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Asheville City Soccer Club Pays Tribute to Bob Moog with Special Edition Jersey

By Tim Blekicki, 05/08/24, 12:15PM HST


Photo courtesy: Dani Nicosia

Tucked into the vibrant tapestry of Asheville's cultural landscape, the Moogseum stands as a beacon of innovation, celebrating the legacy of a true visionary: Bob Moog. As the Moogseum approaches its five-year anniversary this summer, it is not just a milestone for the institution but a testament to the enduring impact of Moog's pioneering spirit.

"Bob's innovations, especially the Moog modular synthesizer and the Minimoog that followed, allowed musicians to explore uncharted sonic territories," reflects Craig Frustaci, Assistant Director of the Bob Moog Foundation. As Rolling Stone magazine put it, “Bob bent the course of music history.”

Moog spent much of his early life in New York and developed new technology at a dizzying pace. He rarely patented his inventions which allowed for equitable use and adoption of his work, which propelled the music of the ‘60’s and ‘70’s into the future. Bands throughout numerous genres began incorporating synthesizers into their music and exploring a brand new palette of sounds.

In 1978, Moog moved with his family to North Carolina. His daughter, and Executive Director of the Bob Moog Foundation, Michelle Moog-Koussa reminisces about their family's retreat to the Appalachian region.

"The area's natural beauty not only grounded him but provided him with the mental clarity needed to return to his work with a fresh perspective," she reflects. "Nestled in the woods of Leicester, with many a kindred spirit nearby, Dad had an ideal environment for his innovative ideas to flourish."

Following the move to North Carolina, Moog continued his work with theremins and synthesizers. After a storied career and revolutionary life, Moog passed away in 2005.

The Bob Moog Foundation carries on Bob’s vision and legacy of innovation through their three main projects: the Bob Moog Foundation Archives, Dr. Bob’s SoundSchool, and the Moogseum, which is located in downtown Asheville and has welcomed nearly 40,000 visitors from all over the world.

As the Moogseum continues to enrich the cultural fabric of Asheville, Moog-Koussa hopes that her father's creative and innovative spirit will inspire future generations. "We need more people who are thinking outside the box and advocating for new approaches," she asserts.

As Asheville gears up to celebrate Bob's 90th birthday, we’re honored to recognize his legacy with our limited edition pre-match jersey. Let's not just honor a musical pioneer but embrace his legacy as a call to nurture creativity, innovation, and the transformative power of live music for generations to come.

The Bob Moog Foundation jersey will be for sale for the first time at the May 24th, 2024, home match. The following week, any inventory left will be sold through the club’s online store.

The Moogseum, located at 56 Broadway Street, Asheville, North Carolina, invites you to step into Bob Moog's world and experience the magic of innovation firsthand. Open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., seven days a week, it's a journey you won't soon forget.