Official Fest Poster

August 1st, 2019|Comments Off on Official Fest Poster

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Congratulations Kimberly Tsui – 2019 Art Contest Winner

June 20th, 2019|Comments Off on Congratulations Kimberly Tsui – 2019 Art Contest Winner

Congratulations and a great big thank you to Kimberly Tsui who brought this great offering to our first Aiken & Friends Fest Art Contest. Keep an eye out for posters, t-shirts and the like in [...]

My Central Jersey – 2019 Open Mic Contests

June 19th, 2019|Comments Off on My Central Jersey – 2019 Open Mic Contests

Raritan Valley Community College music festival looking for singer-songwriter opening acts Many thanks to Bob Makin and MyCentralJersey for this great article on our open mics, coming in September at Harper's Table (4th at 7PM) [...]

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.  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. Locations have evolved, but each has had it’s special quality that makes a great venue for this Fest.

Beginning in 2005, the Fest had a home in Smithfield, Virginia. In 2017 we began working with Mr. Alan Liddell, Arts Director of the Raritan Valley Community College in Branchburg, New Jersey. Aiken & Friends Fest – North Branch has taken root on theRVCC campus where we look forward to many years of promoting and supporting original music. Join us…

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