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Check out these couple articles about LAAFF in Bold Life and the Laurel of Asheville.

Arch-itects of Sound

AUGUST 25, 2010 www.boldlife.com


Bele Chere is bigger, but LAAFF may be better.

The Lexington Avenue Arts and Fun Fest, sponsored by Arts 2 People, is more distinctively Asheville. Local artists and artisans get to shine, and stages welcome the area’s more interesting musical acts, like The Archrivals, fronted by keyboardist/vocalist Chuck Lichtenberger. Lichtenberger delivers engaging, provocative pop in his alter-ego role as the party-leading Archrival, retro-hoopster sporting Afro and shades, 6th man off the bench for the Dominican Republic National Team.

Lichtenberger is best known from his work with indie-rockers Stephanie’s Id. The Archrivals’ self-titled debut CD will explain a lot about the Id’s sound. “It’s been brewing for a long time,” Lichtenberger says. “We focus a lot of our energy on Stephanie’s Id. When it’s time to do it, we do it. With The Archrivals, it’s like we do it when we can. It’s going to be a little different now, I think.”

READ the FULL ARTICLE HERE: http://www.boldlife.com/gyrobase/Content?oid=oid%3A15650

and here is the Laurel of Asheville article:  Click here and go to page 25 to see it online:

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Photo by Frank Merenda

We are super pumped that the Lexington Ave Arts and Fun Festival is THIS Sunday, September 5th!  Here are excerpts of a great writeup on the LAAFF Kids Universe this year by Edgy Mama with the Mountain Xpress

Edgy Mama: LAAFFing with kids

It’s time again for that funkiest and most family-friendly of Asheville street fests: the Lexington Avenue Arts & Fun Festival, coming to that once raffish downtown area often referred to as Lex this Sunday, Sept. 5.

There again will be a multi-tented kids’ area based in the parking lot between Downtown Books & News and Heiwa Japanese Restaurant. For the first time this year, Kids Universe, as it’s been dubbed, is being organized and run by the Asheville-based Earth Fare supermarkets.

“We have this mission to eliminate childhood obesity in the areas we serve,” says Jennifer Brewer, community relations coordinator for the Asheville Earth Fare stores. “LAAFF is great for us, because we like to really interact with kids and the community.”

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Kids Universe will be the scene of plenty of creative activities to keep the young‘uns busy. Stuff like mural painting, a maracas-making workshop and creating tie-dyed butterflies out of coffee filters.

Kids of all ages are invited to participate throughout the festival, which will run from 11 a.m. until 9 p.m. (there’s no school most places the next day, so kids can stay out late).

Of course, fitting with the mission, there will be healthy nutritional activities. In addition, there will be story telling sessions and face painting. I assume there will be hula-hoops, because no Asheville festival could possibly be complete without hoops.

As always, costumes for all ages are encouraged at LAAFF. In fact, I hear there will be a circus parade culminating in an actual wedding during the evening (not a sanctioned event, but fun for the kids nonetheless).

You’ve heard this from me before, but here’s your packing list if you’re taking kids to a street festival: sunscreen, ball caps, water bottles, snacks (major $ saver), a couple of bandannas (when you’re desperate for a tissue/hand wipe/napkin), hand sanitizer and a permanent marker.

Most of these items are self-explanatory. The least obvious, but most important, is the permanent marker. Even if your kids know your cell phone number by heart, the moment they wander off in the crowd and can’t find you, all relevant identification information will dissipate from their anxious brains. Of course, this is assuming that your kids are either too young to have their own cells or have mean parents like me who think being lost for a few minutes at LAAFF is preferable to exposing their growing brains to unnecessary radiation.

Anyway, I use the permanent marker to temporarily tattoo my cell phone number on the inside of my kids’ arms. If they get lost, I tell them to find someone who looks like a mom and ask her to call the number. At LAAFF, anyone in a fairy costume will do as well.

READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE: http://www.jambands.com/the-loop/2010/08/25/the-best-festival-you-ve-never-heard-of/

Photo by Dreamspider Publicity

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You can register to volunteer through this link

Now Scheduling Volunteers for LAAFF 2010

September 5, 2010 11am-9pm

There are several opportunities to volunteer… Perks include free t-shirt, drink tickets and invitation to the volunteer appreciation party!

*Beer and Wine


*Set up (shift begins at 7:30)

*Break Down

*Information Booth

*Merchandise Booth

*Barricade Watch

Volunteer shifts are as follows…

Early shift- 11am-3pm (check in at 10:45)

Mid Shift 3pm-6pm (check in at 2:45)

Late Shift 6pm-9:30 breakdown(check in at 5:45)

First time volunteers are welcome…Sign up with a Friend!

Please send your first three requests of WHICH JOB and WHICH SHIFT! We will be scheduling on a first response basis, so please respond to volunteerwithLAAFF@hotmail.com or the registration form as soon as possible!

Feel free to email with questions. I will personally respond to each email with schedule confirmation!

Thank you so much for helping put on the best LOCAL festival in NC!

— Erin Walker


registration form

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Derrick Johnson from the Asheville Horns. Photo by Frank Merenda

Check out Sunday’s Article in the Asheville Citizen Times announcing the 2010 LAAFF band line-up:

by Carol Motsinger • August 15, 2010

ASHEVILLE — The Lexington Avenue Arts and Fun Festival is the only event in town where the roster of performing acts doubles as a volunteer list.

The more than 30 acts that are part of the ninth annual LAAFF all donate their time, said entertainment director, Erin Scholze. The free downtown festival is planned for 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sept. 5 and is a fundraiser for Arts2People, a nonprofit promoting local arts.

The process for making the schedule is as-everything-goes as the rest of the popular street event that celebrates all things fringe. “I have kept a huge list of Asheville performers who have expressed interest in the festival or ones that people have expressed interest in” having at LAAFF, Scholze said.

They contact these acts and respond to those who contact the organizers, always hoping to get some fresh acts onto the diverse schedule spanning three stages, two courtyard areas and one venue on wheels: the LaZoom tour bus.

The official musical acts will be joined by the buskers and other street performers who always add some unpredictable flair to the festival’s footprint, Scholze said.

The roster this year is as large as it normally is, and this year marks the second time the LaZoom tour bus has been a traveling show at the event. The festival has grown throughout the years, with only two stages needed to host the acts the first year, Scholze said.

“It almost feels like this huge community block party and everyone wants to be part of it,” she said. “It’s a way for everyone to express our creativity.”

These performing groups will be joined by the rest of the fest’s quirky programming, including more than 80 art vendors, local food and beer, kid’s area and bike jousting.

READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE AND SEE THE FULL LINEUP: http://www.citizen-times.com/article/20100815/LIVING/308150036/1311/ADVERTISING

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Design Contests:

Design the official t-shirt for LAAFF (Lexington Ave. Arts & Fun Fest)


Enter the Arts City Asheville Contest



Creative Allies is a proud sponsor of the Lexington Avenue Arts & Fun Festival (LAAFF) that takes place Sunday, September 5th, Labor Day weekend in Asheville, NC. The 9th annual grassroots event is a FREE end-of-summer celebration of Asheville’s artistic and musical communities and is brought to you by Arts2People. LAAFF fills three blocks of North Lexington Avenue in downtown Asheville with all local art, food, beer, music, street performers, and random acts of creativity. LAAFF has become the showcase event for all types of talent on multiple stages and performance areas including musicians, African drummers, clowns, magicians, contortionists, belly dancers, modern dancers, vaudeville actors, hula-hoopers, and more.

The festival is looking for official t-shirt designs that showcase the unique nature of LAAFF. You can check out the LAAFF website and photo galleries for inspiration but let your creativity run wild! Just be sure to include the text “2010 Lexington Avenue Arts & Fun Festival” in your design.

