Wakarusa 2009


June 4-7, 2009
Mulberry Mountain Ozark, Arkansas

Wakarusa, which The Marquee loved last year, is psyched to help them announced their first official list of confirmed artists for 2009’s festival.

Not only does the line-up look varied from last year, but this year’s event will also have a new home, as Wakarusa is moving from Lawrence, Kansas to the Ozarks of Arkansas at what appears to be a premiere festival site. We’ll keep you posted on updates as we draw closer, but for now, check this out:

2009 Line-up
Yonder Mountain String Band (2 big sets!)
STS9 (2 big sets!)
Sly & Robbie
Railroad Earth (2 sets)
Cross Canadian Ragweed
Digable Planets
Porter, Batiste & Stoltz (2 sets)
Steve Kimock & Crazy Engine
Perpetual Groove (2 sets)
Split Lip Rayfield (2 sets)
The Egg
20/20 Soundsystem
Jimmy Herring Band
Cornmeal (2 sets)
Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey
Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit
Secret Chiefs 3
Joe Purdy
Dirtfoot (2 sets)
Pretty Lights
Big Smith (2 sets)
Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad
Heavyweight Dub Champion
DJ Rekha
Underground Orchestra
My Dear Disco
Blue Mountain
Truckstop Honeymoon
Elephant Revival
Burnin’ Smyrnans
Hana Pestle
. . . and many more to be announced!

Tickets on sale today!
via www.wakarusa.com.
Full Event Passes, VIP Passes and Camping Passes will be available today (Friday, January 9th) at 12 p.m. (CST) via www.wakarusa.com.
For a limited time, Full Event Passes will be available at the “early bird” price of $99, plus fees.
As always, the earlier you buy, the more you pocket, so buy early!  Also, only limited quantities of each price level are available.  Our allotment of Holiday tickets sold out quickly, so get your “early bird” tickets NOW.
Also, new to 2009, all vehicles entering the festival grounds will require a Camping Pass.  Information on Camping Passes is available below and at www.wakarusa.com.

VIP Passes:
Expect all of the usual VIP amenities from previous Wakarusas with our 2009 offering, but throw in a fantastic camping experience and you’ll be ready to go VIP for life!  The VIP campground offers the opportunity for a shaded, mountainside residence for your stay at Wakarusa!  VIP Passes are available in limited quantities for $395, plus fees.  Camping is included with VIP Passes (no separate camping pass is required).

Camping Passes:
Four levels of Camping Passes are available this year.  RV Sites, Mainstage, Primitive and Family.
– RV Sites:  On sale Thursday, January 15th at 12 p.m.  RV Sites are equipped with electric and water hook-ups.  The sites are shaded and the campground includes a permanent shower facility and bathrooms.  There is a very limited number of RV Sites available, so these will likely sell out in days if not hours.  $295, plus fees.
– Mainstage:  As the name states, this campground is the closest to the festival’s mainstage.  Ideal for those who want to listen to music while they lounge in their camp chairs.  Minimal walking to all festival stages.  $79, plus fees.  1 vehicle and 6 campers per campsite.
– Primitive:  General campground easily accessible to all festival stages.  $29, plus fees.  1 vehicle and 6 campers per campsite.
– Family/Quiet:  Again, as the name states, this campground is reserved for those of you with children in attendance or folks looking for a quieter camping experience.  This campground is more secluded and a little more remote.  $29, plus fees.  1 vehicle and 6 campers per campsite.

Complete information and maps are available at www.wakarusa.com

Waka Winter Classic

Throughout February 2009, the Wakarusa Festival will be traveling to numerous cities to locate the best and brightest musicians the region has to offer.  At every stop on the tour, several bands will compete in a regional talent showcase.  The winner of each showcase will receive an invitation to play at Wakarusa’s new location ( Mulberry Mountain, Ozark, Arkansas ), but . . . it doesn’t end there.  The winners in each city will also have their music featured on our website and compete in an online talent showcase.   The top two bands in the online showcase will get a chance to play one of the festival main stages.

Want to take part in one of our talent showcases?

Visit  www.sonicbids.com/wakawinterclassic and submit an Electronic Press Kit for you home city.  If selected, you could very well be on your way to playing at the Wakarusa Festival!

Check  www.myspace.com/wakawinterclassic for Waka Winter Classic dates near you.

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1 Comment

  1. Hi,I was attacked in the campground area, at roughly 4pm, friday, june 5, 2009.

    my assailant used the martial arts weapon known as ‘nunchuks’

    my jaw was broken in three places.

    my assailant was caucasian, 6-2, 6’3, and had various tatttoos, most notably one of a ‘pentagram’ on his lower back-he was shirtless at the time.

    2 plainclothes security guards, witnessed the attack, but made no move toapprehend my assailant.

    I was also subsuquently robbed.

    wakarusa security supervisor michael neville, has REFUSED to provide the identity of the two witnessing guards to investigators.

    Nathan Prenger, event co-ordinator,has REFUSED to identify the name of the company insuring this event.

    if ou saw ANYTHING, and can identify the person who attacked me, or the two guards who witnessed the event, PLEASE contact Investigator Robert Limbocker of the Frankling County Sherriff’s Department. at (479) 667-4127

    if you are not comfortable speaking with the police, then call (720) 838-6564

    or email vendingmachine@hotmail.com

    all information will be kept confidential.

    thank you.