Ashvegas Hot Sheet: Buxton Hill Barbecue a no-go; Moogfest update; call for artists; more


Here’s an EXTRA edition of the hot sheet, just because there’s so much to keep up with:

-Buxton Hill Barbecue: The Buxton Hill Barbecue was going to be a real pit barbecue joint down on the hot South Slope, a project featuring one of Asheville’s most talented chefs, Elliot Moss. But that project is now dead in the water. Moss confirms via Twitter, adding that he’s moving forward:

@Ashevegas confirmed. Working with some new partners on the same concept. Will be a different name and location. Great to feed ya last nite!

We’ll keep an eye on what he’s up to. (Moss’s reference of feeding me was a nod to a great pop-up dinner on Thursday night that Moss cooked for. Freakin’ awesome barbecue, collards, mac-and-cheese and much more. Wow.)

-Appalachian Tavern: The Appalachian Tavern was going to be the new restaurant to take over the former Northside Grill space on Merrimon Avenue. Now the word on the street is that project is also dead in the water. No details on what happened.

-Development news: Developer Rusty Pulliam has purchased the former McDonald’s property at 1915 Hendersonville Road for $625,000. It always pays to keep an eye on what Mr. Pulliam is up to.

-Moogfest update: Word on the street is that the Moog Music folks will be releasing more details of next spring’s Moogfest next week. Folks will recall that Moogfest isn’t happening this year after Moog Music parted ways with AC Entertainment, the outfit that had booked/promoted the event the past few years. (AC Entertainment is forging ahead with its own electronic dance music festival this October; it’s called Mountain Oasis Music Summit.) Moogfest is developing as a four or five day event that will feature a series of panel discussions and workshops, as well as great music, according to what I’ve heard. There have been lots of comparisons to a SXSW approach to the event. Moogfest next year will also include a technology job fair, which I’m sure will be welcomed with open arms in Asheville.

-Fringe Festival call for artists:

“We are now looking for new and innovative work for the 2014 Asheville Fringe Arts Festival” says Fringe organizer, Jim Julien. Genres of performances include theater, dance/movement, music, video/film, performance art, poetry, puppetry, installation with performance. Julien also included “and maybe some forms of performance we have not even seen yet. … We are exploring new venues for the 2014 Fringe. We are very excited to partner with the Odditorium of West Asheville. … We will always have our home base in the BeBe Theatre,” says Jocelyn Reese, festival co-director. “They are the chief sponsor, creator and supporter of the Fringe in Asheville. We will still offer a variety show format for some artists to experiment with shorter length pieces, as well. … With the Fringe Feature format, we are hoping to encourage performance artists and interdisciplinary artists to develop longer, more developed pieces that can stand on their own.” The call for artists for the Asheville Fringe Arts Festival runs until October 31. Applications can be made online at the Fringe website: The Festival itself will be happening January 23-26, 2014.