LEAF Downtown AVL ’16 announces lineup: WAR, Big Sam’s Funky Nation, Bill Myers & The Monitors, much more


Here’s the press release. Looks like fun!

Join us at LEAF Downtown AVL 2016 to celebrate music, art and culture from July 30 & 31, presenting a powerful “Soultown” theme bringing the very best soul, funk, R&B and world music talent to one and ALL – for FREE!

Get ready for a fully immersive experience, welcoming families and all walks of life to gather as one community in our beautiful mountain city. LEAF Downtown AVL will feature a wealth of community partner programming including the return of our Voices of Asheville tent, dozens of family adventures activities, three stages featuring local, regional & national talent, 80+ local culinary and craft arts vendors curated in part by Asheville Grown, roaming performers galore, a one-of-a-kind VIP experience and our second annual LEAF Art Dash 5K.

LEAF Downtown AVL first emerged onto the Asheville scene August 2015 as an expansion of the LEAF Community Arts’ mission to connect cultures and create community through music and arts. Last year, LEAF welcomed over 15,000 attendees in what we consider to be a turning point in the evolution of our organization and a powerful bridge of inclusion for our community. This summer LEAF Downtown AVL furthers its vision to celebrate creativity, diversity and familieis in the heart of Downtown Asheville with a Soultown experience unlike any other!

– Ehren Cruz, Performing Arts Director

Here is the tentative, completed lineup. All set, except waiting on the following acts to confirm:

Big Sam’s Funky Nation, Bill Myers & The Monitors, LEAF SoulTown Review, The Broadcast, Secret Agent 23 Skidoo, AJ Ghent Band, Les Amis: Featuring Members of Toubab Krewe & Zansa, The Screamin J’s, Juan Benavides Group, Laura Blackley & The Wildflowers, Welcome to Mars Presents: HoveyKraft, Matt Townsend, Sol Rhythms Band, The Blue Dragons, Old Landmarks Spiritual Revival, Dave Desmelik, Unifire Theater, Faerie Kin, Clan Destiny Circus, Asheville Buskers Collective, Asheville Community Yoga, Old Tim Jam in the Round and more.