Moogfest Not Going Anywhere

Remember last week’s announcement about the annual Moogfest in Asheville, N.C., changing its name and possibly its Halloween runtime?  Turns out reports of Moogfest’s demise were a tad premature.

Yes, The Bob Moog Foundation and the promoter that handled Moogfest for the past three years – AC Entertainment – have gone their separate ways.  But that doesn’t mean the festival is history.

Saying Moog Music Inc. had declined to re-license the name to AC Entertainment, the promotion company announced last week that it was renaming the annual multi-day music festival to “Mountain Oasis Electronic Music Summit.” At that time AC Entertainment CEO Ashley Capps said his company was considering staging Mountain Oasis at a time other than Halloween weekend, the traditional period for Moogfest.

But AC Entertainment might have more than one EDM event in mind.  Talking with Asheville blog AshVegas, Capps said the company is considering staging two electronic music festivals.

“We are considering the notion of doing two different electronic music experiences, of maybe doing it twice a year,” Capps said.  “It’s still a little early, and we are still focused on Halloween weekend.”

Although AC Entertainment is planning to go ahead with its own electronic music festival in Asheville, Moog Music is still planning to keep Moogfest in the North Carolina community that Dr. Moog called home.  Announcing that “Asheville will always be the home of Moogfest,” the company said it is working closely with the Bob Moog Foundation, the city of Asheville, fans and partners to “make Moogfest 2013 a dynamic celebration of the innovative spirit of Bob Moog.”

So far, Moog Music hasn’t announced dates for Moogfest 2013.  Presented as a three-day festival in 2010 and 2011, Moogfest cut back to two days in 2012.