Norfolk, Vir. — Smithfield Music’s Aiken & Friends Fest returns to Smithfield for its 9th 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, 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, 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. Also 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.
“We’re definitely taking a turn towards more Piedmont, Delta and American Soul music this year,” observes 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’ Amy Aiken).
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)
Friday, October 3, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m, — Songwriters-in-the-Round featuring Mike Aiken, Patty Reese and Tim Buppert. Smithfield Little Theater, 210 N. Church St., Smithfield
Saturday, October 4, 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
• 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
• 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
For more information go Online to —http://www.aikenandfriendsfest.com/.