May 16--The stellar musicianship, unique sights, laid-back atmosphere and numerous surprises will greet fans at the 10th annual Wakarusa Music & Camping Festival.
The upcoming festival will feature more than 100 bands and artists on five stages May 30 through June 2 at Mulberry Mountain Lodging & Events, 23978 Arkansas 23, north of Ozark, said Brett Mosiman, festival director.
Performers set to play for the all-ages event include bands that are internationally known like Widespread Panic, The Black Crowes, Snoop Lion, MuteMath, Of Monsters and Men, Amon Tobin and Tipper, as well as many equally gifted acts, he said.
"We here at Wakarusa are so excited to be in our 10th year," Mosiman said. "The festival has grown into something terrific, and we feel this year's lineup is the best we've had yet.
"We're thrilled that Widespread Panic is coming to our festival and will perform a great, lengthy set, and there will be some surprises that will happen at Wakarusa that people won't expect, but they will love," he added. "It's going to be such a great thing."
The Black Crowes will feature new guitarist Jackie Greene; Greene and Black Crowes singer Chris Robinson performed as part of the Bob Weir-Chris Robinson-Jackie Greene Trio at last year's Wakarusa, Mosiman said.
"We're so fortunate to be able to feature international acts like Of Monsters and Men, too," he said. "And of course, Snoop Lion will be here with us this year. We've been excited about Snoop Lion and all of the bands for a long time now."
Wakarusa's diverse stage lineup makes the festival one of the most unique concert-related activities in the country, Mosiman said.
"People will have so much fun at this festival," he said. "It's really hard to beat the talent and fun that is part of Wakarusa each year."
Also aiming to impress with well-crafted sets will be STS9, Son Volt, Band of Heathens, Dirtfoot, Yonder Mountain String Band, Grouplove, Galactic, Dispatch, SOJA, Rebulation and Umphrey's McGee, Mosiman said.
"The variety of musical styles at Wakarusa really is unbelievable," he said. "There's so much quality music that is from so many different styles. It's exciting."
Other groups will include Shpongle Presents the Masquerade, RJD2, Los Amigos Invisibles, Bombino, Allen Stone, Milo Greene, Moon Taxi, AraabMuzik, Icona Pop, Felix Cartal, Gramatik, Quixotic, Gogol Bordello and Zeds Dead, Mosiman said.
"It's been fun because we've grown each year," he said. "We have people from all over the country and elsewhere attend Wakarusa each year.
"Each year, we pull people from all across Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas, Missouri and Kansas, for sure," Mosiman added. "But we also see people come from all over. This year, we're expecting more than 23,000 people to attend Wakarusa each day, and that is going to be an incredible thing."
The event's multiple-stage design will give fans a surround sound-like experience, offering many listeners' favorite bands, Mosiman said.
"Another great thing about Wakarusa is that people can discover such great acts," he said. "That's one of the most fun things about Wakarusa -- coming to Wakarusa to see and hear your five or six favorite bands, and then discovering your new favorite band or singer while you're here at Wakarusa. People will go home happy after seeing their favorite groups and discovering the work of a new favorite artist."
Wakarusa includes food vendors, crafts, band merchandise tables and T-shirt stands, as well as camping, fishing, hiking and more, Mosiman said.
"Having the Wakarusa Music & Camping Festival up on Mulberry Mountain is so ideal," he said. "Mulberry Mountain is such a scenic, wonderful place. The beauty of that area is perfect for the music and activities at Wakarusa. No one will want to miss this year's festival."
Wakarusa Music & Camping Festival
May 30 through June 2 at Mulberry Mountain Lodging & Events, 23978 Arkansas 23, north of Ozark.
Main Stage Schedule:
--1:30 p.m. -- Moon Taxi
--3 p.m. -- Calexico
--4:30 p.m. -- Galactic
--6:30 p.m. -- Yonder Mountain String Band
--8:30 p.m. -- The Black Crowes
--10:30 p.m. -- STS9
--1 a.m. -- Tipper
--1 p.m. -- Delta Rae
--2:15 p.m. -- Milo Greene
--3:45 p.m. -- Allen Stone
--5:30 p.m. -- SOJA
--7:45 p.m. -- Umphrey's McGee
--10:15 p.m. -- Dispatch
--1 a.m. -- Zeds Dead
--1 p.m. -- The Bright Light Social Hour
--2:30 p.m. -- Los Amigos Invisibles
--4 p.m. -- Rebulation
--5:45 p.m. -- Grouplove
--7:30 p.m. Gegol Bordello
--9:30 p.m. -- Widespread Panic
--2:15 p.m. -- Anuhea
--4:15 p.m. -- Bombino
--6 p.m. -- The Green
--7:45 p.m. -- Rebulation
--9:45 p.m. -- Snoop Lion
--Midnight -- Amon Tobin
For ticket prices, camping passes and information, visit www.wakarusa.com.
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