Over the past fifteen years, the French Broad River Festival (FBRF) has grown significantly and donated over $100,000 to designated charities during those years. Highlighting our first event was a raft race from Walnut to Hot Springs, NC on the French Broad, which has been a major focus since the festival’s inception. For the past five years, we have had the French Broad River Festival Bike Race, a SORBA and Asheville on Bikes supported event. Over the years, the FBRF has also featured such national recording artists as Jennifer Nettles (Sugarland), Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real, Reverend Horton Heat, Acoustic Syndicate, Rosie Ledett, Larry Keel, Blueground Undergrass, MOFRO, Toubab Krewe, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Southern Culture on the Skids, The Gourds, Drew Emmitt Band as well as many other great local and regional musicians. Last year, the festival sustained 3000 people from the year before; folks came from as far away as Colorado, Oregon, and Minnesota. We hope that our 2013 FBRF will be our best festival to date, with more people, more stages, more events, vendors and generous sponsors. Confirmed bands for the 2013 event include Langhorne Slim and the Law, Colonel Bruce Hampton, Jeff Sipe Group, Sol Driven Train , Snake Oil Medicine Show, David Gans, Yarn, The Mosier Brothers plus many others to come. Last year, we had 25 bands in all. This year we will have at least that many featured on 3 stages.
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featuring Langhorne Slim, Col. Bruce Hampton and The Realms of Ventilation, Sol Driven Train, Jeff Sipe Group, Marley Carroll, Yarn, Snake Oil Medicine Show, The Mosier Brothers