2012 Heineken City Arts Festival Initial Lineup Announced
A day after they trade Ichiro Suzuki to the Yankees for almost nobody, Seattle is back in the news. With this writer’s favorite beer providing sponsorship, the initial lineup for the Heineken City Arts Festival was announced today, and it’s nothing short of awesome.
Headlining the bill are David Byrne & St. Vincent, Ghostland Observatory and Two Door Cinema Club. The Festival madness begins at Seattle’s historic Fifth Avenue Theatre on October 17th. This festival will run through October 20th, and performances taking place in various clubs, halls, and venues throughout Seattle. Discounted all-access wristbands and individual tickets will go on sale August 2nd. You can get more info at the festival’s website by clicking here.
David Byrne & St. Vincent, Ghostland Observatory (performing at both Showbox Sodo and at the Laserdome), Two Door Cinema Club, Joshua Radin, Collie Buddz, A Fine Frenzy, Brother Ali with Blank Tape Beloved, EOTO, Lost in the Trees, Omar Rodriguez Lopez, The Maldives, Lemolo, Zion I, Neil Halstead, Howlin Rain, Ravenna Woods, D. Black, Cody Beebe & the Crooks, Gold Leaves, Homeboy Sandman with DJ Sosa, Motopony, “The Rolling Stones”, My Goodness, Gold Fields, Mt. St. Helens Vietnam Band, Reignwolf, Pep Love, Tiny Vipers, Throw Me The Statue, Grynch, Horse Feathers, Fatal Lucciauno, The New Law, Fox and the Law, Fly Moon Royalty, Black Bananas, Dana Buoy of akron/family, Spac3man, Midtown Dickens, Slang!, The Grizzled Mighty, Case Studies, Land of Pines, Davidson Hart Kingsbery, Larry Hawkins (formerly SK), Hobosexual, Kevin Long, Tomten, Stephanie, novaTRON, New Kingston, Friends, The Reminders, Los Rakas, The Holdup, Vokob Kompany, Michael Manahan, Marissa, and DJ Nima Fadavi
Updated: 5/9/12 Final Price Increase Information Added
Wakarusa 2012 is only a few weeks away and Full Event Passes are moving quickly! Get your Full Event Passes today before the final price increase to Gate Price occurs on Saturday, May 19th at 11:59PM! Save yourself some $$ to buy that extra Boulavard beverage or two… I suggest the Single Wide IPA
4/26 UPDATED: As we are just about a month way from Wakarusa, the bittersweet day of SCHEDULE RELEASE has come. Jubilation for some who can now confirm that arriving Friday won’t force you to miss Umphrey’s McGee’s late night or Primus and the Avett Brothers. Yet it brings disappointment for others, who now have to wonder do I REALLY want to miss Perpetual Groove to see Pretty Lights? What about Dirtfoot in the small tent or Split Lip Rayfield on the ever so cool Backwoods Stage? DOH! Lucky for you, the stages are all close enough in proximity that you are able to split sets and catch a little bit of both acts, if that is what you have to do.
Some highlights and challenges for me will include:
Weir, Robinson, & Greene Acoustic Trio Thursday on Main Stage followed by Perpetual Groove in the Revival Tent is a must…. but then you have the choice of Split Lip Rayfield, Dirtfoot or Tea Leaf Green late nights!!
Friday brings Blitzen Trapper, followed by some of Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, then off to The Avett Brothers and finish it off the Umphrey’s McGee‘s late night set in the Revival Tent, one of the only DO NOT MISS sets of the festival.
Saturday will offer a great chance to relax throughout the day with Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit and The Lumineers, but that interferes with one of my other DO NOT MISS sets, Gary Clark Jr. Good thing you can get from one stage to any other in less than 15 minutes, even faster if you catch a FestiCab! Saturday also features the 12 hour bluegrass takeover of the Kum & Go Outpost stage with Head for the Hills, Mountain Sprout, Hot Buttered Rum, Emmitt-Nershi Band, Travelin’ McCourys feat. Keller Williams, Del McCoury Band, and the Infamous Stringdusters all playing back to back… and you can certainly expect a few sit-ins that day! Hell, it may even just turn into a bluegrass ball! If banjo isn’t your thing, Umphrey’s McGee will play their Main Stage set prior to the great Primus taking the mountain by storm.
Sunday Funday usually involves lots of rum, drank by way of pineapple, and lots of lounging. Luckily the lineup helps with this area and we are given a reggae stacked Main Stage including Ugly Lion,Toubab Krewe, SOJA, Slightly Stoopid, and Matisyahu. Sunday also features second sets from Emmitt-Nershi, Infamous Stringdusters, Dumptruck Butterlips, Mountain Sprout, and a Keller Williams solo set.
Start making your schedules now, and dispute with your friends in the weeks to come. But you’re on the clock in just 34 days when it all kicks off with War Chief on the Backwoods Stage.
