Events Ahead: Wakarusa Is Almost Here!

Grab your planner when you join me each Monday because I preview upcoming events that you won’t want to miss.

Jill M. Rohrbach
Wakarusa 2010 will feature over 150 bands performing on five stages throughout its four days of non-stop live music at Mulberry Mountain near Ozark on June 3-6. That’s just around the corner folks so you better get your tickets.

Widespread PanicMulberry Mountain is an event and lodging facility on about 650 acres surrounded by the Ozark National Forest. It’s a fabulous venue for a music and camping festival. Last year the music was fantastic and it never felt crazy crowded despite the thousands of people that were there enjoying the shows, food, vendors, and scenery.

The 2010 artist lineup will include: Widespread Panic, STS9, Umphrey’s McGee (2 sets including a late night), The Disco Biscuits, The Black Keys, Slightly Stoopid, John Butler Trio, Blues Traveler, Dweezil Zappa Plays Zappa, Robert Randolph and the Family Band, Bassnectar (late night set), Railroad Earth (2 sets), The Machine performs Pink Floyd (late night set), JJ Grey & MOFRO (2 sets), 7 Walkers featuring Papa Mali and Bill Kreutzmann, Lotus (late night set). Rebelution. ALO. State Radio, Tea Leaf Green (2 sets including a late night), BoomBox (2 sets including a late night), Black Joe Lewis (2 sets), Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk (2 sets), Dub Tribe Soundsystem, Fishbone, EOTO, James Zabiela (late night set), Mark Farina, Split Lip Rayfield (2 sets), Hayes Carll, The Mother Hips, Ott, Sub Swara, Tortured Soul, Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band (2 sets), Trampled by Turtles (2 sets), Wookiefoot (late night set), Mishka, Future Rock, Big Gigantic, Spacemen, MiM0SA, Truth & Salvage Co., Fort Knox Five (2 sets), Pimps of Joytime (2 sets), That 1 Guy (2 sets), Ekoostik Hookah , Mountain Sprout (2 sets), Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band, Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad, Band of Heathens, Great American Taxi, Last Waltz Ensemble (2 sets), Cash’d Out, Earl Greyhound (2 sets), The Constellations, Bluetech (sunrise set), LYNX & Janover, Jay Nash (2 sets), Supervillains, The Uglysuit (2 sets), The Bridge, Backyard Tire Fire (2 sets) , Dirtfoot (2 sets), The Heavy Pets, Spoonfed Tribe, Passafire (2 sets), Simplified, Kinetix, Hoots & Hellmouth (2 sets), Truckstop , oneymoon (2 sets), Oakhurst (2 sets), Ben Miller Band, Resident Anti-Hero, Somasphere, Radiohiro and MC Zulu, and Speakeasy.

Umphrey's McGeeAs if that weren’t enough, this year there will be a carnival that includes a seven story Ferris wheel. Also new is a silent disco. Each participant will be given a specially designed set of 2 channel headphones delivering the clearest sound possible. Two live DJ’s will provide the entertainment – you chose which one you want to groove to by simply pressing a button on your headset. Born from the festival and rave scene in Europe and brought to you by Wakarusa and Silent Events, you know you want to give it a try.

Other activities are a Friday night costume contest and parade, morning yoga, disc golf (9-holes), hiking, fishing, and canoeing.

There are several ticket packages ranging from attending one day to attending the entire event with camping or even VIP packages. There are no refunds on tickets, and the festival will take place rain or shine. No dogs are allowed at the event.

If You Go:
Mulberry Mountain is located on the Pig Trail Scenic Byway, which is Ark. 23 from the south boundary of the Ozark National Forest to its intersection with Ark. 16 at Brashears. The rugged and forested Boston Mountains region of the Ozark Mountains provides the setting for this route, portions of which run through a tunnel of foliage during spring, summer and fall. The byway crosses the Mulberry River and the 165-mile Ozark Highlands Trail.

The box office is in a new location this year. It’s located at the intersection of Highways 23 and 215 – approximately 3 miles south of the main venue. It’s recommended to approach the festival from the south (Interstate 40 – North on Highway 23), doing so will place you right at the doorstep of the box office. For those of you who take the northern route (southbound on Highway 23), know that you’ll be required to drive past the main venue to obtain your wristbands prior to entering the festival.

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