We had an incredible weekend at camp with the first ever Newhoma Mountain and Music Festival.
Festivities began early Friday morning with the arrival of vendors and musicians, and ended Sunday afternoon with an fantastic closing set from Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band out of Asheville, NC.
Families, couples and groups of friends all stayed at The Nature Place, rented Big Spring tents, or camped for the duration of the festival. Delicious food and drink was provided by Amicas, Front Range BBQ, and Bristol Brewing Company.
The music of the festival appealed to all age groups, the groove beats of Saturday’s Tigercity contrasted the rock-a-billy of Friday afternoon’s Henhouse Prowlers, while the electric dance rhythm of Saturday playing Moneypenny mixed well with the down-home bluegrass riffs from the Sunday set of Grass It Up.
On Friday, Paperbird’s gorgeous vocals were followed by The Category Stompers’, led by fiddler Matt Combs, outstanding and flowing technical musicality. Grayson Capps evening performance had everyone dancing under the moon…but S. Mob and Outformation’s Sam Holt had everyone howling with delight late into the evening.
Saturday began with a hearty dose of Broverdose, followed by the soulful singing of Jen Korte and The Loss. Colonel Redbone wowed the crowd with their lyricism and rocking melodies. Listener came back for an encore performance–minus the emblematic washing machine. Outformation’s final performance, plus Surprise Me Mr. Davis and a rocking set from Oakhurst (with former Big Spring warrior, Max Paley, on mandolin) brought many fans to Florissant for a tremendous Saturday night jam. Then Daniel Lawrence Walker brought us all, gently, back to earth with his beautiful solo guitar and folk singing.
Take time to sample all of the fantastic bands from Newhoma–they were new to many listeners…and everyone walked away VERY excited by what we had all heard.
Newhoma merchandise is still available. Check out this post for more information.