May 2013 LEAF festival lineup: Mavis Staples, Ozomatli, Abigail Washburn, more


Press release here:

LEAF is proud to announce the lineup of performing artists for the Spring 2013 LEAF Festival, taking place May 9-12, 2013 in Black Mountain, NC. Headlining the 36th festival are R&B icon Mavis Staples; urban Latino culture-mashers Ozomatli; Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band, led by the bluegrass legend; Zimbabwean maestro Oliver Mtukudzi & the Black Spirits; and Abigail Washburn, Appalachian songbird & long-time LEAF favorite. With support in part by a grant from the National Endowment of the Arts, LEAF will present an eclectic sampling of vocal traditions. From American folk, vocal jazz, and gospel traditions to Tibetan a cappella, Zimbabwean afro-pop and classical choral customs, you’ll experience a blend of voices both familiar and new.

The Spring LEAF 2013 Performing Arts Lineup:

Mavis Staples • Ozomatli • Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band • Oliver Mtukudzi & the Black Spirits • Abigail Washburn • and our Sunday festival closer, to be revealed very soon!

Solas • Papa Grows Funk • MC Yogi • Lizz Wright • Ben Sollee • Honey Island Swamp Band • Yungchen Lhamo • Dirk Powell Band with Riley Baugus • Orgone • Secret Agent 23 Skidoo

Contra with Elixir & The Mean Lids, called by Nils Fredland & Diane Silver • Late-Night Techno Contra with DJ Jor-D & caller Maggie Jo Saylor • The Broadcast • Como Mamas • Matuto • Sheila Kay Adams • Talavya • Sirens in the Round, featuring Laura Blackley, Mary Ellen Davis, Cary Fridley, Kellin Watson, and Lyric • Blue Ridge Orchestra • Unifire Theatre • Green Grass Cloggers • The Spring Chickens • WWC Old-Time String Band • Royal Kingdom of Happyland • Freewheelin MaMas • Art Farm • Toy Boat Circus Tent • Warren Wilson Gamelan Ensemble • Asheville Community Movement • Whee Ahh Faerie Kin • 40 Fingers & A Missing Tooth

LEAF Schools & Streets Resident Teaching Artists: Adama Dembele • Christine Garvin • Erinn Huntley • Gary Bradley • Imhotep • Kuumba Zuwena • Lisa Zahiya • Nina Ruffini • Santos

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

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