Story – Evolution of A Grassroots Fest
A few words from Mike Aiken about how the Aiken & Friends Fest came to be…
“It is the fantastic result of looking for an area to host an Americana/Acoustic sort of festival. It started with my desire to start a low-key music festival that would feature mostly Americana and acoustic music… from sea chanteys to bluegrass, blues to singer/songwriter. Geographically the area had to be accessible by and have accommodations for boats, motorcycles, RVs, camping, B&Bs etc. Adding boats to the criteria (as I live on one) narrowed the options. The location also needed to have a good vibe of it’s own. So as I’ve traveled and toured I’ve kept my eyes and ears open for the right locale.
For the past twelve years, the Fest had a home in Smithfield, Virginia. In 2017 we added a new Fest location in Branchburg, New Jersey. Aiken & Friends Fest – North Branch will take root on the Community College campus of RVCC – Branchburg, NJ. Under the guidance of Arts Director, Alan Liddell, we look forward to many years continuing to support and promote original music.