In a video posted on the Bob Moog Foundation website, hip-hop legends Beastie Boys perform a ribbon cutting ceremony for the Foundation's installation at The Orange Peel in Asheville, NC while on tour. Here's all the details that the Bob Moog Foundation have sent us...
Dubbed the "MiniMoogseum," the display serves as the first permanent installation of Bob Moog's archives, including one of his Grammy awards and relics from the early development of Moog synthesizers. Michelle Moog-Koussa, who serves as the Executive Director of the Foundation named after her father, explained that "Over the decades to come, hundreds of thousands of people will see the installation as they visit the club..." which was recently voted in the top five in the country by Rolling Stone magazine.
Beastie Boys join a growing group of celebrity musicians, including Stevie Wonder, Keith Emerson, and Billy Corgan who have all voiced their support of the Foundation's mission to teach science to children using musical instruments. In the video the band expresses that they are "...proud and happy to be here at the beginning of this beautiful thing.....the Moogseum." They continue by saying "There should be a Moog synthesizer in every classroom."
The MiniMoogseum was designed and built by a team of donors and volunteers--the foundation playfully refers to them as "Rockstars"--including Gene Felice, Aurea Woodworking Design, Steve Dunnington and Mike Pieo. Materials for the project were donated by Cormark International, Speedy Graphics, Moog Music, Asheville Hardware and Henco Reprographics. This project is the first step in an iterative process for the Foundation. The full-sized Moogseum, scheduled to open in approximately four years, will feature interactive and experiential exhibits that inspire the next generation of "Bob Moog" like innovators, as well as an intimate performance area, where musicians from around the world can participate in the Foundation's programming.
Moog-Koussa continued, "...we are deeply grateful to the Beastie Boys for lending their big voices to our cause. Not only will Foundation supporters be interested in the band's support of our efforts, but the legions of Beastie Boys fans will as well. That will bring us some great attention and hopefully help us continue to make new friends and raise awareness for our projects."
The Bob Moog Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit based in Asheville, NC, is funded by private donors and generous foundations, including but not limited to the Grammy Foundation and the Buncombe Country Tourism Development Authority.
Beastie Boys are an American alternative hip hop/rap rock group from New York City whose 1986 debut album Licensed To Ill was the first hip hop record to reach #1 on the U.S. Top 100. Since then Beastie Boys Mike "Mike D" Diamond, Adam "MCA" Yauch, and Adam "Ad Rock" Horovitz have released numerous platinum-plus albums including Paul's Boutique, Check Your Head, Ill Communication, Hello Nasty and To The 5 Boroughs, as well as the recent all-instrumental The Mix-Up. They are often joined by fellow artists Mark "Keyboard Money Mark" Ramos-Nashita, Michael "Mix Master Mike" Schwartz, and Alfredo "Fredo" Ortiz. Beastie Boys are one of the longest lived hip-hop acts and continue to enjoy commercial and critical success to the present day both on record and as an international live attraction.
The Orange Peel Social Aid and Music Club is Asheville's premier music club.