Mammoth Bluesapalooza Bands Announced

Every year the Mammoth Festival of Beers and Bluesapalooza offers up a rich mix of man’s greatest pleasure, beer and bands. This year over 80 microbrewerys have joined the Mammoth Bluesapalooza and will be on hand during the grand tasting to pour samples… yum, yum! Along with the beer, there will be 20+ bands playing in a turbo non-stop rotation. These are the headliners for each day.

Trombone Shorty
Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue – Friday, July 31 – 8:30 pm

Trombone Shorty appeared in several episodes of HBO’s Treme, and has recently appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and Conan. He spent his teens playing with various brass bands throughout New Orleans and touring with Lenny Kravitz.

He fronts Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, a funk/rock/jazz/hip-hop band. Together they have toured across the U.S., Europe, Australia, Russia, Japan and Brazil. In 2010, Trombone Shorty released his debut album, the Grammy®-nominated Backatown, followed by For True in 2011, which topped Billboard magazine’s Contemporary Jazz Chart for 12 weeks.

His newest album, Say That to Say This, was released in 2013 and features funk/jazz elements of New Orleans. Trombone Shorty appeared in several episodes of HBO’s Treme, and has recently appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and Conan. In 2012, he performed at the White House in honor of Black History Month with music royalty such as B.B. King, Mick Jagger, Jeff Beck and Booker T. Jones. At this year’s Grammy Awards, he performed alongside Madonna, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, and Mary Lambert. In 2012, he received the President’s Medal from Tulane University in recognition of his charitable work with the Trombone Shorty Foundation, which donates quality instruments to schools across New Orleans.

Robert Cray Band Robert Cray – Sunday, August 2 – 1:30 pm

With 5 Grammy Awards, 15 nominations, millions of record sales worldwide, and thousands of sold out performances, rock blues icon Robert Cray is considered “one of the greatest guitarists of his generation.” Rolling Stone Magazine in their April 2011 issue credits Cray with reinventing the blues with his “distinct razor-sharp guitar playing” that “introduced a generation of mainstream rock fans to the language and form of the blues”.

Since then, Cray has gone on to record sixteen Billboard charting studio albums and has written or performed with everyone from Eric Clapton to Stevie Ray Vaughan, from Bonnie Raitt to John Lee Hooker. Inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 2011 at the age of 57, he is one of the youngest living legends to receive the prestigious honor.

As ever with Robert Cray’s indefinable sound, his music remains stubbornly beyond category. Although blues is the foundation, his music is a melting pot of traditional American rock, soul, jazz, gospel, funk and R&B. “When I started playing guitar, I wanted to be George Harrison—that is, until I heard Jimi Hendrix. After that, I wanted to be Albert Collins and Buddy Guy and B.B. King. And then there are singers like O.V. Wright and Bobby Blue Bland. It’s all mixed up in there. You just never know. I always attribute it to the music we grew up listening to and the radio back in the ’60s. It’s pretty wide open. It’s hard to put a tag on it.”

Jonny Lang

Jonny Lang – Saturday, August 1 – 8:00 pm

At age 16 the farm boy from Fargo, ND who got his start in the local clubs of Minneapolis. He survived the passage of youth to adulthood, fell in love, began a family, and in the process passed through the life lessons we all endure. He has a keen sense of what he aims to achieve creatively, what music means to him, and is focused on the impact that his songs bring to the lives of those that encounter his repertoire. For Lang, with the release of Fight For My Soul, he is entering a chapter wherein he has found his true voice.

The path Lang has been on has brought him the opportunity to interact with some of the most respected legends in music. On the way up, he shared the stage with The Rolling Stones, B.B. King, Aerosmith, Sting, and Buddy Guy, who he continues to tour with today. As a 12-year-old, he began a journey in Fargo, ND that has brought him to points across the Globe, and as he looks on the upcoming short-term future, he shares, “With this album, I really look forward to bringing our music to people in places where I’ve never been before. Music is one of the greatest conveyors of ideas and emotions, and in a sense that doesn’t have as much to do with the individual performing, but the power of the connection. One of my goals is the music can be a blessing to the people listening to it in some way. And if Fight For My Soul can help somebody by making them feel better or that they’re not alone, that’s my idea of success for this album.”

Robben Ford
Robben Ford – Thursday July 30, 7:45 PM

Robben Ford is one of the great blues guitarists of our time, drawing on tremendous songwriting, improvisation, and vocal skills and creating music that is powerful and spellbinding.

Growing up in the 1960s, a teenaged Robben Ford spent countless hours listening to artists like Aretha and Otis, at the same time soaking in guitar blues from Mike Bloomfield, Eric Clapton, and B.B. King. In his early 20s, Ford went on to join blues luminary Jimmy Witherspoon’s band. In 1974, the guitarist was discovered by saxophonist Tom Scott and the progressive fusion group L.A. Express. He then teamed up with Joni Mitchell to support her Court and Spark tour and play on two of her albums, 1974’s Miles of Isles and 1975’s The Hissing of Summer Lawn. In the years since, players as respected as Pete Townshend and Eric Clapton have marveled at his work, and he has appeared as a featured artist in Musician magazine’s “100 Greatest Guitarists of the 20th Century” issue.

