Vortex Fest: PG, Toubab...

Night Skye Entertainment Presents The Inaugural
Vortex Music Festival June 27-28 at the Asheville Civic Center

Perpetual Groove
Featuring an all-star lineup of Asheville and regionally-based bands, the Vortex Music Festival begins its residence in Asheville on June 27 at the Asheville Civic Center. The inaugural two-day event features Perpetual Groove, Dubconscious, Toubab Krewe and Yo Mama's Big Fat Booty Band, along with 16 more bands and DJs that highlight the local music scene in Asheville, NC and the surrounding region. The full lineup is posted below.

Night Skye Entertainment, the organization responsible for the Vortex Music Festival, seeks to highlight local talent as well as provide a broad spectrum of musical genres to enlighten, inspire and celebrate individual creativity through sound. From the electronica of John Kelley and Telepath to the roots rock of Laura Reed & Deep Pocket, the festival offers something for every Asheville music lover and beyond.

In addition to the event's unique lineup of stellar regional bands, Vortex offers something for the common good as well; this year's inaugural event will sponsor three nonprofit organizations, including Child Abuse Prevention Services, NCAHA and Manna Food Bank. In addition, the event will be broadcast live by 105.9 The Mountain, so that everybody can enjoy the music if they can't make it to the show, and can feel free to donate to any of the above nonprofits as well.

Tickets for the Vortex Music festival go on sale on April 20 and will be available at the door for the same price of $30 one day, $50 for both days. The Asheville civic center will play host to vendors and booths that are accessible from the venue floor, and food and drink will be readily available to all attendees. For a complete lineup of artists, see below.

Confirmed Lineup

Friday, June 27:
Toubab Krewe
Stephanies Id
Josh Phillips Folk Festival
Black Eyed Susan
Thunder Drums

Friday, June 28:
Perpetual Groove
Laura Reed and Deep Pocket
Yo Mama's Big Fat Booty Band
Blues Forgotten
John Kelley

[Published on: 4/15/08]

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daveapaug Tue 4/15/2008 03:53PM
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Ladies and Gentlemen: The Year of the Festival....

BooneRes Tue 4/15/2008 04:07PM
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Probaly the worst sounding venue I have ever been to!!!!!! Where are the Mantras???? They are better than almost every name up there!

kirkbrew Tue 4/15/2008 04:42PM
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Next week, I will announce my own music festival.

Actually, I would like to do a festival in my town of only local musicians. You can get park property for almost nothing and musicans play for free if they know that they can get their name out, sell CD's and are not getting ripped off.

Anyway, 3 fest announcments a week is getting old. Must be good margins.

frinkazoid starstarstarstarstar Tue 4/15/2008 05:05PM
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It's too bad they've chosen to do this @ the Civic Center(it does sound like ass) there are a number of outdoor options in Asheville. However, that being said I know we have a tremedous wealth of talented bands in the area and I'm glad to see them being highlighted on Jambase!

jcwildman Tue 4/15/2008 07:16PM
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kirkbrew, i've got a band that's interested in playing at your festival. please let me know details.

Dicky79 starstarstarstar Tue 4/15/2008 07:28PM
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why would this be held at the civic center? who wants to be indoors in a shitty sounding venue which is a place 10 times the size it should be for this line-up. all these bands could barely fill up thomas wolff. such a great line-up, dont get me wrong, but the vibe in an empty ACC is going to suck.

move this to deerfields asap!

BooneRes Tue 4/15/2008 08:46PM
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Dicky79, why would they not have this at the Thomas Wolfe? and minus pgroove and toubab and a couple others this is just like amjam.

kider54 starstarstarstarstar Tue 4/15/2008 09:47PM
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Move this festie to Deerfields ASAP. I agree. Lets get these bands, excluding P-groove and throw a festie lets say hmmmmm the weekend of 08/08/08. Sounds like a great idea. Oh yeah, just for you lou, I mean tranceful we'll throw in some Mantras. Peace.

MoeString starstarstarstarstar Tue 4/15/2008 11:56PM
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flygolf Wed 4/16/2008 08:52AM
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agree, the civic center is a poor choice of venue. But I like the line-up. have fun!

overall Wed 4/16/2008 09:04AM
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From www.dictionary.com:


1. a whirling mass of water, esp. one in which a force of suction operates...

