February is for (Music) Lovers
Welcome to February, Mamas! I hope everyone enjoyed the sunshine and warmth of yesterday, because I know that I'm freezing in my office right now (although, it's nice to see a bit of snow for a change. You know, since it's winter!) and before I get to all of the wonderful stuff we have in store for this month, I wanted to do a quick recap of last month.
We had our first Mountain Mamas open jam at Swallow Hill Music in Denver with about 30 folks who showed up to play and sing, including several of our beloved Mountain Mamas instructors. (Thanks Bonnie, KC, EP, and Andrea!)
And, in case you missed it, 9News was there as well which was an exciting / scary / new experience for all of us. You can check it out here and share it with your friends.
If you couldn’t make it to the January jam, please join us in February (no news cameras this time!)
Kimberly and I also setup a Mountain Mamas booth at the inaugural Dolly Day Denver, a fundraiser for the Imagination Library of Denver, a local chapter of Dolly Parton's literacy foundation. It was so fun, spreading the word about Mountain Mamas, while also meeting tons of wonderful Dollys and participating in attempt to break the record as the world's largest gathering of Dolly look-alikes (I think we had 102...).
February Happenings (including Camp and workshop updates!)
Registration is now open for our February workshop with Courtney Hartman (!) and for our March Camp so please sign up and spread the word!
As you know, we're always trying to grow, expand, and learn new things so we can continue to make Mountain Mamas a great experience for all of our Mamas - campers, workshop attendees, instructors, and community members. As part of that journey, we're making a few changes at camp this year including::
Adding instruction on mandolin, upright bass, banjo, fiddle, and ukelele
We're also getting some new posters and merch, so stay tuned!
Where to go, what to do, who to see this month...
Feb 14-16 Midwinter Bluegrass Festival (Northglenn) - If you're a bluegrass picker and haven't been to Midwinter, you're really missing out. This festival takes over a whole hotel and the music is non-stop with nationally known bluegrass acts playing on two stages, workshops, and so much jamming. I'm volunteering on Saturday, so stop by and say Hi!
Feb 14 Ley Line @ Swallow Hill Music (Denver) - I've only heard rave reviews about this all-female multilingual folk band from Austin. If you get a chance, check them out.
Feb 15 Bonnie & the Clydes @ Moe’s BBQ (Englewood)
**Feb 16 Mountain Mamas Monthly Jam @ Swallow Hill Music (Denver) - Come joint us at this Mountain Mamas event!**
Feb 21 -23 WinterWonderGrass @ Steamboat Resort (Steamboat Springs) featuring Margo Price, Molly Tuttle, Lindsay Lou, WinterWonderWomen, and more!
Feb 21 Elephant Collective Showcase - Women in Folk @ The St Vrain (Longmont)
Feb 22 House Concert with John Statz & Monica LaBonte (Longmont)
**Feb 29 String Songs with Courtney Hartman (Denver) - Come join us at this Mountain Mamas event!**
What I'm reading / listening to / watching...
Inside Country Radio's Hidden Policies That Keep Female Artists Off the Air (Vice) or check out this entertaining video from Samantha Bee
Stay warm out there! I hope to see you at a show, workshop , or camp soon!