Festival Coverage

Moogfest Day 2 Preview

So you survived day 1 of Moogfest 2016?! So did we and we can’t be more ecstatic for Day, which is sure to bring as many joyous experiences as day 1.

Today is arguably the most chock filled day with cool programs throughout the duration of the day and then when evening hits, artist after artist of immense talent will be taking the stages of many of Durham’s top venues.

Be sure to start your morning out right with a good breakfast at many of the local Durham eateries, such as Dame’s Chicken and Waffles, because what’s a better way to start out any day than chicken and waffles. After filling your belly, you should probably check out the Neil Harbisson led panel “The Future of Our Species”, a discussion in which Harbisson, a government recognized cyborg, explores questions pertaining to how the human species can mold with technology. This event takes place at 10 AM in the Carolina Theater, Cinema 1.

Going on all weekend, is Realiti- Inside the Music of Grimes, an installation that allows for fans to remix Grimes’ track “Realiti” throughout the weekend. This event will be held at the DCC Plaza, room 301.

At 1:00 PM, in Cinema 1 of the Carolina Theater, be sure to check out the live recording of the Song Exploder Podcast with festival headliner ODESZA. Here the audience can watch ODEZSA take apart their song bit by bit for host,  Hrishikesh Hirway.

As part of the Afrofuturism program, Wu-Tang Clan co-founder GZA and Duke professor Mark Anthony Neal will be giving a talk in the Fletcher Hall of the Carolina Theater at 4:30 PM. The talk, entitled “Time Travelling with Hip-Hop” focuses on Hip-hop’s role in challenging our ideas of the future.

After this speech be sure to find yourself another good Durham meal at either Bull City Burger or Toast for a good quick bite.

Once the delightful supper is over, it’ll be time to get your evening started out with some good music. Local hip-hop artist Professor Toon will be taking the Motorco Music Hall stage at 7:00 PM and he’s definitely not an act to miss after his stellar Double Barrel Benefit show this past February. Stick around afterwards for another NC hip-hop mainstay, Well$, who is sure to keep the energy going with an electrifying set. Might as well stick around for experimental Atlanta hip-hop artist Daye Jack at 8:30, but then make your way over to the Motorco Park stage to see festival highlight Grimes, taking the stage at 8:50. Afterwards is another festival highlight in ODESZA, the electronic act who is sure to make the Motorco Park stage one big dance affair. If hip-hop is more your thing, just stay in Motorco all night as Denzel Curry will perform at 9:15, bringing his hard-hitting street anthems to Durham. Then Lunice, half of Hudson Mohawke, will bring just as dance-y of a set as ODEZSA outside, preparing your ears for the Canadian hip-hop artist Tory Lanez who performs at  11:45 in the Motorco Hall. Last, but definitely not least, is the hip-hop legend GZA, who will be performing his most intimate set of the weekend (as the other one will be held outside at the Motorco Park Stage, Saturday night) in the 430 cap venue. For fans of hip-hop, this is a can’t miss.

No matter what your schedule, Moogfest is sure to be quite the splendid time. Safe travels to all and have a great time!

-Jamie Halla, Social Media Director (aka English Soccer)

Festival Coverage

Venue-Hopping the Right Way at Moogfest 2016

During Moogfest 2016 this weekend in Durham, I will go back and forth between the many venues for music performances, workshops, and speakers.  Just like any festival goer knows, venue-hoping is no joke, especially when many of these artists are flying in from all over the world.  Who knows if you’ll ever see them again?  Here are some of the ways I plan on getting around Durham this weekend as quickly (and cheaply) as possible.

My first piece of advice is the Bull City Connector (BCC).  If you’re ever in Downtown Durham, this bus is your friend.  The BCC is the only bus in the GoDurham Bus System (previously Durham Area Transit Authority) that is completely free.  Whether you’re trying to get from First Presbyterian Church to Bull McCabe’s or anywhere in between, BCC passes over the ten event venues on and around Main Street every 17 minutes.  It runs Thursday and Friday from 6:30 am to 2 am and Saturday from 10 am to 9 pm.

If you want to hit up Nasher Museum either to catch the Unique Dissertations // Cosmic Communications presentation by tAz Arnold on Friday or just to take advantage of the free admission that your Moogfest pass grants you for the weekend, you can hop the BCC to the Durham Bus Station and then take the 6/6B for $1.00 each way (or purchase a day pass for $2.00).  If you’ve got extra free time, the Nasher Museum is a five minute walk from Duke Gardens, which is a fun and beautiful walk (aka super Instagram-able).

Last, but not least, the method of alternative transportation that I will certainly be using this weekend is my bike.  First and foremost, biking between venues is (in my opinion) the fastest, cheapest, and easiest way to expedite venue-hopping.  Parking is going to be impossible, and some of the walks between venues could slice a solid fifteen minutes out of a set.  Skip the hike.  Grab your bike (I can hear you groaning at my rhymes through the internet).

Secondly, if you haven’t heard yet, Moogfest partnered up with a few local bike orgs and New Belgium to host the Bike to Moogfest initiative, inviting festgoers to leave their cars at home and bike to the festival.  Signing the pledge to do so puts you in the running for a pair of VIP tix and a Detroit Bikes 3-speed.  They’ve even got long-term bike parking at Diamond View Park where your bike can nap safe-and-sound for the duration of the festival.

I plan on maximizing my Moogfest experience by taking advantage of anything faster than walking (or parking) between venues.  But however you choose to navigate Moogfest this weekend, be safe, stick with your pals, and make it to as many of the insanely cool shows this weekend as possible.  Bon voyage!

Brought to you by former Program Director, Yvonne Chazal, who also once upon a time lived in Durham. 

Music News and Interviews

The Strokes Awaken From the Dead!

It’s been a little over two years since their last live performance in November 2011 in Brazil, but The Strokes are back for a much anticipated performance at this year’s Governor’s Ball Music Festival. Julian Casablancas will also be performing a separate show during the festival. 

The band released their fifth album, Comedown Machine, in 2013 but no tour came along with the new release.


Other headliners for the Governor’s Ball music festival in New York City include Outkast, Jack White, and Vampire Weekend along with performances from Phoenix, TV on the Radio, Broken Bells, Neko Case, Sleigh Bells, Grimes, Washed Out, Earl Sweatshirt, Kurt Vile and the Violators, Wild Belle, Tanlines, among others.