Nile Rodgers and his band, CHIC, were among headlining acts at the 2014 Moogfest. Photo by David J. Simchock.

In photos: CHIC with Nile Rogers

Nile Rogers and his band CHIC have written, produced and performed some of the greatest pop hits of all time. “Please don’t think we’re a cover band,” Niles said of their set in Thomas Wolfe on Saturday. “They’re all songs I wrote in the first place!” Photographer David J. Simchock captured the show for Xpress.

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Buskers School Dance at Moogfest

As the free stage raged on Sunday afternoon, Philadelphia-based duo School Dance performed a lushly introspective set on a street corner. Sam Tremble and Allison Lorenzen create dream-pop noir with an array of instruments. Set up on Walnut Street, he played a xylophone and small drum kit; she had two keyboards set up on a […]

Photo by Tariq Zeidan

Marley Carroll at Emerald Lounge

It’s a hard spot to be in: Playing a set at the same time the festival headliner goes on stage. In the case of local producer/DJ/singer-songwriter Marley Carroll, he was up against none other than M.I.A. In fact, the Hopscotch Showcase at Emerald Lounge (on whose roster Carroll performed) cleared out immediately after RBTS WIN, […]


In photos: Kraftwerk in 3-D

German electronic band Kraftwerk formed in 1970. And, while the band’s show felt distinctly retro, it was hard not to get caught up in the dancey beats, campy lyrics and throw-back fun. Add to that the element of 3-D (complete with glasses), and the music was matched by over-the-top visuals of robots, trippy cityscapes, flashing […]


Higher Learning on the Broadway stage

My first thought at hearing Atlanta-based instrumental outfit Higher Learning was that they reminded me of Moogfest alums Sonmi — melodic, driving and cinematic, but without the snap and menace of Dave Mathes’s drumming. Higher Learning’s beat is more funky, even if just incrementally so. The first Saturday performance on the free, outdoor stage, Higher […]

Megan Mulhearn creating vocal loops through her violin.

Colliderfest at Emerald Lounge

One of many free events taking place as part of Moogfest, Colliderfest was held at Emerald Lounge from 3p.m. to midnight on Friday. It included music, installations and climate data from local groups. Walking from the springlike outdoors into the cavelike interior of Emerald Lounge was like journeying into another world. And depending on what time […]

Moog Yogis

Proof that downward facing dog and synthesizers were made for one another, a roomful of mid-morning stretchers started off Moogfest with an invigorating hour of Moog Yoga at Biltmore Avenue‘s Go Yoga. What makes the class Moog Yoga is the playlist of chillwave instrumental tunes hand selected by Moog Music. I didn’t recognize any of […]

Volunteers: the glue of Moogfest

One of the reasons Moogfest can offer so many different components spread throughout downtown Asheville is its volunteer force.  These individuals are all over the place, doing everything from making sure venues are stocked with the festival guide to informing guests about hi-tech installations. Among them is Megan Taylor, who moved to Weaverville from Philadelphia […]