Earlier this year Moogfest, which was born in Asheville, made its debut in Durham. The event was a world-wide sensation, bringing 10,000 people a day, for four days, into the funnest, funkiest, most fabulous venues in Durham to share and experience electronic music innovations and inventions. It created an estimated 1.3 billion media impressions and earned a very encouraging New York Times review.
But the heartbeat of Moogfest doesn’t stop after four days of performances and partying. It simply goes underground and travels around in the form of dial-tones events. These events bring Moog leaders together in cities around the world, connecting performers with educators, entrepreneurs with artists, community leaders with community creators.
Normally, Dial-Tones events are held in large cities, but the Moogfest team was so impressed with our space that they decided to host an event close to home. It was a great success! Here’s a little mosaic of images showing the events of the day, from the get-together before Mary Lattimore‘s performance, some words from the Moogfest team, a wonderful performance, and a chance for people to talk with Mary after the performance.
We are so proud to have co-hosted this event, and look forward to more exciting collaborations with the Moogfest community!
Today it was announced that Bob Dylan won the Nobel Prize in literature. Last weekend, Taylor Mac performed A 24-Decade History of Popular Music, in which he sang his version of Dylan’s A Hard Rain A-Gonna Fall, a response to the Stonewall Riots and their place in American history and culture. Next week, Wayne Krantz will be performing his own covers of iconic songs at The Miraverse, hybridizing their pop-culture DNA with his own angular, progressive jazz.
In my book, the greatness of Dylan’s genius is not that it stands alone, but that it supports the work of other geniuses, such as Taylor Mac and Wayne Krantz. Their ability to take the familiar and make us experience it completely new ways gives us insights, hopes, and confidence that we, too, can take our familiar selves and change the goddamn world. That’s not only an exciting message, but it’s an empowering and transformative experience!
If you live anywhere in the RTP area, you can see what this all means for yourself by purchasing tickets for the event we are recording Oct 19th at 7pm at the studio from this eventbrite tickets link for the Wayne Krantz Undercover Pop Tour. AbstractLogix (Wayne’s label) is running a special for their customers, so hit them up if you want their very special discount.
You can’t touch this… Continue reading “Covers and the Transformative Power of Art”
Once upon a time, there existed a very special kind of music that cast a magic spell upon its listeners. Beyond sheer beauty and raw excitement, this music bestowed powers of creativity beyond imagination, revealing a transcendent possible beyond any conventional reality. I first encountered such music when I was 12 years old, in the form of Emerson, Lake, and Palmer’s Tarkus. I had grown up in a music family and had listened to a wide range of music all my life, but this album challenged and inspired me like nothing I had ever experienced before. It was magic for me. Continue reading “Carl Palmer’s ELP Legacy Tour 2016”
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