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    15 Apr 2014

    Top 10 Must Haves for Wakarusa

    Here are the Top 10 things you Must have at Wakarusa Music Festival!

    10. Map/Schedule – There is no easier way to catch every epic set by all the bands you want to see other than keeping track with a map and schedule of set lists. These handy guides are available all over the place and easily fit in a pocket or bag. Keep one with you and never miss the action!

    9. Sunscreen – It gets gloriously bright upon Mulberry Mountain. When the sun is shining and the bands are playing you don’t want to get burnt before the night time festivities! So make sure to cover any exposed skin with something the protect you and stay cool!

    8. Comfortable footwear – Whether you like to kick it in your flip-flops or stomp around in mud boots, be sure to bring some footwear you can party in all day and through the night!

    7. T.P. – Real talk, sometimes you are just going to need it. Multipurpose and invaluable when the facilities are especially busy, keep some with you and thank me later!

    6.  Sleeping Gear – You might want to party non-stop but sometime in those four awesome days you will want to crash. Be prepared with gear to protect you in case of a summer rain or that pesky sun!

    5. Camera – Capture the epic concerts and immortalize good times with friends with a picture! Whether it’s your phone, digital or old-school, a camera is an essential part of any adventure and Wakarusa is nothing if not an adventure!

    4. Money – Between the delicious foods, radical clothes and sweet souvenirs for sale around Wakarusa, you are going to be glad you saved up and brought a little spending money.

    3. Dank food/Snacks – Nothing like chowing down on your favorite snacks or camping food at home base or on the move. Bring along some nutritious fuel to keep you going and some treats to enjoy too!

    2. Water – The key to surviving any music festival; water is absolutely vital. Bring water with you and keep a bottle handy so you can refill it as necessary.

    1. Good friends – Travel with your crew and you are all set, plus there are tons of chill folks at Wakarusa there to have fun and make new friends!

     

    04 Mar 2014

    Top 10 TV Performances by Waka 2014 Artists

    Here are our Top 10 favorite TV Performances by the artists on the 2014 Waka Lineup!

    10. Black Joe Lewis on Late Show with David Letterman

    9. Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers on Conan O’Brien

    8. Xavier Rudd on Jimmy Kimmel Live

    7. Moon Taxi on Conan O’Brien

    6. Dr. Dog on Late Show with David Letterman

    5. Michael Franti & Spearhead on Late Show with David Letterman

    4. Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros on Late Show with David Letternman

    3. String Cheese Incident on ACL Live

    2. John Butler Trio on Conan O’Brien

    1. The Flaming Lips on Late Show with David Letterman

    25 Feb 2014

    Wakarusa’s Top 10 Mulberry Mountain Experiences

    Wakarusa’s Top 10 Mulberry Mountain Experiences

    10. Lounge in the Hammock Village at the Satellite
    Every morning, the tree line at the Satellite Stage is transformed into an oasis of bass and ENO hammocks. The perfect way to start your day…or end your night.

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    9. Ride the Ferris Wheel
    Epic views. Killer lights. Incredible memories. It’s a no brainer

    8. The Pig Trail
    There’s only one way in to Wakarusa.  The lanes are narrow and the switchbacks are scary. But the view is out-of-this-world. Remember…sometimes, getting there is half the fun.

    7. Play a Round of Disc Golf
    There is a professional, 9 hole course right in the middle of Mulberry Mountain. Pack your discs and keep an eye out for impromptu tournaments and ill-advised, drunken bets. All-Waka-long.

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    6. Chompdown
    Honestly, it may be the best part of the festival. The one thing that truly sets Wakarusa apart from the rest of the pack. Each year, hundreds of people coming together for a fan-sponsored community breakfast, in celebration of life, music, food…and Rabbit. The experiences we have had and friendships that we have forged at Chompdown are unlike any other. Check out this video to see exactly why Chompdown was an easy shoe-in for a spot on this week’s top 10 list.

    5. Become an Astral Gypsy Puppet
    Because everyone wants to experience what it is  like to become a gigantic version of Hunter S. Thompson or a walking mushroom. You gotta try it…at least once.

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    4. Enjoy the Mulberry River
    If you’re camping in Main Venue or West Woods, then take a break from the music and hop on the shuttle to Riverside for an afternoon dip. Or for you adventurous types…head a little further to Byrd’s Adventure Center for a relaxing, midday canoe trip.

    3. Hike to the Waterfall
    It’s a right of passage for every Wakarusian. It ain’t easy. But the waterfall is worth the effort. Special note: leave the beer at your campsite. This hike takes you through the Ozark National Forest and off of the privately owned land at Mulberry Mountain.

    2. Sunset
    The time of day that the sun disappears and daylight fades away…all your worries fade away as you prepare for Interstellar Meltdown.

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    1. Sunrise
    There’s just nothing quite like a sunrise on Mulberry Mountain.  You can spend it gettin’ down at the Satellite Stage, resting in your hammock off in the tree line or enjoying morning coffee with your new-found friends…our point? Make it a point to experience at least one sunrise during Wakarusa this year.

