Wakarusa festival announced their 1st round of artists set to play their 12th Annual music festival from June 4th – 7th at the majestic Mulberry Mountain near Ozark, Arkansas. Now, the 2nd & 3rd round of artists have been announced with more Reggae-Rock groups playing alongside a slew of America’s top recording & touring artists, of all genres…
Wakarusa Music Festival describes themselves as a “grassroots festival nestled in the Ozark Mountains of Arkansas where the beauty of nature synchronizes with the euphoric sounds of live music.” While this marks their 12th year, it is their 7th consecutive year at the picturesque Mulberry Mountain.
After a first round of artist announcements included a few Reggae-Rock groups with Rebelution & The Expendables, we see more reggae driven bands being nestled into this jam-packed weekend in Arkansas. This has to be one of the better line ups announced for 2015 with more reggae-rock groups being included with some of the nations most recognized groups.
This isn’t a reggae festival by any means and as of the last few years, it appeared that you needed to attend a reggae festival to see some of your favorite reggae bands in a festival environment. Wakarusa is helping bridge that gap as the final 2 rounds of their artist announcements include: Slightly Stoopid, Dirty Heads, Collie Buddz, Matisyahu and Stick Figure. Other highlighted additions include Nahko and Medicine for the People, Thievery Corporation, Major Lazer & Umphrey’s McGee
The hope with festivals like Wakarusa is Awareness. Fans of alternative rock & hip hop groups becoming fans of reggae-rock bands and vice-versa. In addition, festivals like these encourage future collaborations between genres as it provides an opportunity for a lot of these bands to meet & greet each other in person. That can only continue to shape & evolve the music we all collectively love. Maybe a festival like this could bring bands together, like Slightly Stoopid & Ben Harper, Rebelution & The Roots, Stick Figure & The Floozies, Dirty Heads & Thievery Corporation etc.
One can only hope, as the goal (aside from everyone trying to make money) is to see this music community evolve and be welcoming to new sounds & influences.
Ben Harper & the Innocent Criminals
Chance the Rapper
Portugal. The Man
Joe Russo’s Almost Dead
The Gaslamp Killer
Black Tiger Sex Machine
Wick-it the Instigator
The Magic Beans
Carrie Nation & The Speakeasy
Shawn James & The Shapeshifters
Gigantic Underground Conspiracy
Galactic with Macy Gray
The White Panda
Nahko and Medicine for the People
Judah & the Lion
The Delta Saints
Rose’s Pawn Shop
Cure for the Common
The Human Experience
Hearts of Darkness
In addition to the artist announcements, Wakarusa recently revealed their Mulberry Mountain is My Muse, art grant program. The program promotes an artistic and creative community within the festival through funded art grants. Individuals are encouraged to submit a proposal via the Wakarusa website through March 20, 2015.
Tickets have been on sale since November 7th and you can purchase them at HERE!
VIP Tickets are available for $705 and that includes your camping pass, meals, drinks, showers, early arrival, up front viewing & more. 3 Day General Admission passes are $164 (Plus tax & fees) that includes access to all 6 stages, entry to all the venue areas, late night show access in addition to free shuttle rides to & from Riverside. What that amount does not cover is camping. Camping passes must be purchased separately and every vehicle entering the festival requires a camping or parking pass. Unfortunately, children are not admitted for FREE as ages 1-101 are required to have a paid admission ticket. But if you’re 102, you’re in FREE!
Watch: Wakarusa 2014