I had the pleasure this past Halloween weekend of attending the inaugural MoogFest in Asheville, North Carolina. Surrounded by the beautiful sight of the Blue Ridge Mountains, I witnessed sets ranging from the achingly beautiful sounds of jónsi to the infectious electro-pop of Hot Chip. The festival was a huge success and one of the most fun weekends I’ve had all year. Instead of doing the usual “write a paragraph about each act you saw,” I offer you a list of various this and that’s. Stay tuned for a gallery of photos from the weekend coming soon. Enjoy.
Coolest instrument: Neon Indian guitarist Ronald Geirhart’s guitar, featuring an embedded LED screen
Most common smell: It was a music festival. In Asheville. Figure it out.
Best surprise guests: Mark Mothersbaugh and Gerald Casale of Devo (who were forced to cancel their set due to a hand injury sustained by guitarist Bob Mothersbaugh) coming out at the end of The Octopus Project‘s set to perform a couple songs (including my personal favorite, “Beautiful World”)
Best stage show: Massive Attack‘s absolutely stunning set-up, featuring several LED screens displaying socio-political messages alongside striking visuals
Best non-musical moment: Yelling “WOOT WOOT” at a gaggle of (real) Juggaloes
Best costume: The giant sasquatch
Did you attend MoogFest? Who were your favorite acts? What were some of you favorite moments?