Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Kat's Picks: Sets To Dig at Wakarusa.

The Wakarusa Camping and Music Festival is just a few weeks away.  The annual event, which draws up to 25,000 music lovers each year, will be held June 4-7 at Mulberry Mountain on Highway 23 (The Pig Trail) in northwestern Arkansas.  More than 50 musical acts will hit the stage during the festival, which also includes art installations, group activities and the beauty of the Arkansas Ozarks in the early summer.

Everyone has their favorites, but there are a few music acts I'm making sure I get to see.  Here's my list.  Pick yours out by heading to the Wakarusa stage schedule.

UPDATE: This guy ranked all the acts on reddit.

Nahko and Medicine for the People.  Can enlightenment come in a heartfelt song? If so, Nahko will overfill your senses and restore a sense of responsibility for the environment and our fellow man. Tribal rhythms and honest words come together in a communion of energy.  And if that sounds a bit too new-agey for you, just go for the crowd action.  You'll want to sing along, too. Saturday 5:30 p.m. Revival Tent, Sunday 2 p.m. Main Stage,

Goldroom.  A guilty pleasure of mine.  Josh Legg's synthesizer riffs combined with the tones of metal drums, disco beats and compelling vocals are an ethereal groove that encourages your mind to wander. EDM fans can't miss this one.  Thursday 7 p.m., Satellite Stage.

Thievery Corporation.  You'll find Eric Hilton and Rob Garza at the corner of EDM and bossa nova with much of their new album, Saudade.  I'm hoping they'll crack open some older work, maybe "Doors of Perception." However, you'll find it hard to discover anything smoother than the latest release. Sunday 11:30 p.m., Main Stage.

Dirtfoot.  Ever heard of Grumble Boogie? Here's a Louisiana act that somehow manages to combine elements of punk, country, rock and blues into a mad mix of familiar riffs and audience squeals. Dirtfoot will wear you out. Saturday morning 12:30-2 a.m., Saturday evening 7:45-8:45 p.m, Backwoods Stage.

TAUK. This Oyster Bay, NY fusion group is an incredible jam band.  The set to catch may be their first one on Wednesday night, the early arrival at Riverside.  Get into the Waka spirit with the lengthy kicks that will last into the night.  Wednesday Riverside 10:30-11:30 p.m., Thursday Riverside 5:30-6:30 p.m..

The Roots.  Probably best known now as Jimmy Fallon's house band on The Tonight Show, this multi-talented group has won Grammys for both R&B and hip hop.  Formed in Philadelphia in 1987, they have staying power, matching mad poetry with complex beats and well-balanced, harmonious vocals.  Saturday 8 p.m., Main Stage.

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