The winning Ally will receive a $250 licensing fee plus a LAAFF prize pack including your t-shirt! Submit your entry by August 25th.
Be creative! Let your freak flag fly!

Link to look at and upload designs: http://creativeallies.com/design-contest/110-Design-the-official-t-shirt-for-LAAFF-Lexington-Ave-Arts-Fun-Fest-?utm_source=CreativeAllies&utm_medium=Billboard&utm_campaign=LAAFFTShirt





Creative Allies is pleased to celebrate cities with a flourishing art scene. Our first “Art City” award goes to our hometown of Asheville, NC. To recognize Asheville as Art City 2010, creativeallies.com is launching a contest to showcase art inspired by the theme Art City. Artist, painters and illustrators can upload original artwork to creativeallies.com. 12 submissions will be showcased at a gallery at the annual Lexington Avenue Arts & Fun Festival in Asheville, NC Sunday, September 5th on Labor Day weekend.

Art submissions should be creative.  Feel free to use the generic concept of Art City or use Asheville’s legacy as an arts, crafts, music, storytelling, creativity and cultural hub as the inspiration for your submissions.  All art should have the words “Art City Asheville” included in the entry.

Two submissions will receive an Art City Design Award from Creative Allies. One of the awards will be presented to an artist from Asheville and the second award for the best of show.

Anyone from anywhere in the world can submit Ally Art for display in the gallery. Submit your entries by August 25th.  Selected submissions will also be available for sale in the online Art Store.

Click Here to enter your “Art City Asheville” design: http://creativeallies.com/design-contest/111-ENTER-THE-ART-CITY-ORIGINAL-ART-CONTEST?utm_source=CreativeAllies&utm_medium=Billboard&utm_campaign=ArtCityContest

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The 9th Annual Lexington Ave Arts and Fun Festival

Lexington Ave – Downtown Asheville

Sunday, September 5th, 2010


~ All Local ~ All Original ~

LAAFF on the Web:


LAAFF is a fundraiser for Arts2People http://www.arts2people.org

Join us in the annual end-of-summer celebration of Asheville’s artistic and musical communities joining together. Local food and beer, kid’s area, bike jousting, multiple musical stages and performance areas, interactive arts, and much much more!!!

Greenlife Electric Stage
Asheville Vaudeville
Asheville Hoops Troupe
Boom Chix
Asheville Horns w/ special guests
Kovacs and the Polar Bear
Lisa Zahiya Hip Hop & Bhangra
Paper Tiger
Peggy Ratusz & Daddy LongLegs
Woody Pines

Mountain Xpress Walnut Stage
Belle Afrique
Death of Analog
If You Wannas
Asheville Dance Revolution
Kuumba & Friends
Moving Temple
Ol’ Hoopty
Screaming Jays
The Flaming Azaleas
Uncle Mountain
Underhill Rose
Unifire Firedancers
Virginia Daredevils

BOBO Stage
Bliss Dub
DJ Candice B
Natty Queen
Sky Lake
The Critters

LaZoom Bus Traveling Stage
Asheville Playback Theatre
Chelsea Lynn Labate
Matt Williams
Pond Brothers
The Feral Chihuahuas Sketch Comedy

Shady Grove Courtyard:
Taylor Martin’s Engine & Friends 1-4pm
Live Local Bluegrass hosted by Deb Ryder 4-7pm

Jenny Juice’s Songwriter Lounge 1-8pm in the Brownstone Courtyard

“Bike Jousting/Big Wheels For Big Kids” Presented by 98.1 The River

Miss Kitty’s Interactive Arts Area” Presented by Fly JBA

EarthFare Kid’s Universe

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Sunday, September 5, 2010
Labor Day Weekend
All Local ~ All Original

11am – 9pm
~ FREE and Kid Friendly~
North Lexington Ave.
Asheville, NC 28801

Join us in the annual FREE end-of-summer celebration of Asheville’s artistic and musical communities, The Lexington Ave Arts and Fun Festival. LAAFF is entering our 9th year of filling three blocks of N. Lexington Ave in downtown with all local art, food, beer, music, street performers, and random acts of creativity. LAAFF takes place on Sunday, September 5th, 2010.

