moogfest Archive

Best of 2014: Concerts

One of the many pleasures associated with living in the small mountain city of Asheville NC is access to great live music. I grew up in the 70s and 80s in Atlanta, where going to a concert often meant traveling to a sports arena, and watching the tiny performers from the nosebleed seats (where you’d

Art is Long, Car Rides are Short: The Keith Emerson Interview

At age 69, keyboard legend and virtuoso Keith Emerson has slowed down his pace, but ever so slightly. He no longer tours on a level commensurate with his 70s work in Emerson, Lake and Palmer. In fact, his recent performance at Moogfest 2014 here in Asheville was a one-off show, not part of any tour.

Review: Moogfest 2014 (Part One)

Moogfest 2014 was indeed quite a different creature than its immediate predecessors. In both its focus and attitude, the five-day music/arts/technology event in Asheville NC was closer to the spirit of the original Moogfest, a smallish event held in New York City. Of course the festival’s namesake, pioneering innovator Dr. Robert A. Moog – the

Moogfest Preview: The Volt Per Octaves

The original idea for Moogfest came about while Dr. R.A. Moog (“Bob” to everyone who knew him and many who didn’t) was still among the living. Originally a smallish New York City-based event, it was initiated to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the company that bore the man’s name. Moog Music had been at the

Preview: Moogfest 2014

When the first Moogfest took place (2004) it was a smallish event in New York City, and its namesake – Dr. R.A. Moog – was still alive. The festival focused on the synthesizer technology pioneered by Bob Moog and others, and featured Keith Emerson, Rick Wakeman, Bernie Worrell and other synth luminaries closely associated with

Moogfest 2012 Recap, Part 4

The Magnetic Fields On one level, the selection of The Magnetic Fields was an odd choice for Moogfest. The group’s music has mutated through a variety of approaches and styles over their 20-plus year history. And according to the bio on the Moogfest site, “Their current album Love at the Bottom of the Sea brings

Moogfest 2012 Recap, Part 3

Hands-on Moog Exhibit A key component of Moogfest is the showcasing of its namesake’s electronic innovations. With Moog Music’s headquarters and factory a mere few blocks away, it made perfect sense to offer an interactive setup wherein visitors could fiddle around with Voyagers, Little Phattys, Etherwaves, Moogerfoogers and more. Making it even better, participation in

Moogfest 2012 Recap, Part 2

Primus 3D In the run-up to Moogfest, fans wondered what-the-hell the appended “3D” would mean for the show by Les Claypool‘s sorta-prog band. Once I entered the sports arena that is the Asheville Civic Center (recently and sneakily rebranded as the Sponsor’s-name-here Arena, but they’re not paying me, so Civic Center it is), the answer

Moogfest 2012 Recap, Part 1

The 2012 Moogfest was quite a different creature than its 2011 predecessor. While Moogfest 2011 was a three-day event with a large number of stages – venues indoor and out – the 2012 event scaled back to five indoor venues. (The “indoor” change made real sense: October weather in Asheville NC is unpredictable. It’s often

Photoblogging: Moogfest 2012

Wielding my Official Photo Pass™, I took a bunch of shots at Moogfest with my old-fashioned 35mm camera. The results were less than stellar, owing in part to the fact that you can’t easily get super-fast ISO1600 film liked I used back in the olden days. Anyway, that’s my excuse. Here are some photo highlights;