    18 Feb 2014

    Top 10 Things You Might Miss While Attending Wakarusa (A Lyrical Recap)

    Top 10 Things You Might Miss While Attending Wakarusa (A Lyrical Recap)

    10. The Family Reunion
    June is prime time for all of your distant relatives to get together and pretend like they like each other. Skip the chaos. Go to Wakarusa.

    “Blood’s thicker than the mud
    It’s a family affair.”
    Sly and the Family Stone “A Family Affair”

    9. Summer School
    It’s the Summer, yo! You’re supposed to be partying, not studying! Let your mind relax and head to Wakarusa in lieu of another dreaded Summer School Session.

    “Out for summer
    Out til Fall
    We might not go back at all”
    Alice Cooper “School’s Out”

    8. Your Job
    We all have one. Wakarusa may be your only chance to escape the grind for a few days.

    “Well I didn’t go to work, told the boss I was sick
    ‘Well you can’t use the car ’cause you didn’t work a lick’
    Sometimes I wonder what I’m a gonna do
    But there ain’t no cure for the Summertime Blues”
    Eddie Cochran “Summertime Blues”

    7. Your Boss at Your Job
    Don’t let an overzealous boss put the kibosh on the greatest weekend of your life.

    “You hate your boss at your job
    But in your dreams, you can blow his head off.
    And your dreams show no mercy.”
    The Flaming Lips “Bad Days”

    6. Your Significant Other
    So you wanna go to Waka but your BF/GF just isn’t that into it. Throw a little JT on the speakers and let them know that you’ll be heading to Mulberry Mountain anyway.

    “I can’t wait to fall in love with you
    You can’t wait to fall in love with me
    This just can’t be summer love”
    Justin Timberlake “Summer Love”

    5. Your Ex Significant Other
    Getting away from your ex may be all the reason that you need to take the plunge and purchase your Waka tickets. Chances are that if they liked Waka, they would like you. And vice versa. Time to let it go.

    “You and I are the past cest la vie,
    And I’m out with the next girl”
    Gangstarr “Ex Girl to the Next Girl”

    4. Your Favorite TV Show
    It’s the reason that God invented the DVR. Set it to record, and get your ass on the road to Waka! As they say, the revolution will not be televised.

    “Skip out for beer during commercials
    Because the revolution will not be televised”
    Gil Scott Heron “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised”

    3. Your Dog
    He might be your best friend, but you still gotta leave Fido at home! Call the local kennel and try to get over that borderline-weird emotional attachment you have to your canine brethren. It’s time to start making plans!

    “If you need a companion
    Well just go right to the pound
    And find yourself a hound
    And make that doggie proud”
    Nellie McKay “The Dog Song”

    2. Your Bed
    Camping may not be for everyone, but everyone camps at Waka! Abandon your creature comforts for a few days so that you can fully embrace the festival experience. After all, sharing a sleeping bag with a friend (or a stranger) has its perks!

    “We are friends in a sleeping bag splitting the heat
    We have one filthy pillow to share…”
    Amanda Palmer “The Bed Song”

    1. Reality
    Ok, so maybe you don’t really “miss the real world” while you’re raging on Mulberry Mountain. But that moment when you first reenter society after the festival is always awkward. Moral of the story? Create your OWN reality.

    “The nature of reality
    Is only in your mind”
    Oasis “The Nature of Reality”

    11 Feb 2014

    Top 7 Waka Moments: “Before They Were Stars”

    Top 7 Waka Moments: “Before They Were Stars”

    Wakarusa is widely recognized for it’s diverse lineup and cutting edge approach to booking talent. Here are 7 moments from the Wakarusa archives that have helped to solidify Wakarusa as a breeding ground for up-and-coming talent.

    #7. Bassnectar – 2006
    Long before he was a household name, Bassnectar was gracing Wakarusa with his massive presence. Up until this point, Wakarusa had been known as a jamband festival and Bassnectar was a name that was hardly recognized outside of the Burning Man community. This was one of the key turning points for the festival, and for Bassnectar’s explosion into modern festival culture.

    #6. The Avett Brothers – 2006
    2006 was a huge year for breakout artists at Wakarusa. The Avett Brothers were still a year away from seeing their 2007 release, “Emotionalism”, break into the Billboard Top 200. Today, The Avett Brothers have since become a staple in America’s mainstream music culture. Since 2006, The Avetts have headlined Wakarusa (2012) and appeared on stage at the 2011 Grammy Awards, Coachella, Bonnaroo, Austin City Limits, Late Night with David Letterman and more.

    #5. EOTO – 2008
    Before they were a Wakarusa staple, they were known as “EOTO – featuring Michael Travis & Jason Hann of SCI.” Their one-of-a-kind live performance took the Waka World by storm for the first time in 2008. Wakarusa’s final year at Clinton Lake State Park in Lawrence, KS would set the tone for the future of the festival.

