The Wakarusa Festival, created by Lawrence promoter Brett Mosiman, just announced part of its lineup for this summer’s fest at Mulberry Mountain in Arkansas…
And it looks like they are sticking pretty close to the fest’s tried-and-true formula.
Big names so far include Waka regulars STS9, Flaming Lips, Michael Franti, and Bassnectar. Also on the bill is a band that killed the last time I caught them, Dr. Dog, as well as dozens of smaller acts of course.
There will be many more artists announced, including a few more headliner type acts, so stay tuned for that. My hope is that Mosiman steps out a bit and brings in a big band or two that maybe have not previously played Waka – or hasn’t in awhile anyway.
The massive storms and flooding kept me away last year, but this June, absent another tornado-monsoon-shitstorm, I’ll be there.
In the meantime, here are a couple shows to get us through this dead zone in the music calendar…
Saturday, January 11th
Mobile Deathcamp at the Replay in Lawrence
This is going to be a heavy show, if you couldn’t tell by the name of the band. No, they are not a folk-rock outfit. They’re thrashers fronted by former GWAR guitarist Todd Evans, and according to their website, “This musical terror pocket has been leveling venues across North America.”
You’ve been warned.
Kutt Calhoun at the Riot Room in KC
This Strange Music member is getting ready to drop his first new album in several years, entitled Black Gold. And if the success of Strange mogul Tech N9ne‘s latest efforts are any indicator, this one will be a hit as well.