LAAFF has become the showcase event for all types of talent on multiple stages and performance areas including rock and roll, indie pop, funk, folk, reggae, world beats, singer-songwriters, bluegrass, old time, African drummers, clowns, magicians, contortionists, belly dancers, modern dancers, vaudeville actors, break dancers, hula hoopers, and more. LAAFF has grown over the years to become known as Asheville’s largest independent street festival with upwards of 15,000 in attendance.

LAAFF is an experience the whole family can get into. Kids will love making art, dancing, getting their faces painted and having fun all day long. Kids are also in on the act showing off their breakdancing, parading, and making music. The big “kids” will enjoy the ever popular bicycle jousting, local brews provided by the Asheville Brewers Alliance, an eclectic culinary and artistic experience, as well as the new big people game: Big Wheels for Big Kids. There will be lots of fun new vendors as well as old favorites with a ton of variety.

Created specifically for LAAFF by Co-Founder Michael Mooney, LAAFF’s ever popular Bicycle Jousting is always a mainstay attraction! This is a fun and safe bike joust where contestants are armored up with foam and helmets. The sit upon bike with banana seats and wheel with elliptical hubs which make the bike bounce up and down like riding on a horse. Each contestant holds a long pole with a boxing glove on the end..If they can reach each other they try and joust the other off the bike. It is extremely fun to watch and a great activity that Michael created as an event at LAAFF. To see the gear in advance go to Pack Place’s Front Gallery… will you dare to ride?

LaZoom Tour Bus hosts a rolling LAAFF theatre for the day! If you just want to enjoy an easy going ride… LaZoom has traveling sideshows with a variety of acts (Including kids acts and adult only acts) throughout the day in 40 minute loops around Asheville. This is set up as an affordable way to fund-raise at LAAFF with extra entertainment to the festival.

Various arts schools and organizations have in the past teamed up to create the LAAFF Kids area. There is always face painting and a chill out zone for parents with babies who may need to sit down and relax, breastfeed, or change a diaper.

As part of an ongoing commitment to improve and expand the role of the Lexington Avenue Arts Festival in the community, greening efforts and more emphasis on environmental issues will continue to increase. The core principle of being an all local event has been a foundation of the festival’s efforts to support local artists, musicians, restaurants, and non-profits. For instance, using water sales as a way for local non-profits to raise funds and involving the Asheville On Bikes organization to host a bike corral, encouraging participants in the festival to ride bikes, use public transportation, and carpool to limit their impact. Reducing waste has always been an important goal, and last year composting was added to the recycling and reuse efforts. Many of the food and beverage vendors are now using compostable cups and utensils. The festival will continue to include local non-profits, especially environmental and arts organizations and hopefully will showcase renewable energy in LAAFF’s to come. For more info email greening@lexfestasheville.com.

LAAFF also has a great merchandise area with LAAFF T-shirts, water bottles, and performer merchandise. 100% of performer merch proceeds goes back to the bands themselves. There is also a silent auction to raise fund for Arts 2 People of which some donated items are available to see on our “silent auction” page of this website. We accepting items up through the morning of the festival each year. Email vending@lexfestasheville.com if you would like to donate or be a vendor at the event.

LAAFF relies on community support to ensure our success each year. LAAFF is a volunteer driven event, with a core staff, put on by and for the community. Your tax-deductible contribution ensures the ongoing successes of this much anticipated yearly Asheville celebration. LAAFF is a project of 501(c)3 non-profit Arts 2 People.

To get involved email director@lexfestasheville.com for info on how to plug in. For publicity inquiries please email dreamspider@gmail.com.

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