    #4. Big Gigantic – 2010
    Big G was just breaking onto the scene. Dominic Lalli was still widely recognized as “that guy from The Motet.” Their performance in The Outpost Tent in 2010 has gone down in Wakarusa lore as one of the most groundbreaking sets since the move to Mulberry Mountain.

    #3. SBTKRT – 2011
    Do you remember this legendary set at The Satellite Stage in 2011? Wakarusa was one of the very first festivals to book the international UK Indie-pop/Post-dubstep superstar…and chances are, you didn’t get the memo. Since storming onto the scene as a relative unknown in 2011, SBTRKT has gone on to become a global phenom amongst critics and fans alike.

    #2. Pretty Lights – 2009
    It was the first night of Wakarusa since the move from Kansas to Arkansas. Gov’t Mule had taken the main stage as the Thursday night headliner. But the campgrounds were buzzing about this relatively unknown producer/drummer duo out of Boulder, CO known simply as, “Pretty Lights.” The Outpost Tent was packed on that fateful Thursday night with a healthy mix of PL fans and curious passers-by. It was one of biggest dance parties in the history of Wakarusa. Everyone left that sweaty tent with an undeniable feeling that live music was about to go through an evolution that would be unlike anything that this generation of music fans had seen.

    #1. The Lumineers – 2012
    The Lumineers were an unknown act when they were announced as part of Wakarusa’s 2012 lineup. And not much had changed by the time that they arrived at The Backwoods Stage for their set in 2012. Their performance went down in front of a passionate, yet quaint audience who KNEW they were seeing something special. The Lumineers would go on to be nominated for multiple Grammy Awards after peaking at #2 on the Billboard Top 200 in January 2013.

    04 Feb 2014

    Top 10 People That You Will Meet at Wakarusa

    Top 10 People That You Will Meet at Wakarusa

    10. The Festival Virgin
    They’re excitable, they’re young and they’re full of wonder. They’re also inexperienced and, sometimes, woefully unprepared. You may need to remind them to drink more water or loan them a roll of toilet paper, but, in exchange, you get to experience Wakarusa vicariously through the child-like perspective of a first-timer. Train them well. They are the future of your festival.

    9. The Raver
    Their clothes are so bright that you may need to wear sunglasses just to take a glance in their general direction. They claim to be festivals-goers, but they have never even imagined something as immersive and expansive as Wakarusa. They might school you on the Beatport Top 10, but be prepared to teach them a history lesson when you try to have a discussion about ’95 Dead Tour and the Gatecrashers at Deer Creek.

    8. The Old School Hippie
    He’s never heard of Bassnectar, but he can recall exactly how he felt in 1965 when Bob Dylan plugged in for the first time. He may not make it to the Sunrise Sets, but he will see more music between noon and midnight on the first day of the festival than you will see all weekend. He hasn’t had a haircut since Jerry died, and who-knows-what could be living inside of that beard?! But, alas, he was a trailblazer who probably has valuable wisdom to share with you. Listen.

    7. The Wook
    The Wook lives in secret. His place of origin is unknown. He has no car, no tent and no money. You offer him food, water and companionship. In return, you are subjected to outlandish tour stories and, most noticeably, an incessant reminder that deodorant is everyone’s friend.

    6. The Jaded Vet
    He saw Jerry 107 times and started listening to Phish the same year that you were born. Everything you say to the Jaded Vet is irrelevant. He loves to hate on anything and everything that is happening right now. Let him be.

    5. The Hula-Hooper
    They are one with the hoop. They can make that circle of fun move around their bodies in ways that defy all rational thought. The hooper typically arrives with a trunk full of hoops and a handful of costumes. And they’re always eager to share them with anyone who cares. Go ahead. Pick one up and show us what ya got. We’re laughing WITH you; not AT you. Promise.

    4. The Campsite Snorer
    Every camp has one. That mysterious freight train that barrels through your campsite every night just before you close your eyes. You take another shot of whiskey to try to dampen the noise, but it’s just not helping. Note to self: Remember to pack the earplugs.

    3. The Brah
    You can usually find them sporting a limited edition, hand-painted flat-brim cap. Their heady crystal wrap cost more than your first car. The Brah may pad his Phantasy Tour stats to deter any discussions about that year he spent hitch-hiking to John Mayer shows. The Brah loves Wakarusa. He is friendly, experienced and ready for whatever. The only question is…can you keep up?

    2. The Lovers
    The story is all-too-familiar. They met at Wakarusa. They fell in love at Wakarusa. And now, they are on their honeymoon at Wakarusa. Take a moment and listen to their Waka-Love-Story. Who knows–maybe you’re next.

    1. YOU
    You arrive as one thing, but you leave as another. There’s just something magical about Mulberry Mountain. It is a place that allows you to rid yourself of burdens and wash away past regrets. You reenter the “real” world as a more patient, loving and understanding human being. If you are returning to Wakarusa, then you know exactly what we’re talking about. And if it’s your first time….well, just wait. You’ll see.

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