Among the players in August: The Clean, Lee Fields & The Expressions, Mudhoney, Michael Hurley, Sonny & The Sunsets, Moon Duo, Angel Olsen, Mount Eerie, Endless Boogie, Reigning Sound, The Sadies, Steve Gunn, Bassholes, Hiss Golden Messenger, Disappears, Kevin Morby, Quilt, Sir Richard Bishop, Pete Swanson, William Tyler, Fountainsun, Wooden Wand, EDJ, Bitchin Bajas, Axxa/Abraxas, Container, Profligate, Dylan Golden Aycock, and Nest Egg.
By Blurt Staff
Mark your calendars for Thurs-Sat August 28-30 and book your flights to Asheville Regional Airport, indie fans: that’s when Asheville’s Harvest Records—“one of the best freakin’ indie record shops on the planet… nah, make that universe!” sez our magazine’s editor, who lived in the NC mountain burg for a decade—will be hosting the second installment of their Transfigurations music festival in order to mark their 10th anniversary. It’s the followup to their 5th anniversary bash, with Transfigurations I happening back in 2009 to many huzzahs from the music community.
More than 25 artists personally selected by Harvest’s owners Mark Capon and Matt Schnable will be performing that weekend at venues in both Asheville and nearby Marshall, and if the notion of catching Mudhoney, The Clean, Lee Fields, Reigning Sound and Angel Olsen over the course of a few days floats your boat, you’re going to be embarking upon a dream cruise come August 28. See the full list below.
Capon and Schnable offered the following statement: “In all honesty, if we look back on our earliest hopes, dreams and visions of what Harvest Records could become, it would mirror what actually ended up happening. Since our college days together, the idea was consistent: Open a record shop, yes, of course . . . but don’t let it stop there. Create a space dedicated to the discovery of music, the exchange of ideas, and a place for broader discussions about community. Book shows for artists that normally wouldn’t come to town; host art on our walls from local artists who haven’t shown much before; start a record label and release recordings of sounds that may have not otherwise been produced physically. And it all happened.” –
The Thursday and Friday concerts for Transfigurations II will be held at the Grey Eagle and Mothlight in Asheville, while Saturday’s will be held at Blannahassett Island in Marshall, NC. A limited amount of weekend passes will be available beginning this Friday, May 23rd at 10am ET; those passes include a $20 gift certificate to Harvest Records, a limited Transfigurations II screen-printed poster and a weekend screen-printed Harvest canvas bag filled with free goodies. (Tickets for individual shows will be available beginning in June.)
TRANSFIGURATIONS II LINEUP:
Lee Fields & The Expressions
Sonny & The Sunsets
Hiss Golden Messenger
Sir Richard Bishop
Fountainsun (Daniel Higgs + Fumie Ishii)
EDJ (Eric D. Johnson of Fruit Bats)
Dylan Golden Aycock