Moogfest comes to town, Foogmess comes from town

Moogfest, the three-day, five-venue, 61-band blitzkrieg, is such an unprecedented and enormous event for Asheville, it seems like the festival will have to take place on top of this autumn-splendored mountain enclave. Peripheral workshops, seminars and countless parties make the festival so comprehensive we’ll have to change the name of our town to Moogville. You could say that everyone is excited. But that wouldn’t be quite accurate.

Enter Foogmess, the “local alternative to the very expensive, very not locally focused Moogfest.” Foogmess takes place across three venues, according to the event’s Facebook page: Thursday, Oct. 28, Mike’s Side Pocket; Friday, Oct. 29, Bebe Theater; and Saturday, Oct. 30 at a house, address 169 Houston St. (Montford). And with a ticket price of free, it’s certainly a cheaper night of music than Moog’s $75/day price tag (full weekend passes are sold out).

There are a few local acts on the official Moogfest program, including Rbts win, Paper Tiger, DJ Bowie and Thump. The lineup for Foogmess is entirely local, with groups like Soft Opening, Villages, sys-hex, Body of John the Baptist and more. In a perhaps unintentional, further anagrammatic twist, Foogmess has 16 acts to Moogfest’s 61.

No word yet on where to get a wristband.

See the lineup, arranged by day, below.

For more information, visit the Foogmess event page.

Soft Opening. Photo by Ben Jenks

Thursday, Oct. 28, Mike’s Side Pocket 375 Haywood Road in West Asheville:
Bird Names
Lord Scrummage
Graham Ulicny

Friday, Oct. 29, Bebe Theatre on 20 Commerce St. downtown:
Soft Opening
Body of John the Baptist
Kima + Zach Smith
Abraham Leonard

Saturday, Oct. 30, 169 Houston St. (Montford):
Jun Jun
By Any Means Necessary
One Bloody Pony
Lamb Death
little bull lee
Ghoul School


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