Wakarusa 2013- Where it is acceptable to live off of Granola Bars and PBR
My love for music festivals began at Wakarusa 2010- My first real festival experience and being from Arkansas, it just so happened to be in my backyard! I was an impressionable, young 20- year- old and had no idea what I was getting myself into or how it would change my life. I arrived after midnight on the first night and was thrust into a tent full of people who were having more than a good time listening to the womp-womp coming from a DJ on stage, who went by the name of Bassnectar. Not knowing what to think about the scene that was happening before my eyes, I opted to hang back and observe the crowd for a while. By the end of the festival on Sunday night I was sold on everything- the music, the people, new friends, the atmosphere, food and everything else that makes a festival unique from any other experience. As we left the festival grounds, I found myself feeling a little sad that the time of my life was coming to an end but was already excited about attending in 2011.
Now it is 2013 and I have been to every Waka since then, plus a handful of other festivals around the country, and I am still hooked on them. Festival season is what gets me through the other 9-10 months of the year, and this summer is looking especially promising! Wakarusa is celebrating it’s 10th anniversary this year and the lineup is looking better than ever with headlining performances by Widespread Panic, Dispatch, The Black Crows, Of Monsters and Men, Amon Tobin, Yonder Mountain String Band, Gogol Bordello and Snoop Lion, there really is a little something for every taste! This years lineup is stacked with face-melting sets, bands that you wont get to see anywhere else this summer, and bands you probably have never seen, nor will see for a long while… It’s pretty easy to see why the tickets are flying off the shelf! Festival- goers, social media sites and the talk around town is all about Wakarusa 2013! Where else can you enjoy 100 degree temperatures, not showering and luke-warm beers with all of your best friends for four days out of the year? Don’t forget to pack plenty of bologna sandwiches, granola bars and PBR’s to get you through the weekend, but also find some time to chow down on a Spicy Pie or a refreshing 6 dollar beer (at least they will be cold) and enjoy watching your favorite bands, who are equally excited to be playing for thousands of energetic fans! After you’ve seen all your favorite shows, check out some bands you’ve never heard of, meet some new friends or even cool of at the infamous waterfall!
Ozark Arkansas is the place to be from May 30th to June 2nd so grab your tickets (before they are gone), a good group of friends, copious amounts of alcohol, and pile into your old dilapidated sedan and make the journey to the festival of a lifetime that can only be found on the beautiful the Mulberry Mountain!