Downtown Asheville transforms into an oasis this weekend. That is, if your idea of a watering hole includes 50-plus electronic-music acts spanning multiple genres and generations. Along with eight venues, afterparties, panel discussions, interactive installations and several thousand of your closest friends. And that's exactly what this weekend's inaugural Mountain Oasis Electronic Music Summit has in the works.
Sure, Asheville's city center is small and fairly easy to navigate, but the festival's heady schedule is another story. It's action-packed, with hidden gems at every turn. Here's a don't-miss: Local artists Joti Marra, Gus Cutty, Andy Herod and Gabriel Shaffer present Sound & Vision, musical works paired with visual art. The exhibition shows throughout the weekend at The Apothecary (39 S. Market St.) with a reception on Saturday from 3-6 p.m.
While we can't tell you what combination of performances will maximize your personal Oasis nirvana, we can tell you where to fuel up on peanut-butter tofu (see our interactive Mountain Oasisland board game), how King Britt spends his downtime in Asheville and what spooked-out Halloween songs are topping performers' playlists. Read on:
• Electric company: A look at some of the festival's most innovative collaborations
• Mountain Oasisland: Custom board game with insider tips and festival schedule
• One king, two kingdoms: An interview with producer/DJ King Britt
• Local Oasis: Asheville band showcases and afterparties
• Sound check: Q&As with Mountain Oasis artists