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:
Yonder Mountain String Band (2 big sets!)
STS9 (2 big sets!)
Sly & Robbie
Railroad Earth (2 sets)
Cross Canadian Ragweed
Porter, Batiste & Stoltz (2 sets)
Steve Kimock & Crazy Engine
Perpetual Groove (2 sets)
Split Lip Rayfield (2 sets)
Jimmy Herring Band
Cornmeal (2 sets)
Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey
Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit
Secret Chiefs 3
Dirtfoot (2 sets)
Big Smith (2 sets)
Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad
Heavyweight Dub Champion
My Dear Disco
. . . and many more to be announced!
Tickets on sale today!
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.
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).
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.