Wakarusa 2014 Pt. 2

The second of three lineup announcements from Wakarusa has come. It’s getting good, folks, with The Flaming Lips and Bassnectar coming to the Mulberry Mountain. We also have one of my personal favorites, John Butler Trio, and Xavier Rudd. And just to make @DocMurda jealous, The Mogli’s and Caroline Rose! Now, one more week and we get the final announcement. Stay tuned.

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Hello, 2014!

The last month came and went too fast. So fast, that I feel like I blinked and it was 2014 before I even had a calendar ready. But this year is off to an awesome start. There is tons of new music to look forward to, but my favorite part of the new year is always the festival lineup announcements.

Coachella (April 11-13 and 18-20, Indio, CA) is bringing OutKast back. YES. That is correct. Their first performance in, what, over a decade? This makes me feel like a psychic, because I was thinking about OutKast just yesterday morning. Did anyone (else) see this coming? But psychic abilities aside, this is HUGE news. The other headliners are Muse and Arcade Fire. I might brave the hipsters this year! This festival is going to be so amazing… Apart from the headliners, Broken Bells, Ellie Goulding, Grouplove, Pharrell Williams, Lorde, Foster The People, MGMT, Kid Cudi, The Head and The Heart, Empire of The Sun, Cage The Elephant, and Fishbone are also calling me to Indio, CA! Here’s the full lineup:

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In other local news, Wakarusa (June 5-8, Ozark, AR) has already shared the first part of their lineup (and a pretty new website), but apart from Michael Franti & Spearhead, there is nothing very surprising on the first release. I’m going to need these guys to just drop the full lineup at once, because I haven’t had any psychic revelations about Waka.

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The Hangout (May 16-18, Gulf Shores, AL) will announce this year’s lineup next week on the 15th. And Loufest (September 6-7, St. Louis, MO) is going to make us wait until the beginning of April (what a torture!)

TBT: Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad, Wakarusa 2010

Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad @ Wakarusa 2010

The first time I heard Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad was earlier this year at the G. Love & Special Sauce concert in Fayetteville (‘member that?). They were the opening act and I didn’t know anything about them. So I asked what kind of music they played, and a guy came over and said “it’s baby-making music.” That was my introduction to Giant Panda G.D.S. That guy was right, to certain extent, but after seeing them for a second time I learned they’re much more than just baby-making music.
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TBT: ALO at Wakarusa 2010

ALO (Animal Liberation Orchestra) @ Wakarusa 2010

Music is good for the soul. And the ALO set at Wakarusa was just what my soul needed. There was a big crowd at the Revival Tent waiting for them, so when Dave Brogan’s drums started “Man of The World” (the title track of their new album) it gave cue for what would be a big sing-along. The set was a great mix of old favorites and new material. Songs like “Walls of Jericho,” “Wasting Time,” and “Try” are some of the must-know ALO songs; the smiles all over the audience made that evident to those seeing ALO for the first time.  Continue reading

Wakarusa 2013

Wakarusa 2013

All photos by @begt

The Wakarusa Music Festival took place May 31 – June 2 in my neck of the woods. And I’m quite literal when I say that, I’m talking about bear sightings here, people. The festival has taken place at the Mulberry Mountain in Ozark, AR since 2008 (just about 1 hour 15 min drive for me), after moving from The Clinton State Park near Lawrence, Kansas, where it was born in 2004.

I’ve held Wakarusa close to my heart since 2010, when I attended the first time. I’ve always enjoyed the beauty of Mulberry Mountain and appreciated the eclectic atmosphere. A lot of new music has made its way into my life through Waka. I’ve always loved it. All of it. Including the near sunburn I’ve gotten every year, despite all the sunscreen. But this year was different. After only a day at Mulberry Mountain, I bailed. No shame, no apologies. Let me tell you why. Continue reading