The Indy Week is reporting that Moogfest “is looking to relocate to downtown Durham in April 2016,” according to “several independent sources” who go unnamed in the story.
As development officials continue to crunch numbers to determine Moogfest’s economic impact, the future of the event is in question, says Mike Adams, CEO of Moog Music.
Didn’t make it to Janelle Monáe’s panel at Moogfest today? Stream it live here courtesy of justin.tv.
Following a Monday, April 14 fire, local business owner Wendy Owens lost the contents of her store, R3MiX3D (remixed). Located on Merrimon Avenue, near Luella’s Bar-B-Que, the store served UNC-Asheville students as well as the North Asheville community. Owens told Xpress that she had chosen the location with the idea to create an artistic hub. […]
At Moogfest’s first big panel discussion on April 23, state and local leaders discussed the role of technology and innovation in cultivating economic development. Mike Adams, CEO of Moog Music, said the goal of the panel was to “get people thinking about economic development” in ways that are outside of the box. “It doesn’t have […]
Moogfest runs Wednesday-Sunday, April 23-27, and more than 20 locations throughout downtown Asheville. Xpress will be covering all aspects of the festival, from art and installations to economic talks and one planned protest; from yoga and pop-up shops to local showcases and big-name performers.
A major goal of this year’s retooled five-day festival, say organizers, is to synthesize innovative artistic expression and economic success. And the local musicians involved seem to be embracing those aspirations with open arms.
The band’s most recent release, Embellish, promises “warm, dreamy, danceable, electronic pop joy.” The Jellyrox is the solo project of Matt Langston from indie-pop outfit Eleventyseven; he performs as part of the local showcase at New Earth on Thursday, April 24, at 8 p.m.
Claire L. Evans is the lead singer of electro-pop group Yacht and the editor-in-chief of OMNI Reboot, the online version of OMNI science magazine. Evans will appear at the Science Fiction & the Synthesized Sound panel held in the Masonic Temple on Saturday, April 23 from 1-4 p.m. In an email interview with Xpress, Evans shared some insight on the Moog panel, the joys and complications of a being a musician and a journalist, and what the future will sound like.
“The whole line up is just great,” says Sebastian Szary of Berlin-based Moderat. “It sounds like a poem, a lot of friends, it will be a big hang-around in the dressing room area.” The group performs late-night on Friday, April 25, at Diana Wortham Theatre.
“My intention, when I create, is honest, says Eric Volta. “It’s my bond with my instruments and more importantly, it’s a projection of my soul in some ways.” He performs on Thursday, April 24 at Asheville Music Hall, as part of the No. 19 showcase.
“I had a mission in mind to share music I had heard that I knew was very hard to find in America,” says Brian Shimkovitz, creator of the blog, Awesome Tapes from Africa. “It’s been really fun to have so much support and openness for the music.” Shimkovitz performs an Awesome Tapes from Africa DJ set late-night on Thursday, April 24, as part of the Driftless showcase at Emerald Lounge.
Atlanta-based Higher Learning is “well on their way towards the outer reaches of Jupiter,” according to the band’s bio. The quartet performs on the Broadway Outdoor Stage (open to the public) on Saturday, April 26, 3 p.m.
Craig Leon, who performs at Diana Wortham Theatre on Saturday, April 26, has produced everyone from punks acts like The Ramones and Richard Hell to classical acts Pavarotti and Joshua Bell. He’ll perform his 1980 album, “Nommos,” live with a quartet from the Asheville Symphony — and he hopes to find an hour or two to listen to some bluegrass.
Sure, the Moogfest lineup is star-studded (I’m looking at you, M.I.A., Kraftwerk and Niles Rodgers). But the roster — which numbers over 100 acts just for the night program alone — includes some lesser-known gems worth discovering. This series of email interviews is culled from my personal list of interesting artists I plan to check out.
Wicked Weed Brewing teamed up with Moog Music to create a beer especially for this year’s newly reimagined Moogfest 2014, a five-day festival celebrating the intersection of music, art, innovation and technology. Here’s the press release from organizers.