From the February 12, 2009 issue of the Sopris Sun
CCAH winter dance party will bubble with Mountain Fair spirit
By Jessica Downing
The Carbondale Recreation and Community Center will heat up with the progressive soul and funk of Bumpus for the second annual Mid-Winter Mountain Fair on Saturday, February 14. Chicago-based Bumpus headlined Saturday night at Mountain Fair 2008 and is returning for what organizer Amy Kimberly is calling “the biggest indoor dance party Carbondale has seen.”
“The Mid-Winter Mountain Fair just seemed a natural evolution once we had a venue for it,” said Kimberly, program director for the Carbondale Council on Arts and Humanities (CCAH). “The joy and sense of community that comes from dancing together while raising money for CCAH is just too good to pass up.”
Inspired by Sly and the Family Stone, the members of Bumpus came together 10 years ago playing in Chicago’s Bop Shop.They have since played thousands of shows and put out four albums, intent on “capturing the spirit of soul while moving into the future of funk.” They have opened for many national bands including Jurassic 5,They Might Be Giants and The Roots.
Opening for Bumpus will be local band Elemenopee.And great music isn’t the only reason to attend. Multimedia artists Liquid and Lux, along with Jammin Jim Pomey and Carolyn Cipperly will be hosting The Interactive Chill Bubble filled with pillows and projections.
The Backstage Lounge – a la the Beer Garden – will serve up New Belgium Beer, Jack Rabbit Hill wine, and of course,the famous Mountain Fair mojitos will be on tap. Touching on the theme of Valentine’s Day will be the“Art Vendors of Love” with art from Megan Larsen and Laura Vogel.
“The fact that Valentine’s Day falls on a Saturday allows us to be playful,” said Kimberly. “We will have Vicki
Browne’s fresh-baked sugar hearts with personalized messages; fun, funky art created by local artists; and lots of cool ways to interact.”
Tickets for the Mid-Winter Mountain Fair are available at Sounds Easy and CCAH for $25.
Tickets are available for CCAH members in advance for $20 by calling 963-1680.
Doors open at 7:30 p.m.
Mid-Winter Mountain Fair Who: Carbondale Council on Arts and Humanities
What: Live music by Bumpus, the Chill Bubble, “Art Vendors of Love”
When: 8 p.m. February 14; doors open 7:30 p.m.
Where: Carbondale Recreation and Community Center, 567 Colorado Ave.
Tickets: $20/$25 CCAH members/non-members Info: 963-1680