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Wakarusa Review

Sunrise at Waka

Nestled in the Mulberry Mountains near University of Arkansas in progressive Fayetteville, Wakarusa attracts people from all backgrounds; trust fund college students, flower children of the 60s, rednecks, jam band enthusiasts and everyone in-between. Succeeding a year full of muddy delays, clement weather created a perfect setting to house a festival full of inspiration and gratitude. Wakarusa fosters interaction and connection through the artists’ messages, workshops, and the 30,000 “co-creators” that attend.

But when it does come to the music, Wakarusa 2014 did not disappoint. This year’s line-up featured acts for everyone: John Butler Trio, The Flaming Lips, STS9, and Michael Franti and the Spearheads. Colorado’s own, The String Cheese Incident, headlined Saturday evening with a psychedelic three-hour set. A staggering amount of people paraded from Colorado. The Colorado flag was as much of a staple symbol as the BASSNECTAR symbol, who gave his all on a late night set. He, along with many others, thanked the crowd for the honor to play Waka. Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros’s front man, Alexander Ebert, made a solo appearance after Jade Castrino was confirmed to have been asked not to attended the North American tour. Nahko and Medicine for the People came out on fire. After killing a press conference and two intimate performances, its safe to say the five-member band, who converses about a simpler way of life, walked away from the festival with many new fans.

Sad you missed some of Waka’s lineup? Here is when you can catch them in town!


Cherub @ Westward Music Showcase, June 21

EOTO, Break Science @ Sonic Bloom June 19-22

Umphrey’s MeGee @ Red Rocks, July 5

Michael Franti and the Spearheads @ Red Rocks, July 6

Adventure Club, Infected Mushroom @ Global Dance Festival, July 18-20

Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Vintage Trouble, and Reignwolf @ The Ride Festival, July 12-13

Nahko and Medicine for the People @ ARISE Festival, August 8-10

The Revivalists @ The Bluebird, August 29-30