The music festival extends beyond the scope of its three-day lineup with a number of smaller-venue showcases, featuring local and regional acts. Shows at The Emerald Lounge, The Mill Room and The LAB are open to both passholders and non-passholders, which means even if you don’t want to shell out for a Mountain Oasis ticket, you can still see a full weekend’s worth of electronic music. Just note: The cover is different at each venue.
The Emerald Lounge (112 N. Lexington Ave.) is a cozy, chandelier-bedecked listening room, but don’t expect the sonic offerings to be staid or formal. Ten bands in two days will span from chillwave to energetic experimental sounds. Free for all Mountain Oasis weekend passholders (single-day ticket holders get in free for the same day as their ticket), $10 general admission.
Friday: The Jellyrox (indie-pop), 9-9:45 p.m.; We Roll Like Madmen (synth-pop), 10-10:45 p.m.; Paper Tiger (chillwave), 11-11:45 p.m.; RBTS Win (electro-soul), midnight-12:45 a.m.; Hi Alta (experimental-electronic), 1-1:45 a.m.
Saturday: Moving Temple (experimental), 9-9:45 pm.; Splynter (electronic fusion), 10-10:45 p.m.; Futexture (IDM), 11-11:45 p.m.; Aligning Minds (emotional electronica), midnight-12:45 a.m.; Marley Carroll (DJ, producer, composer), 1-1:45 a.m.
The Mill Room (66 Ashland Ave.) is one of Asheville’s newest venues and event spaces. Modern, spacious and fronted by an urban courtyard, it plays host to a kickoff party on Thursday, Oct. 24, followed by late-night DJ sets on Friday and Saturday. $10 for Mountain Oasis weekend pass and single-day ticket holders, $15 general admission.
Thursday: Wham Bam Bowie Band (David Bowie tribute), 9:30 p.m.
Friday: DJ Kipper, midnight-4 a.m.; Saturday: DJ Set by Molly Parti, midnight-4 a.m.
The LAB (39 N. Lexington Ave.) is a three-in-one: eatery, brewery and venue. The listening room, located at the back of the restaurant, is a cool, dark cave with its own bar and stellar sound system. $5 for Mountain Oasis weekend passholders, $10 for the public.
Saturday: Free Radio (hip-hop) with Secret B-Sides (soul), 10 p.m.