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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