Asheville electro-music festival

KEYTAR IS KEY: New York-based artist Shane King says his project redgreenblue is "how I express my love and passion for electronic music." He performs as part of the Asheville electro-music festival. Photo courtesy of the musician

If, in past years, the Asheville electro-music festival has been overshadowed by its bigger music-fest siblings (Moogfest and Mountain Oasis), this year is a chance for the local event to shine. With the stage to itself and a weekend’s worth of music slated for the Masonic Temple, the gathering promises both live music and innovative technology, as well as workshops and demonstrations.

The festival runs Friday and Saturday, May 15 and 16, with daytime programs starting at 1 p.m. and concerts at 7 p.m. Musicians include Robert Dorschel (dynamic melodic soundtracks), Paul Vnuk Jr. (tribal ambient), Joe Belknap Wall (nontraditional sonic narratives) and The Volt Per Octaves (original electronic music), among others. Project Ruori, Michael O’Bannon and Azimuth Visuals provide live video art to accompany the concert. Workshops include “The Wavewrights: A History of Synthesis” by Marc Doty of the Bob Moog Foundation and “Time Quantization Experiments” by Howard Moscovitz, among other presentations.

Tickets are $15 per day/$25 for both days. Info at — Alli Marshall

About Alli Marshall
Alli Marshall is the arts section editor at Mountain Xpress. She's lived in Asheville for more than 20 years and loves live music, visual art, fiction and friendly dogs. Alli is the winner of the 2016 Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize and the author of the novel "How to Talk to Rockstars," published by Logosophia Books. Follow me @alli_marshall

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