Jim Bruce's Posts
|I'm a veteran KDHX DJ and host of Deader Than Ever, every Saturday at 11 p.m. Central.|
Wakarusa Music and Camping Festival has a well-earned reputation for bringing together a wide variety of acts from all across the musical spectrum. Whether it’s reggae, rock, bluegrass or dubstep Waka brings it all. This year featured over 120 different acts on 6 different stages. Situated on beautiful Mulberry Mountain just outside Ozark, Arkansas, I don’t think you could find a much better spot to hold a festival.
I start off by seeing the kickoff act Totojojo, a young band out of Joplin, Mo. that I think we’ll be hearing more from. They have a bouncy island feel, the perfect way to start a festival at this beautiful site. Since this is the first day I decide to see as many bands as possible, because I know my energy level will go down as the weekend progresses.
North Mississippi Allstars Duo are the first act I see on the Main Stage, and as always Luther Dickinson does not disappoint. Grace Potter & the Nocturnals are up next. I have been wanting to see them for a while now and again I’m not disappointed.
I hurry over to the Revival Tent to catch Buckethead and there he is in all his KFC bucket glory shredding like Slash. Man! This place will keep you on the move. Back to the Main Stage for Michael Franti and Spearhead, easily the best set of the day. The show ends with at least 50 people from the crowd dancing on stage! Still on the move I hurry over to the Outpost Stage to see Cornmeal. Allie Kral always delights with her energetic and enthusiastic fiddle playing. I head back over to the Main Stage to catch Umphrey’s McGee who seem to have taken a turn towards harder rock since the last time I’ve seen them. Time for bed, tomorrow will be the longest day of the festival.
This is the big for me. I start off by seeing Cornmeal again, this time in the Revival Tent. I’ve loved these guys since I first saw them busking on Shakedown Street at Camp Zoe five or six years ago. I head back over to the Main Stage to see Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue. Funky horns that just provide a massive groove. Up next, JJ Grey & Mofro. I’m in the photographers pit when I hear someone calling me from the stage “Hey Jim get up here and introduce the band.” It’s Chris Delucchi, JJ’s long-time sound man. This is a big thrill for me. Introducing one of my favorite bands in front of this huge crowd. The temperature is around 100 degrees and JJ turns it up even hotter. Andrew Trube, Mofro’s guitarist, nearly saws his lap steel in half. What a show!