Leaf Festival Announces 2016 Lineup

Article Contributed by LEAF | Published on Thursday, July 7, 2016

To the dreamers, wanderers and believers of infinite possibility, LEAF is excited to unveil the lineup of performing artists for the Fall 2016 LEAF Festival, taking place October 20-23, 2016 near Asheville at the majestic Lake Eden in Black Mountain, NC. We invite you explore a ‘Carnival of Wonder’ with performances by Balkan Beat Box, Beats Antique, Squirrel Nut Zippers and many more! Be prepared for performances that will ignite your imagination with a family adventure you will remember forever. Tickets are available at www.theLEAF.org/tickets.  Children 10 years and under are FREE.

“Music, art, and culture has the power to inspire our minds, enliven our hearts, and awaken our souls. In this powerful time of global transformation, may we never forget the importance of living our creative dreams and sharing what we love with the world. For the 43rd LEAF Festival, we welcome you to experience the magic & mystery of a Carnival of Wonder!” ~ Ehren Cruz, LEAF Performing Arts Director 

After a long hiatus, the Squirrel Nut Zippers is pleased to return to the stage for their first set of tour dates since 2009 with an appearance at LEAF Festival.  2016 marks the 20th anniversary of the Squirrel Nut Zippers most celebrated and commercially successful album Hot.  Originally released in the summer of 1996, Hot sold over 1.3 million copies and inspired a renaissance in swing.  Beats Antique is making a big cross-country jaunt to promote their latest album, Shadowbox, arriving early October.  The LP features a track entitled “Killer Bees”, which is about ‘standing up against prejudices’ according BillboardThird World celebrates their 43rd Anniversary show as the LEAF Festival community gathers at Lake Eden for the 43rd time since 1995. LEAF also features long-standing traditions such as the Southern Fried Poetry SlamToybox Puppetry SlamContra, the LEAF Parade, a Unifire Theater performance - and showcases with over 600 LEAF International and LEAF Schools & Streets youth performers led by a global host of teaching artists.

43rd LEAF Festival | “Carnival of Wonder” | Oct 20-23, 2016

Balkan Beat Box | Beats Antique | Squirrel Nut Zippers,

Third World (43rd Anniversary) |  Solas  | Here Come the Mummies,

Too Many Zoos | Chali 2Na & The House Vibe | Dar Williams

Mystical Arts of Tibet | Vaud & the Villains | Leah Song of Rising Appalachia 
The Hip Abduction | Frank Solivan & The Dirty Kitchen Shel | Ranky Tanky
Zoe Jakes & Lisa Zahiya Presents: House of Tarot

Ursula Rucker | Jaden Carlson Band | The Primate Fiasco | The Screaming J’s
Arouna Diarra & The AZA Band | Dynamo | The Roamin’ Jasmine | Crystal Bright & The Silverhands

Bayou Diesel | Indigo de Sauza | Ethan Crump | Space Cowboys & Cosmic Girls | Nex & DJ Kutzu 
Paradiso & Rasamayi | Miss T’s Art V Boogie |
 Unifire Theater | Ka Amorastreya | Trillium Dance 
  Zulu Connection | Faerie Kin | Clan Destiny Circus | Nu Paradigm | Illuminera Studios 
Contra Feat: Elixir, The Coffee Zombies, DJ Jor-D, Buddy System, Lisa Greenleaf & Emily Abel
43rd LEAF Poetry Slam, 5th Toybox Puppetry Slam, 2nd Welcome to Mars Showcase, and many more…