rooted in a particular cultural tradition. Serving up something for everyone, some of the genres we accept include Latin, African, Celtic, Middle Eastern, Asian, American “roots” music (including folk, blues, bluegrass, and Cajun), and a world of cultures in between. So far the festival has hosted more than 250 performers representing over 40 different genres.

International artists are encouraged to apply. We are extremely interested in artists who are ambassadors for their cultures, ready to enlighten and educate as well as entertain. The great music and the exhilarated crowds create a community spirit that reaches across cultural and ethnic borders.

The 2006 lineup included Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk, Cyrill Neville and Tribe 13, Martha Redbone, Maria Muldaur, Rebirth Brass Band, Toubab Krewe, The Horseflies, Crooked Still, bohola, The Greencards and New Orleans Klezmer Allstars.

Past performers include Richie Havens, Michael Franti, Los Amigos Invisibles, Kruger Brothers, Emeline Michele, Mamadou Diabate Trio, Solazo, Dervish, The Mahotella Queens, Billy Jonas, Carnavalito, Marcia Ball, Yerba Buena, Enter The Haggis, Donna the Buffalo, Le Vent du Nord, Xumantra, Samputu & Ingeli…and many, many more!

LEAF is a non-profit organization established to enhance people's lives through creative expressions, the arts, dance and music from a variety of cultures. We seek to cultivate a deeper understanding and appreciation of cultural traditions and the arts in Western North Carolina and beyond. We promote heritage preservation, multi-cultural education, community outreach, and connecting children and families to the arts. The LEAF in Schools & Streets program was developed specifically to enhance the arts in local schools and community centers. This program is dedicated to empowering youth with festive arts.