LOKI MUSIC FESTIVAL COMPLETES ROSTER WITH SURPRISE ADDITION OF CAKE
FEST SET FOR OCTOBER 10-12 AT DEERFIELDS, NC
Loki Music Festival will kick-start the Halloween spirit with an eclectic musical lineup of acclaimed national and regional acts, who will get together for a three day Fall celebration at one of the country's most beautiful outdoor venues. Located just 20 minutes south of Asheville, NC and nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Deerfields is a 940-acre family-owned tract of unspoiled wilderness offering camping, swimming, and hiking among multiple lakes and lush apple orchards. Mother Nature will be in full autumnal splendor the second weekend of October when this hallowed ground will host musical pioneers of funk, New Orleans, rock and hip-hop.
Loki, the Norse god of mischief after whom the festival was named, was known as the adept shape-shifter, and in his spirit the event will hold The First Annual Loki Music Festival Costume Ball where all attendees are invited to join in and celebrate in creating the magic of this outdoor music adventure. Each year, the promoters plan to have a large percentage of musical lineups based out of New Orleans and the festival theme will always carry the spirit of New Orleans masquerade/voodoo/Halloween. All of the profits made from sales of merchandise from the festival's Art Contests will go to benefit the Tipitina's Foundation, whose mission is to support Louisiana's irreplaceable music community and preserve the state's unique musical cultures. Saturday evening's Costume ball is scheduled to start after a brief 45 minute pause in the day's music right before the Peruvian Pedicurists Set. The pause will give everyone a chance to put on their evening costume attire, and get a chance to win special prizes for Best Dressed, Most Unique Costume, and more.
This colorful audience display will be accompanied by festival-wide lavish visual designs from Function Forms, as well as a musical lineup that is nothing short of ambitious. From one of the country's most respected indie rock bands CAKE, who were just announced as the festival's Mystery Headliner, to hip-hop giants The Roots, and pioneers Money B & DJ Nu-Stylez of Digital Underground, as well as reggae legends Toots and the Maytals, the country's most-devoted Afrobeat project Antibalas, east coast favorite globe-trotters Toubab Krewe, down-home blues/soul capturers JJ Grey & MOFRO, the all-star funk power-house Lettuce, and the soul of New Orleans - Porter Batiste Stoltz, the genre crossing performances are bound to keep the bodies moving and the heat rising late into the cool and misty "fool-moon" nights.
While innovative jam-sessions are surely not a novel idea on the festival circuit, in case of Loki they seem to be more like a rule of thumb rather than the exception. Take for example the Peruvian Pedicurists, the one-of-a-kind festival house-band featuring Robert Walter (Greyboy Allstars), George Porter Jr. (Meters), Col. Bruce Hampton (Aquarium Rescue Unit), Stoltz + Batiste (Funky Meters), Tim Reynolds (collaborator w/ Dave Matthews), members of the Lee Boys, and Jeff Sipe (Aquarium Rescue Unit, Trey Anastasio). "This is the first year of the Peruvian arrangement ever," reveals Jack Ballard, festival founder and promoter, "It will be an annual thing at Loki, with the exact lineup changing some every year."
Tickets for the event are on sale now; only 4,500 tickets will be sold. The promoters have reduced the total number of normally available tickets at this venue in order to allow every festival patron more space and opportunity to enjoy the intimate nature of Deerfields. Three day adult passes are still available and can be purchased online for $145.50 per person.
For complete lineup and ticket details go to www.lokimusicfestival.com.