Last Friday, I stopped my wife in the doorway to our home and with a crazed look in my eye said “We have to attend the Mountain Oasis Festival this year!” She guessed three times but missed the target [but not before trying John Foxx]. In a pinch-me-I’m-dreaming moment to end them all, I had just found out that personal icons, Sparks will actually play a rare concert East of the Mississippi and South of the Mason-Dixon line at this year’s inaugural Mountain Oasis Electronic Music Summit this October 25-27 in Asheville, North Carolina. I’m still reeling from the news since what I’d heard from the festival thus far was irrelevant to my ears. So here’s a little background.
The Mountain Oasis Festival was a response by the AC Entertainment promotional company to the parting of ways that they had with the Robert Moog Foundation this year over the future of the Moogfest Festival, which is traditionally held in Asheville during the last weekend in October. The Moogfest has a new promotional company in Detroit’s Paxahau and will now be held in the Spring starting in 2014. I look forward to see what they will be serving.
In the meantime, AC is working the action they already have a stake in with this new festival which looks similar to Moogfest, but no doubt missing the educational and panel functions that make Moogfest more than just a show. It’s even being held in the same time frame that they used for Moogfest, but to date, the Mountain Oasis Festival lineup didn’t speak to me. I’m beyond caring about Gary Numan now, and his buddy Trent Reznor and the re-animated Nine Inch Nails were long gone from my Record Cell by the Mid-90s and my Third Rate Industrial Purge that saw the likes of them, KMFMD, Skinny Puppy, et. al. ejected for trade-in value. But Sparks on the lineup is a no-brainer, and buying day passes for the modest asking price is not a problem either… thanks to my sales and auctions of my no longer valued music inventory.
As hell froze over and I actually attended Moogfest last year [they added Harold Budd to the lineup late in the game, who was a must-see] to my enjoyment, I have confidence that AC can run a festival in my town that’s a pleasure to attend. I wasn’t too confident in the talent involved this year, but that’s been rectified by the presence of the Mael Brothers. They are titans, in my world and seriously, never play in the Southeast. Hell, they barely have concerts in America. I am expecting that this will be their current Two Hands, One Mouth tour with just the two of them onstage with duo arrangements of their awe-inspiring canon of brilliant songs. Join me in late October for the follow up.
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