Lineup for 7th Annual Smithfield Music’s Aiken and Friends Fest Announced

Lineup for 7th Annual Smithfield Music’s
Aiken and Friends Fest Announced
 Aiken + Friends Fest logo
Festival Founder Mike Aiken Welcomes David Olney, Elliot Lurie, Bonnie
Bishop, Susan Greenbaum and more to Smithfield, Virginia, September
Nashville, TN (August 15, 2012) — Mike Aiken, Americana/Country/Roots national recording artist and founder of Smithfield Music’s Aiken & Friends Fest,
is pleased to announce the lineup of performers for this year’s
festival which will take place on September 28-29 in Smithfield,
Virginia.  Aiken says, “We are excited to be moving the fest riverside
to Windsor Castle Park – bigger, better and just a beautiful site.  I’m
happy to be bringing in old friends and new ones – from the soulful,
bluesy Bonnie Bishop to the legendary David Olney. It will be awesome music.”
2012 Aiken & Friends Fest will kick off with a writers in-the-round
at the Smithfield Little Theatre on Friday, September 28.  Elliot
Lurie, Bonnie Bishop and Mike Aiken will perform their compelling
original songs in a unique and intimate environment that allows for
stories and casual banter in between tunes. The music continues
Saturday, September 29, on two outdoor stages with performances by the
Bonnie Bishop Band, David Olney, The Muckrakes, Susan Greenbaum,
Beaucoup Blue and the Mike Aiken Band.
festival’s educational events are always popular.  On Saturday,
September 29 at Windsor Castle Park House, three seminars take place. 
Aiken, Lurie and Bishop will host a songwriters’ workshop, master
guitarist Sam Dorsey will lead a guitar class, and Northwind Records’
President Amy Aiken and Lurie will host a Music Promotion 101 session. 
Now in its seventh year, Smithfield Music’s Aiken and Friends Fest benefits youth music education through its annual Americana/Roots festival.  A “celebration
of songwriters,” this rural small-town Virginia event introduces music
fans to national, regional and local artists in the rural Virginia
splendor along the Pagan River.  Smithfield’s very active music scene is
due to the efforts of Jim & Elaine Abicht who head Smithfield
Music, the nonprofit entity which benefits music education.  The
partnership between Mike Aiken, the Town of Smithfield and Smithfield
Music is strong, and the festival continues to grow.
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