If you haven’t heard, Blue, brews & BBQ is the place to be on Sundays in Utah. With hiking, biking, gondola rides, a playground, bounce house for the kids, bungee trampoline, amazing food, shopping and killer views of the mountains why would you want to be anywhere else?
This past Sunday my family packed up the truck and made our way to Earl’s Lodge to see one of my favorite local bands, Folk Hogan. The heat was intense that day so we made a beeline to the snowcone stand and tried to resist the temptation to pour it over our heads. With blue stained mouths we made our way to the huge grassy field to pick our spot and luckily got there early enough to get a perfect spot up front. The views are amazing and as you are laying in the grass looking up the mountain it’s hard to imagine being anywhere else.
Folk Hogan is one of those bands everyone must see live, a band that you will not be able to resist dancing wildly to. When I arrived they were already a song into their set and a group of belly dancers was shaking their hips to the music by the stage. The girl children took off across the grass, spinning and giggling before spotting a balloon maker and chasing him down to request butterflies.
If I had to describe the band in just two words it would most definitely be ‘gypsy punk’ and as soon as you see them enter the stage you will understand why. This band is anything but ordinary with 6 members playing an accordion, mandolin, bass, banjo, guitar and drums. Folk Hogan brings humor to their music with songs like ‘March of the Drunkard’, ‘Zombie Prince’ and ‘Skeleton Scramble’, it really is hard to not love them. This band is oozing with talent and the proof is in the smiles on everyone’s face but most of all they are just plain fun and in the heat of summer, on the last day of the weekend, that truly is the best thing of all.
It was so nice to see people outside, dancing, smiling and most importantly making friends with strangers. When you are outside in the open, it’s so much easier to strike up a conversation, a smile becomes an invitation to chat and children who have never met become instant friends just by chasing each other through the grass. I wanted to stay all day and was sad I had to miss Diego’s Umbrella but after dancing, the bounce house, a gondola ride, hiking and bellies full of snow cones and BBQ french fries, the girl children were ready to go.
Snowbasin’s Blues, Brews & BBQ goes through September so be sure to make your way up the mountain one Sunday or 10 to check it out. Take a look at the concert schedule HERE and all the delicious items on the menu this summer here, here & here. Be sure to pack plenty of sunscreen and get ready to have the best summer ever.
About the Author
Mikaela is a transplant from Portland, fell in love with Ogden her first day in town and created Indie Ogden shortly after. She enjoys outdoor adventures with her husband, 2 kiddos and fur baby and making a mess crafting. You can find her at a local cafe or cycling around town with her family.