The two night electronic sound summit dubbed Luminescence Music Fest is set to explode in Asheville on April 9th and10th. The beats will drop on Friday and Saturday night at Asheville’s premier live venue Club 828. The electronic festival is being thrown by Under One Beat Entertainment who has also produced Trinumeral, Kamasoundra and Tron-a-thon.
The Luminescence Music Festival will be featuring two rare live performances by downtempo pioneers Bonobo and Bluetech. Bonobo is the legendary producer and musician Simon Green who is in the States with his live band just for the month of April. He uses a wide variety of samples mixed in with heavy bass lines and percussions to create his own brand of downtempo music. Bluetech hails from Hawaii and is also a renowned DJ and producer of downtempo and psybient tunes. He is coming to Asheville with his live band Satori Social to take the event to another level.
The action starts on Friday at 10 p.m. with a lineup that includes The Invisible, Virtual Boy, Emancipator and Bonobo who will be closing out the night. The Invisible are one of the UK’s hottest new acts and are fresh off a spectacular performance at SXSW. Virtual Boy is a fresh new duo from Los Angeles who has their roots in classical music but has together found their passion for vintage synthesizers and insane beats. The second to last act Emancipator is out of Portland, Oregon; he is a thrill to see live and was just in Raleigh with Pretty Lights. I caught a set of his at Trinumeral last year and if the world of electronica hasn’t heard of him yet they soon will.
The second night of Luminescence will begin at 10 p.m. as well and host a plethora of beat dropping acts. The lineup on this night will feature some of Asheville’s very own livetronica artists such as Quetzatl, DJ Bowie, Somni Suite and Medisin. DJ Bowie is Asheville’s Dutch import who has been voted Western N.C.’s best DJ three years straight. Medisin is another one of my favorites from shows last year; he creates the most tripped out electronica a fan could ask for.
Saturday night’s lineup also includes Collective Efforts, Kraddy, and Bluetech’s live band Satori Social. Kraddy who is formerly of Glitch Mob is now out solo and has just dropped a new album “The Illegal Album.” Kraddy is known for his style of Glitch electronica and if his exploits in Glitch Mob are any indication his solo work then he is a must see.
The lineup for both nights makes this a fest every head must experience. The fact that it’s only a few hours from Raleigh means there is no excuse you shouldn’t be there; so this week make plans to be at Luminescence Music Festival for two great nights. Tickets for both nights can be purchased in advance for $30 while advance tickets for each night will set you back $20 and $22 at the door. You can purchase tickets at Club 828 or on Club 828.com.