#OzMoMuFest Day 3 Wrap-Up

handmade momentsFayetteville band, Handmade Moments, finished off the festival in the Ozark Room. They were so cheerful and pleasant, I had planned to pop out in between their show for another obligation, but I pushed it back because I just couldn’t leave! They can both beatbox, you guys. It was crazy fun!

The bar had set up a build your own bloody mary station:Bloody Mary

The whole festival made me feel like I was on a cruise ship! The hotel is like this big encapsulated place that has everything you need from good food, to good music, to drinks – not to mention great rooms for when you finally have to sleep! If you didn’t make it this year, plan on attending in January 2015, because it really was so much fun. I left the festival with this happy vibe that has stuck with me all week. It’s just what I needed between my summer festivals.

#OzMoMuFest Saturday Morning Wrap-Up

After a great show on the balcony by what may as well be the Basin Park Hotel’s house band, the Hogscalders, the Ozark Room started cranking out the jams. Chuck Onofrio, the fiddle player for the Hogscalders, spent the whole festival hopping up on stage with bands to accompany them. It was really amazing to see him learn a song in 10 seconds flat and round out a band’s sound in a totally new way, all right in front of the audience.

Pearl BrickStarting the “morning” off in the Ozark room was Pearl Brick, a local singer/songwriter. She was a great start to the day with cheerful stories and sad songs. Talk about #locallove, Pearl Brick is from Eureka Springs and she’s not afraid to tell you all about it.

Tyrannosaurus ChickenFollowing Pearl was the dynamic duo Tyrannosaurus Chicken. They had the Ozark Room filled to capacity and made SO much noise for just two people.┬áThe purposefully tinny sound of the vintage mic gave them an old-timey rock and roll sound. They are incredibly talented and have a kickstand with tamourines on it, so basically they just win life. If you didn’t get to see them at the Ozark Mountain Music Festival, go seek them out because they just plain rock.

I received a free pass to the festival to blog and social-media-ize the event this weekend. However, all opinions are my own. A big thanks to the Eureka Springs Downtown Network and The Basin Park Hotel for letting me be a part of the next big thing!

#OzMoMuFest Saturday Evening Wrap-Up

Saturday evening at the Ozark Mountain Music Festival had us migrating to the top floor of the hotel where 3 big bands played the Barefoot Ballroom stage.

SX-RexLocal band SX REX started Saturday night off right. They rocked out while hula hoopers danced up front and the crowd filled in back. They have the best song names (eg: “Whiskey Waffles”), and can play everything from bluegrass to reggae.

Ben Miller BandFollowing SX REX was Joplin band; Ben Miller Band who drew a huge crowd. As we mentioned before the festival, they are the coolest because of their bass player. I got to chat with him a bit after the show because, as I explained before, the bands are just everywhere!

National Park RadioAnd lastly but mostly, National Park Radio who won my heart by playing the Avett Brothers’ January Wedding. This sweet sounding band of suprisingly design concious fellows (just check out their merch or website) were by far my favorite of the evening. We chatted with them a bit after the show too, and they were as nice as their sound suggests.

I received a free pass to the festival to blog and social-media-ize the event this weekend. However, all opinions are my own. A big thanks to the Eureka Springs Downtown Network and The Basin Park Hotel for letting me be a part of the next big thing!

#OzMoMuFest Day 1 Wrap-Up

Friday night was such a blast with only three bands, I feel like today is going to be overwhelming with more than I can count!

Here’s a few of my thoughts on the bands from last night. For more photos, videos, and commentary check out the Ozark Mountain Music Festival facebook page – where I’ve been posting throughout the festival and my twitter account where I’ll be live-tweeting all weekend.

Three Penny AcreThree Penny Acre started the festival off in the Ballroom. This adorable window-laden stage sits on the 6th floor of the hotel and was just enough space for the plethora of instruments the band brought in. Three Penny Acre is a story-telling kind of a band with a good little tale to go along with almost every one of their songs. They warmed up the stage for Honky Suckle to follow them and were a great start to a really fun night!

winkWink was a band I hadn’t heard before, but I sure am glad I did! The first band on the Ozark Room stage brought a big crowd down to the 1st floor. They have an old fashioned sound, like a deep-south honky tonk that you want to bring home to your living room for lively entertainment every night of the week. I should have told them, “I don’t want your CD, I want you!” Oh, that’s another thing. The Basin Park Hotel is not particularly enormous and if you’re meandering about between shows you will see all of the bands. You might even get caught in the little elevator with one of them! There’s no back-stage pass because the whole festival is back-stage-y. Such a neat thing! The crowd really got to dancing with this band and the room was filled to the brim. I’d suggest getting to the Ozark Room early on Saturday because it’s much smaller than the Ballroom.Honky SuckleHonky Suckle is a long-time favorite of ours, so I knew they would be a lot of fun last night. They got the whole ballroom up on their feet and dancing. The guitarist from Mountain Sprout joined them last night, and so it was double excellent to me (I’m a big fan). Things just got more and more wild from there on. If you’re not reading this from your room at the Basin Park Hotel, make plans to attend next year because it’s too much fun to miss out on!

After Honky Suckle was a midnight jam session. There’s another tonight, so if you missed last night’s, come see the bands get down together tonight!

I received a free pass to the festival to blog and social-media-ize the event this weekend. However, all opinions are my own. A big thanks to the Eureka Springs Downtown Network and The Basin Park Hotel for letting me be a part of the next big thing!