Hibernation Hoedown was created last year to celebrate the journey of the capitol Christmas tree from Meeker through Dillon and on to its final home in Washington, D.C. The tradition continues this year with music, food and drinks, albeit without the famous tree. The event also will include free hot cider from the Dillon Community Church and free horse-drawn trailer rides around Dillon provided by the Keystone Stables.
The music grows
The Magic Beans, a band that sprouted up a mere three years ago on the Front Range, will close out the afternoon of music.
“We’re all from different parts of the country,” said Scott Hachey, guitar and vocals for The Magic Beans. “We met in Boulder a few year ago — we played for fun for a long time and had a lot of epic house parties with the music and whatnot — and a lot of friends encouraged us to take it to the next level. Three years later, we’re still doing that, and it’s been pretty sweet.”
The band has compiled a pretty hefty touring schedule and has had a lot of success right off the bat, Hachey said.
“Due to the nature of our music scene and the whole music environment that we have going on right now, there’s a lot of word of mouth going on right now,” he said. “I think we were getting all these emails, and on Facebook people were telling us across the nation that they wanted to see us.”
The Magic Beans’ shows are eclectic, Hachey said, creating engaging music that features a strong thread of high-energy bluegrass and funk.
“We do electro disco dance, Americana, rock ’n’ roll — it’s a genre-crossing operation,” he said. “The shows are a really huge part of our sound. We do have albums, but we’re not a huge album or radio band. Our show is our product to sell to people.”
Hachey said the music would get people up on their feet and dancing, especially in light of a weather forecast that calls for snow showers and low temperatures.
Yamn good time
Yamn, a band of Denver transplants from Breckenridge, will get the music going for the Hibernation Hoedown. Also focused on the live experience, Yamn pushes the limits of electronic jam music with a sound that’s constantly evolving and cranking out new energy.
Hachey said The Magic Beans have looked up to Yamn and enjoyed playing with the band since the two originally crossed paths.
“Totally; wow, that’s so exciting,” he said of teaming up with Yamn. “Those guys are awesome. It’s definitely awesome playing with them. They rock, and when we just started playing, they were establishing themselves as a local band.”
Bring on the snow
The Magic Beans released their first live album Monday, “Party: Volume 1,” and will launch a winter tour in November and December. Hachey said the band loves ski season and isn’t scared of a little cold weather in Summit County.
“We live in Nederland, so we have our own little mountain — Eldora — and some of the band members work there when we’re not playing,” he said. “It’s a huge part of our lifestyle; we go up to the mountains pretty much every weekend and do mountain tours.
“Hopefully it snows but it’s not too crazy so people come out and get to enjoy the show. … Dress warm because we’re going to party.”