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NEW – Artwork Contest

April 16th, 2019|Comments Off on NEW – Artwork Contest

Design the artwork for this year's festival shirts and posters! Submission Deadline - May 31, 2019 If you or someone you know is an artist and would like to create official artwork for the 14th Annual [...]

2019 Picker’s Tent To Be Hosted By Dragonfly Music Café

April 16th, 2019|Comments Off on 2019 Picker’s Tent To Be Hosted By Dragonfly Music Café

We are excited to announce that the Dragonfly Music Café of Somerville, NJ will be hosting the pickers tent at the 2019 Aiken & Friends Music Fest - North Branch on the RVCC campus [...]

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.

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