The Orbiting Human Circus feat. The Music Tapes

The Grey Eagle and Worthwhile Sounds Present

The Orbiting Human Circus feat. The Music Tapes

Tue, May 30, 2017

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm


This event is all ages

STANDING ROOM ONLY (with some surprises)

The Orbiting Human Circus
The Orbiting Human Circus
The Orbiting Human Circus feat. The Music Tapes:
Julian Koster (Neutral Milk Hotel) and Night Vale Presents invite you into the world of popular new podcast The Orbiting Human Circus (of the Air) with this enchanting live immersive evening of songs, stories, games, magic, and more by the Music Tapes (Elephant 6 Collective/Merge Records).

About The Orbiting Human Circus (of the Air) Podcast:
Both an immersive theatrical experience and a musical show, this evening commemorates the release of The Orbiting Human Circus (of the Air), a fictional narrative podcast created by Julian Koster (Neutral Milk Hotel) and presented by the creators of Welcome to Night Vale (one of the most downloaded podcasts of all time). Spend an evening with the show’s lead character, the hapless Janitor of the Eiffel Tower—played by Koster—who will attempt, and fail, to clean this very venue, as surreal events, songs (by the Music Tapes), and magic simply happen all around him (and you). Debuting in the top ten on iTunes’ podcast charts, the podcast—a combination of cinematic audio narrative, song, and sound collage—has reached a loving cult fandom all over the world, has been featured in The New York Times, Pitchfork, and Spin, and was named one of The Guardian’s top podcasts of 2016.

About the Music Tapes:
Founded by Koster and Robbie Cucchiaro, the Music Tapes, seminal members of the beloved Elephant 6 Collective, are known for creating unique and extraordinary live events. Their most recent show, 2012’s The Traveling Imaginary, toured in a circus tent with its own carnival of surreal games. This tour, in support of Merge Records’ release of the new Orbiting Human Circus EP—a collection of songs from the podcast and the Music Tapes’ sixth release on the revered indie label—might be the Music Tapes’ most ambitious offering to date.
The Music Tapes
The Music Tapes
Written and created by musician and storyteller Julian Koster (Neutral Milk Hotel, The Music Tapes), The Orbiting Human Circus (of the Air) is the story of a mysteriously impossible variety show broadcast from the ballroom at the top of the Eiffel Tower and the janitor who longs to become a part of it. Set to air as a podcast through the new Night Vale Presents network, The Orbiting Human Circus premieres on October 12th, and new episodes will post every other Wednesday through February 1, 2017. This fall the Janitor will be cleaning a venue near you, giving you a chance to literally walk into the world of The Orbiting Human Circus. Featuring Julian Koster (Neutral Milk Hotel) and The Music Tapes. For more information, go to More about The Orbiting Human Circus (of the Air) Podcast: The live and audio shows are Co-directed by and developed with noted boundary-pushing New York theater director Ellie Heyman and produced by Christy Gressman, The Orbiting Human Circus continues Koster's fascination with and exploration of layering of sound environments, stories, and songs. In its nine-episode first season, The Orbiting Human Circus follows a lonely janitor, played by Koster, working atop the Eiffel Tower, who stumbles into a series of alternately surreal and comic adventures as he becomes part of a mystery: what is the secret behind the wildly popular, bizarrely impossible live radio variety show being broadcast from the tower's top? The Orbiting Human Circus offers an invitation to a world you can return to again and again. About Night Vale Presents:Inspired to "keep finding new ways to tell stories within what is still a very young medium," Jeffrey Cranor and Joseph Fink launched the Night Vale Presents network in early 2016, continuing their mission to encourage independent podcasting from writers and artists who haven't worked in the format before. The cornerstone of the network is Welcome to Night Vale, which has grown to be one of the most downloaded podcasts in the world since its debut in 2012. There have now been over 140 million downloads of the twice-monthly show, which is presented in the style of community updates for the small desert town of Night Vale, featuring local weather, news, announcements from the Sheriff's Secret Police, mysterious lights in the night sky, dark hooded figures with unknowable powers, and cultural events. Fink and Cranor's other original series –Alice Isn't Dead and Within The Wires– both debuted in the iTunes top 10 and have gone on to critical and listener acclaim. For more information, go to
Venue Information:
The Grey Eagle
185 Clingman Ave
Asheville, NC, 28801