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Aiken & Friends Fest, North Branch
Songwriters-in-the-Round • Fri., Sept. 21 at 7PM • $20
Workshops • Sat., Sept. 22 from 12-1PM • $10
Concert On the Quad • Sat., Sept 22 from 2-6PM •
FREE
Tall Tales & Troubadours • Sat., Sept. 22 at 7PM • $20
Weekend pass (includes one class) $30
For 13 years, Aiken & Friends Fest has been coastal Virginia’s premier music festival featuring national, regional and local artists and songwriters performing genuine original music. Now, we’ve joined with Mike & Amy Aiken in opening up a north branch.

The three-day event will feature a number of different musical shows
by Mike Aiken, as well as other solo artists and groups, starting with a
residency activity, Blues Evolution, at 1:00pm on Thursday, September 20, with the M.S.G. Acoustic Blues Trio, discussing the evolution of the Piedmont Blues style, how it reflected life at that time and how it has influenced music styles since. MSG will perform a few songs along with a Q&A session.The conversation will be facilitated by Roger Shutack, an adjunct in History at RVCC.

The Fest continues Friday night with Songwriters-in-the-Round, featuring Mike Aiken, Sally Jaye and Brian Ashley Jones performing their original works and talking about their writing and what inspires them (ticketed). The trio most recently did this program on the In the Round series at The Bluebird Café in Nashville.

Saturday begins at noon with three concurrent, 60-minute workshops in guitar (Brian Ashley Jones), songwriting (Mike Aiken) and indie music promotion (Amy Aiken). Weekend pass holders can enroll in the class of their choice. Remaining seats will be offered for a $10 fee.

Saturday afternoon’s events are free and open to the public and this year are offered as a Community Day in Celebration of RVCC's 50th Anniversary. They include Concert on the Quad, a music stage with sets by Jo Stones & Phil Swanson, MSG Acoustic Blues Trio, Banjo Nickaru & Western Scooches, and Session Americana. Also included will be a drop-in Pickers Tent where local musicians are invited to play together and some organized activities for the kids. Food will be available for purchase throughout the afternoon and local craft vendors will be offering their wares. And, as part of Community Day, the Planetarium will offer free laser shows, the college art gallery will be open, and RVCC Cosmetology students will be giving free hand and arm massages.

Fest closes with another ticketed event, Tall Tales & Troubadours, a concert by Mike Aiken. Leading up to Fest, we have had two open mics, the winners of which, Benjamin Damiano & Macheis Wind have been invited to open for the Saturday night concert.

 
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