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400 Performers on 6 Stages at LEAF


Asheville-based, bluesy classic rock-styled The Broadcast loom as the most special treat of all. They play on all three main festival days. They are in Eden Hall 9:15 p.m. Friday, Oct. 20, then Saturday 11:40 a.m. with Leaf Schools & Streets (LSS). Sunday at 12:45 p.m., The Broadcast takes the lakeside, main stage under a huge tent to deliver hard-driving rhythms and powerful Grace Slick/Grace Potter-like vocals.

The rising band has recorded in Los Angeles, aired on NPR’s World Cafe, won local video awards, toured throughout this decade, and last weekend played near Atlanta in the Georgia Rhythm & Roots Festival. The lineup includes singer Caitlin Krisko, lead guitarist Aaron Austin, bassist Michael W. Davis and percussionist Tyler Housholder.

Other Eden acts that Friday reflect LEAF’s cultural and stylistic diversity — a Colombian folk-hip hop band, Estonian progressive folk act, down-tempo electronic Numatik, then Khruangbin billed as Sixties Thai funk going to 2:30 a.m. Eden’s indoor slate starts at 5:30 p.m., with hot jazz of local Sparrow and her Wingmen led by singer Sparrow Pants.

Lakeside main stage acts include gypsy folk Elephant and funky Nik West on Friday night; Americana “phenom” Sierra Hull, Brooklyn power funk Turkuaz and classic rockers Los Lobos on Saturday; and Toots & The Maytals with reggae as the closer Sunday 4:30-6 p.m.

Tex-Mex rockers Los Lobos (Spanish for “The Wolves”) began in East Los Angeles in 1973. Fourteen years later in 1987, they surged to the top of the pop charts with their hit “La Bamba.” The song covered Ritchie Valens’ hit of 1958, which adapted a folk song from the Mexican state of Veracruz. Los Lobos is known for guitar jams live.

LEAF Performing Arts Dir. Ehren Cruz booked more than 400 performers, who will be on six stages. Healing arts and earth skills workshops are held atop a hill. There are more than 80 healing, arts and food vendors near the main stage, by the lake. LEAF also has eight family adventure villages and miles of hiking trails, for fun for people of various generations as the weather cools and leaves fall.

LEAF organizers are acutely aware of various tragedies such as recent hurricanes and now the mass murder of 58 people (with 12 more in critical condition) in Las Vegas this past weekend.

“We send our love and sincere well wishes to all of our affected LEAF community and beyond,” LEAF founder and Ex. Dir. Jennifer Pickering said of storm-ravaged areas. “We share our heartfelt condolences to those who have lost family and sanctuary as a result of this tragedy, and offer a welcoming space for all during this time of rebuilding and recovery.”

LEAF has sent disaster relief crews starting a dozen years ago, to the New Orleans area after Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

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