AIKEN & FRIENDS FEST, NORTH BRANCH
- Songwriters-in-the-Round * Fri., Sept. 22 at 7PM * $20
- Workshops * Sat., Sept. 23 from 12-1PM * $10
- Concert On the Quad * Sat., Sept 23 from 2-6PM * FREE
- Tall Tales & Troubadours * Sat., Sept. 23 at 7PM * $20
- Weekend pass (includes one workshop) $30
WHERE: The Theatre at Raritan Valley Community College, 118 Lamington Road, Branchburg
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 with Songwriters-in-the-Round, featuring Mike Aiken and two guests 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 $10 fee. 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. Food will be available throughout the afternoon and local craft vendors will be offering their wares. Fest closes with another ticketed event, Tall Tales & Troubadours, a concert by Mike Aiken. Fest will be preceded by several open mics, the winner(s) of which will be invited to open for the Saturday night concert.