Beast MODE Meets Music Mode
On June 9, the Hoovers took the stage at Fellin Park, which is next to the town’s famous Ouray Hot Springs Pool. The grassy field in front of them provided the perfect spot for festival attendees to sit down on a blanket or camp chair, or to stand up and dance with a friend.
“In such a small town and community, we know a lot of the people personally,” Cie said. “As we looked at the crowd, we saw a lot of familiar faces and relationships that we’ve created over the years. It was definitely a special moment.”
While they played, a few friends joined the stage. Karisa is the music teacher at the local school and invited the band teacher from a neighboring school to come up for a couple of songs to play the saxophone. Another friend came up for background vocals for some songs, too.
Among other songs, they played their latest album, which was inspired by the town of Ouray and the San Juan Mountains. Then as the sun went down, they played a song called “Silhouettes,” singing about the silhouettes of mountains and of people.
“It was definitely a beautiful setting for people to come together and enjoy the music, especially after COVID.”
"As we looked at the crowd, we saw a lot of familiar faces and relationships that we’ve created over the years. It was definitely a special moment."
Although the concert was their first time breaking in the Beast MODE, the Hoovers have had several other adventures since then. They explored some dirt roads near Grand Junction and other routes around Ouray. Then in July, they went to their first owner meetup at the Flarespace Campout, and they ended that weekend by driving their Beast to the Mt. Elbert trailhead and summiting Colorado’s tallest peak.
The Beast is also the perfect size for Cie to carry his art sculptures. Currently, he’s working on a 13-foot public art sculpture that will be installed in a neighboring city, Ridgway.