Moogfest is an annual electronic music festival that takes place in Asheville, North Carolina towards the end of April. The festival is held in Asheville because it is the city where Robert Arthur “Bob” Moog, the inventor of the Moog synthesizer and founding father of electronic music, spent the last thirty years of his life. Moogfest is put on to honor the creativity and inventiveness that Bob Moog had spread throughout the course of his life.
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.
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 […]
It started with a stage-full of musicians, all dressed in white, except for the backup singers in their glittery dresses. Nile Rodgers and Chic performed a flawless set that also served as a parade of the hits Rodgers has crafted over the past several decades. At one point Rodgers told the audience, “Please don’t think […]
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, […]
Local soul/chill-wave/indie-rock outfit RBTS WIN, usually a duo onstage, expanded to a four-piece for an energetic and heartfelt performance as part of the Hopscotch Showcase at Emerald Lounge. Photos by Tariq Zeidan.
The panel was titled “The Nature of Creativity,” but when artists and creatives Marcia Jones, Sanford Biggers, Saul Williams and Greg Tate took the Millroom stage, it was clear that the four weren’t concerned with sticking to any one subject. Photos by Tariq Zeidan
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Hip hop legend Mix Master Mike and Grammy-winning Italian producer Giorgio Moroder played back-to-back April 25 sets at Moogfest’s free outdoor stage on Broadway Ave. Both acts drew big, enthusiastic crowds. Check out the photos by Tariq Zeidan.
Gavin Russom spent nearly four hours on Friday afternoon pushing the limits of Moog synthesizers at the Center for Craft, Creativity & Design as part of a three-day series of Immersive, Improvisatory, Durational performances. Photos by Tariq Zeidan
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 […]
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 […]