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AC Entertainment is a music promotion company based in Knoxville, Tennessee. They are the co-producers of the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival with Superfly Productions and the producers of the Big Ears Festival in Knoxville, the Forecastle Festival in Louisville, Kentucky, and the Mountain Oasis Electronic Music Summit in Asheville, North Carolina. They also specialize in venue management and services, event booking and production and event marketing and sponsorships. They are talent-buyers for several Tennessee venues and for The Orange Peel in Asheville.
AC Entertainment maintains the Great Stage Park festival ground, where they annually host Bonnaroo. (This site is for lease for special events.) They produce and promote a variety of music and performing arts events across the country with an emphasis on the Southeast. The company was also involved in starting the alternative weekly Metro Pulse, although the two companies are now independent.
AC Entertainment is headed by Ashley Capps, who founded the company in 1991. Capps got his start as a music promoter in Knoxville during the 1970s, where he booked events at the University of Tennessee and off-campus venues. In 1988 he opened a music club in Knoxville called Ella Guru's, which he closed in 1990 to re-focus his energies on forming AC Entertainment.
Bonnaroo is a four-day music festival held at Great Stage Park on a 750-acre farm in Manchester, TN. The main attractions of the festival are the multiple stages of live music, which feature a diverse array of musical styles including indie rock, folk, hip hop, americana, reggae, electronica and more.The festival has been named one of the "50 Moments That Changed Rock & Roll" by Rolling Stone magazine, "Festival of the Decade" by Consequence of Sound and it is among the 10 Best Festivals by GQ Magazine.
A three-day music, art and environmental activism festival held in Louisville, Kentucky. The festival began as a small gathering of local musicians in Louisville’s Tyler Park and steadily grew into a national attraction that now includes major touring acts, national art collectives, outdoor industry partners, prominent speakers, environmental workshops, and more. Forecastle was selected in 2012 as one of Rolling Stone's "Top 33 Coolest Festivals" and has an annual attendance of over 65,000 fans at Louisville Waterfront Park.
Big Ears (2009-2010, 2014-future)
Brainchild of Ashley Capps, Big Ears was an annual music festival in Knoxville, TN created and produced by AC Entertainment, considered an avant-garde boutique festival that took place in historic locations around downtown Knoxville. Though the festival did not occur from 2011 to 2013, its return was announced on October 23, 2013 and will take place March 28–30, 2014.
Mountain Oasis (2010-present)
Mountain Oasis Electronic Music Summit is an electronic music festival held annually in Asheville, North Carolina since 2010 Woven around the twin threads of contemporary electronic music and the creative use of technology – old and new – the festival features world-class musical performances by many of the greatest artists in contemporary music along with talks, seminars, and panels by artists and others; interactive experiences for audiences; art installations and exhibitions and more. After parting ways with the name Moogfest in 2012, Mountain Oasis Electronic Summit resumed in 2013 with artists like Nine Inch Nails, Bassnectar, Pretty Lights and Neutral Milk Hotel.
- Flory, Josh. "From Public Radio to Bonnaroo, the Career of Ashley Capps", Knoxville News Sentinel, Knoxville, 25 May 2013. Retrieved on 15 August 2013.
- Lord, Joseph. "Forecastle Festival Met Attendance Expectations", WFPL News 89.3 FM, Louisville, 15 July 2013. Retrieved on 15 August 2013.
- Consequence of Sound. "Mountain Oasis Electronic Music Summit 2013", Consequence of Sound, Online, 2013. Retrieved on 18 August 2013.
- Consequencce of Sound. "The Mountain Oasis Electronic Music Summit 2013 lineup wins everything", Consequence of Sound, Online, 30 April 2013. Retrieved on 15 August 2013.
- Official Website
- Sundown in the City
- Article on Ashley Capps and Bonnaroo from Interference.com
- Interview with Ashley Capps, Mega-Festival Producer of Vegoose, by June Caldwell, American Chronicle, November 5, 2005
- Bonnaroo firm hired to boost Birmingham festival, USA Today, November 18, 2007