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Mountain Oasis on the streets
Mountain Oasis on the streets: Scene writer Carol Motsinger hits the streets Friday to take the pulse of the Mountain Oasis Electronic Music Summit, which runs through Sunday, October 27th. 10/25/13. Robert Bradley
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One of the many shows during Day Two of the Mountain Oasis electronic music festival. / Dillon Deaton / Special to the Citizen-Times


ASHEVILLE -- The party is over at Asheville's new Mountain Oasis Electronic Music Summit, but the buzz and impact from the festival is likely to linger a while.

Attendance was about 7,000-8,000 people on each of three nights, beginning Friday, promoter and event creator Ashley Capps said Sunday. About that half that crowd came from North Carolina and surrounding states and the remainder traveled to Asheville from across the country and as far away as Europe, South America, Japan and Mexico, he said.

On what was already been a busy weekend for leaf-looking tourists, downtown restaurants, clubs and breweries were pubs were also packed with festival-goers, some in colorful costumes.

Shows were held at the the Arena, Thomas Wolfe Auditorium, Diana Wortham Theatre, Orange Peel, Asheville Music Hall, Emerald Lounge, Mill Room and Lexington Avenue Brewery.

"Business was phenomenal," said Adam Charnack, co-owner of Hi-Wire Brewing on Hilliard Avenue.

At the Lexington Avenue Brewery and restaurant, the festival generated a lot of traffic, said co-owner Mike Healy. "We got a great little bump from that crowd," he said. "We are right in the middle of it. I am very happy about the weekend."

The Wicked Weed on Biltmore Avenue was also busy, said brewer Walt Dickinson. Mountain Oasis "was another boost to our numbers," he said. "We went through a ton of beer."

Capps, who also promotes the big Bonnaroo festival in Manchester, Tenn., and who has booked many bands in Asheville, was pleased with the overall vibe. "The whole experienceof everyone coming together for a great weekend is really fulfilling and inspiring to me," he said.

Capps is already planning the 2014 edition of Mountain Oasis. "You can't get too far ahead on these things," he said.

Mountain Oasis closely resembled the Moogfest electronic music festival that Capps promoted from 2010-12. This year, Moog Music of Asheville chose to take a break and will revive Moogfest with a different promoter in April.

Mountain Oasis featured acts including Nine Inch Nails, Bassnectar, electronic music pioneer Gary Numan, Sparks and, on Sunday, British superstar singer Jessie Ware and the Australian electronic rock band Cut Copy, among many others.

Many festival-goers were dressed in wild Halloween outfits and hundreds wore the glowing red devil horns handed out to the crowd.

For Echo Mountain Recording studios manager Jessica Tomasin, "a lot of the fun was discovering something new," she said. "I don't have a vast knowledge of electronic music."

Mark Conti, of Asheville, was hot on Nine Inch Nails' late Saturday night set. "Those boys are on point and the light show was well planned," he said. "And Bassnectar was great."

And Doug Riley, of Asheville, was big on the Chromatics and their Saturday set at Wolfe Auditorium. "It was a great weekend," he said. "And I'm still going."







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