LEAF announces 2012 fall lineup: Be Good Tanyas, Tony Rice Unit, Tinariwen, Mickey Hart Band & more


LEAF 2012 is October 18-21 in Black Mountain. From a press release today:

LEAF Proudly Announces Their 35th Festival Performing Arts Lineup

LEAF | Lake Eden Arts Festival is excited to announce the Performing Arts lineup for Fall LEAF 2012, taking place October 18-21, 2012 in Black Mountain, NC. Headliners for the 35th festival include The Mickey Hart Band, a global folk rock supergroup led by the percussionist of the Grateful Dead; Saharan Desert blues ensemble TinariwenThe Tony Rice Unit, led by the bluegrass guitar legend; Canadian folk songstresses The Be Good Tanyas, and New Orleans funk forefather George Porter Jr. and the Runnin’ Pardners.

Once again, LEAF’s performing arts passport will take you all over the world: the kelly green hills of Ireland [The Fighting Jamesons]; the music industry capital of Nashville, Tennessee [Darrell Scott]; the East African plateau of Uganda [Kinobe & The African Sensation]; the central Asian region of Tuva [Chirgilchin]; and right back to LEAF’s own Western NC backyard [Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band.] Combining the diversity of names and faces you’ve come to love at LEAF with a myriad of dancing [Contra, Salsa, Swing, Waltz], poetry & puppetry slams, folk art & craft exhibitions, outdoor adventure, and the LEAFlet Kid’s Village [a festival in and of itself], LEAF never ceases to offer new and exciting cultural connections.

The Fall LEAF 2012 Performing Arts Lineup:

The Mickey Hart Band  •  Tinariwen  •  The Tony Rice Unit  •  The Be Good Tanyas  •  George Porter Jr. and the Runnin’ Pardners  •  and our special Sunday festival closer, to be announced in August!

Darrell Scott  •  Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band  •  John McCutcheon  • Khris Royal & Dark Matter  •  Sol Driven Train  •  The Fighting Jamesons  •  Chirgilchin  •  Kinobe & The African Sensation  • Uncommon Time: Taiko, Tabla, Timba  •  David LaMotte w/ LEAF International Guatemala

Contra dance w/ The Great Bear Trio & Footloose  •  Late-night techno contra w/ DJ Jor-D  •  Callers Adina Gordon & Maggie Jo Saylor  • Swing dance w/ One Leg Up  •  and more dances to be announced!

Jonathan Scales Fourchestra  •  Shringara Nepal  •  Aradhna  •  The Andrew & Noah Band  •  The Brand New Life  •  The Joy Boyz  • Chuck Beattie  •  Darrell Rose  •  Unifire Theatre  •  Lemira Percussion Ensemble  •  Beatles Sing-a-Long w/ Bruce Lang  •  Brothers Harrell Donkey Tour  •  PaperHand Puppets  •  Art Farm Puppets  •  LEAF Poetry Slam w/ James Navé   •  L.S.S. Youth Poetry Slam w/ Beth McDonough & Simon Wolf  •  Puppet Slam and Puppet Showcase hosted by Madison J. Cripps and Keith Shubert of Toy Box Theatre  • 40 Fingers & A Missing Tooth  •  Professor Whizzpop!  •  Whee Ahh Faerie Kin Troupe  •  LANGO Asheville  •  German Wheel w/ Monique Cote and the Warren Wilson Wheelies  •  Balloons w/ Juan Holiday  • Sugarfoot Serenaders  •  Bhangra w/ Diana McCall and Christine Gavin •  and SO MUCH MORE to be announced, including the LEAF in Schools & Streets Resident Teaching Artists programs!

Tickets and volunteering opportunities are available through LEAF’s website [theLEAF.org] or by calling the LEAF office at 828-686-8742.Tickets are sold in advance only, so get yours today!

LEAF is a non-profit organization established to build community and enrich lives through the Arts – locally and globally – with festivals, community events, and arts in education programs. LEAF’s mission isConnecting Cultures & Creating Community Through Music & Arts. LEAF’s three branches include the twice-a-year festival, LEAF in Schools & Streets, and LEAF International.

LEAF in Schools & Streets: Empowering Youth Through Festive Arts in Our Local Community.

LEAF in Schools & Streets (LSS) is an educational outreach program matching artists with youth in schools and communities for hands-on workshops, residencies, interactive performances and mentoring that includes opportunities for youth to perform with the artists at LEAF- and beyond.

LEAF International: Empowering Youth Globally Through Cultural Music Traditions.

LEAF International (LI) empowers youth globally through musical traditions to create self-esteem, skills, connection, and community. Connecting youth to THEIR local cultural traditions with local teaching artists, local instruments and costumes.

LEAF: theLEAF.org

LEAF in Schools & Streets: LEAFinSchoolsandStreets.org.

LEAF International: LEAFInternational.org.