Loki Fest Finalizes with Cake


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.

[Published on: 9/29/08]

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Bowlegged Texan Mon 9/29/2008 02:42PM
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Bowlegged Texan

Sipe is the man.

AintNoFreedom starstarstarstar Mon 9/29/2008 03:00PM
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What a cool sounding weekend... especially for Halloween. To anyone who can make it, enjoy!

gamecat Mon 9/29/2008 03:01PM
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Damn,..Peruvian Pedicurists look awesome.

schofizzl Mon 9/29/2008 03:03PM
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"While innovative jam-sessions are surely not a novel idea on the festival circuit...." uh.... what?

futhepharmer Mon 9/29/2008 05:01PM
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the modern jam festival pales in comparrison to what they once were.......fun.

joda2 star Mon 9/29/2008 07:44PM
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4500 Really?

Deerfields only holds 3k people, there is no way 4k can fit in that place.

Deerfields with 4k people would be horrible.

Mark Price former NBA star Mon 9/29/2008 07:46PM
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Mark Price former NBA star

This looks like one hell of a good time. I'm going to Leftover for Halloween,but I would rather without a doubt be at the Loki festival.

Phunky Irish starstarstarstarstar Mon 9/29/2008 07:56PM
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Phunky Irish

My friend is having his bachelor party @ Loki! What a way to go all out before he seals the deal!! Fall Funk Fest 09, here we come!!! :)

Jamon Mon 9/29/2008 09:33PM
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Everyone Orchestra is going to tear it up with Fishman, Marco Benevento and more.......

rainydaywomen420 starstarstarstarstar Mon 9/29/2008 09:44PM
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Toubab krewe is incredible, if you havent checked them out live your missing out on some serious music unlike anything else. Please, please do yourself a favor and purchase their self titled debut, you wont regret it. Peruvian pedicurists sounds cool as hell tim reynolds, robert walter, george porter wow, say no more.

Ching starstarstarstarstar Mon 9/29/2008 10:20PM
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Joda...u realize Bonnaroo is about 500 acres and holds 80k???

seems 900+ acres would hold 4500 very easily.


kider54 starstarstarstar Tue 9/30/2008 01:23AM
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Ching, you've obviously never been to deerfields. Only a couple of acres houses all the camping and stages, the rest is just hiking trails and beautiful mountain scenary. With the new platform in the last apple orchard 4500 is possible, but it would be cramped and all tents(maybe thats why its a fortune to get your car in). Looks like fun, but bring some warm clothes, it was cold as a mofo when harmonic convergence was this time of year. Cake as the mistery headliner, I'm betting nobody called that one.

Him starstarstarstarstar Tue 9/30/2008 05:47AM
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There will be no cars allowed on the mountain for LOKI , That how they can put more tents up there. Cars take up alot of space and ruin the vibe.

You'll see.......

Lenox Tue 9/30/2008 07:18AM
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cake is fun.

biged Tue 9/30/2008 07:32AM
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I dont think you will have to worry about 4500 people showing up for this.

okalrightic Tue 9/30/2008 07:44AM
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this lineup is really fun...almost makes me wanna skip lotus at TLA...almost.

AZ~*Droo* Tue 9/30/2008 07:46AM
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this is not on halloween people...read the dates...

vollostcom Tue 9/30/2008 11:38AM
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yeh i know halloween is 2 weeks after, wish i would have bought my tickets to this when they were 85, kickin myself in the ass now b/c i have to work, gonna be a very diverse festival, and ive been trying to see cake for almost 14 yrs now, goddammit....

soulstu504 Tue 9/30/2008 03:14PM
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Love Asheville this time of year. Can't wait to check this fest out. If you want to talk about a New Orleans vibe then show some love for Groovesect! I heard they're playing a late-night set after Lettuce. Gonne be FI-YO!!

joda2 Tue 9/30/2008 04:21PM
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Ching u have no idea what you are talking about. Deerfields is about 40 acres tops of camping and all. the place does not hold 3k people normally.

biged is right.

Ching Wed 10/1/2008 08:56PM
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"Ching, you've obviously never been to deerfields."

well too bad you are wrong...I dont go out through campgrounds, im usually onstage or behind workin...so

vollostcom Thu 10/2/2008 11:47AM
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damn i didnt know that roadies could be so cool they dont even need to walk thru a campground...

Ching Thu 10/2/2008 12:43PM
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is it a requirement we should? well I better spread the word. wow thanks for letting me know this!

kider54 starstarstarstarstar Sat 10/4/2008 09:52AM
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So you have been, but didn't walk like 200 yards past the stage and see the end of the camping area. You had to notice that most of the drive in you were passing through un-campable thick woods. I'm not trying to call you out, but well yes I am. You compared this venue to the fields at bonnaroo, that doesn't sound like anyone that ever been there, even somebody as cool as "I'm usually onstage or behind workin" Not normally a chit talker on here, but this venue means a lot to me for many reasons. I would and have paid to go to deerfields when there was absolutley nothing going on.

greckard starstarstarstar Sun 10/5/2008 05:09PM
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This is going to be an incredible fest full of unique collaborations! The Peruvian Pedicurists! The Big Ol Nasty Getdown! Look at the line-up in that group http://www.myspace.com/bigolnastygetdown

Also be sure to check out the Josh Phillips Folk Festival meets Strut! And if you have ~30 seconds, you can help Josh win a spot in the Chicago Bluegrass and Blues Festival here http://tinyurl.com/vote4josh

oh, also, I hear Cake cancelled...


bongaroo starstarstarstarstar Wed 10/8/2008 12:07PM
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Hope to see everyone there! Heard the Cake is a no-go, bummer as I've never had a chance to see them.

bongaroo starstarstarstarstar Mon 10/13/2008 07:37PM
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Karl Denson was the mystery headliner. Lots of fun!

kider54 star Sun 10/19/2008 12:48AM
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So R U Serious? Super mystery headliner, that had nothing to do with the rest of the line-up didn't show? HMMMM, sounds weak


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