The second annual Ozark Mountain Music Festival in Eureka Springs is off to a strong start. Thursday night Mountain Sprout kicked the festival off and it’s been rocking ever since. Stepping into the Basin Park Hotel during the OzMoMuFest is like walking into another more lively and cruise-ship-esque dimension. The hotel is full of band members, festival goers, and incredible organizers and staff who are all there to have a good time and are mixing and mingling freely. There’s locals, out-of-towners and it’s all a big happy mix of people. You can get a feel for the music if you check out the festival’s spotify playlist:
The Friday evening set started with Dusty Pearls from Tulsa, OK at 7pm in the Ozark Room – which is by the way a super intimate setting and one of my favorite places to see a band. I always feel like I’ve gotten to know a band so much better after seeing them in this venue because it’s just so relaxed. It’s like they are playing and talking to you from your own living room. They’re comfortable, the audience is comfortable, it’s just plain nice. The Dusty Pearls were no exception and even ended their set with a song about “sex farts” that they were both embarrassed about and charming while playing. The duo is inspired by other folksy harmonizers like Johnny Cash and June Carter and The Civil Wars. They played some amazing covers and plenty of equally amazing originals. Lucky for you, even if you missed this show, they play again today from 3-5.
After the Dusty Pearls the festival moved upstairs to the Ballroom where Hosty Duo, also from Tulsa, OK brought the weird dance-y vibe that got the night rocking. With songs about pterodactyls that include verses in spanish and songs about dads telling their kids to eat their mac and cheese, I was laughing and dancing through the whole set. The duo is incredibly talented and makes enough noise to fill the ballroom with just a drum kit, electric guitar, and a kazoo taped to the guitarist’s mic. Needless to say, seeing this duo live is an experience that you really just need to have or you’re missing out!
Foley’s van is a somewhat-local favorite from Fayetteville, AR that brought the backwater bluegrass the festival’s known for to the stage. An already dancing crowd just grew as the night went on. There were a couple girls with light up hula hoops grooving in the back of the ballroom and the festival vibe was complete.
Keep up with my posts from the festival in any of these social media outlets and use the hashtag #OzMoMuFest on your posts throughout!
And of course, I’ll be doing another wrap-up or two on my blog lorrabeth.com