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9th Annual Smithfield Music's Aiken & Friends Fest 

Line-Up Announced


Coastal Virginia Event Runs October 3 & 4; Talent, Charm & History Combine To Benefit Youth Music Education


Patty Reese

Norfolk, VA (August 19, 2014) --Smithfield Music's Aiken & Friends Fest returns to Smithfield, Virginia for its ninth year with an outstanding talent lineup, one-of-a-kind educational seminars and more.  Performing at this year's event are Fest founder and Northwind Records' artist Mike Aiken,  talented singer/songwriter Tim Buppert (Trisha Yearwood, Billy Ray Cyrus, Mike Aiken), Washington Area Music Association award-winning entertainer Patty Reese (2009 Album of the Year, Artist of the Year, Songwriter of the Year), Folk/Rock/Americana duo Moors & McCumber, American Soul-inspired Caleb Hawley Band, popular Piedmont stylists M.S.G. Acoustic Blues Trio, area favorites Snuff Trio (featuring Chuck Larson, Norman Harrell & Robbie House), Mississippi native and Southern/Soul singer/songwriter Adrian Dickey, 16-year-old sensation Evan Button, the Mike Aiken Band, and local teen songstress Mollie Taylor.  Also appearing will be three songwriters who will compete for their stage slots via Fest open-mic nights scheduled for September.  Proceeds from the Fest benefit area youth music education. 


M.S.G. Acoustic Blues Trio
"We're definitely taking a turn towards more Piedmont, Delta and American Soul music this year," observes Mike Aiken.  "We like that Americana, Country and Roots have a wide base and we embrace it all in our genuine original music festival.  It's a unique weekend experience that will be great for all."


Smithfield Music's Aiken & Friends Fest has become well known for its quality workshops and this year is honored to feature acclaimed musician Rich Eckhardt (Toby Keith, Blake Shelton) as the host of its popular Guitar Workshop.  Rounding out the educational offerings are the Songwriting Workshop (hosted by Mike Aiken) and Indie Music Promotion (presented by Northwind Records' executive Amy Aiken).



Weekend Pass $35 - all events, concerts, workshops

Songwriters-in-the-Round (Friday only) $25

Saturday All Day -Field Pass $20 advance, $25 day of show (12 & under FREE with paying adult)



Friday, October 3, 2014   7 p.m. to 10 p.m.   (Doors open at 6 p.m.)

Smithfield Little Theater - 210 N. Church St., Smithfield, VA

Songwriters-in-the-Round concert featuring Mike Aiken, Patty Reese and Tim Buppert


Saturday, October 4, 2014  11:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

All performance times are approximate and are subject to change.

Workshops - times TBA

Indie Music Promotion

River Stage

12:30-1:30 p.m. - Open Mic Winners

2:30-3:30 p.m. - Moors & McCumber

5:00-6:00 p.m. - Caleb Hawley Band

7:45-9:00 p.m. - Mike Aiken Band


Castle Stage

11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. - Evan Button / Mollie Taylor

1:30-2:15 p.m. - Adrian Dickey

3:45-4:45 p.m. - M.S.G. Acoustic Blues Trio

6:30-7:30 p.m. - 'Snuff Trio' featuring Chuck Larson, Norman Harrell & Robbie House


For more information on the Fest


Smithfield Music's 
Aiken & Friends
Fest is sponsored by Northwind Records,
Smithfield/Isle of Wight Tourism , Smithfield Foods, Smithfield Music, and Smithfield Little Theatre.  Smithfield Music's Jim Abicht notes, "This year is shaping up to be one of the best ever.  Great music and informative workshops all benefit our area youth music education.  We are proud to be a part of this great endeavor and thank Mike and Amy for all of their hard work."  


Mike Aiken is a renowned entertainer who has toured the U.S. and abroad extensively.  His current CD, CAPTAINS & COWBOYS (Northwind Records), is his sixth studio project and was co-produced by Aiken, Dan Baird (Georgia Satellites) and Ben Strano (Jack Sundrud/Poco).  Mike's latest single, "Your Memory Wins," was released to Country radio earlier this month, while the contest for his previous single/video, "Put A Sail On It," continues into the fall.   





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