leaf_black_mountain_may_2016The spring edition of the LEAF Festival in Black Mountain will feature Juan De Marcos & The Afro-Cuban All-Stars, Shovels & Rope, Marchfourth!, Sarah Jarosz, Fatoumata Diawara and many more. The music fest at Lake Eden is set for May 12-15. Tickets are on sale now.

Other bands and performers include Danay Suarez, DakhaBrakha, Pedrito Martinez, Cimarron, Scythia, Fruition, Kaya Project, River Whyless, M.A.K.U. Soundsystem, Nano Stern, Jon Stickley Trio, Viva La Hop and more. From the press release:

Experience “World Fusion w/Cuban Spice” May 12-15, 2016
“For the 42nd LEAF Festival, prepare to ignite your imagination and immerse your soul into the sites, sounds, sensations, and spice of Cuba! For generations, the artistry and culture of Cuba has fueled the spirit of Latin music, dance, and performance throughout the globe. Now for the first time in over 50 years, Cuba spreads its wings and prepares to descend upon the United States and into the heart of the Appalachian Mountains. From salsa, to timba, to Afro-Cuban jazz, percussion, and brass – we welcome one and all to be inspired by a world of passionate rhythm and infectious groove. And in true LEAF fashion, over 20 additional fusions of world & roots music along with dozens of family adventures, workshops, and activities will be offered for all walks of life to enjoy!”
— Ehren Cruz, Performing Arts Director

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