Presented by RVCC Arts
For 12 years, Aiken & Friends Fest has been coastal Virginia’s premier music festival featuring national, regional and local artists and songwriters performing genuine original music and, now, we’ve joined with Mike & Amy Aiken in opening up a north branch. This two-day mini fest kicks off Friday night at 7PM with Songwriters-in-the-Round, featuring Mike Aiken, Paul Jefferson and Ken Tizzard performing their original works and talking about their writing and what inspires them (ticketed).
Saturday begins with three concurrent, 60-minute workshops in guitar, songwriting and indie music promotion. Weekend pass holders can enroll in the class of their choice. Remaining seats will be offered for a small fee. Visit WORKSHOPS for more information.
Saturday afternoon’s events are free and open to the public. They include a music stage with 45-60 minutes sets by four artists and a pickers’ tent where locals can come together and play.
Fest closes with another ticketed event, Tall Tales & Troubadours, a concert by Mike Aiken. A singer/songwriter known for his signature blend of Americana, country and roots music, Mike Aiken is a teller of tales whose music makes you feel like you instantly know him. With five top 30 singles over the past four years in the U.S. and Europe, the songs he writes and the experiences he shares are rich with the stories of life, love and wanderlust.