Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Groove Fest 2014

One of my favorite things to do in life is to see live music!  It's always an energizing, fun, feel good time.  I am also a big fan of camping and just generally being outdoors with friends and family.  Put all of these things together and what do you have?  A music festival!  When I saw Groove Fest announced on facebook I immediately checked out the line up.  With some of my faves like Karl Denson, Keller & the Keels, and Hot Buttered Rum playing, it was basically a hook, line, and sinker.  Then I researched the venue, listened to some of the other bands, checked out the dates, the cost, etc...and it all seemed perfect.  So I called up some friends and we all bought tickets!

The festival proved to be everything I had hoped it would be.  We brought our kids and camped in the family camping area...which was small, but worked great for us.  We found ourselves among many trees which was great for lounging around in hammocks.  The stage was very close to the camping so we could chill at camp and still groove to the great tunes (this was especially great at night when the kids were sleeping).  And with the short walk we could move back and forth with ease when we needed something.  Our weekend consisted of hula hooping, dancing, eating from the delicious food vendors, making new friends, lounging at camp, laughing, & listening to the funky, bluegrassy, groovy music!

Amazing music, groovy crowd, beautiful venue, positive vibes, and fun fun fun times all wrapped up into a music festival you are not going to want to miss!  Hope to see you next year at Groove Fest!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Euforquestra: Music Monday

It's time to get funky. The Hip Mountain Mama crew spent the weekend at Groove Fest in Georgetown, CO. We boogied to many previously featured Music Monday bands including Karl Denson, Kyle Hollingsworth, Dumpstaphunk and Keller Williams. One of the many bands that got us out on the dance floor was Euforquestra.

Euforquestra is a Fort Collins, Colorado based band that knows how to bring the funk. They lay down some funky grooves and put on one heck of a show. Watch these videos to check these guys out.

Their latest album, titled 'Fire' was produced by Kyle Hollingsworth (of The String Cheese Incident) and was released in March. The album does a great job of bringing the bands super fun high energy shows to the recording.

The boys have quite a few shows coming up. Check their tour dates section to see if they're coming to your neck of the woods.

As always, let us know in the comments below what you think of this Music Monday choice. Then check back next week for another great artist.


Sunday, July 13, 2014

John Prine: Hip Mountain Mama's Music Monday

We feature a lot of jam bands and funk music on the Hip Mountain Mama Music Monday. We love a good jam but sometimes you just want to chill out while you are working or need to ease into a morning. When those times come, I often turn to the folk music of John Prine.

John Prine was working as a mailman singing and playing guitar on the side until he was discovered by Kris Kristofferson, resulting in the production of Prine's self-titled debut album through Atlantic Records in 1971. John's hilarious stories and great song writing made him a favorite to see at folk festivals and at venues across the country through the 1970s, 80s, 90s and today.

You can catch John on the road this summer. Check his website for tour dates.

Have you listened to John Prine's music before? What is your favorite song.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

New Summer Goodies

Find these items and more in my new arrivals section here: Hip Mountain Mama. 

Monday, June 30, 2014

Music Monday: Widespread Panic

Ok, this one's a no brainer for the Hip Mountain Mama crew. We've been seeing Widespread Panic since the late 1990's. We've driven thousands of miles, enjoyed some local show and nearly worn out CDs, MP3s and we stream many of their live shows through Mixlr. But the highlight of our summer happened this weekend when Widspread Panic made their annual run at Red Rocks Amphitheater.

If you haven't heard of Widespread Panic, they're a jam band from Athens, Georgia. They don't just jam. They rock. The band has a unique southern rock sound that is all over the board from funky upbeat grooves to bluesy, dirty southern music with the occasional country sounding jam. With Dave Schools rocking the six string bass, Sunny on all percussion except the kitchen sink and Todd Nance laying down the drum beats; the backbone of this band is solid. Add in the funky keyboards of JoJo, mind blowing lead guitar by Jimi Herring and the heart wrenching vocals of J.B. and you've got a band that you've just got to see live.

The band has long been known as a constant touring act. The summer tour heads to Las Vegas for 3 nights after Red Rocks then the High Sierra Music Festival, Gathering of the Vibes and Lockn' Music Festival. Visit their website for the full tour dates. You'll notice they are back in Colorado for Halloween (See you there).

Check out this song then search for more Widespread Panic on Spotify, Pandora or your local music store.

Give us some feedback. What do you think about the Hip Mountain Mama Music Monday feature? What would you like to see more of?



Monday, June 23, 2014

Dumpstafunk: An Extra Funky Music Monday

We like our funky music and nobody knows the funk like the Neville family from New Orleans. As long time fans of The Funky Meters and Neville Brothers, we're quite familiar with the talent of Art, Aaron and Cyril Neville. We obviously took notice when Arron's son Ivan Neville started a band called Dumpstaphunk in 2003 to play at the New Orleans Jazz Festival.

Ivan along with his cousin Ian Neville, Tony Hall, Nick Daniels III, and Nikki Glaspie make up the New Orleans funk band. They've been called "the best funk band from New Orleans right now" by the New York Times and voted "New Orleans Best Funk Band" by both Offbeat Magazine and Gambit Weekly. 

One thing is for sure, these guys are super funky and a ton of fun to see live. Check out their Summer Tour Dates to see if they are in your area. Check out these two songs then let us know in the comments below what you think about this choice for Hip Mountain Mama's Music Monday.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Beach Photo Shoot


My friend Natalie went on vacation recently and she brought along some HMM goodies for a fun beach photo shoot!  How lucky am I to have friends who work for me while they are on vacation!  Although this looks like some pretty fun 'work'!  All of the items she is modelling here can be found in my shop, Hip Mountain Mama!

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Sand Dunes 2014

Every year in early June we head out on a road trip to the Great Sand Dunes National Park.  It is something the whole family looks forward to...a road trip, camping trip, Colorado beach weekend all wrapped up into a super fun family vacation.  With 2 camping trips under out belt already this season, we are pumped up and enjoying all of the beauty and fun nature has to offer.  Hope you are enjoying this warmer season so far!  #Getoutside

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