As the snow begins to melt away with the winter months and we see a glimpse of spring upon the horizon, the rolling hills of Mulberry Mountain begin to breathe new life as it prepares itself to host the 11th annual Wakarua Music and Camping Festival. Boasting a fervent lineup of acts, one of which Waka has yet to see: String Cheese Incident. Booked for three nights, this outstanding headliner will surely do Waka proud.
Recently through their 20th year anniversary, SCI has gained a vastly devoted following over the past decade – and if you’ve been fortunate enough to witness one of their live performances you already know why. It’s rumored that there won’t be only one ‘Lauren’ playing with Cheese this summer. Jason Hahn has said that if Lorin is available he’ll be asked to play. One can only assume that either SCI or EOTO will be jamming alongside Lorin once again. The last time Lorin played with SCI was during 2006 in San Francisco for New Years Eve, performing Dub Jam. This was only a few years before Bassnectar was headlining almost every festival in the nation. SCI helped give him the push he needed earlier in his career, so one can only hope to see another collaboration between the two again.
This is not to underplay the rest of Waka’s lineup, which boasts such iconic bands including, but not limited to: STS9, Umphrey’s McGee, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, and John Butler Trio. Waka certainly has their lineup stacked cross-genre, bringing in EDM elites, Jam Band dynasty’s, catered with Bluegrass heavyweights. All the while, promoting underground artists, who usually premiere on the Satellite Stage, hosted by The Untz the past two years. Whatever has your taste buds watering for 2014, Waka is sure to have something in store for you. Delivering a cultural melting pot of interests, ideologies, and people from all walks of life.
Wakarusa is surely the premiere festival with top quality production that can draw not only mainstream crowds, but also the less traveled paths stemming through the underground roots. Forget the corporate hype of certain (not to be named) festivals, the community atmosphere that surrounds this festival is sure to leave an imprint on any passenger who decides to buy the ticket and take this ride.
Rising musicians to look out for:
Nahko and Medicine for the People, Papadosio, The Werks, Random Rab, Cherub, BoomBox, Ott., Moon Taxi, The Pimps of Joytime, Break Science, Phutureprimitive, Dopapod.
- Duncan Ross