Wakarusa to Host a Ton of Colorado Talent
Thanks to everyone who submitted a haiku for the chance to win a pair of passes to Wakarusa. Winners will receive an email by 5/18/12.
By Brian F. Johnson
May 31 – June 3
Wakarusa may be held more than 14 hours away in Arkansas, but the festival is one of the most Colorado events that takes place outside our state’s borders. From the bands to the production crews to the heady music freaks who attend, year after year, the Colorado contingent shows up loud and proud at Wakarusa.
So, it’s not surprising that this year the festival will host Fort Collins headliner Pretty Lights as well as the live-tronic duo of Big Gigantic. But the list of Colorado-based acts also includes everyone from the Emmit-Nershi Band and Head for the Hills to The Lumineers, Nathaniel Rateliff, VibeSquaD, Paper Diamond, and Eoto, among others. The roster of Colorado acts shows the changing musical landscape of the festival circuit, while also reinforcing what a driving force the Rocky Mountain region is in the national scene.
Located in a remote corner of the Ozarks, Wakarusa has always held its festival grounds in high regard and this year, their Recycalusa program is back. Attendees are encouraged to sign up for the clean concert pledge at cleanconcert.org, which has a simple message: “Leaving no trace, starts with you.”
Wakarusa started humbly eight years ago and while its crowds and its lineup have grown to be on par with the country’s biggest fests, there’s still something very homegrown about the vibe.
You’re going there to see: Pretty Lights, The Avett Brothers, Primus, and Umphrey’s McGee.
You’re going to come home talking about: The Weir, Robinson & Greene Acoustic Trio, which debuted at the Rocky Mountain Folks Festival.
(As calculated by maps.google.com from Denver, Colo. to Ozark, Ark.)
Total Est. Time: 14 hours, 28 minutes
Total Est. Distance: 920 miles
YOU NEED TO KNOW: Wakarusa and Boulder-based Conscious Alliance will once again partner at this year’s festival for a food drive to benefit the local community surrounding Mulberry Mountain. All patrons that donate 20 nonperishable foot items will receive a free limited-edition Waka poster.
Camping: Both on-site and off-site camping is available, but main venue camping is exceptionally better.