The fest may not suck but, by definition, the name sure does.

heatherclb1 Wed 4/16/2008 11:15AM
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Completely agree with the venue choice, but the line up is fantastic...

Sad to say... I've never seen the Mantras, but I'd love to see them on this line up. Think they'll add more????

kider54 starstarstarstarstar Thu 4/17/2008 01:24AM
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Overall=Fukin halarious. Heather, I'm pretty sure this is it, figuring that it is an indoor vibe. I'd assume that the Mantras are not on the line-up because its mostly a asheville line-up(excluding P-groove) and those guys are a little farther east in NC, they will be headlining springfling, so catch'em there or I'm sure there are more western NC dates in works. peace.

Gary starstarstar Thu 4/17/2008 07:44AM
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I have to see the Yo Mama's Big Fat Booty band. Ha!



NightSkye starstarstarstarstar Thu 4/17/2008 10:09AM
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I know that the civic center is infamous for poor sound quality, however, I have contracted Muse to do the sound for this event. I have 36-$16,000 cabinets going onto my sound rig ontop of all my fills. Another bonus my front of house guy (Newton Carter) was front of house for the likes of The Who and U2 so dont even think that he would allow poor sound. Outside of the rest of these negitive comments, think about it, $50 for 2 days, no chance of a rain out, multible pre and after partys,massive sound, not to mention very talented line up and last you will be able to come and go from the venue after you recieve you bracelet so you dont have pay for $4 waters and $5 slices of pizza. Go eat what you want, stay dry, get a hotel room to stay in if you want to shower and go to sleep afterwards or go to our official after partys if you dont want to sleep. ALL FOR LESS THAN THE AVERAGE TICKET PRICE THAT YOU ARE USE TO PAYING NOW A DAYS. Drop me a line here on Jambase if you want me to answer anything else for you. Thanks

overall Thu 4/17/2008 12:42PM
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My comment about the name was obviously a joke. But the cost-effectiveness of this event is very good. PGroove and Toubab each cost at least $20 to see in Asheville, and the Booty Band is at least $10. So they alone make the $50 price worthwhile.

My only concern would be what the pre and post parties, referred to by NightSkye, are going to do to the schedule. Basically, if the bigger acts are going to play daytime slots in order to make it to another paying gig (like at Stella Blue, the Orange Peel or the Grey Eagle) for a night time show, or if night time commitments will shorten the daytime sets of some better acts, then this will be a completely different event.

But I'm sure that these folks, just like any other legit promoter, will soon have a robust website we can all visit to get any and all questions cleared up before laying out our money. And maybe that website will even tell us how, should we choose, we can go about buying a ticket.

NightSkye starstarstarstarstar Fri 4/18/2008 12:59AM
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Why would we shorten a performers set? Thats crazy! We have 2 stages going per day. All bands will play for at least an hour, Headliners 2 full sets plus encore. There isn't another gig for any of the bands in the same weekend. Pre-parties are free and only supporting the event for 2 or 3 hours, serving as a meeting area at close local venues. As for after-parties, Friday night is starting at 2am, promoted by local (unnamed) promoters and Saturday is our love child which is slated to go until sun-up or longer. Anyway, I think this is explained as well as I can, all though there will always be "hecklers" on line, its cool. But, if you do support local music like you say, well here it is, in its truest form. By the way, our Myspace page link is www.myspace.com/vortexmusicfestival it is still under construction but has more info and will hold time slots for every band, links to artists, vendor guidelines, sponsors, venues involved(once released) and all travel and lodging info. It should be complete in a few days. Thanks for your interest in our event and we appreciate the opportunity to field any of you questions. Take care!


kider54 starstarstarstarstar Fri 4/18/2008 02:27PM
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Being able to came and leave is HUGE. It would get really expensive(beer and food wise) being stuck in there all day. Super late night after party on Saturday, nice. I personally am not the biggest P-groove fan, but I know Booty Band can play all night. Throw in some telepath, dubconcious, Toubab, and Laura Reed and I'd say we've got a party. No worries Night Skye, Ashevillians are outdoor kinda people, but I'm sure heads from all over the southeast will come up for this one, know I will, peace.