Warm-up for Wakarusa 2014

As everyone knows by now, Paige and I are all ready super, uber pumped for Wakarusa 2014!! Even though the festival is not until June, we like to spend the next few months “getting ready.” No we aren’t packing or anything like that, but we do this by repeatedly looking over the band line-up and oh-so-carefully choosing what bands to see. Our warm-up to Waka also involves heavily steeping yourself in the music to come. We listen to playlists compiled on Spotify especially for the festival!! Here are the tools you’ll need to enjoy the pre-festival excitement with us!! If anyone has a different perspective on warming up for Waka let us know so we can try it out too! As always enjoy.


P.s- So far I will not be missing Bassnectar, STS9, John Butler Trio, Lettuce, and of course Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros

This extensive playlist was created by Spotify user Chris Beno and contains over 300 tracks to get your groove on to! Give it a listen and let us know who you don’t want to miss!

local band highlight: arkansauce

I couldn’t help but smile all the way through arkansauce‘s show the other night. The music was great, but that’s not why. It was the following of fans that the band has cultivated. There were young guys singing along to every song, duos of girls dancing in front of the stage, it was a beautiful thing. Arkansauce’s local love is charming, and contagious.

If you don’t already follow us on instagram, you should, but also we took pictures:

The bearded fellow is a friend of ours, and this was regrettably the first time we’ve made it out to one of his shows. We’re super glad we did, and will definitely do it again because they rock!

That bass is so cool! It reminded us of Ben Miller Band (who we wrote about recently during the Ozark Mountain Music Festival). Their bass is a washbasin, a wooden pole, and a single weedeater string. So, this one’s a bit fancier, but similar!

If you haven’t seen this handsome foursome of incredibly talented musicians, we really recommend that you check them out. Especially if you’re in their hometown!

my diy hula hoop

hoopThe hoop is made from a type of lightweight tubing called PEX. I was able to get a 10′ piece at my local Home Depot, which happened to be the exact length I needed (more on that in a second). We found a male to male connecter, used a hair dryer to loosen up both ends of the tube and pressed the connecter in which we then taped over for extra stability.

I then wrapped the hoop in black electrical tape, to give it some more fun. The hoop was really slippery though, and so I ordered some gaffer’s tape in teal which adds some grip to the hoop.

I mentioned in last week’s post that the hoop my mom had was not the right size for her. The right size hula hoop should, when standing on it’s end at your feet, reach your belly button – or near there. To find out how long the tubing needed to be we measured straight up from our feet to our belly buttons and used a bit of geometry to find the circumference of a circle with that diameter.

hoopMy mom’s needed to be 6″ shorter, so we used my dad’s pvc cutter to snip that off before making her one. We didn’t make my dad one, but his would have had to be 11.5′ in circumference.

music monday: ragtimified

Your guilty pleasures hipsterized:

If you haven’t already heard of Postmodern Jukebox you’ve probably been living under a rock. Welcome to the world outside of your rock home! They are actually about to go on tour, so if you like what you see check out their dates and see if they’ll be near you! I can’t imagine how fun this would be live!

#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. The 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!

waka winter classic: george’s majestic lounge

waka winter classicBrooke and I are giving each of these up-and-comers a listen tonight and we’ll share our comments and pick the band(s) we like best so you can be a somewhat more informed attendee of the Fayetteville, AR Waka Winter Classic. The band I picked out as her favorite from the Tulsa show ended up winning, so we’re probably totally worth listening to. Here’s the run-down of the Fayetteville Waka Winter Classic:

Cadillac Jackson: The upbeat funk band is comprised of: Jake Souza- Keys/Vox, Logan Cruce- Lead Guitar, Josh Souza- Bass, Brian Hickman- Drums, Jared Souza- Guitar/Vox, and Stephen Tucker- MC/Percussion. They claim to be influenced by “anything that makes ya booty shake!”
These guys have performed at Wakarusa in recent years and know what the scene’s all about. The band sounds like a more funky version of Afroman.

Don’t Stop Please: Their interests include, “Organizing Tackle Boxes, Mountains, and Skinny-dipping” so you have to at least think they’re fun! Their hometown is Conway, AR – where we met.
This hipsterly crew has a relaxed, but full sound. Their vocals sound like something tastefully vintage. Brooke’s official pick is Don’t Stop Please.

Foley’s Van: “It’s bluegrass…but not your Ma and Pa’s.”Their bluegrass is too heavy for our taste. Last time we saw Foley’s Van live we did a quick write up, and giving them another listen has reminded us that they are definitely talented.

Randall Shreve and the Sideshow: “Randall Shreve & the Sideshow brings their own wine-soaked flavor of indie rock to audiences around the country. Their music, which has been described as “Vaudeville Rock,” transports the listener back in time to an earlier era.”
Brooke and I split down the middle on this one. I have a certain affection for vintage circus imagery and this would be the soundtrack to go along with that. Paige’s official pick, is Randall Shreve and the Sideshow, but Brooke isn’t feeling the sound.

Revolution Butterfly: “The revolutionary soldiers of rhyme, from the deep woods and the back-country streets bring a psychedelic sound-scape mixed with funk and reggae experimentalism.”
The genre of this band is unclear. We aren’t sure what else to say, except no.

Space Camp: Representing the electronic genre, Space Camp consists of John Hysell on bass, Taylor Smith on synth and keys, Tim Yarbrough on guitar, and Clatyon Stuttle on drums.
Definitely expect a laser light show for this one and would be Brooke’s second pick if second picks were allowed.

Don’t Stop Please is Brooke’s favorite and Randall Shreve and the Sideshow is Paige’s. Which band is your fav? See you at the show!