Phases of the Moon Music + Art Festival has announced that the Everyone Orchestra will be the curator for the Lunar Landing Conspiracy for the 2015 festival. The second annual three-day festival will take place on the picturesque Mulberry Mountain near Ozark, Arkansas Oct 16-18, 2015. Phases of the Moon Music + Art Festival is a multi-day camping event that will feature four distinct components: feel good music, performance art, visual art and the Sanctuary; plus an eclectic variety of activities and attractions.
Lunar Landing Conspiracy is a highly anticipated annual headlining experience and Phases of the Moon’s signature event presented by a newly featured “Curator” each year. The curator’s challenge is to conceptualize and orchestrate a full concert set utilizing the talented cast of musicians, performers and artists present at Phases of the Moon Festival.
Everyone Orchestra’s conductor, Matt Butler has been leading a rotating cast of accredited musicians through shows that are entirely improvised. In 2012, Butler gathered well-known musicians from Phish and moe. to record Everyone Orchestra’s first studio album, Brooklyn Sessions, which was largely improvised. “The experience of playing with different musicians, improvising every night, and getting the crowd involved in ways that they can’t be at a regular show has provided an unparalleled live music experience,” said Butler. The list of Everyone Orchestra participants is an increasingly wide and intercontinental group including members of The Grateful Dead, Phish, Furthur, Ratdog, Trey Anastasio Band, Gov’t Mule, String Cheese Incident, moe. and the Allman Brothers Band.
In addition to the Lunar Landing Conspiracy announcement, Phases of the Moon Music + Art Festival will also welcome the 2015 Artist in Residence, Larry Keel. Larry Keel is described by reviewers and fans as the most powerful, innovative and all-out exhilarating acoustic flat picking guitarist performing today. Masterful song-writing, fierce playing, gritty good-time charm and a deep earthy voice all create the signature style that has earned Keel the highest respect and billing among the top acoustic and jam rock artists today. Larry will also be performing his Larry Does Jerry All Star Jam & the Larry Keel Experience over the weekend.
The Phases of the Moon Artist in Residence is designed to showcase an artist over the course of the weekend. The concept is flexible and free flowing allowing the artist full creative expression including but not limited to multiple artist “sit-in/collaboration” (both musical & visual) of their choosing throughout the entire event as well as solo impromptu shows, meet & greets and more.