7 Reasons OzMoMu Is The Thing To Do In January
- Winter’s only outdoor festival held indoors
- Where the attendees and the bands party together; there’s no backstage
- Foot-stompin’, energizing, sing right along with the bands
- Take over the whole hotel… friends on every floor
- Roll to Chelsea’s after hours… then roll back to rest up for next day
- Kick-a** Galaxy Grass
- Bloody Mary Show Finale on Sunday to say “G’bye… till next OzMoMu”
The Ozark Mountain Music Festival, better known as OzMoMu, celebrates its sixth year in 2019, in Downtown Eureka Springs. This popular event features an Americana Roots style which is an Ozark Mountain Fusion of Bluegrass, Folk, Urban and Americana Roots sounds. This winter festival is held inside at the 1905 Basin Park Hotel and is known for its “unique vibe of an outdoor music festival on indoor stages.” Headlining this year’s festival is Hog Slop String Band from Nashville, TN; and The Kitchen Dwellers from Bozeman, MT.
The Hogslop String Band is a Nashville based old time string band comprised of four energetic young musicians hailing from Georgia & Tennessee. Upon forming as a pickup square dance band in the summer of 2009, The Hog Slop String Band has since become one of the most sought after old time string bands.
Montana-bred bluegrass outfit Kitchen Dwellers are captivating fans across the country with their high-energy live performances and unique approach to traditional music that fans have dubbed Galaxy Grass. The group has burst onto the bluegrass scene sharing the stage with acts such as Railroad Earth, Greensky Bluegrass, The Infamous Stringdusters and Twiddle. 2017 saw the band release their second studio album, “Ghost In The Bottle” while continuing to push the boundaries of their genre.
Other bands confirmed so far for OzMoMu19 include:
>Ben Miller Band an American band that was formed in 2005 in Joplin, Missouri. The band’s lineup currently consists of lead vocalist and guitarist Ben Miller, bassist (playing a homemade one-string washtub bass), drummer, and back-up vocalist, Scott Leeper, lead/back-up vocalist, violinist/cellist, guitarist, and electric-cactus player, Rachel Ammons, and guitarist/bassist/percussionist, Bob Lewis. The Ben Miller Band combines elements of folk, blues, bluegrass, and country into their music. Originally, The Ben Miller Band’s sound had been self-described by the band as “Ozark Stomp” but in reference to their label, is now referred to as “Mudstomp”.
>Whiskey for the Lady is famous for its intense stage performance that continues to bend genres and melt minds. From festival set to porch session, the band’s unique roots sound and determination delivers a refreshing energy to the Kansas City folk scene and an unforgettable live experience that you don’t want to miss.
>The Mighty Pines are a soul-inspired roots rock band influenced by the wide rivers and red-brick streets of St. Louis. With soaring vocals and thoughtful composition, the two principle songwriters shift the band’s sound from catchy rock ‘n’ roll to earthy instrumentals.
>Jacob Tovar is a man from a different time, a different era. With a gentleman’s handshake, booming voice, contagious smile, and quick wit, this Tulsa, OK performer effortlessly connects with all through his sincere Roots Country songs: a weaving of Americana, folk, and old school country styles.
Performances kickoff with the return of the high energy Ben Miller Band on Thursday night and continue for four days on multiple stages in the 1905 Basin Park Hotel. The Festival located in the middle of Eureka Springs Downtown Entertainment District includes popular Late-Night Jam on both Friday and Saturday nights to be held in nearby Chelsea’s Corner Cafe & Bar.
“With no backstage area the attendees and bands are all together in the same space. Hanging out with the bands is what makes OzMoMu so unique” stated Mary Howze, Festival Coordinator.