Good music fills your soul, pushes out the cacophony of everyday pressures and transcends you to the precious moment of here and now. Take in that sound and energy amid the beauty of the Ozark Mountains and you’ve found the magical weekend of music that is the Wakarusa Music Festival in Arkansas. Make plans now to attend on May 31 through June 3.
Wakarusa is a grassroots festival that started in 2004 at Clinton State Park near Lawrence, Kansas. After five years, it made a change of scenery to Mulberry Mountain, located just up the road from Ozark, Ark. 2012 marks the fourth year of Wakarusa’s relocation to Arkansas.
Festival officials just announced the lineup of world-class artists for this year’s festival. Actually, it’s part one of three announcements, the next coming out on Jan. 12. Here’s who’s coming so far: Pretty Lights; Weir, Robinson, & Greene Acoustic Trio; Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros; G. Love & Special Sauce; Balkan Beat Box; Beats Antique; Railroad Earth; MiM0SA; Keller Williams; SOJA; Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit; Green Velvet; 12th Planet; MartyParty; Opiuo; RJD2; Orgone; Paper Diamond; Papadosio; The Infamous Stringdusters; Assembly of Dust; The Sheepdogs; The Moondoggies; Wick-it the Instigator; Futurebirds; Love and Light; Phutureprimitive; The Heavy Pets; Dangermuffin; Shannon McNally; Govinda; Quiet Corral; Head for the Hills; and Dumptruck Butterlips.
You can experience Wakarusa in numerous ways, whether just for a day or camping out the whole week. Visit Wakarusa.com for information on event passes, camping, maps of the grounds, and additional activities.
Which band are you most looking forward to? What artist(s) do you hope they add to the lineup?