Aiken & Friends Fest

Aiken Fest logo 2013  
8th Annual Smithfield Music’s Aiken & Friends Fest To Benefit Youth Music Education
$35,000 Raised To Date

Norfolk, VA (September 10, 2013) – The 8th Annual Smithfield Music’s Aiken & Friends Fest offers
more than just great music; the event also offers fun and informative
workshops that benefit music education in Isle of Wight County,
Virginia.  A much-touted Fest feature, the annual educational
seminars offer a variety of topic choices for those who wish to learn
more about the various aspects of the music industry.  
  • Songwriters’
    workshop – hosted by singer/songwriters Mike Aiken and Austin
    Cunningham.  Format governed by attendee questions.   
  • Guitar
    seminar – taught by singer/songwriter and master guitarist Danny
    Flowers; open to players of any age and skill level.  
  • Indie Music
    Promotion – insights from Northwind Records’ President Amy Aiken on the
    various methods the Indie artist can use to advance his career.
aiken  fest presenting flutes
To date, the Fest has raised over $35,000
in donations which has funded scholarships, tutors for gifted children
and purchased band instruments.  SMITHFIELD MUSIC distributed 300 
recorder flutes to Isle of Wight elementary school students.   

Pictured from Left to Right:   Hardy Elementary School Music teacher Alison Chapman, Smithfield Music’s Jim Abicht and Principal Richard Crawford.

near and far are backing the expansion of youth music education with
continued raffle items and a steady influx of sponsors.  “
is our biggest event of the year, and we can’t wait,” notes Smithfield
Music’s Jim Abicht.  “Attendees get to hear great music in a friendly
Southern town with the bonus of raising funds for an extremely worthy
founder Mike Aiken says of the raffle items on hand, “I am really proud
of my endorsers for supporting me, the Fest and the cause by donating
such wonderful items – I’m actually envious I might not be going home
with any of these.”  Recently donated raffle items include: a
 Takamine acoustic guitar, a Wildwood acoustic guitar, two TKL guitar cases and custom Aiken & Friends Fest case artwork by Cedar Creek Custom Case Shoppe.
Current Fest sponsors include heavy-hitting national businesses as well as faithful local supporters:
97.3 FM The Eagle
AirPlay Direct
Audio, Light and Musical
Crocker Farms
Hampton Inn & Suites, Smithfield
Isle of Wight Arts League
Newport News Shipbuilding
Northwind Records
Smithfield & Isle of Wight Tourism
Smithfield Foods
Smithfield Little Theater
Smithfield Music
Takamine Guitars
TKL / Cedar Creek Custom Cases  
Wildwood Guitars
Performing this year in addition to Fest
founder and critically-acclaimed songwriter Mike Aiken are legendary
singer/songwriter/entertainer Buzz Cason  (“Everlasting Love”), Country
hitmaker and guitarist extraordinaire Danny Flowers (“Tulsa Time”),
Texas-born singer/songwriter Austin Cunningham (“I Love You This Much”),
Folk/Blues icon Mojo Collins, talented traditionalists The Hungry Monks
and Contemporary Folk phenomenon LEA. 
Friday, Oct. 4 / Full Day Festival Experience
7:30 p.m.Songwriters in the Round Concert (featuring Mike Aiken, Buzz Cason and Austin Cunningham)
Location: Smithfield Little Theater – 210 N. Church Street, Smithfield, VA 23430
Saturday, Oct. 5 / Noon – 9 p.m. – Live Performances
Location: Windsor Castle Park – 301 Jericho Road, Smithfield, VA 23430
Mojo Collins – solo (
LEA – trio (
Austin Cunningham – solo (
The Hungry Monks – band (http:/thehungrymonks/.com)
Mike Aiken Band – band (
Included in Saturday’s talent line-up will be a performance by elementary-aged school children from the Westside Advanced Guitar Club 
Weekend Pass $ 35 – all events, concerts, workshops
Songwriters in the Round (Friday only) $25
Field Pass (Saturday only) $15 advance, $20 day of
Military Field Pass (Saturday only) $10 advance, $15 day of with military ID (active and dependent)
Workshops $10
In 2005, the Isle of Wight Arts League entered into a partnership with Smithfield Music,
a venture created by Jim and Elaine Abicht, to present performances by
top tier professional musicians in the family-friendly venue, the Smithfield Little Theatre.
 Net proceeds from Smithfield Music events are donated to the school
music programs in Isle of Wight County.  As a program of the Isle of
Wight Arts League, Smithfield Music is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization,
and donations to Smithfield Music may be tax deductible.
Learn more about the Fest go HERE.

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