Today, as a five-time Grammy nominee and possessing a resume that includes stints with an impressively broad range of other musical personalities—Miles Davis, George Harrison, Little Feat, and the Yellowjackets, among many others—this remarkable guitarist has effortlessly traversed genres without compromising his exquisite, blues-based playing and singing. His live performances combine the best of blues, jazz, and rock all infused with the searching passion of a veteran artist.

Tommy Castro

Tommy Castro & The Painkillers Thursday, July 30 – 6:10 pm

Irresistible contemporary blues-rock…street-level grit and soul. Phenomenal and funky … soulful vocals and inspired blues-rock guitar!

I’m always moving forward, going outside of my wheelhouse, listening to new music and incorporating new ideas,” says award-winning guitarist/vocalist/songwriter Tommy Castro.

“The contemporary blues scene is full of fresh, new sounds. It’s an exciting time.” Castro is famed for his signature brand of tough, rocking rhythm and blues, thrilling fans around the world with his incendiary live performances. “A lot of folks are having hard times these days,” Castro says, “and they need something to lift them up and make them smile. Our music kills the pain.” Castro, along with The Painkillers, will unquestionably be easing pain, lifting spirits and filling the mountain air waves as he has on numerous past performances at Bluesapalooza—only now he’s packing an even more feral punch.

Tickets and Lodging Packages are available through Mammoth Luxury Rentals MLR. They are offering a discounted all event ticket plus discount on lodging for stays of 3 nights or longer. You can also call them at 877-864-6444. Be sure to reference this post as “Mammoth Blog” so you can get the deal on the event. We will see ya there!

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Soaking in a Hot Spring

Hot Creek in Mammoth

Overview before descending down to Hot Creek

How comforting is it to sit outside in the cold and soak in a hot tub!  We’re not talking about a traditional “jacuzzi” kind of hot tub, but a hot spring .  Close to Mammoth you will find pockets of waters bubbling to the surface. You can usually see the steam rising on a cold night.   One of the more famous locations is  Hot Creek near Mammoth over by the airport.

Hot Creek in Mammoth  is home to a large amount of geothermal activity and Hot Creek is actually a cold creek that is warmed as it mixes with water that is heated by the lava / earth that is under the Eastern Sierra. Boiling hot springs, fumaroles and geysers are found here.  Some of these pump hot water into the water flowing down from Mammoth Creek warming the water into what is called Hot Creek. Swimming is officially not advised but the many soakers will tell you, “come on in, the waters fine”,  and it is. What makes Hot Creek so spectacular is the view, and the way the water mixes. Melted snow and ice fall into cracks which is heated by the earth. It bubbles up boiling hot in the ponds and mixes with  melted snow somehow making the temperature just right for a soak.  Now don’t get too excited and grab your bathing suit and start driving.  Hot Creek isn’t always open.  It was shut down when the water starting mixing at the wrong amounts and the hot water was just too hot.  It also started “geyser” like flowing and shooting straight into the air like “old faithful”.  The forest service controls this so you should check with them before you go to soak. There are signs telling you not to swim, and especially not to suck down the water as it is full of sulphur.  Even the smell may be a bit overwhelming, but the locals will all tell you, it is one beautiful place.

Located, three miles south of Mammoth Junction on US 395 and three miles east of the airport (the last 1.5 miles is unpaved). You take the Airport Road and drive past the Hot Creek Fish Hatchery. Hot Creek is a phenomenon of live hot springs and fumaroles (gas vents) that heat a cold mountain stream. Parking lot and restrooms. Open sunrise to sunset; no charge.

My 2 cents. – If it is open, you have to go for a soak.  Bring your own everything especially towels, bathrobe, shoes. Please leave glass bottles  and cans at home.  When the glass breaks it ruins the party for everyone as everyone is walking barefoot. It is really disgusting to see people chuck their beer cans into this beautiful environment.

Rolling in the snow!  Somehow soaking in a jacuzzi or hot tub and hoping out and rolling in the snow seems to be a phenomenon that everyone has to try once.  It won’t kill you, but be advised it burns like hell!  It is almost laughable when people come to visit  and they hop out of their Mammoth lodging jacuzzi and roll around or make a snow angel.  It stings.  On the other hand, some people like it.  Go figure.

Tell us what your experience has been like and where you like to go soak.

Welcome to Mammoth Lakes California

Mining is what started it all. Deep in the Eastern Sierra the mountains had kept away many until 1858 when gold and silver were discovered in the Comstock Lode. Soon minters from Lake Tahoe had invaded the area searching for their lucky strike. The Mammoth Mining Company was born and for ten years Mammoth was a boom town. It stayed pretty much the same until 1937 when a real highway was built and Dave McCoy discovered something about Mammoth that only the previous residents knew. It had great water.

Today Mammoth Lakes California is a thriving resort town filled with fishing, hiking and mountain biking in summer and world class skiing and snowboarding in winter.  Boasting the longest ski season of any United States resort, Mammoth Mountain is generally open from mid November through May and often till 4th of July.  It is a great place to visit, better place live and one of the most beautiful on earth.