Sunday, January 31, 2010

Cold Farm Music

I grew up in a farming community of 2,000 people. If you climbed the watertower and looked out in any direction there was nothing but fields as far as the eye could see. It was mostly corn and cows, and occasionally soybeans.

None of the fields ever had a rock band in it. An in January, the didn't have anything else in them, either.

I like farming in Houston much better.

Mark setting up the stage for the Last Organic Outpost's cold farm musicfest.

I'm not sure who donated the fireplace. Considering it never got above 37F on Saturday, that fireplace was the main attraction! Yes, I was the one who built the fire in it. Seriously, they need to start teaching kids proper fire-building techniques in schools or something.

Up first, Paper Windows.

Playing musical instruments outside in almost freezing weather takes dedication. Playing excellently in under such conditions moves out of skill and into virtuosososity. There was a lot of that this weekend!

Paper Windows was great band mixing up there own indie acoustic alternative folk rock songs with covers of assorted modern stuff. The fact that they did this gig for free just puts them over the top in class and coolness. Go see them!

The second act on Saturday was The Gorilla Dance Band. They describe their music as Texas Pyschadelic Funk, a mix of classic rock, country and funk stirred up with a Austin sort of flair. I love Pink Floyd. Their cover of Wish You Were Here is better than the PF version, 'nuff said!. You hear them and you'll want to keep hearing them!

Meanwhile, back at the ranch (def. 2)... saturday also found a group of art students building racks on which to hang paintings for an upcoming art/fashion/lifestyle show coming up at the Outpost in the near future (date not set yet).

Can we build it? Yes we can!! Especially when someone brings a generator along because hand tools are so hard to use. Um, this still counts as being green, right? The wood is recycled...

Joe, surveying his crops.

Others also surveying his crops.

It was a cold, cold day but a lot of people came out, listened to music, tossed wood on the fire, munched on fresh greens and curry tacos, and were taught edible wild plants by your's truly. My feet were both numb and sore by day's end, but it was so worth it.

And then on Sunday we did it all again. This time four different one-person acoustic musical acts took the stage throughout the day, but I was too busy teaching classes to get their names or take I forgot my camera. The weather was about ten degrees warmer which made a big difference, though people still turned the small, sane fire I built into a raging bonfire. I guess that's just human nature, especially when they aren't the ones cutting the firewood.

Adventure! Excitement! Hippies and Survivalists Working Together!


Anonymous said...

"Curry tacos"? Sounds delicious, if a little sacrilegious (being that it's not Mexican).

I love offbeat winter events held outside. A couple weekends ago we had an ice cream social here in MN. It was warm enough that we actually got rain instead of snow.

Merriwether said...

I'm hoping they turn it into an annual event. It was an awesome time!

Brad said...

And I'm sorry I missed it. Didn't get back until late (fuel stop in the Bahamas) and worked late.

Ahhh, maybe the next event.