July 8th, 2016 by Corey A. Edwards
The 2nd annual LEAF Downtown is almost here! Scheduled for July 30th and 31st, 2016 this year’s theme is “Come Get Down for SoulTown,” with soul, funk, R&B, and world beat music on the menu!
LEAF Downtown AVL is a free, summertime extension of the annual LEAF Festival at Lake Eden, brought to downtown Asheville. LEAF Downtown AVL brings three stages of live music by local, regional, and national musicians.
The three stages will be located at Asheville City Hall, the Buncombe County Courthouse, and one at the Vance Monument on Pack Square. A fourth stage, presenting youth-oriented entertainment, will be on Market Street.
This year’s lineup is headlined by WAR. Famously fronted by British rocker Eric Burdon, WAR is now led by Leroy “Lonnie” Jordan, an original member of he group. The band is known for its hits “Spill the Wine,” “The World Is a Ghetto,” “The Cisco Kid,” “Why Can’t We Be Friends?,” “Low Rider”, and “Summer”.
– 2016 LEAF Downtown AVL Lineup –
Big Sam’s Funky Nation
Bill Myers & The Monitors
The LEAF SoulTown Review
Secret Agent 23 Skidoo
John Stickley Trio
A.J. Ghent Band
Les Amis with members of Toubab Krewe and Zansa
The John Stickley Trio
The Juan Benavides Group
Laura Blackley and Wildflowers
Welcome to Mars Presents: HoveyKraft
The Sol Rhythm Band
The Blue Dragons
Old Landmark Spiritual Revival
Clan Destiny Circus
Asheville Buskers Collective
Old Tim Jam in the Round
LEAF Downtown AVL also features more than 80 food and arts & crafts vendors for unique gifts and great food. Local craft beer brewers Highland Brewing, Sierra Nevada, Pisgah Brewing, and Hi-Wire Brewing will be on hand, as well. You’ll also see roaming performers, lots of family activities, and the second annual LEAF Art Dash 5K.
Be there or be square!
2016 LEAF Downtown AVL
“Come Get Down for SoulTown“
Downtown Asheville, NC
July 30th and 31st – Saturday noon to 10pm and Sunday noon to 6pm
Lodging for LEAF Downtown
Last year’s LEAF Downtown AVL festival brought more than 15,000 visitors to Asheville’s downtown. If you’re planning to attend, I would suggest acquiring your accommodations now before it is too late! North Lodge on Oakland Bed & Breakfast offers 6 beautifully appointed guest rooms, each with its own private bath. We also provide flat screen TVs, three-course plated breakfasts, comfy cotton bathrobes, fresh baked goods each afternoon, and much more. Book your room, now at North Lodge on Oakland!