One of the more interesting attractions of Moogfest last year was the the 8 hour sleep concert. With Robert Rich performing, it was even more significant because it was a return to the overnight concerts he performed during the 1980s. Conflicting information about his last sleep concert vary. Moogfest and the local media reported his last sleep concert was in 2003. The Huff Post article posted a picture of him at the Red Bull Music Academy as late as 2014. Regardless of how long it has been the sleep concerts became a unique event with Rich incorporating ambient drones and other sounds to induce a realm between awake and sleep.
My experience last year was relatively short. I was placed on the waiting list and had no chance. I stayed at the Armory watching the riveting J-Lin performance until close. With luck i was able to be fit in afterwards. While the sleeping mattresses were occupied, my tired body was able to take in less than 2 hours of lying on the floor. I went back to my room near the airport after. I will be within walking distance this time.
The 8 hour sleep concert will happen again at Moogfest 2017, this time featuring American multi-instrumentalist Laraaji whose collaboration with Brian Eno in the late 70s would be the start of a long and prolific journey spanning three decades. It will also be his very first sleep concert. – Raymond Stanley
For more information go to moogfest.com and for tickets check out the the Eventbrite page for Moogfest 2017.
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