Many people have turned a radio on; no big news. But, on Saturday night at 10 o’clock in the Barefoot Ballroom of the 1905 Basin Park Hotel, located here in the historic downtown entertainment district, a “Radio” will be turning on hundreds of music enthusiasts with its modern folk sound. The highly-popular National Park Radio band from Harrison AR is just one of 11 nouveau groups entertaining the enlivened throngs during the Ozark Mountain Music Festival -or OzMoMu for short- the weekend of January 24-26, 2014.
National Park Radio, with their roots firmly planted in the hills of the Arkansas Ozarks, is an all-acoustic troupe that offers an audience well-written original songs and beautiful vocals. Putting those sounds together are Stefan Szabo (vocals, guitar, banjo); Kip Kibling (bass, vocals); Isaac Szabo (banjo, guitar); Jamie Stevens (guitar, vocals); and Micah Szabo (percussion, vocals).
“What is so dynamic about National Park Radio,” noted Jack Moyer, overall event coordinator, “is that all of their music is inspired by the beauty of their surrounding native landscape, as well as their joys and trials of life and love; truly lyrical poetry. An example of this melodic melding is their current hit, ‘The Great Divide’.”
Other groups poised to take the two performance stages during OzMoMu are 3 Penny Acre, Wink, Honky Suckle, Handmade Moments, Hogscalders, Pearl Brick, Tyrannosaurus Chicken, SX Rex, Ben Miller Band, and Ron Landis & Chuck. The last six will be performing on Saturday with the first show starting at 12 noon. A full schedule of bands and performance times can be found online at OzarkMountainMusicFestival.com
Moyer explained that the event is quickly nearing capacity with tickets going fast, “We have had such an overwhelming response to this, our first OzMoMu, that two-night lodging-festival packages have nearly filled up the Basin Park Hotel so we are now offering Friday night only package. We are also extending the lodging-festival packages to our sister hotel, the 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa, including a special Saturday night only package. We understand that some folks want to come to the festival but can only come for just one night and we are being sensitive to that.”
For lodging availability, one should call 800-643-4972 or go online to ReserveEureka.com/hot-deals.