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Moby to close Canalside Free Thursdays

The final vacancy in the 2014 Canalside concert lineup has been filled. Moby, an electronic music pioneer of the 1990s, will perform along the waterfront on Aug. 14.

Although the Thursday concert is free, VIP passes -- which include admission into the VIP tent, unlimited food and drinks, front-of-stage viewing and private bathrooms -- are available for $40. More ticket information can be found here.

The 48-year-old Richard Melville Hall is a bit of a Renaissance Man -- while he's best known for his active role in ushering electronic music into the mainstream consciousness of the U.S. and the UK, Moby is an accomplished videographer and songwriter, as well as a major proponent of the vegan diet and animal rights.

Currently, Moby has sold over 20 million records worldwide and produced 13 studio albums, including his most recent, 2013's "Innocents." Receiving an 8 out of 10 rating from Spin, the album proves that Moby remains relevant -- even if he was best known two decades ago. Here's an excerpt from that review, written by Barry Walters:

"But there's a hypnotic purity to Innocents, as if [Moby] finally surrendered to the fact that these psalm-like prayers are where he excels —maybe they’re only thing he's truly great at. He doesn't get much credit for this because his image is so intensely egghead-ish, but Moby's true talent is gospel that doesn't announce itself as such. He makes spiritual music about being in spiritual crisis. Here it’s the blues, largely without blues chords."

As is typical with the Canalside Free Thursday concerts, expect Moby to take the stage around 8:30 p.m. after two openers. Gates open at 6 p.m.

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