Mountain Mamas Music Monday - the last blazing days of summer edition
It's been a busy few weeks, so let's catch up... We had a wonderful group of Mamas at Song School this year - it was the first time that Kimberly and I had attended, but I'm thinking that it won't be our last. If you're interested in songwriting or performing, I'd highly recommend it - great teachers, really nice people, and a beautiful location. The soloing workshop with Bonnie was also a great success - I think we all learned a lot and became more comfortable taking solos and improvising (at least a little...)
Now, the moment you've all been waiting for --
*New* We've added a beginners track to camp, so if you have friends who want to learn how to play guitar, or may have played before, but would like to have a refresher, please let them know about camp! We're planning to keep the beginners together in their own group for the core classes, but they will get to rotate through all of the teachers - just like the rest of you!
(Yes, we heard you - everyone will get to have a class with each teacher at the October camp, so you won't feel like you're missing out!)
*Feedback Needed* We'll be ordering some camp merch (shirts, etc.) in the next week or so and we'll have some extras this time in case you want to buy one for your family or friends. We're always on the lookout for good ideas, so if there's something you'd like to see a Mountain Mamas logo on (hats? long-sleeved shirts? travel mugs?), please let us know!
Finally, registration is open for camp so sign up soon and, if you're planning to stay in town, start looking at your lodging options (Berthoud Inn, AirBnB, etc.). We can't wait to see you!
Where to go, what to see
9/6 - 9/8 Casey Jones Music Fest at Parrish Ranch (Berthoud) - I haven't been to this "3-day interactive folk/Americana music festival" before, but it looks like a lot of fun and features our friends, Bonnie & the Clydes, plus a fun lineup of artists and workshops.
9/7 RidgeFest (Wheat Ridge) - If you're in the Denver area, this is a fun mini-festival to attend. Hosted by the city of Wheat Ridge, it has lots of free activities and yummy food trucks and, the music lineup is killer this year with the Cody Sisters, Ragged Union, Wood Belly, and the Railsplitters. I'm definitely going to make this one a priority!
9/27 Chain Station at Gold Hill Inn (Gold Hill) - If you're able and willing to make the drive, this will be a really fun show in a great location. Carpool, come early, and grab dinner before and just make it a whole night up on the mountain.
10/4 - 10/6 - Mountain Mamas Music Camp (Berthoud) - Yay!
Did anyone catch Big Family: The Story of Bluegrass Music on PBS on Saturday? I'm going to have to dig into my local PBS listings (or the app) and see if I can find another viewing. More info here: New Documentary Tells Story of the ‘Big Family’ of Bluegrass.
The Steep Canyon Rangers have teamed up with Boyz II Men on a new gospel track "Be Still Moses" - wow.
Bryan Sutton has launched a new guitar camp in Western North Carolina. It starts in May 2020 and an audition is required before you'll be allowed to attend, but he does have a high-powered lineup of players. More info here.
Ok, that's it for now. I'm heading out to the Berthoud Flapjack Day festival where I'll be trying not to melt in the 100 degree heat. Stay cool everyone!