Only 2 / 3 of the Wakarusa Festival lineup has been released so far, and you should make it a priority to snag your tickets and premium camping passes now because they won’t last!
This year the Waka gods have decided to release the lineup in “3 equally weighted parts.” The first announcement was made last week and featured eletronic producer Pretty Lights, a once in a lifetime chance to see the Bob Weir, Chris Robinson, and Jackie Greene Acoustic Trio, Railroad Earth, Keller Williams, Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, and ALO as well as many more great acts.
Lineup 2 was just released moments ago and its easy to see that Waka is bringing the heat for their 4th trip to Mulberry Mountain located just outside of Ozark, Arkansas. The additions of Les Claypool and the boys in Primus, Umphreys McGee, Blitzen Trapper, Del McCoury, Tea Leaf Green, Gary Clark Jr, the grumble boogie boys Dirtfoot, and Quixotic have certainly elevated the interest for many people on the fence after seeing the first 1/3 of the lineup.
UPDATED: The final third of the lineup has now been released and the fine folks at Wakarusa aren’t messing around for the 9th installment of the festival. Todays announcement included the additions of The Avett Brothers, hebrew hip hopster Matisyahu, Ghostland Observatory, EOTO, as well as multiple sets from the likes of Slightly Stoopid, Perpetual Groove, Split Lip Rayfield, the Travelin McCourys (including 1 set feat. Keller Williams), and the March Fourth Marching Band, a band that is pretty much a festival in their own right and a MUST SEE.
Loyal Family + Connector + Up & Up Productions Presents….. ZOU ANIMALS – A Mega Bass Back to School Party Feat: Archnemesis+Getter + Prophet Massive (JasonHann of EOTO)
Saturday, Jan 21 @ The Blue Note – Columbia, MO 18+ / Tickets: $15advance available at www.thebluenote.com
University of Missouri students and bassheads alike….. break out the glow sticks, dust off the neon sunglasses, and rally up your crew if body shaking bass that gives you a rumbling in your tummy is your flavor. The town that calls the Mizzou home is going to explode next Saturday, January 21 as ZOU ANIMALS – A Mega Bass Back to School Party takes over The Blue Note. This epic event will feature three of the hottest up and coming electronic/glitch acts from all over the country
———————- *Archnemesis* East Coast, USA
Formed as the musical brainchild of Curt Heiny and Justin Aubuchon (Telepath, MO Theory), Archnemesis creates its distinctive sound by combining original music with samples ranging from early 20’s blues and jazz to modern hip-hop and soul. With their first EP “Diamonds and Glass” and their debut full length album “People’s Radio” available now for free download at www.archnemesismusic.com, Archnemesis continues to turn heads at festivals and club shows while elevating the standard for modern electronic music.
*Prophet Massive* L.A., CA
Prophet Massive features Jason Hann from EOTO and The String Cheese Incident, as a solo DJ project. On top of Jason’s flawless drumming in SCI and EOTO, he has another dark and dirty side, that he is sharing as Prophet Massive. Nothing but deep, bass-wrenching electronic cuts to soothe the most hardened bass warriors.
*Getter* San Jose, CA Tanner Petulla aka GETTER has def made his mark in the music scene, before he was 18 Getter had a few releases on Ultragore, Tuff Love Dubs and Chronos Records. He also received alot of blog support from Squitty Bubbler and Us Dubstep along with other blogs, and played alongside some of the most well known names in dubstep RUSKO, NERO, DATSIK, 12th Planet, Downlink, Eprom, Subvert, Noah D, Nit Grit, Megalodon, Borgore and more. This Bay Area native has made a big impression in a small amount of time.
For the fourth consecutive year I made the trek to the Wakarusa Music and Camping Festival to enjoy four days of music and camping in a setting that they call “Where Music Meets Mother Nature.” With acts ranging from My Morning Jacket and Ben Harper to the Budos Band and Dark Star Orchestra to STS9 and Bassnectar, a total of over 100 bands spread out across six stages, with on-site camping, showers, and even a grocery store to pick up last minute forgotten items.
Taking place the first weekend in June, and located just outside of Ozark, Arkansas, Wakarusa is in their third year at Mulberry Mountain. The festival, started in 2004, was previously held in Lawrence, Kansas at Clinton State Park through 2008 but has now moved to a much more fitting location in the beautiful rolling hills of the Ozark National Forest. Showcasing bands from a wide array of genres and now featuring the Interstellar Meltdown, a late night festival inside the festival including electronic acts and DJ sets, Wakarusa is one of the premiere festivals in the country drawing upwards of 20,000 people.
Wakarusas favorite Gypsy Punk Country Grumble Boogie band kicked things off Thursday on the main stage with a bean can shaking good time. This was the second of Dirtfoot’s FIVE sets over the weekend, including the previous night on the Backwoods Stage for the early arrival crowd, along with Mountain Sprout and Dumptruck Butterlips.
