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The guys from Harvest Records in West Asheville - Mark Capon and Matt Schnable - are celebrating the 10th anniversary of their independent record store on Haywood Road with a three-day music festival set in venues from Asheville to Marshall. Congratulations to these guys. Here's the press release:
Harvest Records, one of the countries most beloved and respected independent record stores owned by the equally beloved Mark Capon and Matt Schnable, celebrates ten years this August 28-30 with Transfigurations II. Featuring 25+ bands, performing over three days at three different venues throughout Asheville and Marshall, North Carolina, Transfigurations II picks up where Transfigurations I (2009) left off with a lineup carefully curated to reflect both the community's taste as well as Harvest's own. Performers include 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. The aim with both Harvest Records and this celebration is to turn people on to something new, encourage folks to leave their comfort zone and be immersed.
"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, 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." - Harvest Records' Mark Capon and Matt Schnable
Transfigurations II will take place over three days - Thursday, August 28 - Saturday, August 30. Thursday and Friday's concerts will be held at the Grey Eagle and Mothlight in Asheville and Saturday's will be held at Blannahassett Island in Marshall, NC.
A limited amount of weekend passes will be available for $125 beginning this Friday, May 23rd at 10am ET. Weekend 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.
For more information and to purchase tickets, visit http://harvest-records.com/transfigurations/.
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