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9th Annual Smithfield Music’s Aiken & Friends Fest Line-Up Announced

9th Annual Smithfield Music’s Aiken & Friends Fest 
Line-Up Announced
Coastal Virginia Event Runs October 3 & 4; Talent, Charm & History Combine To Benefit Youth Music Education
Patty Reese

Norfolk, VA (August 19, 2014) —Smithfield Music’s Aiken & Friends Fest returns
to Smithfield, Virginia for its ninth year with an outstanding talent
lineup, one-of-a-kind educational seminars and more.  Performing at this
year’s event are Fest founder and Northwind Records’ artist Mike
Aiken,  talented singer/songwriter Tim Buppert (Trisha Yearwood, Billy
Ray Cyrus, Mike Aiken), Washington Area Music Association award-winning
entertainer Patty Reese (2009 Album of the Year, Artist of the Year, Songwriter of the Year),
Folk/Rock/Americana duo Moors & McCumber, American Soul-inspired Caleb Hawley Band, popular Piedmont stylists M.S.G. Acoustic Blues Trio, area favorites Snuff
Trio (featuring Chuck Larson, Norman Harrell & Robbie House),
Mississippi native and Southern/Soul singer/songwriter Adrian Dickey,
16-year-old sensation Evan Button, the Mike Aiken Band, and local teen
songstress Mollie Taylor.  A
lso appearing will be three songwriters who will compete for their stage slots via Fest open-mic nights scheduled for September.  Proceeds from the Fest benefit area youth music education. 

 

M.S.G. Acoustic Blues Trio
“We’re
definitely taking a turn towards more Piedmont, Delta and American Soul
music this year,” observes Mike Aiken.  “We like that Americana, Country
and Roots have a wide base and we embrace it all in our genuine
original music festival.  It’s a unique weekend experience that will be
great for all.”

 

Smithfield Music’s Aiken & Friends Fest has
become well known for its quality workshops and this year is honored to
feature acclaimed musician Rich Eckhardt (Toby Keith, Blake Shelton) as
the host of its popular Guitar Workshop.  Rounding out the educational offerings are the
Songwriting Workshop (hosted by Mike Aiken) and Indie Music Promotion (presented by Northwind Records’ executive Amy Aiken).
TICKET PRICING:
Weekend Pass $35 – all events, concerts, workshops
Songwriters-in-the-Round (Friday only) $25

Saturday All Day -Field Pass $20 advance, $25 day of show (12 & under FREE with paying adult)

COMPLETE SCHEDULE:

 
Friday, October 3, 2014   7 p.m. to 10 p.m.   (Doors open at 6 p.m.)
Smithfield Little Theater – 210 N. Church St., Smithfield, VA
Songwriters-in-the-Round concert featuring Mike Aiken, Patty Reese and Tim Buppert

Saturday, October 4, 2014  11:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

All performance times are approximate and are subject to change.


Workshops – times TBA

Indie Music Promotion
Songwriting
Guitar


River Stage

12:30-1:30 p.m. – Open Mic Winners

2:30-3:30 p.m. – Moors & McCumber

5:00-6:00 p.m. – Caleb Hawley Band

7:45-9:00 p.m. – Mike Aiken Band

 

Castle Stage

11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. – Evan Button / Mollie Taylor

1:30-2:15 p.m. – Adrian Dickey

3:45-4:45 p.m. – M.S.G. Acoustic Blues Trio

6:30-7:30 p.m. – ‘Snuff Trio’ featuring Chuck Larson, Norman Harrell & Robbie House

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