Wakarusa Press Conference – Thursday
Members of Dirtfoot,Cornmeal, Lotus, as well as Grace Potter and Simon Posford sat down with part of the Wakarusa braintrust for a press conference featuring free Boulevard beer and an air conditioned building. It was difficult to hear, but questions were asked to Grace Potter about how her band has grown quite a lot since starting the festival circuit in 2004, and Dirtfoot talked about their affiliation with the Chompdown, a FREE communal breakfast put on by a group of volunteers in the campground featuring a live set by Dirtfoot started by a man named Rabbit five years ago in Lawrence, Kansas.
Thursday – Grace Potter & The Nocturnals – Main Stage
The beautiful Grace Potter took the stage on Thursday afternoon after participating in the first ever Wakarusa Press Conference. With her band The Nocturnals burning it up in the hot Arkansas sun, GP&N played an hour and a half set that was one of the highlights of my weekend. The set included Grace doing an amazing vocal solo of “Nothing But The Water Pt 1” and a rocking version of “Stop the Bus.”
Thursday – Umphreys McGee – Mainstage
Umphreys McGee played from 10:15pm-12:15am on Thursday night and though only having one set after getting a late night and mainstage set the prior two years, Umphreys made up for the lack of sets with a cover of “Shine On You Crazy Diamond” as well as The Who’s “Baba O’ Riley.” (Video courtesy of RebelINSoo)
The Chompdown takes place on either Friday or Saturday morning at each Wakarusa or Harvest Festival. It was started five years ago in Lawrence by John “Rabbit” Cabarara and is a completely FREE communal breakfast put on by about 30 volunteers and donations from anyone and everyone. Dirtfoot has been fortunate enough to be asked to play the prestigious slot at 9 am for the last 5 years and if you ask any of the 6 members they will tell you it is the highlight of the weekend for them.
Friday – My Morning Jacket – Main Stage
Friday was a day of recovery, and a day that I didnt get the camera out as it charged most of the day after taking a few hundred pictures of Grace Potter. My Morning Jacket headlined the Main Stage, and were followed by 3 and a half hours of Dark Star Orchestra. Other acts on Friday were bluegrass mainstays Split Lip Rayfield, who also played Thursday night late night, and Cornmeal as well as Ryan Bingham and soul sister Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings. (Video credit to Colbruce)
Saturday – Dirtfoot Campground Set
Dirtfoot had announced about a month before the festival that they would be playing a special surprise set at the campsite that created the best Dirtfoot flag for their campsite. There were actually two winners, and each site received a visit from Dirtfoot on Saturday afternoon. Our site was fortunate enough to have one of the creators of the Dirtfoot pirate flag camping with us, so we were treated to a special three song set including “Little Bit of Rum.”
Saturday – Mumford and Sons – Main Stage
England’s newest craze Mumford and Sons took the main stage on Saturday afternoon for their first ever appearance in Arkansas. Vocalist Marcus Mumford made it completely clear how hot it was, and seemed fascinated by the waterfall just a short hike off the Wakarusa property. They played most of their debut album Sign No More as well as three new tunes. Noticably missing was the upbeat dance worthy “Dust Bowl Dance.” Great to see them, though I was slighty disappointed. They were followed by Ben Harper & Relentless 7 show played a great cover of Led Zeppelin’s “No Quarter” and prevailed through some sound problems that were persistant with the main stage all weekend.
Inside of Revival Tent
Swimming Hole on Mulberry River
Saturday – Budos Band – Revival Tent
Budos Band threw down some serious funk in the Revival Tent on Saturday night. As a matter of fact, all day Saturday the Revival Tent featured funk acts including March Fourth Marching Band, Papa Grows Funk, and Budos. Other acts on Saturday included Galactic,Thievery Corporation, Wookiefoot and Arkansas’ very own “hillbilly bluegrass machine” Mountain Sprout.
Sunday – Dirtfoot Late Night Sexy Panty Party – Backwoods Stage
Sunday night to close out Wakarusa, the grumble boogie boys took the stage for their fifth and final set of the weekend, a set dubbed the Dirtfoot Late Night Sexy Panty Party by Scott Girardy, the sax player for Dirtfoot. Other bands playing on the toned down Sunday lineup included Ozomatli,Beats Antique, EOTO and Toots and the Maytals.
Initial Artist Lineup For 2011 Wakarusa Music Festival Announced
Over three days in early June, the 8th annual Wakarusa Music & Camping Festival will once again take over Mulberry Mountain. Located just outside of Fayetteville, Arkansas the festival will once again feature a top notch lineup of artists from both the electronica and jam bands scene. In addition to some great music, the festival will feature disc golf, yoga, hiking and swimming in the Mulberry River. Our very own Brad (aka SaucerfulofSecrets) will be making his fourth appearance at the festival, and you can expect to read a full report as soon as he fully recovers from the event.
The initial artist lineup is listed below. Additional artists will be added in the following months. Click here for information on tickets and camping for Arkansas premiere music festival.