Moogfest 2018: Five key performances
After a nomadic journey that's seen Moogfest move from Bob Moog's hometown of New York City to his final resting place in the tiny town of Asheville, North Carolina, the 2018 edition returned for the third year running to Durham, a city trying to reinvent itself as a start-up hub of the South. "Welcome Moogfest" signs were a fixture in bar and restaurant windows. During one late dinner, I found myself waiting out the rain by chatting with the restaurateur about his working reel-to-reel, which pumped out soul and R&B. (It wasn't a special prop for Moogfest-he just liked vintage audio gear.) Despite a few technical hiccups and frustratingly persistent rainfall, the festival delivered a vast range of artists for whom Moog's synthesizers were a revelation.