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Mister Moonbeam at Axe and Fiddle
May 11 • 8:00 am - 5:00 pm• Free
One man’s quest to master a whimsical expression of meticulous craft and vivid imagination.
Imagine Kumaji, the eight-armed boiler keeper from ‘Spirited Away’ with a Willy Wonka aesthetic doing his best to mimic the sound of Crazy Horse circa 1969 by playing all the instruments simultaneously.
After a near-death-experience left him with a ‘build it and they will come’ directive to express and share the now-constant soundtrack in his head, Mister Moonbeam charted a course to reconcile these new developments.
The result is a bizarre and exquisite one-man music machine: For the left foot he constructed an octave of bass pedals with gem-shaped keys and built-in lighting. The right foot toe-taps out each individual drum sound on the pads of a sampler bolted to half a dress shoe. The Magic Flute is a proprietary lead instrument that sounds alternately like a trumpet, accordion, synth, or whatever the song calls for. All this serves as the backing band for a guy with a guitar singing equally crafted folk-rock-ish songs with the urgency of a man on a mission.
After six years and thousands of hours of intensive training Mister Moonbeam is ready to roll his whimsical jalopy out of the wood shed and into the world.