Must Be The Holy Ghost is the project of Winston-Salem’s own Jared Draughon. This is one of the artists I am most excited to see at Phuzz Phest, as MBTHG is best known for their fantastic live show. Draughon plays solo equipped with loop pedals and a drum machine to create songs that build up to a huge wall of sound rarely seen from a full band, let alone a solo performer. The live show also features visuals from a projectionist that displays colorful psychedelic patterns with color dyes on an old projector.
MBTHG is one of my favorite local artists from the Winston area and joins a great selection of North Carolina artists that are playing Phuzz Phest. I can’t wait to see the musical and visual display put on by Draughon in his local city among so many other great bands.
WKNC is delighted to be the primary media sponsor for this year’s Phuzz Phest- Winston-Salem’s premiere annual music festival. This fourth annual event returns to the City of the Arts & Innovation’s burgeoning downtown area to thousands of music fans across the southeast. This year the festival will span three days from Friday April 4 through Sunday April 6, featuring their most potent and genre-spanning lineup yet with more than 50 musical acts coming from as far away as Los Angeles, San Francisco, Brooklyn and Detroit.
Though far from NC’s largest music festival, Phuzz Phest has built its reputation on keenly curating the region’s best acts for a truly special weekend of music, offering attendees a rare opportunity to see critically-acclaimed artists alongside under-praised locals in settings more intimate than would otherwise be possible.
The 2014 lineup features headliners like L.A.’s pioneering noise-punk duo No Age, visionary rap legend Kool Keith, hypnotic alt-country songstress Jessica Lea Mayfield, and San Francisco psych-rock stalwarts White Fence. Festival alumni and Merge Records acts Mount Moriah & The Love Language make return appearances alongside Ex Hex, the new project of Mary Timony (Wild Flag, Autoclave, Helium) whose debut record is due in March via Merge Records. View the full lineup below, bold indicates headliners.