Even after the Fourth of July fireworks fade from view, Asheville Music Hall will keep the show going with The Visionarium — “a July filled with projection mapping, visual performances and cutting-edge musical talent,” according to a press release. The series “aims to unite light, sound, talent and passion to create true magic” for six dates in July as part of a visual residency from TWENTYSEVEN FOLDS, a visual performance and stage design project from Rudy Zaborowski and Christina Melton.
There are over a dozen bands and artists performing as part of the series, ranging from locals like dep, Luzius Stone and Aligning Minds to Brit acts Plaid and Nightmares on Wax. The latter two shows are part of a special Warp Records showcase. In addition to the musicians, each event will feature visuals from TWENTYSEVEN FOLDS and performance art and dance from various artists.
The Visionarium series:
Thursday, July 3: Aligning Minds with Chronicles of the Landsquid and Damascus
Asheville-based electronic outfit Aligning Minds’ bass-heavy sound is “ethereal and dubby, uplifting and haunting. Their music winds its way through the imaginative souls of its listeners, offering a deep exploration of subsonic mood and emotional atmosphere.”
Chronicles of Landsquid, in addition to having a name you won’t forget, “contains global elements of anciently inspired future music and performance.” Damascus will perform the opening DJ set, mapped stage and visuals will be created by TWENTYSEVEN FOLD and performance art comes from ClanDestiny Circus and Kristi Wrolstad. Doors at 9 p.m. $8/$10.
Thursday, July 10: DEP with Luzius Stone, New Color, Starspinner
Local producer and multi-instrumentalist dep “produces his own brand of melodic electronic music using home grown samples, field recordings and an array of electronic gadgetry,” according to the artist’s bio. Luzius Stone, who recently performed as part of the Xpress Sherwood Music Series, New Color and Starspinner also perform. Doors at 9 p.m. $8/$10.
Wednesday, July 16: Nightmares On Wax with Aligning Minds and Papercraft
Nightmares on Wax is “perhaps best known in Europe for the ground-breaking ‘90s albums ‘Smokers Delight’ and ‘Carboot Soul.’” After 25 years with Warp Records, “the man behind the moniker, George Evelyn, just keeps reinventing — not in a willful Bowie way, but flowing along, going at whatever speed he fancies to wherever his ideas carry him.” Aligning Minds and Papercraft also perform. Doors at 9 p.m. $15/$20.
Thursday, July 17: Plaid with Aligning Minds and Papercraft
Plaid (pronounced like the shirt) is the London electronic music duo Andy Turner and Ed Handley. They are two of the founding members of The Black Dog, releasing their first EP in 1989 and signing to Warp Records in 1991. Aligning Minds and Papercraft return for a second night on the bill. Doors at 9 p.m. $15/$20.
Thursday, July 24: BomBassic with Peripheral, Shuhandz and more TBA
“The BomBassic musical duo creates soulful, sexy vibrations that cause the body to groove and the mind to levitate,” according to the Asheville band’s bio. “From funk, classical and jazz to glitch-hop, house, and future bass, every resonating genre is explored.” Peripheral and Shuhandz also perform. Doors at 9 p.m. $8/$10.
Thursday, July 31: Drumspyder with Splynter, DJ Story
Drumspyder headlines the Closing Night Masquerade, “originating in San Francisco’s crucible of bellydance, bass culture, and world music fusion, Drumspyder has released 3 albums worth of original music (most recently “Kytheria” on Dakini Records) and is a prolific remixer.” Asheville’s Splynter and DJ Story also perform. Doors at 9 p.m. $8/$10.