Moogfest 2017 highlights Day 2: ‘Stranger Things’ soundtrack live scoring, Zola Jesus, Princess Nokia, Lafawndah

Moogfest 2017 continues! After a spectacular Moogfest day 1 with performances by Talib Kweli, Survive, Avalon Emerson, Mykki Blanco, Omar Souleyman, and Peanut Butter Wolf, Moogfest day 2 featured a high-energy set of music and non-music talent.

Dark synth band Survive achieved widespread acclaim with a captivating set of original music. Notably, Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein of Survive composed the “Stranger Things” original soundtrack. Dixon and Stein performed a live scoring of “Stranger Things.” An atmospheric set, Dixon and Stein played in the Carolina Theatre of Durham’s historic Fletcher Hall. Basked in red lighting, the duo scored “Stranger Things” sandwiched between a fern and another plane rather reminiscent of a Demagorgon.

Zola Jesus performed a riveting show. Her combination of synch – pop backing and Jesus’ robust vocals captivated the aduience. Zola unveiled new material. “To be a witness, to these deep, deep wounds/To resist it, keep that knife from you,” she oozed. Such powerful, haunting lyricism offered a juxtaposition to the beauty of its accompanying musicality.

In Motorco Music Hall, Princess Nokia melted the mic with her firey lyricism. “She’s a queen,” a Moogfest volunteer commented of Princess Nokia. With gritty, uptempo, urban lyrics, Nokia painted vivid portraits. The audience certainly arrived excited for Princess Nokia.

Multi-cultural artist Lafawndah rocked Motorco Music Hall with a smattering of instruments backing her silky vocals including a gong. Moogfest 2017 day 2 exhibited its wide array of artists and styles.


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